Fishing for trout can be a very satisfying challenge. Whether you’re a professional angler using fly gear or just an average joe throwing a few casts on the weekend, trout fishing can be very rewarding either way. When you visit any outdoor retailer, you will find an array of fishing gear. Fly fishing for trout can be an article in itself, these are just some essential tips for catching trout.
First, you need to find a location where trout are living. Like humans, trout need oxygen to live. You can usually find trout in a rocky stream or creek with some swift moving water. Some trout will be facing up stream waiting for food to flow down stream right to them. Trout are also found swimming in large pockets of water along those creeks and streams.
For most streams, you just need an ultralight rod about 5-6 feet long. I would recommend buying a rod and reel combination where everything is already packaged and your line is already spooled on the reel. You could also use 2-4 test pound.
Fishing with artificial flies is fun and rewarding, but takes a lot more patience and a greater learning curve. Trout will bite grubs, worms, night-crawlers, grasshoppers. It’s easy to place a worm around a No. 10. or No. 12. hook. The worm will still appear alive and attract the trout.
An artificial bait that is extremely easy and effective to use is Powerbait dough in color orange or yellow. You can also go to your local grocery store and purchase a few cans of whole kernel corn. This works just as well.
Most trout streams are fairly clean and you can easily see fish swimming around. Once you have your hook baited, cast your line out near the fish that you can see through the water. At this point, a pair of polarized sunglasses will help greatly.
Most times you can reach the pockets of water containing trout from the bank, but occasionally you’ll need to step into the creek and get your feet wet. Either a pair of chest or hip waders or just a pair of waterproof insulated rubber boots will keep you dry.
Finally, make sure you have your standard fly fishing bucket hat. You should be able to catch some trout now!
What are your trout fishing secrets?