Although this article is being written in the winter when fishing for trout isn’t much of anything other than a memory that seems to become more cloudy by the day, in my mind fishing for freshwater trout is a subject that never fully leaves my mind. For that reason, I am going to use this “fishing downtime” to outline 3 cant miss trout fishing techniques that can be used the next time that you get a chance to head out to try to catch some trout.
I have been using these 3 techniques for more than twenty years, so I know just how effective they are. If any of them aren’t a part of your trout fishing repertoire, they should be. It’s probably also important to point out that I am an ultra light spin fisherman, rather than a “fly fisherman” as many people assume that I am when they find out that I love to fish for trout. This means that all of these techniques are spin fishing techniques. In any case, if you are a spin fisherman as well and want to learn how to catch more trout, by all means read on.
- The Fly & Bubble Technique – This particular trout fishing technique is interesting because it involves the use of an artificial fly (which everyone knows is a great bait for trout), yet as I said I am not a fly fisherman. The fly and bubble technique, involves using a casting bubble which is a small plastic bubble that enables spin fishermen to be able to cast and fish an artificial fly effectively without having to purchase and learn to use traditional fly fishing gear. Once the fly and bubble technique is learned and added to your repertoire it is without a doubt an extremely useful trout fishing technique.
- Drifting Worms – Whether you prefer to use live fishing worms such as night crawlers or red worms or synthetic fishing worms such as Berkley trout worms or Gulp Alive worms, there is little doubt that drifting worms is a great way to learn how to catch more trout. As the term “drifting” would suggest this technique is used in the flowing water of a river or stream and is without question a can’t miss trout fishing technique. A worm is rigged up and cast into the current. It is then allowed to drift naturally with the current. Hungry trout will often gobble up any worm that is flowing naturally with the current.
- Ripping Rattling Baits – Many trout fishermen never consider using a “bass fishing” bait when they are fishing for trout, but anytime that water conditions are high and muddy, casting these unique, rattling crank baits and retrieving them fairly fast is a very effective technique. In these types of water conditions, the noise that is produced underwater by rattling crank baits helps hungry trout to “key in” on their meal and you will be surprised at just how effective they are. I prefer 1/8 or 1/4 ounce versions of any rattling bait anytime that I am trout fishing.
The bottom line is that the three techniques that were just outlined are all great ways to catch more trout, so if you aren’t familiar with any of them, they should be learned and employed sooner rather than later.