Catching trout can be a challenging proposition, especially when you’re dealing with native trout in river and/or stream situation. Catching stocked trout, that is trout that have been planted by your fish and game department, in flowing or still water can be a much less challenging endeavor, but still offers its own unique challenges. In this article I’m going to outline some great tips for catching trout in either trout fishing situation.
These tips have been proven through more than 50 years of combined trout fishing experience. Some of them come from the best trout fisherman I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, and the others have been learned on the water while trout fishing. My point is that these tips for catching trout are ‘real world’ tips learned through actual trout fishing experience. All of them have been helping me for more than 25 years and I know they will do the same for you.
The first thing to consider when trout fishing is that trout are a very “spooky” fish that resides in cold, clear water most of the time. This means that if the trout can see you, they are much less likely to bite. This is why drab colored clothing should always be worn. You don’t want to “stick out” in any way, shape, or form when trout fishing. This is especially true with native trout, and not quite as important with stocked trout.
The next o f the tips for catching trout is to always make sure that your hands are clean. What do I mean by this? You want your hands to be free of any perverted scent, which are scents that are foreign to trout. Any scents that are on your hands will transfer to your bait or lure, and if these scents are foreign to the trout, they are much less apt to bite your offering.
So, what’s the best way to make sure that your hands are free of any perverted scents? There are two simple and effective options. The first is to make sure that you wash your hands with odor neutralizing soap before trout fishing. The second is to simply grab a handful of grass or dirt and rub it into your hands every couple of hours. Either of these tips will eliminate any foreign scents that will cost you bites.
When it comes to catching trout, there is no better bait than live bait. As a matter of fact, in this day and age there are synthetic baits (such as Berkley Gulp) that look like and are just as effective as live bait. Of all the trout baits out there, there is probably none that are more effective than worms. Worms and catching trout go together like a hand and a glove, and the only way to fish with worms is by rigging them on a set of gang hooks.
Gang hooks enable worms (either live or synthetic) in an outstretched and natural manner. This makes a big difference, especially when fishing in small rivers and streams. A worm rigged on a set of pre-tied gang hooks and allowed to flow naturally with the current of a river or stream is an extremely effective tout fishing tactic, and one that will serve you for a lifetime.
When it comes to catching trout, these tips will help you immensely. Give one or all of them a shot sooner rather than later, and find out just how effective these trout fishing tips are.