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How To Catch Trout Fish
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Western trout streams
How to catch trout from pool,stream,river outlet
How to catch trout from a seemingly empty pool ,stream or river outlet is like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat,if your an expert that is.
The beginning fisherman has no idea how to do likewise.The best way to accomplish being a good trout fishermen is to make friends with a good trout fisherman.You need to be taught what to do and what not to do,and an explanation for each.
A beginner who is taught by an expert will catch bigger and better fish than a fairly good fishermen.What is even more important is a beginner under proper guidance will soon learn enough to give them a good start so they can keep on learning.
I have witnessed this aspect by watching a person fish a good hole and not get a bite,so they leave disappointed,and sometimes quit fishing.
I can fish behind a person hole for hole and catch trout they couldn't.The catch is knowing what trout are feeding on at that time of year.
Joining a Sportsmans Club or taking lessons from one of the Guide Services advertised is your best bet.
They also have beautiful Cabins to stay in and other recreation for the family,such as Golfing,Riding horses,etc.
Many fisherman have their own methods of catching trout,however the instructions in this article will enable the beginner to do a reasonable job in trout streams anywhere.
As I look at my tackle box,it's time to head over to the fly fishing shop and stock up on some dry flys and nymphs or aquatic insects,and by the way I just had some of those tasty trout for dinner.
I know that fall is in the air and the leaves are turn yellow,but that doesn't mean we have to hang the fishing pole up for the year.
The big brown trout are busy this time of year.to eat those big brown woolly buggers,that hit the water and float and roll along the bottom of the stream.
Places like the Yellowstone river are very good reasons to fish the wooly bugger this time of year as the water is level is down.This presents an easier approach for the wading fisherman.Just remember that the clear water lets the trout spot you easier,so wade carefully and don't let the fly hit the water over a fish or it will drive them deeper or scare them away.
I like to present my fly above a pool and let it drift through and out the other side of the pool before retrieving for a second cast.
If you don't get a hit in two or three casts,move on to the next hole as brown trout this time of year will hit a fly as soon as it hits the water.Don"t be afraid to use lures up to 4 or 5 inches long either,as brown trout are used to eating big bugs and trout species.
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How to catch trout
Now that spring has come,it is time to restock your tacklebox with those flys and spinners you lost last year.
It is also time to get on the phone or internet and get those reservations made with the outfitter of your choice.
The water level in some rivers is running at an all time low this year.That is a sign of streams,rivers and creeks getting shut down to fishing as the temperatures rise,causing a strain on a trout's life.
So better put the move on and getter done now.
Trout fishing with shrimp
How to catch trout(Habits of Trout)
Before a novice gets into the process of trout fishing,he needs to learn something about the finny creature they are pursuing.
Most trout live in shady areas with gravel and boulders on the stream bottom.
Trout like ripples and pools.They also like cool water,usually above the 2000 ft. elevation.
Stream trout feed primarily on aquatic and insect larvae,crustaceans,mollusks,land insects which have fallen in the water,and to some extent on smaller fish.
In most streams aquatic insects and insect larvae form the bulk of the food chain,with the Caddis worm the most common single item.This creature is the larvae of the caddis fly.Most caddis fly larvae live in cases composed of bits of wood,sand grains,etc.These cases are quite conspicuous and abound in most trout streams.The fish eat the worm case and all.
Trout food is most abundent under stones,logs and other obstructions in rapid flowing parts of the stream.The trout itself is a fast water feeder,which means it is usually in or near fast water.and a good hiding place.Crawdads or crayfish require no introduction as trout love to eat them also.
I acknowledged this example by fishing in the out flow of a small lake,which was full of logs and rocks.By letting my bait drift under the logs,I caught 8 Brookies in an area no wider than 6 feet and fished no farther down stream than 40 feet.
In a large stream trout might be in the open riffle,if the water is not to fast,but is apt to be where a boulder breaks the current.The fish may be under a bank or in the deep water at the head of a pool.Where ever it is it will be watching the fast water and waiting to grab whatever the current brings
In a small brook the fish will be most likely at the upper end of the pool for safety watching for food to flow in.No matter what stream the fish will be facing the current.In an eddy the fish may be facing in any direction,so be careful when approaching the hole,as not to spook the fish.
You may see trout in the middle of a quiet pool,just laying on the bottom,not really hungry and tends to move away from all food offers.The odds of this fish surviving another day are great.
I have fished streams like this and by trying different food sources,have caught these loafing trout.One food trout love are Grasshoppers.They usually appear around July and August.
How to catch trout (Fish the pleasant part of the day)
Trout fishing is best in the summer from dawn until the sun strikes the water.Fishing for trout is relatively slow during midday,and picks up again near sunset.
Big fish that have been hiding all day often start to feed after sunset.If you know where one is, plan to try for it as the light fails,but remember your fishing regulations.
The tackle for fishing a trout stream is very different from that used for trolling,bait casting,or ocean fishing.
