Secrets from the Trout Fishing Pros
Knowing the water and its characteristics where you fish is yet one more factor that plays into the degree of success you will have when trout fishing. The goal is to find water that is right for trout fishing. This means learning the various features such as depth, size, amount of shelter for the fish, width of the water, and so on. The best water for trout is the small sized rivers and streams. The reason for this is that you will find water that is shallower, a slower water speed, better visibility, better shelter, and the riverbeds are usually well defined. All of these things combined make the ideal location to catch trout. Now keep in mind that these waters are simply the better choices but when it comes to catching trout, you have a huge selection that includes
Think about movement for just a minute. As cars down the freeway, children play in the house, and a dog runs in the yard, and so on, the eye naturally turns to take notice. When you go trout fishing, in many cases, movement equals trout. For trout fishing, the same is true. Remember that when you see movement, you many not see the entire trout. Instead, you may see a quick flash of light, an odd shape, a shadow, or even a small portion of the fish itself such as the tail or fin. Therefore, rather than expect to see the entire fish, teach your mind to look for movement , which could be a trout.
Trout fishing sometimes requires a great deal of patience. Remember, this is the time to relax in the outdoor environment rather than feeling overwhelmed that you are not catching anything. Allow the down time to be a time of anticipation instead of frustration. By being frustrated when trout fishing, you will experience a negative impact on your fishing abilities. Typically, along with frustration comes a loss of concentration. As discussed earlier, when your concentration moves from
When you hear the words, Spinner Presentation , that is a reference to the way in which you fish a particular lake, river, or stream. The presentation is not just casting the line into the water but also the way in which you manage the spinner, the way you retrieve, and so on. Presentation is the method in which you fish and by learning how to present the right way, you will improve your overall ability to catch trout.
In fact, some wading boots shoes are designed with metal studs on the sole that are excellent when you find yourself trying to catch trout from slippery riverbeds or shorelines. The other great advantage of neoprene is that if your feet do get wet, you can set the boots shoes out by the campfire and by the time that you wake up in the morning to start another day of fishing, they will be perfectly dry.
An interesting fact about trout fishing is the observation skills required. As you fish, you will be walking up and down riverbanks, looking around as you go. When you do this, your mind perceives that things are moving around you, when in fact, they are not moving at all. This is why observing your environment while standing still is so important. Many anglers are not aware of this trick but once you try it, you will see for yourself how it helps. Looking around at the water and environment as you walk causes things to become distorted. Have you ever stopped at a stoplight and had another car come up along side you when suddenly you feel as though your car were rolling when in actuality, it was the other car moving The same principal applies to trout fishing. The next time you go trout fishing, try this exercise and you will see for yourself just how powerful stationary observation is. This form of observation is often referred to Stream Craft, which means being aware of your...
Like with anything, when you build your confidence, you will perform better. The importance of confidence in trout fishing is that you stop questioning every decision you make. In other words, you choose the right spinner and you know it was the right spinner. Once you have gained confidence, you stop wasting time second-guessing everything you do and just focus on catching trout.
If you are serious about trout fishing, this chapter will show you the importance of learning the various strategies for casting. Sure, anyone can cast a line into water and keep their fingers crossed that they will get a bite and if they are lucky, they might. However, if you want to catch an abundance of trout every time you head out to the lake, river, or stream, learning the right way to cast is crucial.
One of the most important things to remember about trout fishing is that while it would be nice to walk into a sporting goods store and pick up one pole, one spinner, one type of line, and be ready to go but in reality, trout fishing is not a one-size fits all type sport. Now keep in mind that you do not have to spend your life's fortune to have a great time and to be successful, but there is a level of investment if you want to be competitive.
Of all the things that you should do when trout fishing, having good concentration levels is number one. If you think about it, fishing requires the angler to be making several decisions at once. The coordination of these efforts can be done flawlessly if the angler is concentrating on what is going on. While fishing, if you were to become distracted, your mind would begin to wander to other things. When this happens, your concentration on the retrieval is gone and the fish takes advantage of that lapse by fighting and freeing itself from the hook. Another way in which concentration is used when trout fishing relates to the equipment you use. This is why understanding your rod, reel, line, and lures is so important. As you cast, pay attention to the way in which the line goes out. Is it smooth or do you notice some stiffness The concentration would also be used for your retrieval. Are you able to reel the trout in easily or is the process more challenging that it should be In essence,...
When trout fishing, while enjoying the fight you should be relaxed so you enjoy your time on the water. An important part of fishing, whether for trout or any type of fish is the relaxation that it offers. As you walk along riverbanks, wade in beautiful streams, and take in the beauty that the outdoor offers, you should feel excited about catching trout but also relaxed in nature. To go trout fishing means to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy city and find a place that is tucked away with green vegetation and crystal blue water. Therefore, your mindset needs to be ready for some peace and quiet. If you were to ask anglers that had been fishing for years what they like about this sport most, the majority would agree that it is the relaxation and ability to clear the mind.
