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Terms

wade-cast
Casting and, by implication, fishing while wading in the water.


waders
Waterproof garment made for wading, usually chest or thigh high.


wading boot
Any boot suitable or adapted for wading.


walleye
A 1 of the perch family, commonly nicknamed blue pike and similar to sauger, a related species. Walleye are from a different family than pike. The term walleye-pike, though common, is a misnomer.


warm water
Referring to fish habitat, fish that are found in warmwater habitats: largemouth bass, sunfish, catfish, etc., as opposed to coldwater species such as trout, grayling and salmon.


warmouth
A commonly caught species of the sunfish family and a popular game fish. Not warmouth bass.


warmwater species
Generally, freshwater fish that spawn at temperatures above 16 degrees C (60 degrees F). The chief warmwater game species are bass, sunfish, walleye and pike. See coldwater species.


water turkey
A colloquial name for anhinga or cormorant. Note that anhinga and cormorant are different species.


weakfish
A member of the drum family along with related seatrout species, including the sand seatrout, spotted seatrout and silver seatrout. Sometimes called grey trout, although this is not biologically correct.


weedguard
A protective device on hooks to prevent picking up weeds.


weedless
Style of hook for fishing bait or lures that has a protected or shielded point to allow fishing in weedy areas without catching weeds.


weedline
The edge of a line of weeds. In salt water it can also mean a thin line of weeds strung out in the current as a result of tide or current flows. See breakline.


weight-forward
Abbreviation. WF. Tapered fly line with the heavy part of the line in front. See fly line. Also can apply to a weight-forward spinner that often is used to catch walleyes.


wet fly
A sinking artificial fly that primarily represents sub-surface forms of aquatic insects in fresh water.


whip finish
The final knot to finish an imitation fly.


white amur
A grass carp. See amur.


white bass
A member of the temperate bass family, which includes striped bass, yellow bass, white perch, others.


white seabass
West Coast game fish, member of the croaker family.


wing dam
A low dam extending from a major dam. Also called wing dike.


winter-run fish
Anadromous fishes that return to fresh water in autumn or winter, migrate to spawning areas and then spawn in late winter or spring.