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Trout are one of the most fun freshwater fish to catch. Fishing for them often involves fishing in serene locations with clear, cool water as trout don't tend to do so well in polluted rivers near cities. Many people go fly fishing for trout in rivers or streams. However there are many different methods for how to catch trout.
Live bait, along with a standard spinning reel and rod will do well for most smaller sized trout in rivers and streams, such as brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout up to about 20 inches or so. Most will use either 4 or 6 pound test line here, as well as very small hooks. Your live bait of choice is just fine, however be careful to wash your hands carefully before you go fishing with a scent free soap. Handling bait with your bare hands can contaminate the scent, so often times I find it is useful to get my hands a bit dirty before handling live bait (with some dirt or the muck at the bottom of the creek).
When live bait fishing for trout, the solution is simple if you run out of bait, as you can often find more bait beneath mid to large size rocks along the creek or riverbed. You will find hellgramites, which are the larva of a fly and resemble caterpillars with pincers. They make excellent bait. More commonly you will find crayfish, which trout will eat, especially when they're small. Hellgramites should be hooked once through the midsection, and crayfish once through the tail.
Generally when fishing with live bait, the easiest method is to toss the bait upstream from where you are standing and then let it drift downstream. Bites are detected by keeping an eye by the portion of line floating on the surface. When it "jumps," set the hook.
Other than that some fish for trout using lures. Lures are much better to use when you are not intending to keep the fish for eating, as lures hook in the fishes lip, whereas baits may be swallowed with the hook and damage the insides of a released fish.
The best lures for trout fishing are spinning lures, flies and small jigs. Some have used small crankbaits successfully, but these are better for large trout like lake trout. Even then, jigs or spinning lures are usually better.
To use a spinning lure to catch trout, just cast it out and reel it in. It is helpful to use a slightly irregular start-stop routine. Make sure that when you are reeling it in though, that you are doing so fast enough to make the blade spin.
For jigs, you can cast them out and then just let them sink to the bottom. Then you slowly reel and tug the rod, again in a start-stop motion. Jigs are also very good for ice fishing for trout.
Finally there is fly fishing. Fly fishing is one of the most popular methods for catching trout. However in order to fly fish you need special equipment. You need a fly fishing rod as well as a fly fishing reel. In addition, you need colored and weighted line, with a leader on the end of it. Finally, you need the lures that you tie on the end of it.
The lures are called flies, and they are made up mostly of feathers, threads and other similar objects, tied around a tiny hook. They are cast out, with the line giving the weight, where most flies float on the surface. Then, a hungry trout will come up to the surface and attack the fly, hoping for a meal but instead becoming yours.
Once you get a trout hooked, they are quite fun to reel in and put up quite a fight. They jump and splash quite a bit, and it is important to give them a little bit of slack line when they jump, or you risk dislodging the hook. Often times a steady reeling pressure is good enough to bring the trout up to shore, where you can release them or store them away for a meal as you wish.
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