Getting the Fishing Rod in Stardew Valley
Around day two or three of Stardew Valley, you’ll notice that you’ve received a letter. If you head over to your mailbox and right click it, you’ll be able to open a nice note from Willy, the town Fisherman. He’s back from “the salty seas” and has something for you. Sounds like it’s time to head over there, right? Open up your map and look at the bottom right-hand corner where the beach is; that’s where you need to go.
Once you reach the beach, a cutscene will trigger on the Fish Shop’s dock wherein Elliott gives you a hand-me-down rod since he managed to save up for a new one. This bamboo rod in your toolbar is your first step to getting all the smelly fish you can dream of.