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Rainbow Trout Fishing Tips

Ishani Chatterjee Shukla
Fishing ranks well recreationally and economically. Rainbow trout is one feisty fish.

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Rainbow trout is a close relative of the salmon, and belongs to the family of Salmonidae. It is native to tributaries of the Pacific ocean in Asia and North America.

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This fish is angled for both food and sport. There are a number of popular fishing techniques, but not all may work to catch just about any fish. Those techniques for catching rainbow trout are peculiar and effective for this highly esteemed catch.
The tips given here are mostly useful in flowing water, like a river or a stream. However, with some alterations and customization, these pointers may be used in case of lakes as well.

Rainbow Trout Fishing Tips

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Don't Cast Shadows

No, no, you don't need to turn into a vampire to catch rainbow trout! Just be careful not to cast your shadow on the hole or run, in which you intend to fish. The rainbow trout is a wise guy, and you won't get any bites if you cast a shadow where you fish.

Serve Live Bait in a Natural Way

Worm balls don't work with rainbow trout. Use gang hooks for this fish, as it bites only when it assumes the bait to have appeared naturally, and not custom-made.

Efficiency Counts

This is the most important of all fishing tips. You must have your line and bait ready if you ever wish to catch a rainbow trout. The line must be in the water at all times, as more the time the line spends in the water, several the chances you have of getting bites from this trout.
Also, carrying bait bags is a great idea, as this will enable you to have your baits ready at hand at all times. Remember, fumbling is a big showdown. Being prepared is essential.

Take Your Hands Seriously

Pay attention to how your hands smell. The scent of your hands can get transferred to the bait. Since rainbow trouts have a very keen sense of smell, they can smell you on the bait.
For instance, if you are a smoker, the smell of tobacco can drive the trout away. One way to counter this problem is to grab a handful of dirt, and rub it into your hands before you go fishing. This neutralizes the smell of your hand, and erases the scent of any foreign substance.

Technique to Catch Rainbow Trout

  • First of all, make a note of all the things you must take along with you. You are going to need small barrel swivels, split shot sinkers, gang hooks, and live worms.
  • Once you arrive at the fishing spot, tie the end of your line on a small barrel swivel, and tie on a set of size 8 or size 10 gang hooks. Include sufficient split shots so that you get to the bottom, starting with two, to get a hang of the appropriate weight.
Add a worm now. The aim is to bounce your live worm off the bottom so that it flows naturally downstream. For this, you would need to cast the fishing rig parallel to yourself, and allow it to flow naturally with the current as it bounces off the bottom. If you get snagged a lot of times, it is a sign that you are fishing at the right place.
  • The gang hook technique works for still water trout fishing, with some modification. One of the most practical tips for catching rainbow trout in lakes and ponds is using the same rig mentioned earlier, but replacing the split shot with an egg sinker. This way, the gang hook lets you offer the worm in the most natural way, and arouse no suspicion.
The most important thing to consider when going fishing for rainbow trout is to make your bait look as natural as possible, especially if you are using live bait. A set of gang hooks, which is a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, is the most efficient rig for this purpose.

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For fishing in still water, one may consider the Powerbait or other floating artificial baits. Along with these baits, the given tips and techniques would be of great assistance to aspiring anglers. Happy fishing!