The trout fishing beginner who uses a stiff boat rod is doomed to disappointment.He would be better off using a flexible willow limb.
When a beginner buys their outfit he should go to a store that has a huge selection of tackle,and a staff of salesmen who are expert in fishing equipment.
Buy tackle when there is not a crowd in the store,not the day before season opens,as the salesman will try to sell you anything to get to the next customer.
Most salesman will gladly spend an hour with you if you tell them you are a beginner and need to know what to buy,how to use it and where to go fishing with it.
Rod Reel and Line
The key factor in catching trout is to use a balanced outfit.Rod,Reel,Line and terminal gear should all compliment each other.
It should be the right size for the water and fish you are seeking.A good tackle salesman,knowledge gained from talking to experienced anglers,books available on line or at the library can guide you.
Light spinning outfits are preferred for beginners.A 5 1/2 foot to 7 1/2 foot Rod with a light good quality spinning Reel suitable for 2 to eight pound test line is about right for trout fishing.
Buy the best outfit you can afford,even if you are buying for children.Less expensive equipment may work most of the time.but when you loose that trophy fish because of faulty equipment,you will not be happy.
How to catch trout (FlyFishing Gear)
Fly fishing is a sport of it's own.This method has the advantage of being less cumbersome than bait fishing,and allows the sporting and sensitive gesture of easily releasing hooked fish.
Fly Fishing is more fulfilling than other forms of fishing as the thrill of seeing a trout come to the surface and grab a fly you personally tied.The lightness and flexibility of fly fishing allows the fish no matter what size to put out it's best fight.
Fly Fishing clubs are good places to get started with this technique.
The kinds of fly fishing gear are so varied, and the method so different from bait fishing, that I will not attempt to cover them all.
As used in trout fishing,a leader is mono-filament line placed between the line and the hook in an attempt to hope the fish will not notice it.
Most beginners will use a leader that is too short and too heavy.
A three foot leader of 10-15 pounds breaking strength is used,when a 6 foot leader with a strength of 4 pounds would get better results.
For Fly-Fishing,a 71/2 foot knot-less nylon leader,tapered to a 4X point (about 5 pounds)is probably the most useful on a small stream(the more XS the finer the leader.
A tapered leader is the easiest to cast,and when it breaks you loose the tippet not the whole thing.Carry one or more spares and some leader material to replace broken tippets.
Special knots are needed for tying leader material Most ordinary knots will slip or come untied and goodbye fish.
Pull all knots tight before using them.Pulling on the ends is not enough.
Moisten knots before you pull them tight.
How to catch trout (Hooks,Lines and Sinkers)
Two to Six pound test line for spinning gear is about right.
Minimize the attachments to the line.All you really need is a couple split shots and a single number 12 hook.
For still fishing lakes use a number 10 or so sliding sinker on your line,a small swivel to stop the sinker between the sinker and your leader,and finally a prepared lake rig of two hooks appropriate for the type of bait you are using.
Most useful hook sizes ae # 14 through 8.A number 10 or 12 is excellent for worms,salmon eggs or grubs.For salmon eggs a short shank #12 or 14 hook is best.Generally the less weight of sinker you can get along with the better.I sometimes fish with no weight as the bait slowly sinks like a natural insect,which doesn't caution the fish to disregard.Place your sinker a foot or two above the bait.
Fishing Basket or Creel
Fish do not keep well in a sack or on a string if the are not cleaned.Clean fish immediately and place in a cool dry place such as a creel.Do not leave your fish on a string in the water ,they usually die quickly when kept this way.When they die,fish absorb water,causing the flesh to become mushy.The fish should not taste like liver,since trout raised are fed a complex dry meal,never liver..
Get a tackle box small enough to carry in your creel or pocket.A few pill boxes will work.A fishing vest is a good purchase as it will hold numerous items.
Learning the drop or underhand cast
Hold the rod in one hand,the bait in the other and have the line from bait to rod tip sag slightly.Point the rod at the horizon.Now drop the bait and simultaneously lift the rod tip.The bait should swing away away from you,first down then up.As it starts to rise ,drop the rod tip and the bait will keep on going and land in front of you.
Practice till you drop your bait exactly where you want it nearly every time.On a stream you will have to be prcise as there are sticks ,and branches to miss.This is the simplest of all casts,and for bait fishing on a small,brushy stream 90 percent of your casts will be this way.
How to catch trout (Offering Bait To A Trout)
Do not use more than one bait.A second bait is apt to scare your fish away,besides you have created a wonderful snag collector.
A hungry trout in a stream is usually watching for anything edible,that the current may carry it's way.So let the current carry your bait past places trout may be hiding.Drop your bait a few feet above the place you might feel there is action and let it drift with the current.Keep you line slack as this enables the bait to roll along on the bottom,which makes it more enticing to a strike.If there are logs or other debris to dodge you will have to guide your bait around the obstacle.If there is a small falls,drop your bait in it and let it flow in the eddy.If there is a fish it will normally strike the bait,and sometimes will swallow the bait without moving.
