Essential Trout Fishing Techniques

Trevor Kugler
 


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As an avid trout angler, I've learned a few techniques over the years that I now view as essential for fishing for trout. In this article, I'm going to lay these simple, yet incredibly effective techniques out for you in the best way I know how, in the hopes that they might help you catch some more trout. I believe that learning new techniques and practice are essential for being an effective trout angler. By effective I mean, being able to go out and catch trout on almost any given day. Anyone can “thread" a worm onto o hook and catch a trout every once in a while. What I'm referring to is catching trout consistently, and not only that, but catching large trout consistently as well. With any luck, these essential trout fishing techniques will help you do just that.

  • Present Your Bait Naturally - Natural presentation is crucial to being a successful trout angler. I spend 90% of my time fishing for trout in the flowing waters of rivers and streams, so that's the type of fishing that I'm referring to. Trout in these flowing waters are used to eating things that appear naturally in their environment. And how often does a worm appear the way it looks when that worm is threaded onto a single hook? Never. That's why gang hooks need to be employed when fishing for trout in the flowing waters of rivers and streams. Gang hooks enable you to present live worms outstretched, the way they appear naturally. This simple tip makes all the difference in the world. Gang hooks are simply the best way to present live worms naturally.
  • Be Efficient - When fishing for trout, or any fish for that matter, being efficient is crucial. The more efficient you can be, the more time you can spend with your line in the water. The more time you spend with your line in the water, the more fish you will catch. The easiest way to be more efficient while trout fishing is by using something called a Bait Bag. A bait bag enables you to efficiently carry live worms while trout fishing. With a bait bag you don't have to spend time fumbling around for that worm container, the worms are literally at your fingertips, waiting to be used. The more efficient you can become, the more trout you will catch, it's as simple as that.
  • Pay Attention To Your Hands - This may sound weird, but you need to pay attention to your hands and the scents that might be on them. I smoked for a long time and that's when I realized this. I noticed that I got less bites after smoking, and realized it was because the stink created by the cigarettes, got on my hands, and thus on the bait when I baited up. The simple remedy for this is to grab a handful of grass or dirt and rub your hands with this for 30-45 seconds. This will eliminate any foreign scents that may be on your hands.
These three essential trout fishing techniques will help you catch more and larger trout, there's no doubt about it. Remember, this stuff isn't rocket science, and there's no substitute for practice. The more time you can spend on the water the better. I know I try to learn something new every time I wet a line. I think Gandhi said it best when he said, "An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. " Now, get out there and go fishing for God's sake.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of http://www.JRWfishing.com and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country…. . Montana!

Pre-Tied Gang Hooks: http://www.jrwfishing.com/gang_hooks.asp

The Original Bait Bag - http://www.jrwfishing.com/bait_pouch.asp

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