If you have never been fishing for rainbow trout you more than likely need a quick and easy way to learn the basics so that you can have a better chance of success when you head out onto the water. I have been fishing for rainbow trout for more than two decades and in this article I will outline the basics of what you need to catch a trout or two; a little rainbow trout fishing 101 course, if you will. This “course” will relate specifically to spin fishing because that is where my expertise lies.
The first thing that you will need when you head out fishing for rainbow trout is a proper sized rod and reel. The reason for this is because you want to use light fishing line and certain types of rods and reels are designed specifically for using light fishing line. The type of rod and reel that I am referring to is called ultra light and this is want you want to look for and use anytime that you are going to be fishing for rainbow trout.
Now that you have your rod and reel, you need to add fishing line to your reel, and as I said that line needs to be light. Light line is integral to success because of the fact that rainbow trout are found in cold, clear water and line that is too heavy will “stick out like a sore thumb” and be seen by the fish, costing you bites. Fishing line is measured by “pound test” and the smaller the number the lighter the fishing line. When fishing for rainbow trout no fishing line that is heavier than six pound test should ever be employed. The ideal “pound test” for trout fishing is four pound test, but this size line should only be used by trout fishermen with a little bit of experience. Raibow trout
Now that we have our rod and reel all ready to go we need to think about what type of trout bait to use. For beginners the best baits to use for rainbow trout are small spinners or spoons or a synthetic trout bait such as Powerbait. Synthetic trout baits such as Powerbait are generally “still fished” by molding the bait around a small treble hook (size#12 or even #18) and is fishing in a lake or pond. If you are fishing for rainbow trout in a lake or pond that had been stocked with trout, this technique will be very successful much of the time.
Spinners and spoons are easy to use because they are simply tied on to the end of you line, cast out, and retrieved. A key with fishing for rainbow trout with these lures is to use lures that are small, generally from 1/4 to as small as 1/32 of an ounce. Experimentation is also key, if a certain color isn’t catching trout, try a different one until you find the best color combination for the day that you are fishing.
Follow these simple tips when you head out fishing for rainbow trout and you will be hooking and landing “rainbows” in no time. As you become more adept at fishing for these beautiful fish, graduate yourself to four pound test and begin to investigate more advanced trout fishing techniques that will help you become an even more successful trout fisherman.