The jacket shell is designed similar to the vest but it provides a little more coverage. This type of clothing for trout fishing is not lined, very lightweight, and waterproof, making this an excellent piece of clothing for anglers. Best of all, the jacket shell is very affordable.
As mentioned, with lots of practice and some patience, you can learn to spot trout underneath the water. This may be a flash, shadow, or slight movement. Even if you are trout fishing in clear water, do not expect to see an entire trout. Instead, look for various portions of the fish and then use your visualization skills to identify the trout. For example, if you see a fin and tail, you want to take the shape and identifying marks and put them together to determine the type of trout associated with those characteristics.
The nice thing about trout fishing is that you can choose just one method or if you prefer, you can use a combination of any of the three on each trip. For instance, you could start out wading in shallow water in the morning when the water temperatures are cool and then head out on a boat to deeper waters in the afternoon when the water temperatures rise and trout move out to find better shelter. To gain a better understanding of each of these methods, you can follow the guidelines provided before to help you choose the right method of using.
To be a good angler, you have to have the mindset of flexibility. Unfortunately, many anglers have become stuck in the mindset that if they go home without fish, they have failed. Sure, the purpose of trout fishing is to catch fish to bring home but if you happen to have an off day, you should walk away with the feeling that you had a great time and learned something from that day's experience.
For trout fishing in the summertime when the environment is hot, cotton pants and shirts are the best choice in that they will provide the needed protection yet help keep you cool. Try to find colors that would blend in with the environment, which will help you from being spotted so easily by the fish. A great option is camouflage as well as greens and blues. For trout fishing in the fall or winter, you can still use your cotton pants or shirts by wearing them under waders rather than alone. Just remember to add other warm apparel such as a hat, socks, and gloves so you stay well insulated against the cold environment. Again, when you are comfortable, you can focus on the fishing and not on how miserable you might be feeling.
The great thing about trout fishing is that you can catch this type of fish in all types of waters from lakes to rivers to streams, and the water can be shallow or deep. Learning about a trout's environment is another trick for having a successful day of fishing. To succeed in catching trout every time you fish, you must know how to read the various sections of each body of water, which is known as Stream Craft .
Interestingly, many anglers get out on the water and forget one very important thing - sunglasses. As you have learned earlier in this book, to be good at trout fishing, you need to be able to see the environment, both outside and inside the water. If you are without sunglasses, the water will have a glare making it hard to see much of anything. To help you see through the water, a pair of quality, polarized sunglasses will soon become your best friend. This type of sunglasses helps by cutting the glare on the water's surface. Additionally, sunglasses act as a protective cover for the eyes. If you have ever been trout fishing before, chances are you have become snagged on something and trying to get it undone you tug on the line only to have the spinner come flying back toward you. This is an accident waiting to happen so by keeping your sunglasses on, you keep your eyes safe from flying hooks.
To classify fishing line, it is measured by its strength. To make this determination, manufacturers use a special test called the Brighton Strand Test, which involves taking portions of line that is straight and unknotted and then applying various levels of stress until it finally breaks. The point at which the fishing line breaks is considered the test strength or breaking strain. The discovery made by the manufacturers using this test is that for trout fishing, your best options of strength include 6, 8, 10, and 12-pound line.
Although a little different, gaiters are somewhat like a pair of waders in that they are waterproof and rather than cover the entire lower portion of the body, they cover from the knees down. The great thing about gaiters is that you can wear them in the winter for wading in cold streams or in the summer to protect your legs from shrubbery, rocks, and so on. Therefore, they actually serve a purpose regardless of the time of year you enjoy trout fishing.
Flexibility is an operative word when it comes to trout fishing. If you are fishing one spot but not having much success, you need to relocate to another spot. Try to move in an upstream direction, looking for pools or pockets in the water. As you walk upstream, stop about every four feet and cast. This will allow you to cover just about every area of the water. Remember, you might fish one spot and catch nothing but move five feet and find a bunch of trout. Therefore, do not walk upstream and wait until you have gone 20, 30, or 40 feet before casting.
