I am in my early forties and have been fishing for rainbow trout for most of my adult life. I was taught how to catch rainbow trout in my mid teens by my best friend and his father, who was a man that was well known throughout the area of the country that we grew up for being a fishing expert. From the first slimy, yet beautiful rainbow trout that I caught all of those years ago, I was hooked on the act of catching rainbow trout. My friends Dad taught me a tip or two that day that has stuck with me for these years and since then I have learned many more on my own. Below I will reveal some of these tips so that you can catch more rainbow trout the next time that you are fishing for them.
Many rainbow trout fishermen overlook one very simple thing and it’s very unfortunate because it’s so very simple to learn and pay attention to. If you want to know or learn how to catch rainbow trout this one simple tip is “worth the price of admission”, as it were. The tip is when (at what time) you are fishing. There is a phenomenon that you may or may not be aware of. It’s called the moon rise and the moon set. Whether or not you were aware of it, the moon rises and sets each day just like the sun, but it happens at varying times of the day or night.
The first tip that I have is to be on the water fishing for rainbow trout when either one of these occurrences are taking place. Actually in the one to two hour window that brackets either one of these events. Rainbow trout will almost always be more active, and thus susceptible to being caught when the moon is either rising or setting on a particular day. Be on the water at these times and you will almost automatically experience higher bite rates.
The next tip is the specific technique that me friends dad introduced to me all of those years ago. In my estimation this one technique will be a godsend to anyone who want to learn how to catch rainbow trout. I certainly know that it has been to me. The technique is known as drift fishing with a live worm and is a technique that I use regularly to this very day. A live worm is rigged in a natural manner with split shot sinkers pinched onto the line twelve to twenty four inches up the line. The worm is then fished by allowing it it drift naturally with the current of the river. Once learned and put into practice, this method for catching rainbow trout is as effective a technique that you will find as a spin fisherman.
Finally there is the size of the gear that you are using. When I refer to the term ‘gear’, I’m referring specifically to your fishing rod and reel and the line that your reel is spooled with. I have one word for you. Ultra light. Rainbow trout, especially if they are native, are very intelligent and aware of their surroundings and when the notice anything out of the ordinary they tend not to bite. This includes things like trout lures and baits, as well as the fishing line that these things are attached to. When fishing for rainbow trout you want your fishing line to be as light as possible. I prefer four pound test monofilament, although line as heavy as six pound test won’t “spook” the trout all that much, but any fishing line heavier than this should be avoided.
If you are just learning how to catch rainbow trout or if you are somewhat of a trout fishing veteran, these simple tips should help you experience more success when you are fishing. I know they have for me and can’t imagine that they won’t do the same for you.