Monday, August 31, 2009

Fishing Tips For Trout - Trout Fishing Tips For Any Angler

Fishing for trout isn't a difficult task, especially when you're dealing with small inexperienced fish. Trout become even easier to catch when you're dealing with stocked fish that have been planted by your fish and game department. Trout fishing becomes more enjoyable (and difficult) when you start targeting larger more experienced trout. This is especially true in river and stream scenarios.

In this article I'm going to provide some simple fishing tips for catching trout, trout fishing tips that most any angler can put into practice. They key to any fishing tip is to put it into practice. As you do this you begin to learn all of the little nuances that make any fishing tip worthwhile. Fishing for trout is no different than any other species of fish, it's just that many times your surroundings are much more solitary and beautiful when fishing for trout.

Most of these trout fishing tips were taught to me by my best friends' father, a man I always considered a trout fishing "master". This man was able to catch very large trout from heavily fished waters in Pennsylvania and these tips come directly from his trout fishing knowledge. When it comes to fishing trips for trout the tips listed below are as good as you will find.

1. Free Your Hands Of Unnatural Scents - This simple trout fishing tip actually applies to all fishing, but especially trout fishing. Trout have very sensitive noses and if a seventeen plus inch trout detects any unnatural scents it is much less apt to bite your offering. This is why making sure that your hands are free of unnatural scents (which will transfer to your bait) is so important. If you want tp catch more and bigger trout, rub your hands in a handful of dirt before baiting up to remove any unnatural scents that might be present.
2. Use Light Line - Many trout fishermen (especially beginners) use fishing line that's entirely too heavy. I personally use four pound test for all of my trout fishing. Six pound test is serviceable as well, but any line heavier than this is probably overkill in most trout fishing scenarios. The bottom line when it comes to fishing for trout is this; the lighter your line the more bites your will get, it's as simple as that.
3. Use Effective Hooks - When it comes to trout fishing your hooks are extremely important, both their sharpness and their size. First off your always want to use hooks that are as sharp as possible. This means changing your hooks often or sharpening them often. Many fish are "missed" because of dull hooks. Secondly, many trout fishermen use hooks that are entirely too large. A good remedy to hooks that are too large is a set of gang-hooks. Gang hooks are simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, which enables a much more natural bait presentation.

These simple fishing tips for trout are highly effective. I realize how simple they are, but their simplicity, I think, is what makes them so effective. Many times it's the simplest things in life that make the biggest difference.

By Trevor Kugler

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Best Ways to Catch Trout - Rainbow Trout Fishing Tips

In this article I'm going to outline a few simple, yet extremely effective rainbow trout fishing tips. Are these the best ways to catch trout? This of course would be up for debate, but I can tell you from experience that for the past twenty plus years of fishing for and catching trout these tips have been the best ways to catch trout for me, and I have to assume they will be the same for you.

When we're talking about rainbow trout it's important to understand a little bit about them. These fish are voracious predators and are very often at the top of the food chain for the river system that they reside. This means that rainbow trout usually aren't that difficult to catch, especially when the proper techniques and equipment is employed. Larger rainbow trout (like most fish species) don't like to expend a ton of energy catching food, so they will find a good ambush spot and tend to sit there and wait for food to come to them. Locating and fishing these area's thoroughly is of the utmost importance when large rainbow trout are the target.

Below I will list the two best ways to catch trout that I've experienced during my twenty five years of trout fishing experience. Each of these techniques is effective and has their time and place when fishing for rainbow trout.

1. The Rooster Tail Technique - Although various spinners are effective for catching trout my favorite has always been the Rooster Tail. As far as sizes go, you're going to want to have a variety available. Having a couple of rooster tails in sizes ranging from 3/16 to 1/2 ounce is always a good idea. I've always had more success with darker colors such as black, brown, and green. The key is to have a few choices available so that you can experiment to find the most effective. Attach your rooster tail to your line using a piece of line attached to a small barrel swivel. 12 to 18 inches will normally suffice. I like to cast roster tails into pools and deep water runs where it looks like there are good ambush areas such as boulders or fallen trees. It's always a good idea to vary the speed of your retrieve and even 'snap' your rod tip as you reel in. Many times this will trigger a strike.
2. The Live Worm Technique - Of all the rainbow trout fishing tips that you'll ever get this one may be the best. Live worms are an extremely effective trout bait, especially when rigged on a set of gang-hooks. These hooks allow for the most natural and realistic presentation of a live worm that's possible. Attach the gang hooks to your line by again using a small barrel swivel. Weight is added by using split shot sinkers above the swivel. The same areas of the river will be fished as mentioned above. With this technique you fish much more slowly ant thoroughly though. The goal is to bounce your offering along the bottom as it flows naturally with the current of the water that you're fishing. Many times trout find this technique all but irresistible.

