5 Useful Tips on Trout Fishing

November 20th, 2009 | by admin |

In fishing, trout are one of the favorite “fishing friends” of most anglers. These crafty fish are abundant anywhere. The native habitat of these crafty fish depends on the type of trout.

For brook trout, the native habitat includes the territory from Labrador westward to the Saskatchewan, while the rainbow trout is a native of the Pacific slope from Alaska to California.

On the other hand, brown trout has found its way into the waters of every state in the United States except Florida, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas. It has been reported in the waters of some of these states, but according to conservation officials, no authentic reports have been received. It is also found in many parts of Canada.

In trout fishing, there are some factors that need to be considered in order to have a successful catch.

1. For trout fishing, the leader should not be greased. It will not sink far enough to cause any difficulty when picking the line and lure from the water, but if it is allowed to float; it will cast a shadow on the bottom of the stream which may scare the trout.

2. The trout is one of the fishes that are usually secured through the use of the dry fly. For trout, the current as well as the pools should be fished. It may sometimes be a bit difficult to keep the fly from sinking or dragging because of the various conditions of the current, but this is a matter that the angler will have to figure out for himself.

3. It is not good practice when fishing for trout to fish directly upstream so the flies, line, and leader will float directly over fish. The fisherman should make the cast from one side of the stream so the fly will only float over the fish.

4. It is important to make the first cast the best. A feeding trout will usually strike the first lure presented if it is cast so that it will float over his private domain. The angler should never fail to fish the lower end of the pool first even if the trout are rising in the middle or upper end.

5. Trout are sometimes very moody or selective and will try the patience of any angler; hence, possibly a fly with less hackle will do the trick or it may be necessary to use a spent-wing fly or a fan wing.

Indeed, catching trout fishes can be lots of fun. The anglers just have to remember these tips in order to have a happy catch.

Nicky Pilkington

  1. 6 Responses to “5 Useful Tips on Trout Fishing”

  2. By mavrickatasu on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Trout Fishing Tip?
    I’ve grown up fishing for bass… its how my father always fished. Recently started trout fishing with some friends and have really gotten in to it. Anyway have any tips on trout fishing. What I"m looing for is like when to use a dry fly vs. a wet fly.. and is there a proper technique to work the lure or just let the river do it for you? Or what other type of lures/bait is popular and useful. And I’m fishing the streams and rivers of Western North Carolina.

  3. By AIRFLOW on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Its good your starting the great sport of fly fishing, i myself started it some 50+ years ago and i haven’t looked back on it since. It also makes a change an anger willing to use a fly to catch trout than some artificial plastic in a tub made by Berkley. Now to help you out. Without over complicating things here, you need to see what is happening around you in the water, look to see if there are any hatches of these flies that are stuck in the surface film of the water trying to emerge. If you notice this then a CDC suspended emerger type pattern can work well as trout pick these emerging insects from the surface.
    You must also take into account temperature, weather conditions and time of year.
    generally in the warmer summer months there will be allot more hatches than that of colder winter months, wind can also reduce the amount of hatches. Fishing on overcast days is one of the best times to fish for trout. If you can see these hatches then you need to go straight to a dry fly, try all the ones you have and try to match them to any real ones you see on the surface.
    Fish them on a floating line, with a mono-filament leader(don’t use fluorocarbon because it will sink your dry fly). If your fly sinks you may need to apply a little gink. If the water is colder and there are less hatches you may want to use a nymph. Standard nymphs like pheasant tail nymphs and hares ear nymphs are great fish them on a floating line, subsurface, dont retreive them just occasionally twitch them fish them under an indicator to help bite detection. If you get no takes with these go for the wets, examples are the typical woolly bugger, fish it on a intermediate line with a flurocarbon leader, retrieve with a slow figure of eight.

    LOTS of info here, dont let the name stop you it is fly fishing


    All of the items including flies, tippets, floatants and indicators are available here, its good to look them up so you have a picture to go with the name and pick up any advice you can

    You might also like to look at this, taken from another fly fishing question very similar to yours.

