Growing up in a small coastal town, fishing was a part of my life early on. I never really fished for anything specific, but by being out by the water, I got to talk to many extremely serious fishers. Here are some tips I gleaned off of them for how to be successful with jigs while trout fishing.
It’s important to remember with any fish that when you’re baiting them, you’re trying to make the fish hungry for whatever it is you’re offering. Much like humans, one great way to make a fish, especially trout, hungry for what you have is by scent.
Looking through many outdoor shops will show you that the selection of scented additives is quite immense. Often what you want to look for is a paste with a strong scent. This allows the scent to stay on the tackle for a longer period, and keep the scent potent for much longer as well.
The speed that you fish, pulling the line, is also important in your chances of success. The general idea is that the warmer the water is, the faster you want to fish. This is equally relevant to jigs. Different jigs have different speeds, so the warmer the water, the faster action you want the jig to product, as well as the faster you want to move the line yourself. Don’t rely entirely on the jig to do the work; you also need to manipulate the line. Small, jerky movements are usually best as they better simulate the movement of the food you’re trying to simulate.
While the casual fisher is likely looking for a location to fish from that is aesthetically pleasing, if it is catches you’re after you want plenty of bugs. Bugs are what fish eat, trout included, so if there are a lot of bugs, that means fish are likely under having a great feast. By adding your ‘bug’ to the mix, you’re offering likely a bigger, more visible, and smellier bug to the offerings, making what you’re offering the best offer on the table.
I mentioned earlier that temperature should be used to gauge how you move the line and how fast your jig moves, but it also is a determining factor in catching larger trout. The colder the waters, the more likely your chances are of catching a trophy trout. Oxygen levels can also be a determining factor, with higher oxygen levels come bigger trout. You can gauge the oxygen levels by how much the water moves, as its water crashing together that oxygenates the water. Plant life in and around the water can also be an indication, with the more plant life bringing more oxygen to the water, and more oxygen allowing more water-based plant life to blossom.
Personal experience was used for the basis of this article. Facts and additional information was gleaned from Field and Stream.