You’ve written to Santa and he’s delivered. How he managed to maneuver that fully assembled nine-foot fishing rod down the chimney is best left a magical mystery.

Either way, fish beware: you now have yourself a new fishing rig worthy of any Yukon water.

As a novice angler with the hardware now in sight, don’t pack it away to the garage just yet. You might as well get yourself fully accessorized and ready for that first bite in the spring.

Those first on the open water usually get a crack at many hungry and unsuspecting fish.

Like most things in the world today, there is a tendency to overcomplicate. Speaking from personal experience, I have specialized gear and tackle that I haven’t the faintest idea how to use. If you are just starting out, keep it super simple.

Start by thinking about what fish species your rod was designed for. Is it strong enough for pike or lake trout or was it designed for smaller grayling, whitefish or small rainbow trout?

Consider where you are likely to fish. Do you suspect you will most likely fish a stocked lake in town, or troll large lakes minutes from your campground?

Thinking of these scenarios before walking into the sporting-goods store will help get you set up for most Yukon fishing situations.

Always bring your rod in and match it to your reel, both in the type of reel and the associated weight of line. Now, with the major hardware in place, make sure to stock up on a healthy supply of swivels, weights and bobbers.

Next, take your time and start picking fishing lures that are specific to lthe ine weight, rod length, species and action you are looking for.

You can go crazy picking spoons, plugs, jigs, flies, spinners and surface in a variety of sizes and endless colours.

Of course, I have known many an angler who has adopted the “close your eyes” approach, or the more popular “this is really cute or cool-looking” approach.

With all this gear, you’ll need a functional tackle box. Some considerations include how much gear you want to take with you and how likely it is to get very wet.

Many anglers are moving away from grandpa’s tackle box, with the latch and four pull-out trays, toward a series of smaller sealed and compartmentalized plastic boxes. I have four separate boxes for grayling and rainbow, lake trout, pike and salmon respectively.

This way, I am set by just grabbing one or two boxes, depending on what species I am fishing.

Once you have everything you need to catch fish, there are still considerations to be made about nets, scissors, pliers, knives and clothing. All of these items or information can be acquired at Sports North or your local retailer of choice.

With this investment in your new spin-fishing gear I strongly suggest waiting a couple more Christmases before you take up fly-fishing.

But with luck, Santa will have you covered here, as well.