    From the end of the fly line down to the fly, follow these steps and you should catch. For tippet material you have a large choice because first there are leaders then there are tippets for general fishing tippet i use fluorocarbon as its invisible in all water and suitable for saltwater too, for makes i always go for airflo sight free g3 which i generally buy from cabelas, second are leaders these are tapered towards the tip and help yo achieve a better turnover (cast and presentation) these i don’t often use but when i do i use Cortland fine trout leaders in clear, these are good for a beginner such as your self as the dont often need changeing and help you cast further than before with a neat presentation what i will say is dont use flourocarbon for dry flies as it will make them sink, you can use it so long as you put a floatant on your dry such as gherkes gink or loon, aquel i buy lots of my gear from cabelas and bass pro
    firstly airflo tippet
    Leaders and cabelas own brand is fine for this

    gink floatant (better than loon)
    Dry flies that should work in your area
    * when you use a tippet for freshwater i generally go for about 5lb but as a beginner you can use up to 10lb with airflo g3 and still catch.

    I would try mainly nypmhs however if you arent confident in dry fly fishing or if the trout arent rising, some great flies to try for a beginner like yourself would be
    The Pheasant atil nymph, anything from size 12-14
    hares ear nymph same sizes, also a gold bead head version can work equally well, when fished closer to the bottom.

    These can also work well fished very close to the bottom on a floating line, try a co-polymer leader
    The san Juan worm is one to try, fish it singly with a almost static retrieve, twitching it every minute or so.

    if all else fails you may want to try a woolly bugger like this
    (it has built in flash to add a little more appeal)
    Hope this is of help.
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  4. By shasoki on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    lol me to haven’t caught a trout all my life grown up in south Florida so lots ah bass

    wish i could help (read my profile)
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  5. By JustAsking on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    http://www.amatobooks.com Good luck to you on fishing.
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  6. By Fisherman on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply


    Fishing for trout with a dry fly is always more entertaining than fishing with a wet or a streamer. There are two types of dry flies – attractor flies and imitator flies.

    Attractor flies are generic flies and intended to catch fish that are not feeding selectively. Some of my favorites are Royal Wulff Coachman, Humpy, and the Deer hair Irresistible. I often fish a large (size 12) Light Cahill Wulff or a large Adams Wulff as an attractor fly.

    Sometimes during the hatch of a specific acquatic insect the trout will begin to feed selectively on only that insect. That is when you need to use a fly that imitates the hatching insect as closely as possible in color and size i.e. imitator flies.

    You will often get a hit on an attractor dry fly when there are no visible insects on or above the stream, but if nothing is happening then it is time to switch to a wet fly or a streamer. Since trout face upstream, fish a dry up stream but fish a wet down and across with a strike indicator 8 or 10 feet above the fly. If I am wading I use one of those bright orange little foam strike indicators. If I am in a drift boat (they’re more popular on the big water out west than where you are) then I use a small bright orange bobber. You may have to add a small lead weight to get the wet fly down, or you can use bead-head weighted wet flies. Again the wet flies and streamer flies come in attractor and imitator choices.

    Normally you will catch the bigger fish on the streamers that look like bait fish. I chased one giant brown trout on the Davidson River above the hatchery for 3 years. He ignored drys and wets, but finally took a streamer. He was one warry trout. Caught my biggest trout on the Madison and the Yellowstone on streamer flies. Learn how to fish with streamers. You will even want to use them for bass fishing. And they are the best for exotics like peacocks, tigerfish and golden dorados when you decide to branch out.

    Well, I hope that this helps you. Could write a book, but this will do for now. Looking forward to your future questions as you develop your trout fishing skills. I love going to Western NC. Truly is God’s country. Consider yourself blessed.

    Good luck and 73 from the Fisherman
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    This old nomad has been fishing since childhood in the USA and in many of the 60 countries I’ve visited.

  7. By MVP on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Trout fishing I approach a little different than bass.

    I don’t fish lakes, but in rivers when trout fishing I always use bread. It seems to be the best bait for me and others whom I’ve fished with but here’s my technique.

    Put a sinker on your line about 4 inches above the hook, but a little tad bit of bread completly covering the hook (so that the trout doesn’t see it). Cast into the deepest part of the river and let it sink, barely reel in your line so that it stays good and tight. And if you feel one nibble, just let it set, it’s getting a good taste of it.

    I’ve caught thousands of trout throughout my day and can tell you bread is by far the best bait from my experience.

    I hate lake fishing though, never any luck. I’ll catch 100 in a river before I’ll catch 10 in a lake.

    Last trout fishing I did, was last Saturday and caught 35, alone. My buddy caught 40. This was in a number of about 5 hours.
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