2 fish/hr) brown trout or mixed species fisheries. I have never considered nightcrawlers and short casts with a fly rod. It's worth the trip. Spooking the trout is a very real concern; trout can be both extremely wily and incredibly stupid at the same time. I just made a trip to washington state a few weeks ago to fish for rainbows and cutthroats and it was a blast. A good riffle will fulfill all of the basic needs of a trout. They do have trout here and I did manage to snag one out of what seems to be beginner's luck, attempts to get the same results today failed and I see why after I read this article. John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on October 30, 2011: Great hub. Great hub! I live and work in a largish country town about 60kms northeast of Melbourne in Victoria. That doesn't mean to whip the pole back over your shoulder in an effort to disembowel Mr. Trout, just a sharp tug. Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourself. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on December 07, 2011: Perhaps it is a man sport (although my daughter-n-law and grandaughter enjoy it, as does my mother and sister) but that's all right - I'm male! CYBERSUPE from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A. on July 13, 2010: As a fly fisherman mayself and an avid trout fishing dude, your Hub is Excellent and most Informative. Strom, 44, has done this many times—his personal best measured 30 inches and weighed 14 pounds. A large, dirty river cannot provide this, and even a mountain lake does not provide the peaceful feeling and sounds of water rushing downstream. “When people see me on these small streams with a big Husky Jerk tied on, they snicker,” Strom says. Time of day can play a large part in whether you catch a trout or not. I love water. The spots on the shape of Xs or Ys, which is not usually the case in the brown trout. If you’re accustomed to brook trout vs. brown trout for example, think about taking it up a few notches – trophy trout have to eat much more to sustain their body weight. Not even taking a header into the river can ruin a fisherman's day like not having a license when the game warden shows up. All rights reserved. One or two, caught at daybreak, make a wonderful breakfast with some eggs to go with it. Most of us who fish know that when trout streams get too warm, the fishing goes downhill fast. Next on the list would be a rod and reel, and here I depart from all the other fishermen I have seen. I'm an avid angler, but I prefer saltwater fishing. Many lakes are stocked with Trout, and some even hold native populations. Much like how you describe in your article. I have been fly fishing for many years but my 10 year old has just picked up the hobby and she loves to research everything online. The Atlantic salmon has no … I do remember sitting in a small stream in SW Oregon and playing with a crawdad swimming in a small pool while thinking I should get out the fishing pole. Larger rivers can be wall to wall people, and lakes are full of other boaters and jet skiiers. The fishing for trout around me in the northeast is equally fun on small streams however we mostly have brook and brown trout rather than rainbows. Hooks and weights will snag on the rocks as the current carries them past, but usually not very hard. I haven't done much saltwater; some for bluefish in the Chesapeake Bay and a little for salmon off the Oregon coast but that's about it. The polarization is necessary as it eliminates most of the glare from the water and makes it much easier to see down into the stream. Productive fall brown trout fishing locations during the spawning run include the mouths of tributaries, deep pools which offer a sense of security from winged predators and the prying eyes of human anglers, gravel-bottomed riffles and tail-outs that make superior sites for redd-building and, best of all, the holes at the bases of impassable waterfalls. Your intent is to present food at a reasonable distance and in such a manner that it looks natural to the trout. If he turns or misses a trout, he moves on immediately, giving the hole at least a 20-minute rest before hitting it again. I am fortunate enough to have all kinds of fishing near me (except salt water). Setting the hook in stream fishing is a little different than in lake fishing. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Nearly all of my fishing is in small streams; between wading along both banks I seldom need to cast out more than 20' or so and the fly tackle gives me more control in the shorter casts around brush, rocks and logs in the water. To fish these dainty tippets, start out with a 7.5-foot nylon leader … They also live in much of the northeastern and Northwestern United States as well. The trout fishing techniques I will cover today are aimed at those fishermen plying their art in small rivers and streams: people who enjoy simply being in nature and will enjoy their day along a clear cold mountain stream whether or not they actually catch fish. In fact, we went down 2 weeks ago! Stream fishing in moving water is much different than lake fishing or deep-river fishing. Trout fishing can also be some of the most fun you can have on the water. As with largemouth bass, cast your line close to rock piles, brush mounds and submerged logs. I get a better idea of exactly where my bait is with the floating line. If my feet don't get rather numb, it's too warm. The current is moving slowly, and you have a lot more trees in the water.” Many anglers overlook these low ends, assuming there are fewer trout living in them. If you throw your line in and it travels downstream 20 feet in 10 to 20 seconds, that