I've unlocked the bait crafting recipe in Stardew Valley, but I'm completely failing at baiting my hook. How do I apply the bait to a fishing rod?

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    There appears to be a 1-day delay between unlocking the bait recipe and getting a letter from Willy inviting you to see something new he has for you. It's obvious how to use bait after visiting Willy, but that one-day delay between a new option and its explanation is unusual and leaves time for confusion to set in. – SevenSidedDie Mar 6 '16 at 19:49

This puzzled me at first too, until I figured out how it worked on accident! There are (at least) three types of fishing poles:

  • Bamboo pole: Just a pole with a hook
  • Fiberglass rod: A pole that allows to you use bait
  • Iridium rod: A pole that allows use of both bait and tackle

The bamboo pole doesn't allow you to use bait. For the latter two cases, you simply select the item (bait or tackle) in your inventory and, with it selected, right click the pole. You can right-click again to remove the item.

It should also be noted that you can place a stack of bait on a pole to avoid having to do it every time. The game will alert you when you use the last stacked piece, which is handy.

Another thing to note is that tackle doesn't last forever (it eventually wears out). So, if you find a piece of tackle from a treasure chest, quest, or something else, hang on to it!

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    I keep trying to bait my rod and I'm right clicking but nothing is happening. I have a mac and idk if it has anything to do with that? – user162427 Aug 11 '16 at 17:09

You have to have a fiberglass rod. Once you have that you have to pull up the menu screen and right click the bait then right click the fishing rod.

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