All Trout Fishing Tackle Is Not Equal

Jess KContributor IIIJuly 26, 2010

CINCINNATI - JULY 18:  Joe Affrunti crosses the bridge on the ninth hole during the final round of the Chiquita Classic held at TPC River's Bend on July 18, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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One of the determining factors of success when trout fishing is the kind of tackle that the angler has and the correct use of the equipment.

All trout fishing tackle is not created equal. Making the mistake of opting for a product because it is cheaper could easily make for a frustrating fishing trip. If you instead purchase quality tackle, you will end up saving more money in the long run, as higher quality products will not break as easily as the cheaper ones will.

The trout fishing line that you choose should be as light as possible but still able to support the potential weight of the fish. The use of light lines is important because of the clear and cold waters that trout tend to inhabit.

Because of this environment, fishing line can be rather easy for the trout to see when it is thicker or heavier.

When choosing trout fishing line that will be effective, it is best to aim for four to six pound monofilament and no larger, unless you are in rather extreme situations. Using ultra-light to light tackle will always give the best results when it comes to trout fishing.

You will also want to consider using gang hooks, as these hooks work extremely well when combined with live baits.

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Live baits are considered the most practical, effective way to fish for trout. These hooks make fishing extremely convenient, as they allow the angler to offer the fishing bait in the most natural looking form that a fish might recognize in the wild.

Be sure to keep all of your tackle rather small regardless of the brand, design, or color that you end up purchasing for your trip. Contrary to popular belief, this will in no way result in only catching small fish. Smaller tackle is extremely effective in catching larger trout as well.

Since these are very standard and basic guidelines for quality trout tackle, this is not the extent of the knowledge or advice that is available to the beginning fisherman.

With enough time, practice, research, and knowledge, the skills that one needs to develop in order to become a successful and experienced trout fisherman can be easily acquired with a little patience.

Don’t just research your craft in books. Get out on the water and see what works for you.


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