Trout fishing is one of the most rewarding types of fishing that requires patience, persistence, and a little bit of luck. The reward of hooking up to a trout is always worth the time. As the saying goes, “bigger is better”; and that certainly rings true with catching fish. We’ve outlined a couple major tips and tricks to maximize your chance of hooking into a big fish.
Gear Up for the Occasion
You don’t need to buy the hottest most expensive gear on the market to land a big fish, but you should be prepared with the appropriate rod and reel, fly line, and leader. Here are three suggestions for the most universal setup that will allow you to catch normal size fish but also handle the big guns!
- Rod and Reel – a 9 foot, 5 weight rod will provide you enough of a backbone to catch small native brook trout with one cast and a beefy five-pound rainbow on the next.
- Fly line – a 5 weight rod can be paired with either 5 weight line, or overloaded with 6 weight line to help with ease of casting.
- Leader – a 9 foot tapered leader in the 4X size is the most versatile. The tapered aspect of the leader helps the fly to unfold on to the water, and the strength of 4X is strong enough to land a nice sized trout.
Tie the Right Fly
Tying the right fly is essential to enticing a big hungry trout. Here are 3 go-to flies that are sure to help increase the odds of a hot bite.
- Wooly Bugger (streamer) – The wooly bugger is perhaps the most versatile fly, that mimics a variety of aquatic life. The fly can be worked many ways, our favorite being a strip and pause. Most hits will come on the pause. Favorite colors include black, white, and olive.
- Pheasant Tail Nymph (wet fly) – Pheasant tailed nymphs are a confident fly to fish when fishing tight fast-moving water. They come in a variety of sizes, so the best way to “match the hatch” would be to flip rocks and see what sizes your fly matches up to. This being said, it is wise to carry multiple sizes, and some with and without bead head weights.
- Foam Ant (dry fly) – Ants are commonly found throughout the best fishing destinations in America. As with the Pheasant Tailed Nymph, be sure to pack your fly box with a variety of ant sizes to see what the fish are biting. The foam ants are buoyant, durable, and all-around good producers.
Spot Your Trophy Honey Hole If your gear and flies are on point, your chances of hooking into trout will increase drastically. It is important to keep in mind that there is no substitute for spending time out on the water discovering new places to fish. Look for deep holes, watch how the water flows, and key into the bugs that surround you. If you put the time in, it wont take long to discover an epic spot. What are you waiting for? Get out there and catch yourself the fish of a lifetime!