There is nothing more satisfying than standing on the side of a stream on a brisk, sunny morning enjoying nature’s majesty with a fishing pole in your hand, watching your line for that tell-tale movement of a trout’s strike. Trout fishing is an excellent way to relax and commune with nature. Anyone from 4 to 104 can enjoy trout fishing. All you need to start is some basic fishing equipment, some bait, and a fishing spot. In most places you will also need a fishing license if you are over 16.
There are many different kinds of trout that live in streams, rivers ponds and lakes. There are even some trout that live parts of their lives in the ocean. According to Trout Unlimited, trout prefer water colder than 70 degrees. They can see well when they look up and they have excellent hearing, so leave your boom box at home and wear clothes that blend in with the environment.
All you need to start trout fishing is a basic fishing pole with a reel, hooks, and weights. The rod should be rated at 2-8 lbs with a light duty reel. Tie a hook at the end of the line, and then attach a weight about 2 feet below the hook.
According to Stream Explorers of Trout Unlimited, “Trout eat almost any smaller animal, including insects and tiny fish.” Earthworms make excellent bait, as well as crickets which are available in any bait shop. If you are squeamish about putting live bait on a hook, you can use corn.
You can find trout in almost any clear stream or river. In addition, there are stocked lakes in many parts of the country where you can pay to fish. Once you find your spot, choose a place to fish where you can caste upstream.
To caste, simply hold your rod with the tip behind you and flip the tip of your rod forward while releasing line from your reel (most reels have a button to push) -sending your bait into the water in front of you. Then simply wait. Breath in the fresh air and enjoy the peace and quiet and watch the tip of your pole for movement. When you feel the fish bite your bait, jerk your pole back to ‘set’ the hook and start reeling it in. Once you’ve reeled the fish in all the way, use a small pair of pliers to remove the hook. If you do not plan on eating the fish, release him by gently holding him in the water for a second, then let him go.
The thing I like most about trout fishing is that even if I don’t catch a single fish, I still have a wonderful, relaxing time enjoying nature’s beauty.