When the summer time rolls around and the sun is shining there is no better way to enjoy Mother Nature at her best than to get down to the riverside with your favorite rod and reel and go fishing.
For many people there is one preferred target of their attention – the wily trout. No matter what sort of trout your immediate area offers, be it Brook Trout, Brown Trout or even Rainbows you’ll need the right kit to make sure that you come home at the end of the day with a full bag.
For many people the preferred way to get that full bag will be a spinning kit. If this is your method then make sure that you have a fairly light rod and a spinning reel that will allow you to not only cast a full distance but also to land your preferred bait in the right areas.
Your terminal tackle is off course up to you, but for light kits and a rod around 6 foot you’s probably be best served with a spinner at the end of your line. A light spinner should be tied to allow some movement as you retrieve – and your retrieve is all important. Many experts recommend a steady retrieve which will allow the spinner the maximum movement just under the surface. However as the sun becomes brighter allow the spinner to sink and slow your retrieve – trout will become more shy as the sun starts to penetrate the water.
If you are using live bait such as worms then you should allow the bait to sink. If you have attached the worm carefully the natural movement should attract the trout. Be careful on the hookup – wait for the bite and then give a second or two until you strike.
If you are using artificial bait the oldest trick in the book (especially on dams where trout are fed regularly) is to throw out some pellets or even some tightly crushed bread before casting – that’ll attract the fish to the area that you are casting towards.
Of course your tackle is of the utmost importance. If you know the average size of the trout that are in your waters then use the lightest line possible. It may take a little longer to land that big one, but line flash is reduce and you will have a much greater feel for the fish on the end of the line.
Last but not least – if you’re not fishing for the pot (not intent on taking your trout home) then always use barbless hooks. If you don’t have any then simply squeeze the barb down with a pliers or your trusty multitool (every fisherman should have one).
If you’re going to practice catch and release then always wet your hands and don’t handle the fish at all if possible. Simply bend down and use that multitool to flick out the hook and watch that beauty swim away to be caught another day.