water speed is about right. Excellent and informative hub and enjoyed the pics as well. Try these suggestions for hooking up with more and bigger trout. These fish grow to an … “This isn’t the pristine trout stream experience,” Strom says. Fly fishing can be amazing in these streams especially nymphs and dry flies. Thanks! Read Next: The Best Kept Secret in the Trout World, During my visit, Strom tied on everything from 6-inch soft-plastic swimbaits to paddle-tail shads with a big Colorado blade at the nose. This need not be of the highest quality (or cost), as I do not fly-fish, but it does need to be a decent setup. He knows that a hole in the weakened flow, often with stained water and abundant cover, is more likely to hold one or two giants than the prettiest clear pool miles upstream. When the fish bites—and only experience will tell you what is a bite, as opposed to a bump as the when the hook or its weight passes over a rock on the bottom—give a sharp tug upwards on the pole to set the hook. I'm thinking this may work well in the kayak, now anxious to try it out. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on March 04, 2011: Like you, I learned from my Dad, and those are memories I cherish. Spin Rod Trout: Ten Top Tips. The brown trout also has dark spots on the dorsal and adipose fins and vague spots on the tail, though nothing like the prominent radiating spots on the tail of the rainbow trout. You must understand what the fish wants, where he is likely to be found, and how not to spook him so that he refuses to feed. The Atlantic salmon has no … A good supply of the small crimp-on weights in various sizes is necessary as well. A longtime camper, Dan has experience with tents, pop-up trailers, camp trailers, and motorhomes. I eat trout sometimes, but I much prefer grouper, flounder, seatrout, redfish, cod, and sharks. ... Harvester, Croneen and Dollaghan are large trout that run from some of our large loughs up tributary rivers and streams from July onward. I use regular bread balled around hook! Trout will usually be found in places you cannot see, either due to covering rocks or brush or possibly moving water. I prefer a worm. Thanks for the comment; I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Hey Dan, this article is very informative and just what I needed for a starter course on stream fishing. Living in the Ozarks of North Arkansas I spend a lot of time on White River, using a variety of methods for trout fishing. Brown Trout: Brown trout are native to Europe. Yep, I've forgotten and left my license at camp when heading down the river. Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on December 18, 2010: I also am a trout fisherman(woman) we take our grandsons every year. Here is some footage of me using a crimp on weight along with trout magnets which I seem to have had a lot of success with last May once things warm up a tad and I feel the stocked trout are a little more acclimated and active: https://youtu.be/ez6Lzc9dcic ... thanks again for your article and good luck this season Dan! At the same time you don't want too much weight, because if the hook doesn't move at least somewhat with the currents, it will not look natural and will probably not be taken. I was surprised that you use fly fishing tackle for bait fishing. 5) Find Shade He is a master of maximizing trophy opportunities, even when he only has a short time to fish. Some … How to Fish for Trout Without Fly Fishing: 26 Tips & Tricks Read More » I always thought it was a man sport. In a hole with depth and good cover, he might cast four times; in a slight depression or pocket with no cover, he’s only casting once or twice. My son has just purchased a boat, however, so I suppose I'll have to learn to lake fish now. Natives to most cold water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean, the West Coast is one of the best places to find trout of any size, species, or color. Fish With Slow Twitches – Mix up your retrieve and stripping pattern with alternating fast movements followed by varying duration pauses. Number one on the list is, of course, a valid fishing license. This does not mean standing water; trout are an active fish and want moving water to linger in (much different than lake fish, and I believe it makes them stronger and better able to fight). I doubt I'll ever go back to hunting, but I surely enjoy my trout fishing. Great article thanks, I live right outside of Philadelphia and fish creeks and streams that are PA stocked water. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on July 12, 2010: Thanks, Randy. Holle Abee from Georgia on October 27, 2011: I don't really like any fatty fish. You're right - I'm not sure I would care to wade around much, especially further south. The fish are usually a little smaller, and the long, limber fly pole has a different feel to it. The pole will mostly just bend as the line tries to move quickly through the water, so it may take more or less effort than you are used to. Never thought of that. Looking at a creek, river, or stream and trying to find trout can be a big task in itself. Fishing for wild trout can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as an angler. Dave Strom's run-and-gun trout tactics will help you catch big trout in small waters. Some … How to Fish for Trout Without Fly Fishing: 26 Tips & Tricks Read More » There are many varieties found in the wild, including rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout. Nevertheless snags are a way of life in the river; I often let the current carry my bait into and under log jams and such. They are very helpful. Although I practice catch-and-release, I do carry a