The objective is to have enough weight, perhaps 18" or 2 feet from the hook, to be able to control the location of the hook. Setting the hook in stream fishing is a little different than in lake fishing. A casting rod will get it much further, of course, but lacks the control at closer areas. The Acme Little Cleo Spoons are a versatile lure that are a perfect way to catch brown trout in lakes, reservoirs and large rivers. The fish are usually a little smaller, and the long, limber fly pole has a different feel to it. It was all small mountain stream. They are very helpful. John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on October 30, 2011: Great hub. In fact, we went down 2 weeks ago! Move quietly both on shore and in the water, and do not allow the hook and weight to hit the water anywhere near the fish: if you plop that weight and worm over his head, he's gone for the day. No matter the season, a rushing stream always seems to remind me of springtime. ), but inevitably hooks and weights will touch the bottom, as well as larger rocks higher up. Aside from putting up a great fight (even the little guys), they are probably the tastiest trout you’ll ever eat. The shallow, highly oxygenated water is a perfect environment for the aquatic insects trout eat. A lighter leader might be nice and increase the "feel," but there are inevitably a lot of snags on the bottom of a moving stream that you can easily pull off of with a little heavier leader. You must decide where a hidey hole is likely to be, without actually peering into that hole. Jigs can be an effective way to fish for trout in rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. I use floating fly line on the reel, along with about a six-foot leader of usually 6# to 8# weight. Once you learn where and how to get them, you’ll let the other folks have the planters. That doesn't mean to whip the pole back over your shoulder in an effort to disembowel Mr. Trout, just a sharp tug. Rivers and streams of the size I have described do not produce two-foot trout, but fortunately I am quite content fishing for trout in the 12" to 18" range. Fun Facts. Caught in Sherman Reservoir in 1990 by Barry Bouker. You should fish Utah, assuming you haven't already. I use regular bread balled around hook! The longer rod also gives more control in many situations of directing the bait around underwater obstacles. But I still plan to go sometime! Fishing for Stream Trout. - Agree on the license 100%! It's a great way to spend a day. Riffle:A riffle is a rocky, shallow area in a stream where water cascading over rocks creates a noticeable surface disturbance.To identify a riffle, look for a choppy surface or whitewater spilling over shallow rocks into deeper water. Fish With Slow Twitches – Mix up your retrieve and stripping pattern with alternating fast movements followed by varying duration pauses. Because their eyes are located on the sides of their heads, trout enjoy an ultra-wide … Anglers have success with bait and artificial lures, but fly fishing is the best way to catch brown trout in streams and rivers. Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourself. WHEN. Polarized sunglasses are a must, and make sure they are polarized. With thousands of miles of streams across the state, there are ample trout fishing opportunities in New York State. Good article and great tips! These lakes offer an amazing Trout angling opportunity that can rival productive rivers and streams, as their forage and climate often produce larger and more abundant populations. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on August 14, 2012: Glad you enjoyed it. Natives to most cold water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean, the West Coast is one of the best places to find trout of any size, species, or color. If it's too cold to go out early in the morning, wait for a while! Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on December 07, 2011: Perhaps it is a man sport (although my daughter-n-law and grandaughter enjoy it, as does my mother and sister) but that's all right - I'm male! I like the fly tackle for the longer rod and floating fly line. Lie about where you got it and no one will be the wiser. Trout fishing in southeast Minnesota streams is a special experience. The soft action fly rod also really cushions the trouts fight. test Hook Size -- 6-14 Lure Size -- 1/32 to 1/8 oz. Time of day can play a large part in whether you catch a trout or not. If you enjoy nature, camping or fishing then read on; I will introduce you to some trout fishing techniques you probably haven't considered before. Stream fishing in moving water is much different than lake fishing or deep-river fishing. Curiously though, this technique seems to be the opposite in the northeast. Thanks for the comment; I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Make sure they have the trout … I'm thinking this may work well in the kayak, now anxious to try it out. Try throwing a gold lure with a silver spinner—then hang on! If you want to try fishing for trout, you can easily catch them in rivers or streams. The trick is to pull the line in the opposite direction from where it was going when the hook snagged. You don't want the hook right on the bottom (would you live touching the bottom with escape cut off in that direction? There are many varieties found in the wild, including rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout. I am so excited to fish in Montana this year. The