One of the most important aspects when fishing for trout is the type of setup that’s employed. Do you use one of those rigs from your local tackle store that contains multiple hooks, beads, and heavy line or do you just tie a hook onto the end of your line, add a couple of split shot sinkers and call it good? In case you didn’t know, neither of the above scenarios should even be considered when discussing an effective setup for fishing for trout.
In this article I will draw upon over fifty years of combined fishing experience to outline the major considerations to keep in mind when making an effective trout fishing setup. As far as fishing setups are concerned (when you are talking about freshwater trout such as rainbow trout and the like) these tips are extremely important when rigging any trout fishing setup. Keep these simple tips in mind and you will be a much more successful trout angler.
- The Weight Of The Line – The weight of the line that is used for any fishing setup is extremely important. In some cases the line on your reel can be a bit heavier, say eight pound test, but the line that your trout fishing setup is made from should be six pound test at the heaviest. I personally like to use four pound test all the way around when fishing for trout, which has proven to be quite effective for me. The key is that the lighter the line that used near your trout bait or lure, the less visible it will be to the trout, and the less visible your line is to the trout, the more bites you will receive.
- The Size Of The Hooks – Many trout fishermen make the mistake of using hooks that are entirely too large when fishing for trout. When making a trout fishing setup the hooks should be either size 8, 10, or 12. People tend to think that hooks of these sizes are too small to catch large fish, but nothing could be farther from the truth. The bottom line when it comes to any trout fishing setup is that small hooks need to be employed and the focus of the offering needs to be the trout bait and not the hooks themselves.
- The Amount Of Weight That Is Used – With most of these types of setups you want to use as little weight as possible. If river fishing you want enough weight to allow your offering to bounce along the bottom as it flows with the current. If still fishing from the bank, you only want enough weight to keep your line taught, and no more. The amount of weight that’s used with any trout fishing setup is of the utmost importance.
Keep these 3 things in mind the next time you make a setup when fishing for trout and you will experience much more success. The bottom line is the acronym K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid). When it comes to fishing for trout the simpler they are the more effective they are.