small canvas creel as a convenient way to carry extra hooks, leader, weights, pliers, and other gear. How to fish for brown trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, and trophy rainbow trout. I prefer a worm. There's quite a few local small creeks that hold brown trout and I like to use a fly rod with worms to catch them. So carry extra hooks, leader, and weights. I just made a trip to washington state a few weeks ago to fish for rainbows and cutthroats and it was a blast. Without polarized lenses, you are merely making uninformed guesses as to what lies under the surface. The next step is to present the bait in a natural manner. There are many varieties found in the wild, including rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout. You don't want the hook right on the bottom (would you live touching the bottom with escape cut off in that direction? Rivers with lots of up-wellings or springs like in the picture bring in cold water which is great for brook trout because it keeps the river cool all summer and that keeps the fish more active. I had the chance to fish with Strom last spring, and his aggressive strategy for trout fishing on small waters was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Fishing low also gives Strom the opportunity to have miles of water practically to himself. A casting rod will get it much further, of course, but lacks the control at closer areas. There must be rapids in the stream to oxygenate it well, but there must also be small, quiet holes with rocks and logs for the trout to congregate in - they want hiding places as well as open water. Trout fishing can be intimidating to some anglers. I love fishing the moutain rivers around Boise and north. Strom has figured out that that is often in the lower third of any given stream. Trout fishing can also be some of the most fun you can have on the water. Some of my bug-tying friends make fun of my worms and me, but they seldom catch more than I do and they seem to spend half their time playing with a new fly to put on. I fish in Bennett springs, Missouri. Guess I just want both! The longer rod also gives more control in many situations of directing the bait around underwater obstacles. I grew up on venison and elk, but haven't hunted in years and years. They were introduced into the area during the 1930s as a game fish to increase fishermen traveling to the area to fly fish. Polarized sunglasses are a must, and make sure they are polarized. Great article, voted up. It is a passion and a great way to spend time with friends and family. If you ever get out Idaho way, check out Ponderosa State Park; there is some excellent trout fishing in the Payette River along the road there. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on August 20, 2010: Thank you. Cool hub. Plenty of info on hub. If you do need to provide some guidance, do it well before the bait is where you think the fish might be. I really enjoyed reading your article on worm fishing with a fly rod. It might be the greatest understatment in fishing, but there's something special about big brown trout. A total waste of time and effort. With a 10 foot pole it is quite easy to reach out 20 feet or more and by wading in the stream you can reach almost anywhere. The brown trout also has dark spots on the dorsal and adipose fins and vague spots on the tail, though nothing like the prominent radiating spots on the tail of the rainbow trout. They’re correct, but Strom isn’t looking for numbers. The purpose of fishing is enjoyment, or should be, not merely catching fish. He’s always looking for the next great big-brown bait, but his most consistent producer is a 5 ½-inch No. Sight-Fishing Brown Trout in a Small Stream. I am so excited to fish in Montana this year. You must decide where a hidey hole is likely to be, without actually peering into that hole. Small juvenile trout indigenous to the body of water will work but I wouldn't recommend doing that. But how can you turn up your nose at trout? These lakes offer an amazing Trout angling opportunity that can rival productive rivers and streams, as their forage and climate often produce larger and more abundant populations. Fish are either nowhere to be found or aren't actively feeding. I have heard a lot about some fantastic mountain streams. But there's nothing better than getting away from the city, standing in a stream and catch some trout. Brown trout are some of the most popular trout to fish for. If you wade in most of the other rivers you take a chance of encountering stumps, snags, cottonmouth moccasins, not to mention, alligators! I've enjoyed all of it, but my favorite remains a peaceful, lonely mountain stream looking for trout. Many products featured on this site were editorially chosen. The only thing that will do are minnows indigenous to the body of water that you're fishing. WD Curry 111 from Space Coast on October 15, 2011: Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on September 13, 2011: It is a type of fishing I really enjoy. Have taken some big trout there. Good quality brown trout can only be produced in rivers where habitat conditions are suitable. In his experience, the flash of a jerkbait being worked this way is what triggers the biggest fish—even those that have just eaten. Trout fishing, however, is fun, and it's usually done in beautiful surroundings! But I still plan to go sometime! Thanks for the article Dan. Tight lines to all. Start with a piece of worm or a little PowerBait or similar product on a bait hook. And last, but not least, is a dozen nightcrawlers. A few dollars will provide another one. Wish I could get more, but Idaho is a long ways from the