Great hub! If it's raining cats and dogs, sit it out for an hour! 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. However, it's been a number of years since I've had that kind of encounter, but it's still a fun stream to fish. I enjoy fishing as well. They are smaller than Brown or Rainbow trout, averaging about 12-16 inches in length. It's a great way to spend a day. I've had incredibly violent fights in a small hole only to return immediately and catch 3, 4 or 5 more out of the same hole. I have made more than a few trips deep-sea fishing for bluefish, flounder, salmon and sea trout and have even caught a shark. With thousands of miles of streams across the state, there are ample trout fishing opportunities in New York State. 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. I enjoy the articles on Hub. The purpose of fishing is enjoyment, or should be, not merely catching fish. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on July 12, 2010: Thanks, Randy. No matter the season, a rushing stream always seems to remind me of springtime. Repeat until you are convinced that no one is home there. And yes, "Tight lines to all". What advantage do you see with your setup? I was surprised that you use fly fishing tackle for bait fishing. That doesn't mean to whip the pole back over your shoulder in an effort to disembowel Mr. Trout, just a sharp tug. Good article and great tips! Browns are very fast and aggressive and are also very smart. Curiously though, this technique seems to be the opposite in the northeast. Stream fishing in moving water is much different than lake fishing or deep-river fishing. A landscape of forested hills, picturesque farmlands and enchanting trout streams, the southeast is chock-full of flowing waters where you can stalk riffles and pools for brook, brown and rainbow trout. These include stocked brook trout streams, streams that hold both wild brookies and wild browns, and creeks that are home to wild brook trout, alone. There are big brown trout in the Great Lakes which can be caught by trolling spoons, plugs, and spinners but the best brown trout fishing is in great rivers across the continent. Fishing for Stream Trout. I live and work in a largish country town about 60kms northeast of Melbourne in Victoria. - Agree on the license 100%! Excellent and informative hub and enjoyed the pics as well. Worms on the end of a floating line tend to float too high, and a little weight will carry the bait deeper into the water. How to fish for brown trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, and trophy rainbow trout. This method has worked year after year for me at Lake Tahoe. I love the beauty and solitude, though. Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourself. Browns prefer warmer water in the spring and area also likely to be near the shore when the wind blows out of the east. Have you done much saltwater fishing? Make sure they have the trout pattern and are gold in color. Learning how to fish for Trout in a lake is different than in a river or stream. A good supply of the small crimp-on weights in various sizes is necessary as well. Strom, 44, has done this many times—his personal best measured 30 inches and weighed 14 pounds. Your intent is to present food at a reasonable distance and in such a manner that it looks natural to the trout. Living in Dallas now I fish mainly lakes for crappie and various bass and make the occassional trip to the gulf to fly fish for red fish. They were brought to North America in the late 1800s. If you wade in most of the other rivers you take a chance of encountering stumps, snags, cottonmouth moccasins, not to mention, alligators! It is a passion and a great way to spend time with friends and family. If you want to try fishing for trout, you can easily catch them in rivers or streams. The same goes for trolling. I really enjoyed reading your article on worm fishing with a fly rod. 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. It's worth the trip. We have bass and other warmer water fish in the lakes, along with some trout, but I much prefer a quiet mountain stream. Do try to get to a mountain stream, though. Brown trout fisheries are widespread and highly variable across the state. A casting rod will get it much further, of course, but lacks the control at closer areas. The fly rod is great for casting or poking a worm into a tight spot that would be almost impossible with a spinning rod and reel. 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. Once you spot this big rock in the stream, you’ll notice … I always loved trout fishing. I want a stream where chest waders are a waste of money, and even hip waders are not a great deal of value; I can usually find a wide, shallow area to cross. My son has just purchased a boat, however, so I suppose I'll have to learn to lake fish now. The shallow, highly oxygenated water is a perfect environment for the aquatic insects trout eat. Can you use regular fishing poles in creeks and rivers? So the first thing you should do is think like a predator. These creels are small and cheap, which is a good thing because they live in my RV and eventually rot out. I have occasionally found the best fishing in the middle of the day; it doesn't make much difference to me, as I am up and moving around the campsite before daylight and, if the fishing is poor, I'll return for breakfast and wait a while before going out later. The fish are usually a little smaller, and the long, limber fly pole has a different feel to it. A few dollars will provide another one. Trout will usually be found in places you cannot see, either due to covering rocks or brush or possibly moving water. 