If you’ve been trout fishing for a few years, you’re probably interested in taking your trout fishing to the next level. Some trout anglers aren’t interested in such things and are fine with just catching eight to fifteen inch trout. For those of you who want to do better, as in catching more and larger trout, this article is for you.
Trout, especially larger more experienced trout, have become that way for a couple of reasons, and one of those reasons isn’t being stupid. They have been caught before, and have lived in their particular river or stream for an extended period of time. This means they are weary of certain things and they are very familiar with their surroundings.
To take your trout fishing to the next level you need to be aware of both of these points, and begin to use them to your advantage. Let’s begin with the trout’s surroundings. When fishing for trout you want to stay out of the trout’s view as much as is possible. Remember, if you can see a trout, it can more than likely see you, and if larger trout can see you that are much less apt to bite your offering.
You also want to pay attention to where your shadow is being cast on sunny days. You never want to cast a shadow on the area that you’re attempting to fish. This is a sure fire way to “spook” an area and not catch the larger trout. Another thing to keep in mind is the color of your clothing. You don’t want to wear colors that will make you stand out.
As I said, larger more experienced trout (which is what we’re looking for) have been caught before and have become weary of certain things. Like my mentor used to say, “Trout don’t eclipse the twenty inch mark by being dumb.” Always want to make sure that you use thin diameter fishing line when trout fishing. I have always used four pound test Stren monofilament and have found that anything over six pound test is a big mistake when fishing for trout.
The next thing to consider is the way in which your bait is being presented. I have found that worms are great trout bait and presenting them properly is of the utmost importance. When taking your trout fishing to the next level balling a worm onto a hook simply won’t cut the mustard. Natural presentation of worms is very important. Large trout want their meal to appear as it would in a natural situation. Gang hooks accomplish this task.
Start implementing these simple tips into your trout fishing repertoire and you will begin taking your trout fishing to the next level. And remember there is no substitute for spending time on the water honing your skills. Spend as much time on the river as you can if you want to become a more successful trout fisherman. There is simply no substitute for practice.
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com and an avid angler. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his five year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country.