Basic River Tackle for WadingBy Robert Piorkowski - August 1, 2001
For walleye and smallmouth, I like using smaller jig/twisters, spinners and minnow baits. Live bait is usually minnows or nightcrawlers, but I fish them the same way, under a float or on a jig. Floats can get excessive in price, and are lost when snags break your line. I use the smaller foam floats that allow the line to be adjusted by pegging the top of the float. These are cheap, highly visible, and easily modified for conditions. For bait hooks, I like too keep these in a small film canister with my weights. When I need one, I always know where to find them and I don’t have to open up the bigger box.
Because of the huge assortment of styles and colors, choosing the proper jig body and twister tail color can cause migraine headaches. I like to keep several colors on hand, as well as several sizes. I will fill the slots of my box with several of each as a choice for Mr. Bass. Chances are I won’t use a whole bag while wading, so there is no use in bringing 100’s of assorted colors.
Also essential for wading is a camera, sunblock and a bottle of water. These can all be kept in your vest. The car gets to be a long walk when the fish are biting and you need a break. Finally, summer time is a great time to wet-wade and keep the waders at home on a shelf. But be careful of possible problems with your waterway; know the risks associated with chemicals/biological problems before fishing without waders. To relieve the risk and retain my comfort, I use breathable waders. These are great to keep you warm, dry or cool as needed. Plus they provide added storage for my camera for CPR, (Catch-Photo-Release). So get wading, and keep it simple. See ya on the water!