Over the last few decades, trout fishing has emerged as one of the most popular sport fishing activities in the United States.
The term 'trouts' is used for a wide variety of fish belonging to the Salmonidae family, which are found in both, freshwater and saltwater sources across North America, Europe, and Asia. When it comes to trout fishing, lures and baits play a crucial role, and thus, you need to choose them carefully.
For instance, did you know that even those trout species which dwell in deep water prefer to stay in shallow water during a particular time of the day? Being well-versed with such details will help you get a large catch in a very short time.
Getting yourself well-acquainted with the behavior of species is by far the most important tip a veteran of the field would give you. Your preparation will also depend on the season in which you go fishing.
With so many variations in terms of species, it's difficult to come up with specific tips which will suit all of them. With all these variations, the fishing techniques and equipment used are bound to differ to some extent.
Choosing Trout Lures
Though fishing lures come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, you have to be careful when choosing one. The foremost thing to keep in mind, is that the lures should imitate the prey of the fish in its natural surroundings. In such circumstances, having a brief knowledge about trout habitat can be an advantage in itself.
Suppose you are going fishing to a nearby lake where trouts mainly feed on silverfish, then you will have to choose some lures which are silver in color. Similarly, you can also try to find out what other creatures exist in this lake and buy your lures accordingly.
However, that doesn't mean you need to restrict to two or three types of lures. You can choose multiple lures and even experiment with them to come up with ones of your own.
Generally, lures used for trout fishing include jigs, spinners, flies, streamers, spoons, etc. As an angler you may have to use different lures in different circumstances. For example, spoons come in handy in medium-speed currents, while stick-baits come in handy in slow water.
In case of fly fishing, the use of lures like dry flies, which skim the surface of the water, and wet flies, which float under the surface of the water, is your best bet. The lures you choose are also likely to differ according to the species.
For instance, in the case of rainbow trouts, lures like trout flies, trout spinners, and trout jigs are ideal, but they may not be ideal for all the trout species. Similarly, in case of golden trouts or speckled trouts, lures should be taken into consideration depending on the depth of water, other creatures found in the water body, time of fishing, etc.
Lures reduce deep hooking which is allegedly the leading cause of fish deaths in course of fishing. So, they are preferred over baits when it comes to trout fishing as a hobby, wherein you just catch the fish and release it back in water. More importantly, using these lures also reduces use of live baits, helping maintain a balance in the marine environment.