In this article I will do my best to explain some of the basics of trout fishing in an attempt to help you avoid some common trout fishing mistakes. Understanding “the basics” is very important when fishing for trout. Fishing for these multi colored fish can be a bit different than fishing for many other species of fish, and the regular rules of fishing don’t necessarily apply when fishing for trout.
Don’t get me wrong, the basics like using a hook and line certainly apply, it’s just that there are other basics that many anglers don’t consider which can make a big difference when trout fishing. This article will outline some of the basics of trout fishing that every beginning trout angler needs to keep in mind.
The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to fishing for trout is where trout are found. For the most part trout are found in cold, clear, flowing water. Trout are very aware of their surroundings and in clear water this means that the fisherman needs to be concerned about the trout’s surroundings as well. In other words you don’t want the trout to notice you as much as is possible. When fishing for trout you want to do things like wearing drab colored clothing and not casting your shadow on the area that you’re attempting to fish. Basically make yourself as invisible to the trout as is possible.
The next thing to keep in mind when fishing for trout is the size of the fishing gear that’s employed. Too often beginning trout anglers use fishing gear that’s entirely too heavy. One of the most important basics of trout fishing is to use ultralight rods, reels, and light line. Not only does this make trout fishing much more sporting and fun, the use of ultralight gear also makes fishing much more effective as well. I personally use four pound test monofilament fishing line when trout fishing and nothing heavier than six pound test should ever be employed when fishing for trout (in most situations).
When it comes to trout fishing basics another important basic is the way that your bait is presented. Trout, especially large, experienced trout, pay very close attention to what their bait looks like. This means that you want your bait to be presented in the most natural manner possible. This is accomplished by employing gang hooks to rig your bait. These hooks allow for an extremely natural bait presentation.
The above are some of the basics every angler needs to know when fishing for trout. Are they all of the basics? Of course not, but these tips will go a long way to making you a more successful trout angler. These trout fishing basics are among the most important for the beginning trout angler to learn.