TROUT FISHING WITH YOUR DAGGERFISH:

STEP 1: RIG

Set up your Daggerfish using the included hooks, line, sinkers, floats, and bait. See the Resources section below for useful links on knot tying and rigging for different situations. Your Daggerfish comes equipped for trout fishing, but you can use it to fish for bass, panfish, or other freshwater fish! 

STEP 2: CAST

Find a good spot and toss your line into the water! You can cast with one or two hands, depending on your setup. Check out the How to Cast video below to learn more about different methods of casting.

STEP 3: REEL

Guide the line through your fingers and rotate your hands to wind it onto your reel. Reel fast to pull in a lure, or slowly to let your bait drift through the water. Watch the How to Cast video below see hand-reeling in action.

STEP 4: PACK

Carry everything you need to catch a wild trout inside your Daggerfish. For easy storage, press the hook gently into the cork at the top of the reel, then twist the cork slightly to lock the line in place. For extra protection, add a Reel Cover.

VIDEOS

HOW-TO ARTICLES

Choosing the Right Fishing Rod, When There is No Rod to Choose: Which Handline is Best for ou?

Choosing the Right Fishing Rod, When There is No Rod to Choose: Which Handline is Best for ou?

If you’re new to fishing, trying to pick the best fishing rods from the huge variety that are available can be a real challenge. Learn the benefits of choosing a handline,...

The Basics: Fishing with the Daggerfish, Straight Out of the Box

The Basics: Fishing with the Daggerfish, Straight Out of the Box

The Daggerfish is a wonderful way to get started fishing, in part because you can take it out of the box and begin fishing immediately. Without buying any additional tackle,...

Beyond the Basics Part 1: Spin Fishing with your Daggerfish

Beyond the Basics Part 1: Spin Fishing with your Daggerfish

Learn to use the Daggerfish for spin fishing, with just a slight adjustment to your tackle and technique. In this article we get the top tips from my brother Evan, who's...

Beyond the Basics Part 2: Fly Fishing with your Daggerfish

Beyond the Basics Part 2: Fly Fishing with your Daggerfish

Fly fishing with the Daggerfish is both possible and effective, and actually makes for a great way to get started fly fishing for beginners. Learn how to modify a wide...

Where to Buy a Fishing License (in Every tate)

Where to Buy a Fishing License (in Every tate)

New to fishing, or looking to take a trip to another state? Out list will direct you to resources to buy a fishing license in every US State.

CARE INSTRCTIONS

Your Daggerfish Handreel is made from natural wood, and proper care will ensure it stays in good condition for a lifetime. Here are some basic tips for keeping it in good shape:

Avoid impacts: Your handreel will survive an occasional slip from your grasp, but try to avoid repeated drops or falls from a great height. Carry and store your Daggerfish in a place where it’s not likely to get crushed, and try not to place heavy objects on top if it (like bags, kayaks, or tackle boxes).

Store it dry: If your Daggerfish falls into the water or gets soaked in the rain, let it dry completely before putting it away for a while. Take out all the corks, tackle, and other supplies from the reel, and let the reel body dry at room temperature for 24-72+ hours, depending on the weather conditions where you are.

Keep an eye on the finish: Each Daggerfish is finished with natural oil and coated with a weather-resistant finish. Over time and with use, this finish may wear. If you wish, you can refinish your Daggerfish yourself by giving it a light sanding, coating with a natural wood oil like boiled linseed oil, and applying a waterproof finish like cyanoacrylate, lacquer, or wax. Cyanoacrylate (CA or super glue) is also useful for small repairs, if damage does occur to your Daggerfish. If significant damage occurs, check what’s covered by our For A Lifetime Guarantee.

RESOURCES

NEW TO FISHING? CHECK OUT THESE RESOURCES TO GET YOU STARTED: 

  • A brief glossary of fishing terms
  • Essential knots for fishing
  • ODFW's Guide to Trout Fishing
  • Karl's Bait and Tackle Trout Fishing 101
  • How to fish with Trout Magnet - Creeks & Rivers
  • How to fish with Trout Magnet - Lakes & Ponds