Common Trout Fishing Errors

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  1. spinner

    spinner Staff Member

    Common Trout Fishing Errors

    Common Trout Fishing Errors

    Written by: Len Harris
    Photos by: Len Harris

    Trout fishing can be frustrating when
    the trout are not cooperating. Some of the
    time it is not the trout being willy. A trout has
    the brain the size of a pea. Trout are instinctive and
    react to situations that are out of the normal for their
    environments. More often than not it is
    angler error
    that caused the lose
    of a trout or not even getting that hook up.

    Before you even get out on the stream you have
    very important decisions to make. Your
    gear you use is the first common error an
    angler makes. They don't use the proper tool
    for the job. Just because your friend uses a
    2 weight rod on trout doesn't mean you should.
    That 5 foot ultra light spinning rod is not the tool
    for the job along with the trendy 2 weight rod.
    The 4 pound test mono for your spinning rod is
    inadequate in tight quarters. That 6x leader on your
    fly rod is good for 10 inch trout but for most situations
    you will break off on the hook set. That fly rod may
    need to be left home because your back cast is restricted.


    A 2 weight fly rod or an ultra light spinning
    rod would NOT have been the correct tool
    for the job for this monster.

    More gear problems. That line needs to be
    maintained. Line needs to be kept clean and
    out of direct sunlight when stored. The reels
    you are using are very important. They need
    to be kept free of dirt. During the closed season
    they need to be cleaned and lubricated. Too much
    lube attracts dirt and too much is as bad
    as not enough. Sharpen those flies and hooks
    during the closed season. Your leaders won't
    last forever. Even if they are in an envelope you
    should test the leaders for strength.

    Dress for your surroundings. The colors you
    wear are very important. It is not necessary to
    wear camouflage. It is important to wear earth
    tones and match the time of the year you fish. If
    you are fishing early season the colors need to be
    more washed out and browns will be the the ticket.
    When the world turns green, the drab greens
    should be used. Leave that white tee shirt at
    home. It does NOT blend with the surrounding.
    Your cap is important also. Your cap will give you
    away right away. Red and bright yellow caps are a
    no go. A dark cap with white
    lettering is like a neon sign.


    Wear drab colors or go home without a life long memory.

    Scout your area before going out. Know
    the holes and the approaches to them. If the
    approaches are open in early season it does
    not mean it will be clear in mid summer. Your
    back cast could be seriously hindered when the
    foliage grows up. There is nothing wrong with
    clearing a casting lane in front and behind you
    like a bow hunter does. I have had many holes
    ruined by a stray twig that blocks your cast.

    Know what the trout are biting. Take stroll
    on a country road and see what is hopping or
    crawling on the road. Sit at your local bridge
    and see what floats by. If it rained buckets the
    day before the water should be dirty and a small
    fly on the surface may be futile. Don't limit your
    arsenal to flies only. There are very good spinner
    for muddy water and the trusty night crawlers
    is a sure fire bait after a big rain.


    A big flashy spinner was the ticket this day after a big rain.

    So you are getting out of your car and putting
    on your gear. Make sure you don't over or under
    dress. If you are fishing muddy slippery banks those
    felt boot waders or wading boots will turn in to skis .
    A lug sole is a must. Look in your vest before you
    head out. Make sure you have brought your entire
    arsenal. A good pair of hemostats are essential for
    unhooking trout. Make sure your net is big
    enough for the trout you have targeted and
    the attaching release is in functional order.

    You are approaching your first hole. Your shadow
    control is very important. If your shadow hits the
    water you might as well throw a big rock in the hole.
    You have spooked that hole. Your approach should
    be light of foot. Try to avoid stepping on twigs near
    your hole. The snapping sound rings through the
    ground and the smart bigger trout won't bite.
    Jumping down a bank within 20 yards of a
    hole is a bad move also. Stay out of the water
    unless it is absolutely necessary.

    You are there now. The hole is in front of you.
    Your early season scouting comes in to
    play now. You know where those fish are
    laying. You have to decide if you want
    quality or quantity now. If you are targeting
    the biggest trout in the hole the cast needs
    to be made accordingly. The smaller or
    subordinate trout will be in the not so
    good feed lanes. The big trout will
    have the best feed lane. You need to
    present your cast above the prime run.
    Fight the urge to cast too far or trying to
    drop the cast on the trout's head.

    Your choices before you hit the water are as
    important as the ones on the water. Don't assume
    your gear worked good last fall and it will be fine this
    spring. You know what assume means correct?
    Broke lines and a poor outing. Check your gear
    and tight lines to all.
  2. Steve

    Steve Staff Member

    Some good tips.