ocean. It's a great way to spend a day. Like all trout, they form redds in moving water, usually over gravel, for spawning. Sneak up on trout by wearing clothing that blends in with your surroundings, wade slowly and cast upstream to prevent spooking fish. Find the best trout fishing tips at Field & Stream. If water is swirling around in the spots you want to fish in, that water will carry the hook in all different directions without you being to control it at all, unless you have some weight on the line. My favorite is the Crooked River upstream from Prineville. You can buy all the equipment for a relatively cheap price and it's easy to use. Wild trout of this size will give quite a fight and are a lot of fun to catch, but as much as anything I simply enjoy the peace and beauty of such a setting. He knows that if a big trout is home and willing, it’s going to react very quickly, so there’s never a reason to beat on a spot for a long time. Unlike in lake fishing, once the fish is hooked you can usually tell what shelter or obstruction the fish is trying to reach, and keep him away from that direction. Fishing for trout in a river or lake is very peaceful and enjoyable. Whenever possible, Strom keeps his distance and “airmails” his lure a long way to reach the sweet spot in any given location. Move quietly both on shore and in the water, and do not allow the hook and weight to hit the water anywhere near the fish: if you plop that weight and worm over his head, he's gone for the day. Looking at a creek, river, or stream and trying to find trout can be a big task in itself. The two best ways to catch mountain stream trout is fly fishing and bait fishing. I like to use the crimp on weights as you suggested although I don't break out my fly rod as much as I would like. Great hub. I spent some 22 years living in Virginia and fished extensively for bass, bluegill, perch and other warm-water fish. You're flat out delusional if you think nightcrawlers will get you big brown trout. I like the fly tackle for the longer rod and floating fly line. Rivers and streams of the size I have described do not produce two-foot trout, but fortunately I am quite content fishing for trout in the 12" to 18" range. Bass and other warm water fish, trout, both lakes and streams. Water temperature needs to be cool to cold; trout thrive with high-quality water in the mid-50-degree range. If you’re accustomed to brook trout vs. brown trout for example, think about taking it up a few notches – trophy trout have to eat much more to sustain their body weight. Always working down-current, Strom is positively violent when he retrieves, reeling at warp speed and snapping his rod hard. The brown trout is not a native fish to the Smoky Mountains. Enjoyed the great info. Brown trout in rivers and streams can consistently be caught with live bait such as night crawlers and small minnows, and with artificial baits including flies, streamers and spinners. Because I usually take my family camping with me, I want a place to park my RV. Dave Strom with a 20-inch wild brown from Iowa’s Waterloo Creek. Dave Strom is twitchy yet focused. Attach a small, lead weight just above the hook to help the bait sink, and add a bobber 1 ½ to 3 feet above the hook. Larger rivers or reservoirs with naturally spawning populations in tributary streams can offer trophy (>18”) brown trout fisheries. Although I've heard stories of Crooked River fishing and always wanted to go there, I never have. It's a different kind of fun, though, and I wouldn't trade it for my own little mountain stream. Jeremy Richmond from Hubbard on August 30, 2019: I've noticed both natural and stocked trout in my area seem to prefer minnows to other live bait offerings but fish using much the same presentation. Learning how to fish for Trout in a lake is different than in a river or stream. Brown trout generally move up streams to spawn, and the best concentrations will be in the upper ends of river systems or just downstream of dams that block the fish’s upstream travel. Lie about where you got it and no one will be the wiser. I almost always fish downstream from where I stand, because I can control the line better, but not directly downstream. However, it’s important to adapt the size and style of your jig depending on the type of water you are fishing in. I have made more than a few trips deep-sea fishing for bluefish, flounder, salmon and sea trout and have even caught a shark. Just be sure to not get hung up in branches or grass as you fish. The closest I ever came was fly fishing for shoal bass in the flint river here in Georgia. I just find that long fly pole useful in controlling the bait, in putting it just where I want it. I'm really looking forward to trout fishing over here in Central PA. It makes for a shaky day, always looking over my shoulder and I usually find some excuse to go back to camp and collect it. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on August 14, 2012: Glad you enjoyed it. WOW! Wildlife Agencies Are Calling on Hunters for Help, Married to the Game: Becoming a Great Hunter Means Living in the Moment, Our Obsession with Greenheads Is Ruining Duck Hunting as We Know It, A Last-Minute Fishing Gift Guide for the Diehard Angler on Your List, Hunting Can Ruin Your Marriage. These creels are small and cheap, which is a good thing because they live in my RV and eventually rot out. I love the beauty and solitude, though. And though the brown trout has not been good for the brook trout that were native to the area they are still a lot of fun to catch. If you’re tossing an arsenal of lures lakeside, make sure the wind is blowing in your face. 