polarization is necessary as it eliminates most of the glare from the water and makes it much easier to see down into the stream. Very good and interesting article. Serve Eggs. I have occasionally found the best fishing in the middle of the day; it doesn't make much difference to me, as I am up and moving around the campsite before daylight and, if the fishing is poor, I'll return for breakfast and wait a while before going out later. There's quite a few local small creeks that hold brown trout and I like to use a fly rod with worms to catch them. While Southern California generally has warmer temperatures and waters than most trout destinations, both rainbow trout and brown trout are often stocked in larger, deeper impoundments and reservoirs.. Keep these two tips in mind when fishing Southern California for trout: Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on August 20, 2010: Thank you. I've been trying my luck at a mountain stream in this village in Himachal Pradesh, India. Wish I could get more, but Idaho is a long ways from the ocean. I always loved trout fishing. Optimum temperatures range from 53°F to 66°F, although they can tolerate temperatures … Lures and spinners that work well on rivers and streams include the Panther Martin (my favorite is the black with yellow dots, size 4), Blue Fox and Kastmaster. It's worth the trip. If you ever get out Idaho way, check out Ponderosa State Park; there is some excellent trout fishing in the Payette River along the road there. Jigging for Big Brown Trout; Where to Fish Jigs. Don't let a hooked fish get too far downstream if possible; it can be a long and difficult fight to get him back upstream to where you are and it is not always possible for you to go to him. Anglers can choose from 2,989 trout streams stretching more than 13,175.82 miles, up from 2,677 streams and 9,562 miles in … I have been fly fishing for many years but my 10 year old has just picked up the hobby and she loves to research everything online. Many lakes are stocked with Trout, and some even hold native populations. Not even taking a header into the river can ruin a fisherman's day like not having a license when the game warden shows up. Browns typically cruise the shallows looking for food but they are easily spooked. lol. The pole will mostly just bend as the line tries to move quickly through the water, so it may take more or less effort than you are used to. I've tried for salmon, steelhead and a couple of times for sturgeon. The purpose of fishing is enjoyment, or should be, not merely catching fish. I spent some 22 years living in Virginia and fished extensively for bass, bluegill, perch and other warm-water fish. He has also done repairs on all of these. The trick is to remember that you can retrieve a lot faster than normal because browns love the chase. Consider that if you can see him, then he can see you as well and probably won't bite. If you're one of the people who feel they must catch a monstrous fish every time they go fishing, or want to sit in a boat and guzzle beer more than they want to fish, you probably won't be very interested. Some 50 years later, I’m still doing it and although I’m happy with any trout I catch, there’s nothing like hooking a nice brown. The same goes for trolling. That crawdad was living in the same water I thought would be perfect for trout. There are big brown trout in the Great Lakes which can be caught by trolling spoons, plugs, and spinners but the best brown trout fishing is in great rivers across the continent. I fish in Bennett springs, Missouri. The sinker will sit on the bottom and your inflated worm will float two feet from the bottom, keeping it out of the weeds and away from the crawfish. Have you done much saltwater fishing? I have heard a lot about some fantastic mountain streams. Although I've heard stories of Crooked River fishing and always wanted to go there, I never have. They taste so darn good though, most folks will take the chance, especially considering how challenging they are to catch. Not perfect; 4 or 5 feet of leader gives the bait lots of room to move around, but better than if I couldn't see the line at all. The closest I ever came was fly fishing for shoal bass in the flint river here in Georgia. Love it. The fishing for trout around me in the northeast is equally fun on small streams however we mostly have brook and brown trout rather than rainbows. Salmon, steelhead and trout runs in rivers create lots of eggs for resident trout to dine … If you’re fishing rivers or streams, be aggressive and sporadic in your retrieval but make sure to use cover. Although I practice catch-and-release, I do carry a small canvas creel as a convenient way to carry extra hooks, leader, weights, pliers, and other gear. Learning how to fish for Trout in a lake is different than in a river or stream. Find the best trout fishing tips at Field & Stream. Worms on the end of a floating line tend to float too high, and a little weight will carry the bait deeper into the water. At the same time, I have caught many nice trout by slowly raising the bait to the surface; I suspect that they think it's "getting away" and it's taken before it can escape. You must understand what the fish wants, where he is likely to be found, and how not to spook him so that he refuses to feed. Thanks! I have a friend that fly fishes in the winter. I’ve also had better luck near shelves that drop off sharply. Likewise, I've hooked a few by pulling the hook upstream