Fishing conditions change based on a number of factors such as weather, current, height, depth, clarity, and width of the water, shelter, and so on. This means that the spinner you use will change depending on the conditions on the day you fish. As an example, if you go trout fishing on a cloudy day, you would choose a brightly colored spinner whereas on a sunny day, you would want a dull or matt finish spinner. When it comes to spinners, anglers typically think of fly-fishing. However, trout fishing also uses spinners and by keeping the right spinners as a part of your equipment, you will be amazed at how much benefit you will enjoy. For instance, when choosing spinners, you will consider three primary things
Unfortunately, many anglers make the mistake of spending too much thought and time worrying about losing spinners. After all, when trout fishing you are going to be casting over rocks, around shrubbery, and over tree branches, which means that spinners will be lost no matter how careful you are.
The New American Trout Fishing by John Merwin Macmillan Publishing Co. 1994. A modern treatise (see Trout below) on the sport today. Trout by Ray Bergman Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. First published in 1938, this second revised edition has become a classic treatise on trout fishing in the United States. Its age is advantageous in that it allows the beginner to learn about the modern-day infancy of the sport.
Lake trout can be caught by flyfishermen and light-spin-tackle anglers in spring when the fish move to shallow water. Best offerings to use at this time are minnow simulations streamers, spinners, spoons, and diving crankbaits. But the majority of lake-trout fishing is done at depth by trolling with large spoons and live bait, such as smelt. In the past, heavy, unwieldy conventional rods and reels outfitted with wire line were necessary to reach the depths required. However, the advent of downriggers has allowed comparatively light-tackle anglers to fish for lake trout successfully.
One major manufacturer offered a ready to fish spinning rod-and-reel combination that came with a free tackle starter kiteither three spinners or a small assortment of plastic worms and hooksfor 35. Conversely, for about 100 you can buy an excellent warranty-backed rod-and-reel outfit, one that will last for more than a decade, and still have money left over for your license. For now, though, I recommend going with a mid-priced outfit, because your desires may change in the future. There's no point investing heavily in, say, a lightweight trout-fishing outfit now when you may wind up doing most of your fishing in big reservoirs for heavyweight largemouth bass.
NSW offers some of the premier trout fishing in Australia. Brown, rainbow and brook trout are found in the cooler highland reaches of many NSW rivers. In a number of rivers trout have established naturally reproducing populations. In other waters NSW Fisheries, in conjunction with angler groups, maintains populations by annual restocking with fry and fingerlings.
The end of the trout fishing season coincides with the onset of the trout spawning runs. Staff at NSW Fisheries' two trout hatcheries make full use of the spawning populations to maintain strong genetic diversity among hatchery stocks. This ensures that the fish we breed grow better and are less susceptible to disease.
I once hooked an enormous wild steelhead in the outlet area of British Columbia's Morice's Lake. In this outlet the fish was holding as if it was in a mariner's tail out. This steelhead was a surprise because at the time I was trout fishing. Respectfully, its first wild run will be long remembered. Every time I visit a lake's outlet I look for a bonus fish opportunity. Using utmost caution I try to make my best approach and presentation.
There are good waters for fishing perch, pike-perch and pike in the region and it's not unusual to catch trout either. For net fishers, many lakes provide good catches of vendace. Recent years have seen a major improvement to the crayfish population in many lakes and crayfish licences are now much more easily available.
Perch is the fishers best friend the national fish of Finland, it is found throughout the country and bites readily at all times of the year. In winter, the best method of catching perch is ice fishing and angling with a hook and line in summer. Angling is also a good means of catching other, fairly common fish roach, bream, id and other fish of the same family in late spring or summer. For example, the best time for id angling is between 15 April and 15 May in Southern Finland. The prime lure fishing season for pike is spring and autumn, but pike can be drawn out of their hiding places throughout the open water season. The best time for sea trout fishing is in April-May and SeptemberNovember. But in some years, December is a very good time for trout trolling, just before the ice comes. Grayling, salmon, brown trout and whitefish bite eagerly in the summer and autumn, particularly in rivers and rapids. And if you are interested in salmon trolling on the open sea you should fish in...
Size 4 to 10 streamers work well for most trout fishing, but you may need sizes up to 1 0 for large trout. For crappies, use sizes 6 to 12 for white, smallmouth and spotted bass, sizes 2 to 6 for large-mouth bass, pickerel and salmon, sizes 1 0 to 4 for northem pike, muskies and stripers, sizes 3 0 to 2.
In open water time, a sea fishing experience would be incomplete without the chance to surf-fish for sea trout on the outer islets, using spinning equipment, or to troll for salmon on the open seas from motor boats. The prime seasons for trout fishing are early spring and late autumn and for salmon trolling May - June.
The Hare's Ear Nymph is the most popular nymph of all times. In sizes 8 through 16, it will catch trout, panfish, bass, and even salmon. It suggests a myriad of underwater life, and is best tied very fuzzy and buggy looking. You may tie it weighted, weighting just the forward half of the hook shank, or unweighted as we're showing it here.