Many times trout fishing is thought of as an activity that is best suited for fly fishing and while using "flies" is most certainly an effective way in which to catch trout this method of catching trout is by no means the only or the best method to use when fishing for these beautiful fish. Spin fishing for trout is also quite effective, especially if certain rules and tips are adhered to while doing it. I have been fishing for trout with this type of gear for more than twenty years and below I will outline some tips on spin fishing for trout that you definitely want to be aware of if you intend on catching trout consistently this trout season.
Many fly fishing purists like to scoff at the idea of using spinning gear for trout, but this certainly shouldn't be the case and I have found that when spin fishing is gone about the "right way" attempting to catch trout while using traditional spin fishing gear is every bit the art form that fly fishing has has been believed to be. The following tips on spin fishing for trout will definitely put any serious spin fisherman on the path towards becoming an "artist" in their own right when is comes to the act of trying to catch trout.
- Use Ultra Light Gear - Many rookie and even some veteran trout fishermen make the colossal mistake of using trout gear (specifically their rod, reel, and line) that is entirely too heavy for trout. Your rod and reel need to be ultra light action and your line should be two, four, or six pound test and no heavier. Not using ultra light gear will cause you to receive many less bites from hungry trout than you should.
- Use Artificial Flies - That right I said to use artificial flies when you are spin fishing for trout. What you didn't think that using artificial flies as bait was possible while using anything other than fly fishing gear? Well you were wrong. Artificial flies can be used when spin fishing for trout by using a simple piece of terminal tackle called a casting or fly fishing bubble. By using one of these "bubbles" you can effective spin fish with artificial flies.
- Use Small Fishing Hooks - The same rule applies to the fishing hooks that are used when spin fishing for trout as does the gear. Your hooks should always be as small (light) as possible as well. With treble hooks this means size #12 or #18. Salmon egg hooks should be size #10-#16 and gang hooks should be either size #8 or #10 when you are spin fishing for trout. The bottom line is that the baits that are used for trout should be kept small and the hooks that are used to rig these baits should be kept small as well.
- Use The "Drifting" Technique - The drifting technique (also referred to as drift fishing) is an extremely effective trout fishing technique to use while spin fishing for trout in the flowing waters of a river or stream. "Drift fishing" with live bait such as red or meal worms or using a small trout fishing lure such as an inline spinner as bait while drift fishing is an excellent technique to use when spin fishing for trout in virtually any river or stream that contains these multi colored fish.
The bottom line is that if you enjoy fishing for trout with spinning gear the aforementioned tips should be added to your trout fishing arsenal sooner rather than later and if they are you will start to experience more trout fishing success.
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com a website focused on river and stream fishing with a focus on fishing for trout. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and has spent much of that time fishing for the beautiful fish called trout.
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