When it comes to fishing for trout, specifically freshwater trout such as rainbow trout, the type of bait that is employed is of the utmost importance. I know this because I have been fishing for and catching rainbow trout for almost a quarter of a century and have learned that there is one type of bait that stands out above all others when it comes to catching these beautiful fish. In this article I will reveal which bait this is and why it is one of the best rainbow trout baits of all time.
Truth be told, there isn’t some big secret surrounding this bait, as a matter of fact it is an effective bait for many species of freshwater fish, but this doesn’t change the fact that is in incredibly effective, especially when the bait is used in the most efficient and effective manner possible. The bait that I am referring to are worms. When used as bait for trout, especially when you are fishing in the flowing waters of a river or stream, worms are one of the best trout baits of all time. Live worms can also be used when fishing for trout in a lake, pond, or current free hole of a river by employing something called a “worm blower” which allows you to add air to the worms body, thus making the worm buoyant, which makes it will float off of the bottom of the lake, pond, or hole withing easy reach of cruising rainbows.
This bait is effective when as bait for trout no matter where they swim and is effective virtually all year long, with the exception of winter. Using worms effectively does involve a little more than simply slapping a worm onto a hook and calling it good however. If you want to use worms as bait for trout so that the worms are one of the best baits of all time a couple of simple rules need to be employed.
First you want to make sure that the hook or hooks that are being used are as small as possible. You have to remember that rainbow trout have very keen eyesight and if they detect anything abnormal in the meal that they are about to eat (such as metal from a fishing hook) they are much less apt to bite the offering. This is especially true for larger or more experienced rainbows. I like to use fishing hooks that are Size #8 (or smaller) anytime that I am fishing for rainbow trout. Next, when you are using worms as bait for trout, using a configuration of fishing hook known as a set of “gang hooks” is never a bad idea. These unique fishing hooks are perfect for using worms as bait because they allow you to present said worm in a totally natural and realistic manner, which results in more bites from hungry rainbow trout. So the next time that you head out in search of rainbow trout make sure that you bring along the best bait for rainbow trout of all time, a few worms.