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Trout Fishing Tactics - Why Trout Bite

Trevor Kugler

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As an avid trout angler, I think it's important to consider why trout bite. It seems to me that your trout fishing tactics will be affected by the reasons why trout bite. In this article, I'm going to discuss some of the reasons why trout bite, so that you can adjust your tactics accordingly and therefore catch more fish. These tactics aren't rocket science, as they say, and can be employed by anyone.

The first thing to consider with any trout fishing tactic and a big reason why trout bite is their sense of smell. In other words, the trout tend to “sniff" the bait or lure before biting it. This is especially true with larger more experienced trout. This means that you want your offering to be free from any unnatural scents. Many unnatural scents are transferred from your hands to your bait or lure, and I've got a great remedy for this. Before baiting up, grab a handful of weeds or dirt and rub this into your hands. Using this simple tip will effectively “wash" your hands of any unnatural scents that might be present.

The next thing to consider is you. This is especially true for you trout anglers who are like me and prefer to wade while trout fishing. You always want to play attention to where your shadow is being cast. A big reason why trout bite is because there surroundings are what they are used to. There are very few things will “spook" a hole and cause trout not to bite like casting a shadow on the water that you're fishing. Pay attention to where the sun is and where your shadow is being cast no matter which trout fishing tactic is being employed.

When it comes to reasons why trout bite, one of the biggest factors is the presentation of the offering. In other words, you want your bait and/or lure to appear as natural as possible, that is as much like it would in nature as possible. The best way to accomplish this is to use gang hooks. Gang hooks are simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, which enable bait (especially worms) to be presented in a completely natural manner. Gang hooks are great for other types of bait as well, but their true value is shown with worms.

One of the biggest reasons why trout bite, no matter which trout fishing tactic your using, has to do with the weather and moon. These two forces of Mother Nature have a lot to do with the behavior of fish, and subsequently their feeding habits. There is simply no question that one of the best trout fishing tactics is to learn the simple ways that the weather and moon impact fish and fish behavior. This simple and easy tip might be the best tactic of all.

All of the things just mentioned are reasons why trout bite and they can all be used to your advantage as a trout angler. As a matter of fact, most of the tips, tactics, and techniques in this article can be implemented while fishing for any species of fish. Some simple modifications are all that are needed.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of 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!

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