Trout fishing can take place in streams, estuaries or at sea. You will need to acquire the right kit, learn the complex feeding habits of the trout and select the right kit for the time and place at which you are fishing. You will need to understand the sort of baits that attract trout to the hook. This article aims at giving you such information.
To catch trout, you should learn about their habits. They are a river fish which can move to the sea. However some trout, known as slob trout, stay in estuaries. Inland trout can be found in many streams, but the best fishing is in chalk streams or alkaline lakes. The two species are brown and rainbow trout, brown being the more common.
Go to an angling shop and seek advice before buying. A nine foot rod is not all that you need. You should purchase lines, flies, weights and hooks. There are sinking lines, which enable you to take trout on the bottom, and floating ones, which enable you to stay near the surface. You use the latter when fly-fishing.
You will need to purchase a reel. Make sure that your purchases relate to equipment for trout angling. A variety of flies will be on sale. Buy a selection and be prepared to add to it over time.
To be a good angler, you need to learn knots, otherwise the hook comes off the line.
- Get a good book on angling and practise knot making. You will also need to have casting skills. These are best learned in the company of a skilled person, so be prepared to take some fishing lessons.
- At first go fishing in the company of an experienced person. Reading a fishing magazine will also help you.
Good anglers learn the habits of the fish. Trout are omnivorous. Sometimes they feed on the bottom, where they eat crustaceans and smaller fish. At these times, using a fly is useless. Baiting with a worm or snail would ensure a better catch.
At other times they approach the surface, and you can tell by the presence of ripples that reveal that a trout has just taken a fly.
- At these times, attach an artificial fly to your hook and cast for the trout. You should try to aim your cast near the trout's location. If you feel the line go taut, this mean that a fish is pulling on it.
- Let the hook sink in and then begin to reel.
- Unless you can keep the trout, unhook it and throw it back.