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I have never considered nightcrawlers and short casts with a fly rod. It's worth the trip. Spooking the trout is a very real concern; trout can be both extremely wily and incredibly stupid at the same time. I just made a trip to washington state a few weeks ago to fish for rainbows and cutthroats and it was a blast. A good riffle will fulfill all of the basic needs of a trout. They do have trout here and I did manage to snag one out of what seems to be beginner's luck, attempts to get the same results today failed and I see why after I read this article. John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on October 30, 2011: Great hub. Great hub! I live and work in a largish country town about 60kms northeast of Melbourne in Victoria. That doesn't mean to whip the pole back over your shoulder in an effort to disembowel Mr. Trout, just a sharp tug. Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourself. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on December 07, 2011: Perhaps it is a man sport (although my daughter-n-law and grandaughter enjoy it, as does my mother and sister) but that's all right - I'm male! CYBERSUPE from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A. on July 13, 2010: As a fly fisherman mayself and an avid trout fishing dude, your Hub is Excellent and most Informative. Strom, 44, has done this many times—his personal best measured 30 inches and weighed 14 pounds. A large, dirty river cannot provide this, and even a mountain lake does not provide the peaceful feeling and sounds of water rushing downstream. “When people see me on these small streams with a big Husky Jerk tied on, they snicker,” Strom says. Time of day can play a large part in whether you catch a trout or not. I love water. The spots on the shape of Xs or Ys, which is not usually the case in the brown trout. If you’re accustomed to brook trout vs. brown trout for example, think about taking it up a few notches – trophy trout have to eat much more to sustain their body weight. Not even taking a header into the river can ruin a fisherman's day like not having a license when the game warden shows up. All rights reserved. One or two, caught at daybreak, make a wonderful breakfast with some eggs to go with it. Most of us who fish know that when trout streams get too warm, the fishing goes downhill fast. Next on the list would be a rod and reel, and here I depart from all the other fishermen I have seen. I'm an avid angler, but I prefer saltwater fishing. Many lakes are stocked with Trout, and some even hold native populations. Much like how you describe in your article. I have been fly fishing for many years but my 10 year old has just picked up the hobby and she loves to research everything online. The Atlantic salmon has no … I do remember sitting in a small stream in SW Oregon and playing with a crawdad swimming in a small pool while thinking I should get out the fishing pole. Larger rivers can be wall to wall people, and lakes are full of other boaters and jet skiiers. The fishing for trout around me in the northeast is equally fun on small streams however we mostly have brook and brown trout rather than rainbows. Hooks and weights will snag on the rocks as the current carries them past, but usually not very hard. I haven't done much saltwater; some for bluefish in the Chesapeake Bay and a little for salmon off the Oregon coast but that's about it. The polarization is necessary as it eliminates most of the glare from the water and makes it much easier to see down into the stream. Productive fall brown trout fishing locations during the spawning run include the mouths of tributaries, deep pools which offer a sense of security from winged predators and the prying eyes of human anglers, gravel-bottomed riffles and tail-outs that make superior sites for redd-building and, best of all, the holes at the bases of impassable waterfalls. Your intent is to present food at a reasonable distance and in such a manner that it looks natural to the trout. If he turns or misses a trout, he moves on immediately, giving the hole at least a 20-minute rest before hitting it again. I am fortunate enough to have all kinds of fishing near me (except salt water). Setting the hook in stream fishing is a little different than in lake fishing. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Nearly all of my fishing is in small streams; between wading along both banks I seldom need to cast out more than 20' or so and the fly tackle gives me more control in the shorter casts around brush, rocks and logs in the water. To fish these dainty tippets, start out with a 7.5-foot nylon leader … They also live in much of the northeastern and Northwestern United States as well. The trout fishing techniques I will cover today are aimed at those fishermen plying their art in small rivers and streams: people who enjoy simply being in nature and will enjoy their day along a clear cold mountain stream whether or not they actually catch fish. In fact, we went down 2 weeks ago! Stream fishing in moving water is much different than lake fishing or deep-river fishing. Trout fishing can also be some of the most fun you can have on the water. As with largemouth bass, cast your line close to rock piles, brush mounds and submerged logs. I get a better idea of exactly where my bait is with the floating line. If my feet don't get rather numb, it's too warm. The current is moving slowly, and you have a lot more trees in the water.” Many anglers overlook these low ends, assuming there are fewer trout living in them. If you throw your line in and it travels downstream 20 feet in 10 to 20 seconds, that water speed is about