Learn where to find trout fishing gear, which kinds of rods and reels can be used to fish for trout places to fish, and what licenses, limits, and other things you may not know as a beginning trout fisherperson in Kansas.
Gear for Trout Fishing
Fly Fishing Gear
I do have a setup for fly fishing, because we go fishing for perch, crappie, and bass as well as trout fishing. The same setup can be used for all of these fish. If you fish for the first three types of fish, you can practice casting quite efficiently. With fly fishing, you should also learn how to use the feel of the line when you have caught a fish to know the difference in tugging of the fish when they are on the line as opposed to relying on the tip of the rod because setting the hook and letting the fish run are different from regular rods and reels.
The preferred gear is fly rods, reels, and lures. You don’t have to buy the highest priced rod and reels to trout fish. As for lures, many times you can buy them online and in packs that have several to choose from.
Fishing with fly rods and reels is far different from using your everyday rod and reel and you will need to practice, practice, practice. This can be done at any lake, river or stream where you have enough back casting room.
I would suggest buying the rod and reels at a sporting goods shop rather than online so you can check the different rods and reels along with taking a close-up look at the lines, leaders, and other basic gear that is needed.
Watching others fly fish can help you with learning different techniques in casting, lures, and other tips and tricks to help you achieve the best fishing experience with fly fishing. If you haven’t ever fished with these fishing tools, I highly suggest it because there’s something about it that is hard to explain until you have done it.
There are over a dozen fly fishing channels on YouTube that can help you with learning more about fly fishing and trout fishing. FlyFishingChannel.T V on YouTube has a variety of videos to watch. Be sure to check out some of the other channels on fishing on the right-hand side too.
NOTE: If you have ever watched “A River Runs Through It ,” you know of the conversations and the narrating of the movie that the enjoyment they found through fly fishing.
Regular Rods and Reels
Yes, you can use a regular rod and reel setup to trout fish. When using this gear, you will need to use a rod and reel you would use for bass fishing. There is a similarity in the fight a trout will have to a bass. The strength of the pole, reel , and line used for bass fishing will work. Crappie poles, reels, and lines may be too light in weight, therefore, causing the line to break and even the tip of the pole to break.
When I first went trout fishing with my husband and friends, this is the setup that I used because that was what we had on hand before buying the fly fishing gear.
TIP: You can also use fly fishing lures on this type of setup for trout fishing if you prefer not to buy any other fly fishing equipment. However, I will suggest you buy a hand net too because it will make it easier to land the trout once you have it reeled in.
TIP: Where to buy fly fishing lures and a net? Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and FishUSA.com. I recommend Cabela’s, Dicks, and Bass Pro Shops for waders and boots so you can try them on to get the best fit for your body.
Where to Trout Fish in Kansas
We have trout fished at Carey Park at Hutchinson, Kansas. Why? It is in the town I just mentioned where our friends live and they stock the pond at this park in for those who want to trout fish. We have yet to go someplace to fish a stream or river for trout. This is on our bucket list.
There are other places to trout fish in Kansas and we have fished at these places a few times, but not as often as Carey Park.
The limit in state parks state fishing lakes has a five trout creel limit and without a limit to length because of the life limit on trout and the fishing timeline for these fish.
Trout fishing in Kansas is November 1 to April 15th. You also need a trout permit which will cast $12.50. There are other stipulations for trout fishing in Kansas which can be found at the KDWPT website.