I was taught how to fish for trout on the rivers and streams of Central Pennsylvania, by my best friends father who toted my friend and I around on the weekends as he chased trout. We learned a ton of tips and tricks from this man, many of which I continue to employ to this very day. Because of this early education into the world of trout fishing, fishing for trout (especially in rivers) as been a passion of mine ever since. What’s many people find interesting about all of this is that this man wasn’t a fly fisherman, but instead chose to use ultralight spin fishing gear for all of his river trout fishing. This practice also stuck with me and I have always opted to use ultra light spinning gear when I am fishing for trout as well.
Although on the rivers and streams of Pennsylvania where I learned to fish for trout, we mainly caught both brown and rainbow trout, for the twenty or so years since then, my target trout has been the rainbow trout. So, if you want to catch more rainbow trout, this article is for you. In it I will reveal a few river trout fishing tips that I have learned over the years so that you can use them to help you catch more rainbow trout.
The first tip is to always “tread lightly” whenever you are wading. Rainbows can be very “spooky” creatures (especially when you are talking about larger, more experienced trout) and if they detect anything out of the ordinary they can become spooked and not be interested in feeding at all. Well, a human being stomping the water certainly constitutes something “out of the ordinary”, which is why you always want to wade mindfully and do your best to not disturb the water unnecessarily when you are fishing for trout in a river.
Next we have the specific technique that is employed. I have always found “drift fishing” to be as effective a river trout fishing technique as there is. Drift fishing can be done with live bait such as a live worm or minnow or with a trout fishing lure such as a small spinner or spoon. The technique involves allowing your offering to drift naturally with the current of the river, often bouncing the bait along the bottom of the river as it drifts. This natural presentation is a difficult tactic to beat, especially when you are talking about rainbow trout.
Finally we have the time of the day that you head out fishing for rainbows. A simple thing to pay attention to is the moon rise and the moon set, as well as the phase that the moon is in when you are going to be fishing. Many anglers don’t understand how the moon impacts trout fishing, but I can tell you from 20 plus years of experience, that it does. Fishing during the moon rise or set is almost always more productive than at other times of the day and when the moon is in it’s “new” phase for the month, the same outcome holds true.
The next time that you head out to your favorite river to do a little trout fishing, keep these tips in mind and I all but guarantee the you will catch more rainbow trout. Don’t believe me, test the information out for yourself and you will see just how valuable this simple rainbow trout fishing information is.