right. Excellent and informative hub and enjoyed the pics as well. Try these suggestions for hooking up with more and bigger trout. These fish grow to an … “This isn’t the pristine trout stream experience,” Strom says. Fly fishing can be amazing in these streams especially nymphs and dry flies. Thanks! Read Next: The Best Kept Secret in the Trout World, During my visit, Strom tied on everything from 6-inch soft-plastic swimbaits to paddle-tail shads with a big Colorado blade at the nose. This need not be of the highest quality (or cost), as I do not fly-fish, but it does need to be a decent setup. He knows that a hole in the weakened flow, often with stained water and abundant cover, is more likely to hold one or two giants than the prettiest clear pool miles upstream. When the fish bites—and only experience will tell you what is a bite, as opposed to a bump as the when the hook or its weight passes over a rock on the bottom—give a sharp tug upwards on the pole to set the hook. I'm thinking this may work well in the kayak, now anxious to try it out. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on March 04, 2011: Like you, I learned from my Dad, and those are memories I cherish. Spin Rod Trout: Ten Top Tips. The brown trout also has dark spots on the dorsal and adipose fins and vague spots on the tail, though nothing like the prominent radiating spots on the tail of the rainbow trout. You must understand what the fish wants, where he is likely to be found, and how not to spook him so that he refuses to feed. The Atlantic salmon has no … A good supply of the small crimp-on weights in various sizes is necessary as well. A longtime camper, Dan has experience with tents, pop-up trailers, camp trailers, and motorhomes. I eat trout sometimes, but I much prefer grouper, flounder, seatrout, redfish, cod, and sharks. ... Harvester, Croneen and Dollaghan are large trout that run from some of our large loughs up tributary rivers and streams from July onward. I use regular bread balled around hook! Trout will usually be found in places you cannot see, either due to covering rocks or brush or possibly moving water. I prefer a worm. Thanks for the comment; I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Hey Dan, this article is very informative and just what I needed for a starter course on stream fishing. Living in the Ozarks of North Arkansas I spend a lot of time on White River, using a variety of methods for trout fishing. Brown Trout: Brown trout are native to Europe. Yep, I've forgotten and left my license at camp when heading down the river. Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on December 18, 2010: I also am a trout fisherman(woman) we take our grandsons every year. Here is some footage of me using a crimp on weight along with trout magnets which I seem to have had a lot of success with last May once things warm up a tad and I feel the stocked trout are a little more acclimated and active: https://youtu.be/ez6Lzc9dcic ... thanks again for your article and good luck this season Dan! At the same time you don't want too much weight, because if the hook doesn't move at least somewhat with the currents, it will not look natural and will probably not be taken. I was surprised that you use fly fishing tackle for bait fishing. 5) Find Shade He is a master of maximizing trophy opportunities, even when he only has a short time to fish. Some … How to Fish for Trout Without Fly Fishing: 26 Tips & Tricks Read More » I always thought it was a man sport. In a hole with depth and good cover, he might cast four times; in a slight depression or pocket with no cover, he’s only casting once or twice. My son has just purchased a boat, however, so I suppose I'll have to learn to lake fish now. Natives to most cold water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean, the West Coast is one of the best places to find trout of any size, species, or color. Fish With Slow Twitches – Mix up your retrieve and stripping pattern with alternating fast movements followed by varying duration pauses. Number one on the list is, of course, a valid fishing license. This does not mean standing water; trout are an active fish and want moving water to linger in (much different than lake fish, and I believe it makes them stronger and better able to fight). I doubt I'll ever go back to hunting, but I surely enjoy my trout fishing. Great article thanks, I live right outside of Philadelphia and fish creeks and streams that are PA stocked water. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on July 12, 2010: Thanks, Randy. Holle Abee from Georgia on October 27, 2011: I don't really like any fatty fish. You're right - I'm not sure I would care to wade around much, especially further south. The fish are usually a little smaller, and the long, limber fly pole has a different feel to it. The pole will mostly just bend as the line tries to move quickly through the water, so it may take more or less effort than you are used to. Never thought of that. Looking at a creek, river, or stream and trying to find trout can be a big task in itself. Fishing for wild trout can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as an angler. Dave Strom's run-and-gun trout tactics will help you catch big trout in small waters. Some … How to Fish for Trout Without Fly Fishing: 26 Tips & Tricks Read More » There are many varieties found in the wild, including rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout. Nevertheless snags are a way of life in the river; I often let the current carry my bait into and under log jams and such. They are very helpful. Although I practice catch-and-release, I do carry a small canvas creel as a