For a successful day on the water, tailor your fishing routine to suit the habits of your target. Take trout, for example. A freshwater fish closely related to salmon, trout are typically found in cool and clear streams and lakes in North America, northern Asia, and Europe. There are many different types of trout, which vary in appearance, life cycle, and habitat: flathead, marble, cutthroat, rainbow, brook, brown, bull, silver, tiger, and on and on the list goes. Although these trout are very different in nature, use the trout fishing tips below to increase your likelihood of success.
Trout Fishing Tips
Bring a hand net. Trout can easily break your fishing line when they are pulled out of the water. To ensure that you land your catch, bring along a hand net.
Use smelly bait or bread. Trout seek out sources of food by relying on their noses. To excite their sense of smell, use an odorous bait like a scented lure, cheese, night crawlers, minnow, or crayfish. Bread and dough are also great choices, because trout raised in hatcheries are typically fed small brown pellets (they won’t appeal to native trout, however).
Focus on the current. To make your bait appear more lifelike, cast slightly upstream so that the bait drifts with the current. Since most trout face upstream, your bait will be washed toward them. In addition, if you accidentally spook the trout, wait about 20 minutes before attempting to fish in that spot again.
Try drift fishing. In this method of fishing, which is useful in any condition, you will present your bait to many trout by covering a large area. Place a split-shot weight about one to two feet from your hook to allow for more effective casting and more controlled drifting. Cast upstream and slowly reel in the slack as the current pushes your hook downstream.
Try float fishing. If drift fishing isn’t working, try float fishing. The method is very similar to drift fishing except a bobber is used as well. To ensure that your bait is attractive to the trout, adjust the bobber to the right depth. When the bobber suddenly moves, set your hook.
Vary your technique. Trout vary from lake to lake and stream to stream, so techniques that work for some trout will not work with others. If you’re using the tips above and still struggling, vary your bait, lure, and method of fishing. Use insects for bait instead of bread. Try colored lures instead of a bare hook. Switch from drift fishing to float fishing. Whatever works!
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