Trout Fishing Tips
By Sam Feeder
, last updated December 30, 2011
There is a growing reservoir of trout fishing tips out there, added to by experienced fisherman who have had luck doing different things in different locations to have a great day of fishing. While many of these tips may work for them, they are also relatively specific to a fisherman, where they are fishing and what the trout happen to be biting that particular day. However, there are certain trout fishing tips that a good, patient fisherman can apply to just about any stream or lake where trout are prevalent and usually have some success. Some of these trout fishing tips are listed below.
Look at the Insects in the Area
Trout feed primarily on insects that land on top of the water so it would be a good idea to look at what insects are prevalent in the area during each season. There are different colors and sizes of insects in just about every location that trout live and these insects are more popular meals for trout at different times of the year. Sometimes, trout will just decide to feed on different types of insects each day, creating even more options of flies for you to put on your line. So see what bugs are common in that region at the time of year you are fishing and make sure you have flies that mimic all of them, so you can appeal every possible taste a trout may have.
Cast Upstream and Let Your Fly Drift
If you are fishing in a running stream, which is often a good place to try and catch trout, cast your fly far upstream and allow it to drift down past you naturally, so that it looks like a bug that just fell into the water and is floating on the surface. This will fool the fish into thinking the fly they are biting is actually a real bug. This will require you to leave your fly in the water for an extended period of time, meaning you should put silicone gel on it, so it doesn't get too water logged and sink.
Set Your Hook Regularly With a Jig
Jigs are different than flies as they are much heavier, but are a good change of bait if you are not having luck catching trout with the standard flies. However, you will also not feel bites from trout as easily when you have a jig on your line, so that means you will have to set your jig regularly, even if you only feel the slightest bite on the line.
Remain Warm and Dry
As the best trout fishing is usually done in cold mountain streams, it is important that you remain warm and relatively dry throughout the day, so that you can fish for trout as long as possible. You will often have to walk out into one of these streams to cast into an eddy or area that has your desired trout waiting in it, so you will need waders or the proper waterproof boots that will allow you to do this. The longer you can fish, the better chance you have at catching fish, in general.