My husband enjoys fishing, but it’s more of a hobby than a real skill. His sons spend the summer with us, and he would like to teach them to fish, and wants to try trout fishing. After some research, here are the basics we have learned about trout fishing.
Trout is the name for a number of species of freshwater fish. Trout are closely related to salmon. Trout are typically found in cool, clear streams and lakes.
Fly fishing is a style of fishing that was specifically developed for trout fishing.
For trout fishing gear you want to use a light rod and rig, especially for small bodies of water and streams. Most trout fisherman invest in waders, be it hip, chest, or boot waders, so they can venture into the water. You will also want a trout net. As far as bait, good old earthworms work well. But if you want to be adventurous try larvae, grasshoppers, grubs, leeches, prepackaged trout bair, or artificial lures. A type of lure known as a “spinner” works well for trout fishing. For trout fishing use hooks in the #10 to #14 range. No bobber or sinker is needed on your line.
First of all, map out an area and make sure trout are in the water. For trout fishing you want to stay hidden, and don’t walk around or move excessively in the water. Many trout fisherman prefer to wade into the water, but once you find a spot it is important to stay still. In the spring time afternoon is the best time to catch trout. In the summer time the cooler, early morning is a better fishing time.
Familiarize yourself with the laws regarding fishing in your state. If a license is required make sure that you procure one before you ever go fishing. Educate yourself on how many fish you can catch and keep. Safety is also an important factor when trout fishing. Always bring a small first aid kit in case you cut yourself on a hook, or injure yourself getting to your fishing spot. Taking someone with you is always best, but if you can’t do that make sure someone knows where you are and what time you were supposed to be done. While fishing can be a relaxing and quiet experience, any time you are around running water safety is a concern.