Choosing the Right Trout Fishing Rod When fishing for trout there are two types of rigs that are used to catch trout. Gang hooks are spinners that are attached to a lightweight leader. The most common size rig is a swivel with split shot sinkers on the line directly behind the swivel. This enables the trout to grip the bait so that they won’t slip off. The second type of trout fishing rig is a casting bubble. A casting bubble is a small plastic bubble (similar in shape to a bobber) is tied to your line to add weight to your rig, effectively making a small artificial lure. When the “bounce” sound (i.e. the bubble moves on the surface) is heard the bail is closed and the fish is then drawn to the bait.
Trout are found in a variety of different habitats. In the spring they are usually located in streams or rivers and in the summer in lakes or ponds. Some of the best areas to catch trout are near man-made obstructions, structures, and areas where there is a steady supply of food throughout the season. Trout tend to be more active in deeper water but are sometimes found in the shallows on the shore. If you are a shore fisherman and target trout specifically, there are some things that you should keep in mind.
– Check the area you will be fishing at least three to four days prior to dropping line in the water. Trout are typically more active in cold, clear and cool water.
– Know the pH level (carbonate base). The pH level is measurement of the acidity of the water. A very moderate pH level means that the water is neutral – that is, the same mixture of alkaline and acidic ingredients is found in the water. A high pH level is indication of a greater level or concentration of hydrogen ions in the water. A low pH level or “alkaline”, indicates that the water has a high concentration of sodium ions. The effect of electrolysis on the water and the resulting pH is obvious. In general, your pH level should not go below 7.0. In some cases, tap water will have a pH level higher than 7.0. The professionals will also tell you if the water is bone-honed or sandy. The material of the water will also have some effect on the pH level. If the water is very lean it may be alkaline. A water that is bone-honed will have a high pH level.
Trout Fishing Equipment – Choosing the Right Trout Fishing Rod
– If you are an experienced trout angler and target fish on your favorite river, you may want to spend some time scouting the area you will be fishing. Look for where the water meets the oxygenated water of the main river channels. Trout will often feed in these areas andreston the area(especially in hot weather) to catch passing flocks of trout as they head upstream to relative safety. They will hang out in the cooler water of the stream for resting and breeding purposes. You can also find out where the riffle water and pools are located. Trout lay motionless waiting for any food fall from above and are vulnerable to any small fish swimming by or from below. You can also find out where on the river your drift is as trout offer a little “truck stop” to pick up and eat.
When flyroishing on flipping or spinning gear, pay close attention for any birds that may be swooping your line because it may indicate that trout are nearby. This caution and the fact that most fliers work the back-ends of streams where trout feed more than they do the headwaters, compresses the water to near stumps in some instances, gives us all a good reason to be extra careful.
We all want to catch more and larger trout. Once you become proficient and do better than average, you will find that your trout fishing success will increase. There is nothing like catching and releasing a trout to tell you are getting better.
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