convenient way to carry extra hooks, leader, weights, pliers, and other gear. How to fish for brown trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, and trophy rainbow trout. I prefer a worm. There's quite a few local small creeks that hold brown trout and I like to use a fly rod with worms to catch them. So carry extra hooks, leader, and weights. I just made a trip to washington state a few weeks ago to fish for rainbows and cutthroats and it was a blast. Without polarized lenses, you are merely making uninformed guesses as to what lies under the surface. The next step is to present the bait in a natural manner. There are many varieties found in the wild, including rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout. You don't want the hook right on the bottom (would you live touching the bottom with escape cut off in that direction? Rivers with lots of up-wellings or springs like in the picture bring in cold water which is great for brook trout because it keeps the river cool all summer and that keeps the fish more active. I had the chance to fish with Strom last spring, and his aggressive strategy for trout fishing on small waters was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Fishing low also gives Strom the opportunity to have miles of water practically to himself. A casting rod will get it much further, of course, but lacks the control at closer areas. There must be rapids in the stream to oxygenate it well, but there must also be small, quiet holes with rocks and logs for the trout to congregate in - they want hiding places as well as open water. Trout fishing can be intimidating to some anglers. I love fishing the moutain rivers around Boise and north. Strom has figured out that that is often in the lower third of any given stream. Trout fishing can also be some of the most fun you can have on the water. Some of my bug-tying friends make fun of my worms and me, but they seldom catch more than I do and they seem to spend half their time playing with a new fly to put on. I fish in Bennett springs, Missouri. Guess I just want both! The longer rod also gives more control in many situations of directing the bait around underwater obstacles. I grew up on venison and elk, but haven't hunted in years and years. They were introduced into the area during the 1930s as a game fish to increase fishermen traveling to the area to fly fish. Polarized sunglasses are a must, and make sure they are polarized. Great article, voted up. It is a passion and a great way to spend time with friends and family. If you ever get out Idaho way, check out Ponderosa State Park; there is some excellent trout fishing in the Payette River along the road there. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on August 20, 2010: Thank you. Cool hub. Plenty of info on hub. If you do need to provide some guidance, do it well before the bait is where you think the fish might be. I really enjoyed reading your article on worm fishing with a fly rod. It might be the greatest understatment in fishing, but there's something special about big brown trout. A total waste of time and effort. With a 10 foot pole it is quite easy to reach out 20 feet or more and by wading in the stream you can reach almost anywhere. The brown trout also has dark spots on the dorsal and adipose fins and vague spots on the tail, though nothing like the prominent radiating spots on the tail of the rainbow trout. They’re correct, but Strom isn’t looking for numbers. The purpose of fishing is enjoyment, or should be, not merely catching fish. He’s always looking for the next great big-brown bait, but his most consistent producer is a 5 ½-inch No. Sight-Fishing Brown Trout in a Small Stream. I am so excited to fish in Montana this year. You must decide where a hidey hole is likely to be, without actually peering into that hole. Small juvenile trout indigenous to the body of water will work but I wouldn't recommend doing that. But how can you turn up your nose at trout? These lakes offer an amazing Trout angling opportunity that can rival productive rivers and streams, as their forage and climate often produce larger and more abundant populations. Fish are either nowhere to be found or aren't actively feeding. I have heard a lot about some fantastic mountain streams. But there's nothing better than getting away from the city, standing in a stream and catch some trout. Brown trout are some of the most popular trout to fish for. If you wade in most of the other rivers you take a chance of encountering stumps, snags, cottonmouth moccasins, not to mention, alligators! I've enjoyed all of it, but my favorite remains a peaceful, lonely mountain stream looking for trout. Many products featured on this site were editorially chosen. The only thing that will do are minnows indigenous to the body of water that you're fishing. WD Curry 111 from Space Coast on October 15, 2011: Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on September 13, 2011: It is a type of fishing I really enjoy. Have taken some big trout there. Good quality brown trout can only be produced in rivers where habitat conditions are suitable. In his experience, the flash of a jerkbait being worked this way is what triggers the biggest fish—even those that have just eaten. Trout fishing, however, is fun, and it's usually done in beautiful surroundings! But I still plan to go sometime! Thanks for the article Dan. Tight lines to all. Start with a piece of worm or a little PowerBait or similar product on a bait hook. And last, but not least, is a dozen nightcrawlers. A few dollars will provide another one. Wish I could get more, but Idaho is a long ways from the ocean. It's a great way to