Have you ever wondered how to rig a trout line? Well, after reading this quick article you will never again have to ask this question. In this article I will use my 20 plus years of trout fishing experience to list 2 extremely effective ways to rig a trout line so that you can catch more and bigger trout.
Both of these ways of rigging a trout line are for the traditional spin fisherman. If you fish for trout with spin fishing gear both of these methods for rigging your line will come in handy. As a matter of fact, once learned these rigs can be used for species of fish other than trout as well. In any case, after reading this article you will never again have to ask how to rig a trout line, you will now have 2 answers to this question.
- The Bubble Rig – The bubble rig involves the use of a casting bubble to fish an artificial fly. Everyone seems to know that artificial flies are very effective as bait for trout; however artificial flies are too lightweight to fish effectively with traditional spin fishing gear. This is where the bubble rig comes into play. A casting bubble enables traditional spin fishermen to cast and fish lightweight flies in an effective manner. The rig itself is set up like this: A casting bubble is threaded onto your line and a snap swivel is tied to the end of the line. A leader is now added to the swivel and a fly is tied to the end of the leader. The bubble stop is now depressed while holding the bubble underwater to allow water into the bubble. If you want to fish on the surface, fill the bubble a half to three quarters full of water. If you want to fish under water, fill the bubble completely full. The bubble (with water in it) gives you the weight needed to cast a lightweight fly effectively. This rig is now cast out and retrieved slowly. The bubble rig is best used while fishing for trout in still water situations.
- The Live Worm Rig – The live worm rig is best used while fishing for trout in the flowing waters of either a river or stream. If you want to learn how to rig a trout line, this trout fishing rig is one of the best. This rig is extremely effective for catching trout or any fish that swims in the flowing waters of a river or stream. The goal with the live worm rig is to have a live worm (or portion of a live worm) roll along the bottom of the river as it flows naturally with the current. The rig itself is set up like this: start by taking the end of your line and tying on a small swivel. This help to prevent your line from become twisted. On the opposite end of the swivel tie on a set of gang hooks. Now split shot sinkers are added to the line above the swivel for weight. Add or remove split shot as needed so that your rig hits the bottom, but doesn’t become snagged (getting the weight right takes some practice). Now a live worm, or 1/2 a live worm in the case of large worms like night crawlers, it added to the gang hooks. Now cast this rig into the current, close the bail on your reel, and allow the rig to drift naturally with the current until the “drift” is over. You should feel the bottom during the drift, and with practice telling the difference between the bottom and bites is a breeze.
Now you know how to rig a trout line in 2 extremely effective manners. Add these rigs to your trout fishing arsenal and start catching more trout; it’s as simple as that.