in slower moving water, for perhaps the same reason. And last, but not least, is a dozen nightcrawlers. We have newly revised trout fishing maps of classified trout waters in Wisconsin, sorted by county. I've had incredibly violent fights in a small hole only to return immediately and catch 3, 4 or 5 more out of the same hole. With a 10 foot pole it is quite easy to reach out 20 feet or more and by wading in the stream you can reach almost anywhere. I am in Idaho fishing the Big Wood, silver creek and trail creek. What advantage do you see with your setup? While fish can and will be found nearly anywhere there is water, trout tend to congregate in quiet pools with some depth and a hiding place. Have taken some big trout there. When the fish bites—and only experience will tell you what is a bite, as opposed to a bump as the when the hook or its weight passes over a rock on the bottom—give a sharp tug upwards on the pole to set the hook. Some of my bug-tying friends make fun of my worms and me, but they seldom catch more than I do and they seem to spend half their time playing with a new fly to put on. Yep, I've forgotten and left my license at camp when heading down the river. It is a passion and a great way to spend time with friends and family. My favorite is the Crooked River upstream from Prineville. If you throw your line in and it travels downstream 20 feet in 10 to 20 seconds, that water speed is about right. Much like how you describe in your article. 2.5 oz. Tips for Trout Fishing Southern California. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on October 30, 2011: I've fished a little in both the Atlantic and Pacific and enjoyed it immensely. One or two, caught at daybreak, make a wonderful breakfast with some eggs to go with it. Guess I just want both! Next on the list would be a rod and reel, and here I depart from all the other fishermen I have seen. Or not! Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on September 27, 2010: Thanks for the compliment. I almost always fish downstream from where I stand, because I can control the line better, but not directly downstream. However, it’s important to adapt the size and style of your jig depending on the type of water you are fishing in. Hey Dan, this article is very informative and just what I needed for a starter course on stream fishing. As with other trout species, water temperature is a major limiting factor for Brown Trout. Because I usually take my family camping with me, I want a place to park my RV. Excellent and informative hub and enjoyed the pics as well. It is now time to get ready for hunting. And yes, "Tight lines to all". He’s been fishing the small streams of Iowa’s Driftless Region his whole life, and to call a trout outing a success by his standards, he needs to land a brown measuring 24 inches or better. They do have trout here and I did manage to snag one out of what seems to be beginner's luck, attempts to get the same results today failed and I see why after I read this article. There must be rapids in the stream to oxygenate it well, but there must also be small, quiet holes with rocks and logs for the trout to congregate in - they want hiding places as well as open water. It's a different kind of fun, though, and I wouldn't trade it for my own little mountain stream. Instead, pull out a few feet of line (a fly reel is not a casting reel), and, using an underhand flipping motion with that long pole, put the bait a little upstream and out from where you stand. I grew up on venison and elk, but haven't hunted in years and years. Jeremy Richmond from Hubbard on August 30, 2019: I've noticed both natural and stocked trout in my area seem to prefer minnows to other live bait offerings but fish using much the same presentation. That isn't fun—it's masochistic and not to be done by normal people. I've done a little trout fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but we don't really like to eat trout. Yes, he earns bragging rights for stupidity, and may even catch fish, but it isn't fun in my book. I am not a biologist, but it seems reasonable that trout can smell (you are standing in their atmosphere, after all) and might detect your odor. Trout fishing, however, is fun, and it's usually done in beautiful surroundings! I'm really looking forward to trout fishing over here in Central PA. Trout will usually be found in places you cannot see, either due to covering rocks or brush or possibly moving water. Just can't get enough of it. Unfortunately as good as they are on the stove, they also contain a high level of mercury. Edwin Brown from Oregon, USA on February 01, 2011: Really nice hub! Usually, but not always, the best time of day is just before the sun hits the water and just after it leaves in the evening. This need not be of the highest quality (or cost), as I do not fly-fish, but it does need to be a decent setup. Al from Australia, Hong Kong, USA on March 25, 2016: collegedad from The Upper Peninsula on December 23, 2012: There's nothing better than a day spent on a stream with an old fly rod. I also fished lakes, ponds, farm ponds, and salt water. I have fished for bluegill, crappie, bass and some salt water. Enjoyed the great info. The water is 55 degrees in the summer. It's difficult to use fly rod here cause of the overhanging trees and close quarters streams. These creels are small and cheap, which is a good thing because they live in my RV and eventually rot out. I just made a trip to washington state