In my mind there is nothing on this earth more enjoyable than standing in the flowing waters of a river and fishing for trout. This is an activity that I have been engaging in for most of my adult life, ever since I was first introduced to it in Central Pennsylvania more than two decades ago. The man who gave me the introduction into river trout fishing was a man who opted to use ultralight spin fishing gear when he fished for trout and while not what everyone thinks of using spinning gear when the think of the term “trout fishing” this is a rule that I abide by to this day.
Therefore, as you can probably imagine, I have learned more than a few spinning tips when it comes to river trout fishing over the years and in this article I’m going to outline a few of the more useful and effective tips so that they can be added to your trout fishing arsenal as well. One thing that I’ve learned over the years is that you never know what little tip or tidbit is going to fit perfectly into your own personal trout fishing style, so spending some time searching for new tips is never a bad idea as a trout fisherman.
One of the most effective tips that I have learned in the past twenty plus years of trout fishing was learned approximately five years ago and it has nothing to do with tackle, trout bait, or technique, but rather when I was fishing. Once I figured this tip out I thought to myself, “Come on, it can’t be this easy can it?” You see, I discovered that when you fish for trout has a ton to do with whether or not the trout are going to be “active” and when trout are “active” they are much more likely to be feeding.
I figured out that two things, the weather and the moon, play a huge role in when the trout that I was fishing for were going to be “active” and I began to study and pay attention to these two natural phenomenon. For the sake of brevity I’m going to focus on the moon in this article and to simplify it even more the rising and setting of the moon. I discovered that trout were almost always more active during either the moon rise or the moon set, so I began to plan my trout fishing trips accordingly. And my catch rates began to rise. Now, I rarely head out fishing for trout without knowing when the moon is either rising or setting and doing my best to be on the water when either of these things is taking place.
The next tip has to do with the specific spinning technique that you employ when you are trout fishing. One of the most effective spinning techniques that I have used when I am river trout fishing is called drift fishing and the bait that I prefer to use are live worms. I have found that trout that swim in rivers find a live worm drifting with the current of the river difficult to resist, and felling the gentle “tap, tap” on the end of my fishing rod as the worm drifts is something that I instantly fell in love with. Familiarize yourself with the technique known as drift fishing and your river trout fishing success will increase, I promise you.
The bottom line is that these simple spinning tips will make anyone a more productive trout fisherman. I would suggest that you add them to your repertoire sooner, rather than later so that you can start catching more trout.