Almost three decades ago I fell in love with a particular style of fishing and a particular species of fish, and this this love affair haunts and nurtures me to this very day. It haunts me because I probably expend way to much mental energy on it and it nurtures me because when I am standing in a flowing river fishing, I feel as if I am literally “talking” with God in some way. When I am fishing while standing in a flowing river I feel as if I am literally in heaven and when I am fishing in this manner I am almost always ultralight fishing for rainbow trout.
Now I realize that this might sound overly dramatic, but the truth of the matter is it’s how I feel. Fishing for rainbow trout while using ultralight gear is something that I have been doing for almost three decades and in that time I have learned a lot of tips and tricks that have enabled me to rarely experience a day without catching at least one rainbow trout. Below I will outline a few of the tips and tricks that I believe can be implemented by virtually anyone so that you can also experience more success the next time that you head out in search of a rainbow or two.
Let’s begin with the tip that’s the easiest for you to control and has nothing to do with your ability as a trout fisherman, when you are fishing. Quite a few years ago I learned that the time of the day and the time of the month had a lot to do with whether or not I caught trout and that the time when I should be on the water directly correlated to two factors; the weather & moon. So I started to pay attention to these two forces of Mother Nature and plan my fishing trips accordingly. When I began doing this, my catch rates immediately began to rise.
Next we have your level of efficiency when you are on the water fishing for rainbow trout. As you are undoubtedly aware, we all have a limited amount of time that we can fish, so for this reason you always want to make sure that you are being as efficient as possible when you are on the water. While “efficiency” may seem like something that has little to nothing to do with fishing for trout, over the past three decades or so I have learned that efficiency has everything to do with consistently catching fish.
The more efficient you are, the more time you will spend with your line in the water (where the trout are), rather than out of the water while you tend to menial fishing tasks. This is why items such as fishing vests, bait bags, retractors for holding and accessing lightweight gear, and small individual tackle boxes for organizing trout lures, terminal tackle, and baits are so very important. All of these items, along with a few others, make you a much more efficient and thus a more effective angler.
The last trick that I want to mention is the fact that the less “pressure” that the rainbow trout you are fishing for receive, the more apt you are to experience success when fishing for them. What does this mean? Whenever possible, try not to fish where a ton of other trout fishermen are. The farther you can get away form heavily fished and/or crowded area’s, the better. I sometimes encounter large groups of fishermen fishing virtually shoulder to shoulder in area’s where trout were known to have been recently stocked. These types of situations are “red flags” to me and cause me to seek another trout fishing spot. Remember, rainbow trout have the ability to swim and will often move from area’s that are being fished heavily. This is especially true with any larger or more experienced trout. For this reason, take a few extra minutes to walk up or down stream or to other are’s of the lake to avoid large crowds of fishermen.
Implement these simple tips and tricks the next time that you head out ultralight fishing for rainbow trout and you will experience more success, I promise you. The tips have been helping me for more almost three decades and I am confident that they will do the same for you.