spend a day. Like all trout, they form redds in moving water, usually over gravel, for spawning. Sneak up on trout by wearing clothing that blends in with your surroundings, wade slowly and cast upstream to prevent spooking fish. Find the best trout fishing tips at Field & Stream. If water is swirling around in the spots you want to fish in, that water will carry the hook in all different directions without you being to control it at all, unless you have some weight on the line. My favorite is the Crooked River upstream from Prineville. You can buy all the equipment for a relatively cheap price and it's easy to use. Wild trout of this size will give quite a fight and are a lot of fun to catch, but as much as anything I simply enjoy the peace and beauty of such a setting. He knows that if a big trout is home and willing, it’s going to react very quickly, so there’s never a reason to beat on a spot for a long time. Unlike in lake fishing, once the fish is hooked you can usually tell what shelter or obstruction the fish is trying to reach, and keep him away from that direction. Fishing for trout in a river or lake is very peaceful and enjoyable. Whenever possible, Strom keeps his distance and “airmails” his lure a long way to reach the sweet spot in any given location. Move quietly both on shore and in the water, and do not allow the hook and weight to hit the water anywhere near the fish: if you plop that weight and worm over his head, he's gone for the day. Looking at a creek, river, or stream and trying to find trout can be a big task in itself. The two best ways to catch mountain stream trout is fly fishing and bait fishing. I like to use the crimp on weights as you suggested although I don't break out my fly rod as much as I would like. Great hub. I spent some 22 years living in Virginia and fished extensively for bass, bluegill, perch and other warm-water fish. You're flat out delusional if you think nightcrawlers will get you big brown trout. I like the fly tackle for the longer rod and floating fly line. Rivers and streams of the size I have described do not produce two-foot trout, but fortunately I am quite content fishing for trout in the 12" to 18" range. Bass and other warm water fish, trout, both lakes and streams. Water temperature needs to be cool to cold; trout thrive with high-quality water in the mid-50-degree range. If you’re accustomed to brook trout vs. brown trout for example, think about taking it up a few notches – trophy trout have to eat much more to sustain their body weight. Always working down-current, Strom is positively violent when he retrieves, reeling at warp speed and snapping his rod hard. The brown trout is not a native fish to the Smoky Mountains. Enjoyed the great info. Brown trout in rivers and streams can consistently be caught with live bait such as night crawlers and small minnows, and with artificial baits including flies, streamers and spinners. Because I usually take my family camping with me, I want a place to park my RV. Dave Strom with a 20-inch wild brown from Iowa’s Waterloo Creek. Dave Strom is twitchy yet focused. Attach a small, lead weight just above the hook to help the bait sink, and add a bobber 1 ½ to 3 feet above the hook. Larger rivers or reservoirs with naturally spawning populations in tributary streams can offer trophy (>18”) brown trout fisheries. Although I've heard stories of Crooked River fishing and always wanted to go there, I never have. It's a different kind of fun, though, and I wouldn't trade it for my own little mountain stream. Jeremy Richmond from Hubbard on August 30, 2019: I've noticed both natural and stocked trout in my area seem to prefer minnows to other live bait offerings but fish using much the same presentation. Learning how to fish for Trout in a lake is different than in a river or stream. Brown trout generally move up streams to spawn, and the best concentrations will be in the upper ends of river systems or just downstream of dams that block the fish’s upstream travel. Lie about where you got it and no one will be the wiser. I almost always fish downstream from where I stand, because I can control the line better, but not directly downstream. However, it’s important to adapt the size and style of your jig depending on the type of water you are fishing in. I have made more than a few trips deep-sea fishing for bluefish, flounder, salmon and sea trout and have even caught a shark. Just be sure to not get hung up in branches or grass as you fish. The closest I ever came was fly fishing for shoal bass in the flint river here in Georgia. I just find that long fly pole useful in controlling the bait, in putting it just where I want it. I'm really looking forward to trout fishing over here in Central PA. It makes for a shaky day, always looking over my shoulder and I usually find some excuse to go back to camp and collect it. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on August 14, 2012: Glad you enjoyed it. WOW! Wildlife Agencies Are Calling on Hunters for Help, Married to the Game: Becoming a Great Hunter Means Living in the Moment, Our Obsession with Greenheads Is Ruining Duck Hunting as We Know It, A Last-Minute Fishing Gift Guide for the Diehard Angler on Your List, Hunting Can Ruin Your Marriage. These creels are small and cheap, which is a good thing because they live in my RV and eventually rot out. I love the beauty and solitude, though. And though the brown trout has not been good for the brook trout that were native to the area they are still a lot of fun to catch. If you’re tossing an arsenal of lures lakeside, make sure the wind is blowing in your face. 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