How to Set Up My Line for Trout

Updated July 20, 2017

Trout can grow to 4.54 Kilogram or heavier, but anglers who pursue them with spinning equipment often use light or ultralight rods and reels, light fishing line and weights and tiny hooks with bait on them. Some who cast spinning equipment for trout use small artificial lures like spinners instead of live bait. Even with such light equipment, fishermen can land the trout they hook as long as they have set up their line properly.

Select a light- or ultra-light-action spinning rod and reel. Spool the reel with 4-pound-test monofilament fishing line. Rods between 4 and 5 feet in length are good choices if you are fishing in a small stream. Otherwise, a 6-foot rod is a good all-around choice.

Tie a size-12 hook to the fishing line with a Palomar knot.

Cut a 1-inch piece off a night crawler and thread it on the hook. Canned corn also works well for trout, as do small minnows.

Squeeze a split-shot weight on the line 6 to 8 inches above the hook if the extra weight is necessary to cast the hook into the water. If you can cast without the weight, do not attach it.

Attach a 1- to 2-inch floating crank bait to the line, if you would rather fish with artificial baits. Tie a Palomar knot to connect the lure and the line. Other good artificial lures for trout are 1/32- and 1/16-ounce jigs and grubs, and inline spinners.

Things You'll Need

  • Fishing line
  • Weight
  • Hook
  • Lure
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Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.