a few weeks ago to fish for rainbows and cutthroats and it was a blast. Wild trout of this size will give quite a fight and are a lot of fun to catch, but as much as anything I simply enjoy the peace and beauty of such a setting. So the first thing you should do is think like a predator. We've got some dandy streams. If it's raining cats and dogs, sit it out for an hour! A good riffle will fulfill all of the basic needs of a trout. Make sure they have the trout pattern and are gold in color. Brown trout, introduced in the U.S. in 1883, have a reputation for being wily and elusive. If you’re tossing an arsenal of lures lakeside, make sure the wind is blowing in your face. Thanks for sharing. If catching fish is all you want, go to the grocery store, jam a hook into one and drag it to the cashier. This does not mean standing water; trout are an active fish and want moving water to linger in (much different than lake fish, and I believe it makes them stronger and better able to fight). Brown trout generally move up streams to spawn, and the best concentrations will be in the upper ends of river systems or just downstream of dams that block the fish’s upstream travel. I eat trout sometimes, but I much prefer grouper, flounder, seatrout, redfish, cod, and sharks. Do try to get to a mountain stream, though. CYBERSUPE from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A. on July 13, 2010: As a fly fisherman mayself and an avid trout fishing dude, your Hub is Excellent and most Informative. I live next door to you, in Oregon, but on the western side of the state. These fish have a dark green back, with spotted bands on their sides, and a belly that ranges from pink to scarlet. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on February 01, 2011: I grew up in the northeast corner of Oregon; that's where I learned to trout fish. Nevertheless snags are a way of life in the river; I often let the current carry my bait into and under log jams and such. Lures and spinners that work well on rivers and streams include the Panther Martin (my favorite is the black with yellow dots, size 4), Blue Fox and Kastmaster. My own current setup cost about $100 for the rod and somewhat less for the reel. Here is some footage of me using a crimp on weight along with trout magnets which I seem to have had a lot of success with last May once things warm up a tad and I feel the stocked trout are a little more acclimated and active: ... thanks again for your article and good luck this season Dan! Living in the Ozarks of North Arkansas I spend a lot of time on White River, using a variety of methods for trout fishing. You're right - I'm not sure I would care to wade around much, especially further south. If you catch a trout in a hole, try it again! The fly rod is great for casting or poking a worm into a tight spot that would be almost impossible with a spinning rod and reel. Stalking rising and cruising brown trout takes on a whole new level of fly fishing in trout streams, in particular, back waters. If you’re accustomed to brook trout vs. brown trout for example, think about taking it up a few notches – trophy trout have to eat much more to sustain their body weight. As noted, fish can smell—don't contaminate the water with odors of any kind. monitoring_string = "68ec033d54c4f3b1ca4aca7f4c1e01ca", ALSO READ: Tips for Catching High Sierra Brown Trout, ALSO READ: How to Take Spring Trout with Spinners, EcoPebble Powerbank Delivers Reliable Power, Sound in Rugged Design, New Airbow Hunting Weapon Finds Success As Well As Controversy, 6 Tips for High Water Spring Trout Fishing, How to Fish for Trout in the High Sierras, 3 Things to Remember Fighting Big Bass to the Boat. There must be good access to the river, with frequent open areas in the underbrush where I can actually enter the water. Browns can conceal themselves better and are less spooked. I am fortunate enough to have all kinds of fishing near me (except salt water). If you think you’re gonna catch one on corn or marshmallows, think again. In the meantime enjoy your new trout-fishing techniques in a small mountain river or stream and may you limit out each time you go! The Brown Trout typically inhabits the lower reaches of cold-water streams, characterized by deep, slow-moving pools and runs. Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on July 12, 2010: Always wanted to go trout fishing in a mountain stream. I just made a trip to washington state a few weeks ago to fish for rainbows and cutthroats and it was a blast. If my feet don't get rather numb, it's too warm. I love water. The engagement can often be intense. Sometimes they're stupid. Browns are very fast and aggressive and are also very smart. However, it's been a number of years since I've had that kind of encounter, but it's still a fun stream to fish. I find most trout in six feet or less, and often in only two feet if there is good cover. Never allow your shadow to come anywhere near your suspected hidey hole. Allow the bait to float past the fish you hope to find at home, without guiding it any more than necessary. © Kcmatt | – Brown Trout fish. