3 Surefire Ways to Catch More Trout on Your Next Fishing Trip

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For those of us who fish for trout the ultimate goal is obviously to catch as many trout as you can and in this article I will reveal 3 surefire ways to do just that on your next fishing trip. Trout are an often sought after fish, but catching them consistently can be a difficult thing to do. I know this because I have been fishing for all of the four main species of freshwater trout for more than to decades and know how challenging trout fishing can be at times. I will draw upon this personal experience to list 3 surefire ways to catch more trout the next time that you head out onto the water.

All of these ways to catch more trout have worked consistently for me and I know that they will do the same for you. As with any fishing method the biggest keys to success are patience and practice. The more time that you cam spend on the water putting techniques and ideas into practice the more successful you will be, it’s as simple as that. So, you want to spend as much time as you can putting these methods and techniques into practice on the water. With that being said, what say we get down to the three ways for you to catch more trout on your next fishing trip?

  • Think Like A Trout – Rather than thinking like a fisherman, try your best to think like a trout. In other words, if you were under the water swimming around, what kinds of things might spook you or make you weary? Loud or abrupt noises? Large fishing hooks that are easily detectable? Moving shadows? You want to do your best to think like your quarry (in this instance, trout) and act and plan your movements and methods accordingly. The more that you can think like a trout, they more likely you will be to catch them consistently.
  • Use Live Bait – Trout, much like many species of fish, are very susceptible to being caught by live bait. So, if you want to catch more trout you want to use live bait whenever possible. This is especially true when you are attempting to catch trout in a river or stream fishing scenario. Live bait, such as live worms, minnows, hellgrammites, and even crayfish, are all an excellent choice when it comes to fishing for our multi-colored friends known affectionately as “trout”.
  • Use The “Drifting” Technique – The “drifting” technique involves drifting either live bait or a small spinner or trout spoon with the current of a small river or stream. The goal is to have your offering “drift” naturally with the current of the river or stream until the bait or lure is directly below you in the current. The offering is then reeled in, re-cast, and allowed to “drift” again. When mastered, the “drifting” technique is as effective a technique as there is when it comes to catching trout.

The bottom line is that if you want to catch more trout all of the above methods need to be a part of your fishing arsenal. If any of them aren’t, they should be added sooner, rather than later.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com and an avid angler. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his five year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country.

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Article Source: Trevor Kugler

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UK laws

In England and Wales, you need a licence from the Environment Agency to fish for trout, and a full migratory licence if you are fishing for sea trout.

  • Details on how to obtain a licence for England and Wales are here.
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