As a person who has fished for trout (mostly rainbow trout) for the better part of a quarter of a century, I have found that many times simple mistakes are the reason why people aren’t as successful as they should be when they are on the water attempting to catch these beautiful fish. Often just one simple mistake is the reason between a trout biting your offering and not biting your offering. Below I will outline 3 common mistakes that you’re probably making when trout fishing.
This way if any if these mistakes sound familiar to you, you can rectify said mistake and be on your way to experiencing the level of success that you should be experiencing when you are fishing for the beautiful species of fish known as rainbow trout. The bottom line is that if these common mistakes are eliminated you will almost immediately become a much more successful trout fisherman.
- Using Line That’s Too Heavy – This is a mistake that I see all the time when I am fishing for trout. If you use fishing line that’s too heavy, you won’t receive the number of bites that you should, it’s as simple as that. This is because trout have very keen eyesight and can easily detect fishing line under the water, and if the detect your fishing line, they will not bite whatever it is that you are using for bait. This means six pound test is as heavy as you should ever spool your reel with when you are fishing for rainbow trout, and two or four pound test would be an even better idea.
- Not Keeping Your Line Tight – Whether you are drift fishing with live or synthetic bait, casting and retrieving a small spinner or spoon, or bottom fishing with some other form of trout bait it is vitally important that your fishing line be at taught (or tight) as possible. When your line is tight you have the ability to “feel” or even “see” exactly what is happening in the business end of your trout rig which will result in many more hook ups.
- Not Fishing At The Best Times – Rainbow trout will be more or less active during different times of the day, week, and month and as trout fishermen we want to try to be on the water fishing when the trout are the most active. This means paying attention to things like the moon rise, set, and the phase that the moon is in on the day you are fishing so that you can be on the water fishing for trout when the rainbows are the most likely to be active and thus feeding.
Eliminate these simple mistakes and you will begin to notice that your catch rates will start to rise when you are fishing for the beautiful species of fish called rainbow trout.