10 Tips for catching Big Trout with Spinning Gear
Hook-jawed Brown Trout and Hook-jawed Angler
These tips are gleamed from a lifetime of catching trout on Michigan streams, but by no means tell the whole story. The main missing ingredient here is pinpoint casting accuracy- getting the lure under over hanging branches and into pockets that seem impossible to cast to. Read the Close-faced Spinning Reels post for an idea of equipment, and I’ll write a post soon on how to do the Jake Lucas underhand flip cast. Master that, and you can place a cast where the big fish hide.
- Wade and cast upstream – they don’t see you coming.
- You can’t reel a lure fast enough to keep a trout from taking it. If it wants your lure it will get it.
- Trout like a big meal. I have caught trout the same length as the lure I was casting.
- A short cast will catch trout – work the banks and cover at all angles.
- Fish rising rivers, the beginning of a good rain, for the most fish.
- Fish late fall for the biggest fish – catch them in upper stretches of your favorite river.
- Try flashy spinners in muddy water and minnow baits in stained water.
- On bluebird days with clear streams, a trout is a bonus. Enjoy the day.
- Trout are hardy, but not indestructible. Carry needle nose pliers so you can unhook and turn them back quickly. (Keep only what you need for a meal.)
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