How to catch trout on spinning gear

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How to catch trout on spinning gear
While fly fishing is popular for trout, many anglers choose to use spinning equipment. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Many fishermen who target trout in streams do so with fly-fishing gear. But some anglers -- novices, especially -- have an easier time with spinning gear. And some anglers simply prefer to use spinning gear. It is possible to catch trout on spinning gear, though light line and light-action rods and reels are a necessity. Rather than using flies, anglers who target trout with spinning tackle generally use live bait or spinners.

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Things you need

  • Spinning rod and reel
  • Fishing line
  • Lures
  • Bait

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  1. 1

    Select a rod and reel. Ultralight or light rods between 5 and 6 feet long are best. The reel should fit well on the rod and hold at least 150 yards of 1.81kg. test monofilament line. Trout can be line shy, so use the thinnest line you can.

  2. 2

    Select some tackle. Small spinners are good choices, as are small jigs. Use natural colours. If you want to use live bait like worms, select small hooks (sizes 10 to 14) and a few tiny split-shot weights.

  3. 3

    Attach your bait of choice to the end of your fishing line.

  4. 4

    Cast and retrieve artificial lures around likely trout-holding areas, including undercut banks, riffles and holes. If you are using live bait, allow it to drift through holes and other places trout frequent. Keep the bail open when drift fishing live bait and watch your line. When it starts moving to the left or right, there probably is a trout biting.

  5. 5

    Move cautiously from spot to spot. Especially in small streams, trout have a keen awareness of what is happening above them. If you lumber around or make too much noise, you might scare them away before you get a chance to catch them.

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