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Tactics for Those Tricky Tentative Trout

Trout are by far one of the most tentative fish around. Trout are very suspicious in nature and any thing can “spook” them and prevent them from biting. Thus, a finesse approach is definitely required.

1) Hooks

The hooks you use for trout should be a thin wire hook and the smaller the trout, the thinner your hooks can be.

With hooks, it’s all about balance.


You want as thin a hook as possible, but not so thin that a trout will straighten it on you…and larger trout can easily straighten a weaker thin wire hook.

Thus, for big trout, look for that balance between strong and thin wire hooks.

2) Line

When fishing for trout, your main line can be as strong as you require – again, if you are targeting big trout, you will want to use a stronger line (for example 10 pound test or stronger) However, you will definitely want to use a lighter line as a leader line.

If you are using 10 pound line as your main line, then consider using 4 or 6 pound line as a leader line to your hook or lure. Also, consider using fluorocarbon line as a leader line when fishing for trout, as fluorocarbon line is virtually invisible to fish and will definitely give you the edge and help you get more hits.

As a general rule of thumb, your leader line can be as long as twice the length of your fishing rod - so if you are using a 7 foot rod, your leader line could be 14 feet long.

3) Baits/Lures

The Rocket Bobber

Here’s where things get interesting when fishing for trout, as there are so many effective baits/lures you can use for trout.

Some good natural baits to use are roe bags, skein, minnows or worms. You can work these baits below a float/bobber (such as the Rocket Bobber as shown above) or you can bounce them along the bottom of a river/stream.


When fishing for trout in shallow water, the float/bobber method will work best. When fishing deeper water for trout, the bottom bouncing method will produce more hits.

Artificial in line spinners also work well for trout, as do spoons. In line spinners are generally a cast & retrieve lure, while with spoons, you can cast, drift or troll with them. Trout love spinners and spoons.

Crank baits also can produce trout, but another option is to use a fly or a streamer fly.

4) Fly Fishing

Fly fishing for trout is extremely effective as trout love flies. With flies or streamer flies, try different color variations until you find which color combination works best in your water.

Fishing for trout is very exciting and so much fun. If you haven’t fished for trout lately, be sure to give it a try.

Until next time, good luck and good fishing!

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