Slang and Terms Starting With 'R'

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rainbow trout

A beautiful trout species characterized by a brilliant pink stripe running lengthways down its side. The rainbow is a silvery fish and has black spots.


Original type of lipless crankbait. Thus, most anglers refer to all similar lures by this name.


Little Yellowtail.


Glass or metal noisemakers added to lures in order to help bass find the lure easier.


To replace the old line on a reel with new line.

reach cast

A cast with a built-in mend accomplished by extending the arm and placing the line upstream of where it would have landed with a normal cast.

reaction baits

lures fished in a way that causes a bass to strike out of reflex or surprise; spinnerbaits, crankbaits and lipless crankbaits are frequently fished in a manner designed to generate reaction bites


Soft plastic lure that resembles a leach. Popular on the west coast.

red reel

The common baitcasting reel used back in the 1960s was the red Ambassadeur reel. The reel has changed colors and owners since then, but was the basic model that jumped countless saltwater anglers into serious fishing.


A spawning bed for trout, identifiable by a hollow of clean gravel in a mild current.


No, the Russians aren't coming. Red is simply short for redfish.

reflex strikes

Drawing a bite from fish that have no intention of feeding. Example; by bumping the crankbait into the stump (where the bass was hiding) the angler triggered the fish into a reflex strike even though it had just eaten a crawfish.


The act of bringing in slack line (also called "stripping" by many fly fishermen.)

reverse cast

The nymphing cast made by casting across the body on the "off" hand side of the stream. (For a right-handed fisherman, the right side of the stream. For a left-handed fisherman, the left bank.) Also called the "Western roll cast."

ribbon tail

Style of plastic worm that has a long ribbon type tail that ripples when the worm is retrieved.

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A long, flat, silvery fish many people mistake for an eel, easily three feet long and sometimes up to five feet long. Long, sharp teeth are wicked, and they'll chomp through a 40-pound mono leader. Highly esteemed bait in the kingfish tournaments, ribbonfish must be rigged with multiple hooks because of their length.


Where the current rolls over a rocky bar and then slows down.

rig hook

A steel pipe, eight feet long, one inch in diameter, shaped like a candy cane. The curved end is about two feet across, and slips over various protrusions on offshore production platforms. The hook is attached to a 30-foot rope, which is attached to the boat. The rope can be stuffed through the pipe, and knotted at the end. A shock cord should be added.


Offshore Oil Platforms.

ring worm

Brand of plastic worm that features rings or ribs over the outside of the body. The texture is believed to feel soft and lifelike to fish.

rip tide

On the beach, this is the water that flows back offshore, after the waves have piled so much water next to the sand. Unfortunate swimmers have found themselves in this narrow but strong flow. Savvy surf fishermen drop their baits in these same spots, where gamefish like pompano and redfish congregate.


retrieve technique frequently used for jerkbaits in which the lure is violently and rapidly pulled forward ("ripped") before being paused


rocks piled along bridge abutments and banks of rivers and lakes to prevent erosion

rocket launcher

A rack of tubes designed to hold five or six fishing rods in a boat, easily accessible and protective from damage in rough seas -- though not from corrosive salt spray.

rod belt

A leather or (in more modern times) a plastic belt that fits around an angler's waist while fighting a fish. The belt socket keeps the rod butt snug, and saves weary arm muscles and that lower back during a long fight.


Undesired and often nuisance fish that have no gamefish qualities. Examples; Carp, gar.


A smooth, deep glide of water that usually follows a riffle.

run & gun

Method of fishing where the angler is only attempting to catch those aggressive fish that will quickly strike the lures cast. Then the angler "runs" or motors to the next spot and quickly fishes it, repeating the process numerous times.