When it comes to rainbow trout fishing tips these are two of the best ways to catch our multi colored friends that you will ever come across. Give one poor both of them a shot for yourself and find out exactly what I'm talking about.

By Trevor Kugler

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Tips For Fishing - Four Mistakes to Avoid

If you want to be a great fisherman, often it is about knowing what you shouldn't do, rather than know the things you should do. There are many great anglers out there that make common mistakes when fishing that end up costing them the fish.

It is important that you are aware of common mistakes that you should avoid. With the right tips for fishing on what to avoid, you can make sure that you regularly get a nice catch when you go out fishing and have a great time out there too

Mistake #1 - Using the Same Spot Over and Over
One of the main mistakes that people make when they go out fishing is using the same spot over and over again. It is easy to want to go back to a spot where you have had great luck in the past. However, even though you have great luck in one spot once, it doesn't always mean that you are going to continue to have great luck there. Sometimes you will find that you don't get any bites in the area. A great fishing tip is to avoid spending all your time there if you aren't getting any hits. Move on instead of wasting your time just because you had great luck at the spot in the past.

Mistake #2 - Not Concentrating
While fishing is definitely relaxing, it can be tough sometimes as well. It definitely takes quite a bit of patience. The thing is, many people make the mistake of not concentrating when they go out fishing, and then they wonder why they walk away empty handed at the end of the day. You need to focus on your fishing if you want to make a nice catch. You have to be on top of your game, focusing on everything when you are fishing. Don't just cast out and then forget about your line. Watch your line, focus on the way it feels, and be aware of what is going on around you in the water. Then you are more likely to make a good catch.

Mistake #3 - Not Changing the Bait
A useful bait fishing tip is to avoid not changing the bait - many anglers make this mistake. Most fisherman have a bait that makes them feel confident. It is the bait that they catch the most fish on. The problem is that they tend to rely on that bait in the future. They'll keep using it again and again, even if they are not getting more bites. Don't keep using that bait if you are not getting hits on it. Try using a few times. If you don't get any hits, then you need to start using something else out if you want to make the catch.

Mistake #4 - Using the Wrong Gear for the Fish You Want
Using the wrong gear for the fish you want to catch is also a huge mistake that many people make. You can't expect to do some great bass fishing if you are using gear that is designed for catching catfish or gear for catching trout. Make sure that when you go out fishing you use gear for the fish that you want to catch on that particular fishing trip.

By Dan Loker

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

How to Catch Trout - River Fishing Tips

When it comes to fishing for trout there is probably no better place to catch these fish than the flowing waters of a river. This article will provide you with some very effective river fishing tips that have been learned through more than twenty years of real world river fishing experience. If you want to know how to catch trout in rivers this article is for you.

The type of river that I'm referring to in this article is the type that you can wade. In many cases this type of river is considered a "small" river. Some anglers like to float these types of rivers and stop along their trip to wade and fish the areas of the river that "look good". However you choose to fish your trout river, these river fishing tips will make you a much more effective trout angler.

My mentor taught me many years ago that if you want to know how to catch trout when fishing in a river live bait needs to be employed. I realize that when many people think of trout fishing they think of fly fishing, but fishing with feathers is not what this article is about. This article is about fishing in rivers with bait. My mentors' favorite live bait for trout was live worms and worms are my favorite trout bait to this day. When a live worm is allowed to flow naturally with the current of a river, rolling along the bottom as it drifts, the results can be nothing less than amazing.

The best way to rig a live worm to fish in this manner is a set of gang hooks. Gang hooks are just a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, which allow for a completely natural and realistic presentation. These hooks are attached to your line by using a small barrel swivel to prevent your line from twisting, and the rig is weighted by using split shot sinkers. The goal with this rig (as I said before) is for your worm to flow naturally with the current, bouncing along the bottom as it flows. If you want to know how to catch trout while river fishing, it begins with the use of gang hooks.

Another extremely effective river fishing tip is to have an effective way to carry your live worms while fishing. Most anglers just throw the Styrofoam container that worms are purchased in into their fishing vest and call it good. While this works, it's not even close to the most effective option for carrying live worms while fishing. When wading in a river you want to have your worms at your fingertips at all time for baiting up and re-baiting. A bait bag is the best way to accomplish this task.

These simple river fishing tips will make you a much more efficient and effective trout angler. These tips have been helping me catch trout for more than twenty years and I know they will do the same for you. The key is to spend as much time as possible on the water putting the tips into action. The more you practice the technique the more proficient and successful you will become.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of and an avid angler. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his five year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country.

By Trevor Kugler

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