As the spring approaches many anglers begin to start to think about getting out there and doing some fishing. This is especially true for trout fishermen and in particular, rainbow trout fishermen. Why is this? Because after a winter spent engaging in other activities or being reserved to sitting on a frozen lake in an attempt to catch a trout or two, the idea of getting out onto their favorite river on a warm spring day is starting to sound very appealing to any avid trout fisherman. Well, if you are one of these people and are interested in how to catch more trout this year, this article is for you.
Below I will outline 3 ways that the average spin fishing trout fisherman can catch more trout this season. These techniques are based on more than 50 years of combines trout fishing experience, with a majority of caught trout being rainbow trout. There is no doubt in my mind that these techniques will be of use to anyone who doesn’t currently employ them.
- The Fly Fishing Bubble Technique – This specific technique is underutilized by most spin fishermen simply because they believe that in order to fish with artificial flies you have to be a “fly fisherman”. Well, the truth of the matter is that by using something that is often referred to as a fly fishing bubble, spin fishermen can fish while using artificial flies as bait. Thus the fly and bubble technique. If you fish for rainbow trout, you know how much they love to eat insects, and artificial flies are the best way to mimic insects.
- The Worm Drifting Technique – This technique has been a favorite of mine for more than 20 years. It involves letting a live worm drift naturally with the current of a river or stream. Hungry rainbows readily gobble up live worms, especially when they are drifting naturally with the current of a river or stream. I have always found that the lighter the fishing line you use when drifting worms, the more effective the technique is.
- The Slip Sinker & Powerbait Technique – As rainbow trout fishermen we are sometimes forced to fish for rainbows that have been stocked into a lake or pond and when this happens there is probably no more effective trout bait to use than Powerbait. Well, setting up and using a slip sinker rig is a great way to fish for rainbow trout while using Powerbait. All you have to do is take the end of your line and cut off an eighteen to twenty four inch leader. Now slip a 1/4 to 1/2 ounce egg sinker onto your line and tie a small swivel to the end of your line to serve as a “stopper” for the egg sinker. Now tie your leader to the opposite end of the swivel and a # 12 or #18 treble hook to the end of the leader. Enough Powerbait is now molded around the treble hook so as to completely cover the barbs. This rig is now cast out and allowed to sink to the bottom. Reel in all of the slack line and wait for a hungry rainbow to start eating the Powerbait.
You now know how to catch more trout this season. If any of the above techniques aren’t a part of your rainbow trout fishing arsenal, they should be added sooner rather than later.