It has been said that fishing tips are like belly buttons, everybody has one, and while this fact might very well be true, rarely are the tips worth the paper that said tip is printed on. Why is this the case? Mostly because fishing tips are often recycled, rather than being based on real world fishing experience, which is where all quality fishing idea’s and thoughts come from.
Below you will find my top 3 rainbow trout fishing tips, all of which come from more than twenty five years of on the water fishing experience. For the last quarter of a century I have been fishing for rainbow trout while using ultra light spin fishing gear and if I had to rely on only three pieces of information for the rest of my life when it comes to the subject of fishing for rainbow trout, these 3 tips would be those pieces of information.
Always be on the water when the trout are most likely to be active. Many times having a successful day on the water has more to do with whether or not the fish that you are fishing for are active than it does with any other factor, which is why you need to study the phase of the moon (new moon is the best) and when the moon is rising and/or setting (fishing will be best during the hour or so that coincides with either of these events) on the particular day that you are going to be fishing for rainbow trout. If you are on the water when the rainbows are active, you will catch more fish, it’s as simple as that.
Next there is the way in which your bait is presented to the rainbows that you are fishing for. You always want the focus to be your bait and not your hooks, which means using hooks that are as small as possible anytime that you are trout fishing. For gang hooks and salmon egg hooks this means size # 8, 10, or 12, and with treble hooks this means size #12 or 18. And don’t worry, large rainbow trout can be caught on very small fishing hooks. For example, I regularly catch twenty plus inch rainbow while using #10 gang hooks.
Finally we have a tip that many “rookie” trout fishermen tend to neglect and that is the size of your fishing line. When it comes to rainbow trout fishing tips the size of your fishing line is as important as any factor when it comes to whether or not a trout will bite. For this reason you never want to use fishing line that’s heavier than six pound test. Four pound test is my personal favorite and many serious rainbow trout spin fishermen use line that as light as two pound test.
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing a website focused on river and stream fishing with a focus on fishing for trout. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and has spent much of that time fishing in small rivers and streams.