Fishing Tip: make your trolling motor snag-free

Bow-mounted trolling motors are an essential tool for the shallows, especially for anglers (like myself) who enjoy fishing alone. However, when you’re poling the shallows with a friend and casting from the fore-deck, the knobs and blades on a trolling motor will snag your fly line over and over–especially in windy conditions–which can lead to wild fits of rage, threats levied at inanimate objects and exceptionally creative language. A simple, old-school solution is to take along a towel, wet it thoroughly and drape it over the motor, rendering it essentially snag-free. This will dramatically cut down on snared casts…and colorful outbursts.

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