Jeremy Wade, host of Animal Planet's River Monsters, is one of the world's most intrepid fishermen. For more than 25 years, he's been traveling the world, exploring the most remote rivers on the Earth and catching some of the rarest fish on the planet.
A native of Southeast England, his interest in what lies beneath the surface of the water began as a child along the banks of the Suffolk Stour. His first trip abroad in 1982 brought him to the mountain rivers of India. Ever since, he's been traveling the globe, particularly the Congo and Amazon rainforests, in search of fish of every shape and size. In the midst of these adventures, he survived malaria, escaped drowning, was accused of being a spy, was held at gunpoint and made it out of a plane crash alive.
In addition to these feats, Wade has also caught footage of a large mysterious creature dubbed the Amazon Nessie living in an Amazon lake. He also was first to capture underwater footage of the Giant Devil Catfish in India.
So, what are this daring angler's favorite fishing tools? Click ahead to find out.
5: Leatherman Multi-Tool
Wade keeps a Leatherman Multi-Tool on his belt when he hits the water. This piece of equipment houses many different tools that can be helpful on a fishing expedition. Of the tools included in this piece, he mainly uses the knife blade, screwdriver and pliers.
Wade uses the knife blade to cut fish pieces for bait. The screwdriver can do the trick when it comes to tinkering with reels and dealing with other mechanical emergencies. The pliers are good for crushing down hook barbs before fishing and for removing the hook from a fish before releasing it back into the water. Wade notes that the saw also can come in handy.
4: Polarizing Sunglasses
One of Wade's top tools has nothing to do with the rod or reel. Polarizing sunglasses prove essential in effectively spotting and reeling in a fish, and Wade thinks they're important for anglers of any expertise level.
Polarizing sunglasses take the glare off the surface of the water and allow you to see deeper into the water than with the naked eye. This enables you to spot fish or movements in the water that you otherwise wouldn't see. Therefore, they'll help you catch more fish.
Importantly, they are attached with a cord, so Wade can hang them round his neck or flip them onto his forehead when tying knots or talking to the camera.
Although they're a commonplace tool, scissors prove to be in an invaluable tool for Wade. He primarily uses them to cut line. Wade says that many anglers will use their teeth to cut lines, which, he good-humoredly remarks, leads to costly dentist bills. To avoid any unnecessary trips to the dentist, he uses a special brand of braid scissors. While ordinary scissors can soon become blunt due to the strength of the line, Wade's scissors have the extra strength and sharpness to last through whatever angling adventure he has planned.
2: Crimping Pliers
Despite their heavy weight, Wade thinks it's worthwhile to bring a set of crimping pliers on every fishing expedition. This tool's long handles, which are good for leverage, and robust jaws allow for additional reliability when setting up your line, particularly, if you are using a length of wire next to your hook--a necessity when sharp-toothed fish bite through your line. Working with wire is different than working with line because wire can't be knotted. Many anglers use a cylindrical sleeve to attach the hook to the wire. You put the end of wire through the sleeve, then through eye of hook, then back through sleeve to make a loop, and squeeze it shut with ordinary pliers. This makes a fairly strong join, but it's not as strong as using purpose-built crimps closed with crimping pliers like the ones Wade uses.
1: Luhr Jensen Hook File
In order to hook a fish every time, Wade thinks it's a good idea to keep a hook file handy. Some hooks are needle-sharp out of the packet, but others benefit from a little attention.
Many fish are lost because the hook is not sharp enough and doesn't penetrate. This is more of a problem when fishing at long range with nylon monofilament line. This line has a degree of stretch, and therefore doesn't transmit the full force of the angler's strike. It's also a problem when targeting fish with tough or bony mouths.
Wade says that all hooks should be checked and filed periodically while in use. This small detail can greatly affect results.