River trout are one of the most popular fish for recreational fishermen, but catching them can be a challenge. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll probably find yourself going home empty-handed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If the “big one” seems to always get away(and the little ones too), check out the three river trout fishing tips below to help you catch more fish.
Use Live Bait
Many fishermen prefer using artificial bait for a variety of reasons, but if you want to catch more trout, you really should use live bait. Some fishermen choose to use insects like grasshoppers or crickets, but for best results you should consider using worms.
Worms work best for catching river trout because of their natural movement that is caused by the current of the river. You just can’t get this effect from insect baits. For even better results, use live worms in combination with gang hooks. Drift fishing using a combination of live worms and gang hooks is one of the best river trout fishing tips there is, and when mastered, you should catch plenty of trout regularly.
Wash Your Hands
Not knowing this little known secret has kept many an angler from catching more trout, and most of them never figure out why they aren’t being more successful. And it’s a simple obstacle to overcome. Simply keep your hands “clean”. But not “clean” as in soap and water clean. You have to keep your hands clean of human smell.
This is because trout have a very keen sense of smell and can detect human smells and other strange odors on whatever bait you are using. To overcome this, simply rub your hands on natural items you would find in the outdoors, such as dirt or tree leaves before handling your bait. By “cleaning” your hands in this way you increase your odds of catching more fish.
Timing is Everything
To really give yourself the best opportunity for catching more trout, you have to be fishing at the right time. Many amateur fishermen don’t realize some times are better for fishing than others. In fact, it has been shown that moon phases and weather patterns can have a positive and negative affect when it comes to catching fish, so if you really want to become proficient at trout fishing, you should make an effort to research what patterns and phases are best and then plan your fishing trip accordingly.
In addition, the time of year also plays a role. Early spring fishing and late fall fishing often provide better results than fishing in the heat of summer and the cold of winter. Spring is an especially good time for trout fishing because trout are hungry after a long cold winter and will be more active because of the availability of food sources like insects being plentiful at this time.
If you’re planning a trout fishing trip in the near future, keep the three tips mentioned above in mind. If you put them into practice, you should see an improvement in your catch rates. In fact, you may even reel in the “big one” that got away last time.