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on July 12, 2010: Thanks, Randy. Put a small split-shot to hold it from sliding toward the hook and put a number six hook on. While they prefer cold spring-fed rivers and streams, and lakes with cold water inlets, brown trout also can be more tolerant of warmer streams and lakes. I like that! Trolling for browns is exciting and I have had a lot of luck over the years using a jointed Rapala with the same brown trout pattern. South Holston Creek is a premier Tennessee trout destination because it is home to over 8,500 fish per mile. The wind blows food into the shore area and typically muddies up the water. My son has just purchased a boat, however, so I suppose I'll have to learn to lake fish now. It makes for a shaky day, always looking over my shoulder and I usually find some excuse to go back to camp and collect it. Even sturgeon. They were brought to North America in the late 1800s. We have bass and other warmer water fish in the lakes, along with some trout, but I much prefer a quiet mountain stream. I like to use the crimp on weights as you suggested although I don't break out my fly rod as much as I would like. I typically fish close to home in the Rogue River where you will find brown and rainbow trout along with steelhead runs twice a year. Work upstream. One of the biggest browns I ever caught was at Boca Reservoir near Truckee California while still fishing from shore using a worm. You are free to enjoy all three eco-types, as I do, but the real gems in the park are those streams inhabited by "natives," alone. The trout fishing techniques I will cover today are aimed at those fishermen plying their art in small rivers and streams: people who enjoy simply being in nature and will enjoy their day along a clear cold mountain stream whether or not they actually catch fish. Great hub. I'm an avid angler, but I prefer saltwater fishing. If water is swirling around in the spots you want to fish in, that water will carry the hook in all different directions without you being to control it at all, unless you have some weight on the line. Hooks and weights will snag on the rocks as the current carries them past, but usually not very hard. Mae Williams from USA on December 06, 2011: I was surprised to find you like fishing. Strom, 44, has done this many times—his personal best measured 30 inches and weighed 14 pounds. Sure, it's a lot of fun to catch a good-sized wild rainbow trout—that's what this article is about—but it needn't ruin your day if you get skunked and go home with nothing. I enjoy the articles on Hub. Trout fishing can be intimidating to some anglers. Trout is a common species of freshwater fish that can be cooked into a delicious meal. Without polarized lenses, you are merely making uninformed guesses as to what lies under the surface. Pretty much anywhere fish are found a jig can be an effective way to catch them. Your intent is to present food at a reasonable distance and in such a manner that it looks natural to the trout. Nearly all of my fishing is in small streams; between wading along both banks I seldom need to cast out more than 20' or so and the fly tackle gives me more control in the shorter casts around brush, rocks and logs in the water. I love eating fish. A large, dirty river cannot provide this, and even a mountain lake does not provide the peaceful feeling and sounds of water rushing downstream. For me it started about the time I could hold my first Zebco kid’s rod and cast a salmon egg and a bobber. I very often see deer and other wildlife, while finding few people. I haven't done much saltwater; some for bluefish in the Chesapeake Bay and a little for salmon off the Oregon coast but that's about it. You can experiment with different brands and as long as they look like small browns, you’ll probably find one that works. I love fishing the moutain rivers around Boise and north. If you’re fishing rivers or streams, be aggressive and sporadic in your retrieval but make sure to use cover. The first problem is finding the trout. I always thought it was a man sport. Description. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on September 19, 2017: Of course. Your hub brought back many great memories of my youth fishing with my Dad which I will always cherish. Small mountain streams just don't support large fish very well - they move downstream to larger rivers and lakes. Any of these techniques will usually work for browns. Works great! Look for a Big Rock in the Middle of a Current. It also thrives in larger lakes of sufficient depth to maintain cool water temperatures year round. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on July 13, 2010: As a fly fisherman you have the equipment; if you can find a suitable stream give my odd and unorthodox methodology a try. Like all trout, they form redds in moving water, usually over gravel, for spawning. I've enjoyed all of it, but my favorite remains a peaceful, lonely mountain stream looking for trout. Most small lakes have an abundance of frogs and browns love them. Plenty of info on hub. Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on December 18, 2010: I also am a trout fisherman(woman) we take our grandsons every year. This direction is not always obvious, because moving, swirling water can carry the hook in unexpected directions, but you will usually be able to get the line off without much trouble. Brown trout can easily retreat into the depths for safety. The next step is to present the bait in a natural manner. Repeat until you are convinced that no one is home there. Brown trout are predators and are actually known to eat small mammals! For good trout fishing, I go to central Oregon. Voted this great hub up! I carry a variety of small crimp-on weights, and change weights frequently according to the speed of the water I am fishing in.