Trout Fishing Basics

For anyone who is new to trout fishing, there are some “basics” that you should make sure you’re aware of. These things are simple, yet important in fishing for (and catching) the beautiful fish known as the trout. Trout fishing is a bit different than other types of fishing; mainly because these fish are found in small rivers and streams in many cases. Not only that, but many times the water trout are found in is very cold and clear, which offers more challenges.

When compared to something like largemouth bass fishing, trout fishing is almost the polar opposite. There is very little these two types of fishing have in common, other than the fact that both largemouth bass and trout are fish! So to begin with, let’s discuss your fishing gear.

Use Light Gear

The basic tenant of trout fishing should be the use of light gear. What do I mean by this? Simply that your rod, reel, and line should be light (if not ultralight) action. Your fishing line should be no heavier than a six-pound test, and as you become more experienced four-pound test should be employed. Four pound test is what I personally use, but for a beginning trout fisherman, it can seem a bit light. In this case, go with six-pound test and downsize as you feel comfortable. Fish finders are also great accessories which are very lightweight and get the job done pretty well.

Gang Hooks

The next basic of trout fishing is to always employ gang hooks. What are gang hooks you ask? Gang hooks are simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, that enable live worms to be presented in a totally natural manner, and synthetic bait (such as Powerbait) to be presented amazingly effectively. Both of these baits are great for trout fishing, and gang hooks are the best way to fish both baits. This is why gang hooks should always be employed when trout fishing.


The next basic of trout fishing (and all fishing for that matter) is to make sure that you’re fishing at the most opportune times. There are certain simple things that you can do to make sure that you’re fishing when the fish are the most active. What, you didn’t realize this? It’s true, and the key to unlocking this mystery is called Mother Nature, and more specifically, the weather and moon. So, if you want to make sure that the most opportune times, find out how these two forces of Mother Nature relate to fishing.

These basics of trout fishing will help the beginning trout angler catch many more trout. Are these tips simple and sophomoric? It may seem like it, but they are nonetheless effective. Give one or all of them a shot on your next trout fishing excursion and find out for yourself. How am I so sure that these tips work? Because I’ve been using them to catch trout for more than 20 years, that’s how.

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