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Secrets to Still-Fishing for Trout

There are many ways to fish for trout. Every angler has their own preference whether it’s fly fishing, casting, trolling, drifting from a boat or float fishing. These are all great ways for catching trout. Why do they work?

The common ingredient of these methods is ‘moving’ bait. In nature, trout will pursue any food morsel that they see floating by them. Again, they respond more readily to ‘moving’ food. For example, a drowned bumble bee being swirled around by the current of a stream will easily be spotted by a trout and chances are it will be eaten.

On the other hand, if the bee is resting motionless on the bottom, a trout may surpass it, totally unaware of its presence because there was no movement from the bee to catch the trout’s attention. Sure, a trout will pick up motionless food every now and then but not as often.

trout_proud_fisherman Trout also like to position themselves in a stationary location behind a rock for example and wait for food to be brought to them by the current.

Now that you’re aware of how a trout feeds, it’s best to keep your bait moving to be more successful in catching them. Another method of catching trout is by still-fishing. Still-fishing will only work if the trout are on the move in search for food.

Trout will bite throughout the day and throughout the night. Cloudy, overcast days are actually very good. To catch trout by still-fishing is quite easy provided you do some key steps.

I’ll explain how.

To better your chances of catching a trout by still-fishing you can try using a 3-way set-up. To a 3-way swivel, tie an 8 to 12 inch drop line down to a sinker. The weight of the sinker will depend on the strength of the current.

You basically want the sinker to stay put in the current. Next, tie a 4 foot long thin diameter fluorocarbon leader from the swivel to a small thin wire hook. Then tie the line from the rod to the remaining eye of the swivel.

Suppose you want to use roe bags for bait.

When making the roe bag, always add small Styrofoam balls mixed with the roe. This will allow the roe bag to float. So now you have three important items that helps to ‘move’ your bait more freely. You have a thin leader, small light hook and Styrofoam.

speck_troutThe Styrofoam balls will be buoyant enough to lift the weight of the roe, hook and leader line provided there are enough of them placed in the roe bag. By having a thin leader and a small light hook, your roe bag will have great swirling action. When you‘re ready to fish, bait-up and cast into the current.

Once the sinker settles on the bottom, set the rod on a rod holder and reel-in any slack line. You must be certain that your bait is located in the current. Now all you have to do is relax and watch the rod tip for a bite.

With your set-up located into the current, the roe bag will be trying to float towards the surface but the current will cause the roe bag to swirl and tumble around.

This is exactly what you want the bait to do.

With 4 feet of leader, there is a wide range of ‘movement’ of the bait. A trout will easily spot the roe bag in this case. You can also try a streamer fly instead of roe. To your 4 foot leader, slide a small round float up the line and then tie on the streamer.

When you cast, the float will slide back to the streamer and more than likely will remain in that location. Again, your streamer will also be swirling and tumbling around thanks to the current and the float. Still-fishing is a great way to take trout. And by the way… it’s also very relaxing.

Good fishing!

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