Fishing for trout is not only a fun pastime; it’s an art that takes mastering skill and technique to be successful at it. Regardless of how good a fisherman you may be or not, the importance is that one has a great time while doing so. The sound of the rippling stream, the early-morning breeze on your face, and the thought of throwing a great catch on the grill are as good as any reason to begin the excitement that trout-fishing has to offer.
Beginners need only a few tips to get started. The right rod, reel, and lure, as well as a great fishing spot are the basics to catch a lovely rainbow or brown. Don’t forget the requisite fishing license before your fishing adventure.
Although there are many heralded fishing rivers, Roaring River State Park in the Ozark Mountains is my personal favorite. There are many rivers or lakes just like this that are spring-fed and cold, which create the perfect environment for large and lovely rainbow trout. Any spot that ensures as well as regulates catch and release, fishing times, and how many trout are allowed per fisherman is preferred. These procedures keep the trout population high and you without a fine.
Bait and lures are something to keep in mind, especially when game wardens have their say. Fly fishing is preferred for all types of trout, but a regular rod and reel are just as useful. Trout prefer insects, so a lure that resembles a bug floating or landing upon the water is key. Use items such as stink bait at your own risk; the fish may like it but the Fish and Wildlife Service usually don’t in certain areas. When using a standard rod, it’s important to cast often and let the lure float in the river currents.
Fishing for trout requires a great deal of patience. Casting often is something one will have to get used to but the procedure is quite therapeutic. It’s not without its dangers though. Many rivers and lakes have more than one fisherman so be sure to look behind you when casting as well as walk far behind those that are fishing. No one wants a lure puncturing their face.
No matter where you decide to indulge in your pursuit of a big and tasty trout, the important thing to remember is that soon you will have a foil-wrapped fish drizzled in olive and stuffed with lemon and garlic to throw on the grill or in the pan. Don’t forget to remove the tiny bones before consuming your delicious catch.