If you want to consistently catch more rainbow trout, you need to do things that other trout fishermen are unwilling, unable, or too uninformed to do. Below I will outline a few rules that the “average” rainbow trout fisherman might not be aware of, all of which will help him or her catch more trout. How is it that I am aware of these rules? Simply because I’ve spent the better part of thirty years on various rivers and lakes throughout North America fishing for these beautiful fish and in that amount of time have managed to learn a thing or two. In other words, if you are new to the world of rainbow trout fishing or are experienced and just want to catch a few more rainbow trout, you have indeed come to the right place. Below I will outline a few simple rules that I have learned over the years that will without a doubt help you catch more rainbow trout the next time that you have chance to hit the water.
I will begin with the easiest rule and the one that can literally be implemented by anyone, when they go fishing. Whether or not you believe me, the weather and the moon play a huge role in whether or not the rainbow trout that you are fishing for are going to be feeding and as you can imagine, you will catch more trout if you are fishing when the trout are feeding. The more that you can use this information to your advantage on the water, the more trout you will catch. Learn some simple rules concerning frontal systems, moon phases, and the rising and the setting of the moon and you will almost automatically catch more rainbow trout the next time that you head out fishing.
Next we have the size of the rod, reel, and fishing line that is used when you are fishing for rainbow trout. In my experience 75-80% of the trout fishermen that I encounter are using gear that’s entirely too heavy when it comes to fishing for this beautiful species of fish. If you want to catch more rainbow trout than the “average” trout fisherman make sure that you are employing a rod and reel that are ultra light power and fishing line that is no heavier than six pound test. When it comes specifically to fishing line I prefer to use four pound test and rainbow fishermen that are more serious than me go often use line as light as two pound test.
The final rule that I have for you is to make sure that whatever trout bait, lure, and hooks that you choose to use are also smaller than you might be used to. For the most part rainbow trout aren’t excessively large fish and prefer to eat small meals. This is even true for large rainbow trout, as they are often used to eating a lot of small meals as opposed to one or two large meals when they are feeding. For this reason, keep whatever bait portions, trout lures, and/or hooks that you use as small as you can. Doing this will result in more bites from hungry rainbows.
The bottom line is that by employing these simple rules, you will without question experience more success anytime that you are fishing for rainbow trout. These rules have been helping me for almost three decades and I know they will do the same for you.