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. Trout is a common species of freshwater fish that can be cooked into a delicious meal. Trolling for browns is exciting and I have had a lot of luck over the years using a jointed Rapala with the same brown trout pattern. Unfortunately as good as they are on the stove, they also contain a high level of mercury. lol. Trout fishing, however, is fun, and it's usually done in beautiful surroundings! You are free to enjoy all three eco-types, as I do, but the real gems in the park are those streams inhabited by "natives," alone. I am in Idaho fishing the Big Wood, silver creek and trail creek. Likewise a pool does not mean 20 feet of water. I find most trout in six feet or less, and often in only two feet if there is good cover. Behind bass, panfish, and catfish, trout fishing are the 4th most popular fishing in North America.Trout always put up a good fight, are abundant from sea to shining sea, and are pretty tasty when anglers decide to keep them. Find the best trout fishing tips at Field & Stream. A lighter leader might be nice and increase the "feel," but there are inevitably a lot of snags on the bottom of a moving stream that you can easily pull off of with a little heavier leader. WanderingFisher from The shore of Lake Erie on September 12, 2011: Excellent hub! 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. 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. Fish With Slow Twitches – Mix up your retrieve and stripping pattern with alternating fast movements followed by varying duration pauses. I have heard a lot about some fantastic mountain streams. 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. Make sure they have the trout … You gotta admit it, trout fishing gets into your soul. Al from Australia, Hong Kong, USA on March 25, 2016: collegedad from The Upper Peninsula on December 23, 2012: There's nothing better than a day spent on a stream with an old fly rod. While Southern California generally has warmer temperatures and waters than most trout destinations, both rainbow trout and brown trout are often stocked in larger, deeper impoundments and reservoirs.. Keep these two tips in mind when fishing Southern California for trout: It was all small mountain stream. Consider that if you can see him, then he can see you as well and probably won't bite. A word on weights. Or not! Brown trout are predators and are actually known to eat small mammals! Many lakes are stocked with Trout, and some even hold native populations. So carry extra hooks, leader, and weights. I carry a variety of small crimp-on weights, and change weights frequently according to the speed of the water I am fishing in. Wish I could get more, but Idaho is a long ways from the ocean. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on August 14, 2012: Glad you enjoyed it. But there's nothing better than getting away from the city, standing in a stream and catch some trout. 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. 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. You don't want the hook right on the bottom (would you live touching the bottom with escape cut off in that direction? If you think you’re gonna catch one on corn or marshmallows, think again. Trout fishing in southeast Minnesota streams is a special experience. They also live in much of the northeastern and Northwestern United States as well. Salmon, steelhead and trout runs in rivers create lots of eggs for resident trout to dine … Cool hub. A favorite is kayak drifting (when river level is low). It is now time to get ready for hunting. Lures and spinners that work well on rivers and streams include the Panther Martin (my favorite is the black with yellow dots, size 4), Blue Fox and Kastmaster. There must be good access to the river, with frequent open areas in the underbrush where I can actually enter the water. We've got some dandy streams. The trick is to pull the line in the opposite direction from where it was going when the hook snagged. WHEN. For me it started about the time I could hold my first Zebco kid’s rod and cast a salmon egg and a bobber. I've been trying my luck at a mountain stream in this village in Himachal Pradesh, India. Next on the list would be a rod and reel, and here I depart from all the other fishermen I have seen. For good trout fishing, I go to central Oregon. I live next door to you, in Oregon, but on the western side of the state. If catching fish is all you want, go to the grocery store, jam a hook into one and drag it to the cashier. Lie about where you got it and no one will be the wiser. Love it. They can be challenging unless you know the tricks. Sure, it's a lot of fun to catch a good-sized wild rainbow trout—that's what this article is about—but it needn't ruin your day if you get skunked and go home with nothing. 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