When you fish a riffle, cast your line at the head of it and let the bait drift through on a slack line into the pool below.You will be surprised how many fish you can catch in a shallow riffle,even when you can see the bottom.
Remember fish hide under rocks,logs and banks.
Hooking and landing a Trout
Whenever you drop your line into the water ,watch the bait if you can do so without showing yourself to the fish.If the bait suddenly stops you have either hooked a fish or are caught up on a snag.If your line suddenly heads upstream you can be assured there is a fish on the hook.
Even if you have no reason to suspect a bite ,be ready for action whenever you pull in slack line.All the time your bait is out keep your finger tips alert.Feel for a faint tugging as well as a violent strike.
I have caught my biggest trout who verily tug at the bait,as they are trying to steal it off the hook.
If you think you have a fish on gently pull in your line until it becomes snug and then set the hook,but not with a jerk or you will most likely pull the hook free and wound the fish.
When your fish is hooked,pull gently and keep pulling.If it is a small fish lift it out of the water,but if it is a big fish you will have to play it for a while to get it close enough to net.If the fish heads for the brush stop it if you can,all is not lost if it does tangle in the brush.
Released fish will live to be caught again if handled properly.
1.Land the fish gently
2.Never squeeze the fish hard
3.Never touch the gills
4.If you cannot dislodge hook,cut the leader at the fishes mouth.
5.If the fish is exhausted hold it in an upright position and move it gently back and forth until it swims away.
Do not throw it back in the water as it will not recover and be bashed against the rocks.
6.Use only barb-less hooks when fishing the catch and release method.This way some other lucky fisherman can have fun catching this fish.
GOOD FISHING AND GOOD LUCK!!
How to catch trout (Climate change on fish)
We hear about climate change on a daily basis .
but it's often from a global, overarching, far-from-home
perspective. So what does it all mean for the Clark Fork basin?
This report explores what the future holds for inhabitants
of this 22,000-square-mile area and the waterways that define
its landscape, culture, and economy.
"Low Flows, Hot Trout" delivers a plain-language synthesis
of key findings from years of data-gathering in our watershed
blended with anecdotal observations from river basin citizens.
We gathered perspectives from realtor to rancher,
fishing guide to firefighter. Our report is accessible to the
public, informative to those whose livelihoods are directly
tied to the river, and illuminating to policymakers looking
for effective responses.
The bottom line is: things can be done in the face of climate
change, and everyone can make a difference-- from simple
at-home fixes that improve energy and water use to
large-scale policy changes that stimulate renewable
energy production and river-sensitive growth management.
At the present you cannot buy detergent with phoshate ingredients in towns and cities in Montana that are directly in the proximity of the Clark Fork River..
Children's fishing access points
In most states you can find a fishing area for the children to fish at without having to worry,so much about them falling to harms way into a raging river,as the snow is melting and the streams are swollen..
Where do you take a child fishing that is easy to get to, relatively safe and offers the best possible chance of fishing success? Most states have taken some of the guesswork out of fishing with kids by designating ponds for kids and stocking some other ponds with kids in mind.
Always check the current fishing regulations in your state for limits and restrictions before setting out on any fishing trip.
How long to fish in an area
I remember stopping for the night on my way to Susanville,Cal.at a campground named Deer Creek.
The next morning I decided to take a hike up the creek,and walked around 1/4mile when the trail ran out.I decided to go a couple hundred yards to a bend in the stream.
When I got there,I noticed the stream cut a niche under the bank for about 20 feet.I tossed my bait upstream past the beginning of the cut and within a second I had a Rainbow trout on.I repeated this procedure 18 times and each cast produced a fish.
The major worry of most fishermen is whether to spend 5 minutes or 25 minutes at that nice looking pool.A narrow glide or pocket behind rocks should never be fished more then three well placed casts.A 20 foot by 15 or 20 feet wide by 2 to 3 feet deep can be well covered in a half dozen casts.
A larger pool ,in which most of the bottom end is shallow can be disposed of quickly.Fish the deeper water first and forget about the other end.
A deep and turbulent pothole just below felled trees or rocks,is a good place to fish as the fish are waiting for that bug to come over the rock or logs.
You will usually catch the bigger fish first.I will let my bait drift down stream sometimes as far as 40 feet.
The trout can't see you and will come out from their hiding place and strike.Most of the time the trout will swallow the bait and you won't know it until you start to reel in your line.If you have a chance to look down from a hill into the stream,you can sometimes see how many fish are there.
If you see a fish laying on the bottom,let you bait roll along until it is in front of the fish and after a while pull it forward a bit.This will sometimes entice a trout to strike.
I have done this with Grasshoppers when every thing else failed and caught my limit.If a fish strikes and you miss hooking it ,try again,if he is hungry they won't let the morsel get away.
If you get several strikes in a hole and then the fish quit biting,move on but remember that hole,so you can try it again.Good Luck and Good Fishing;
June 12, 2009
Went fishing today and hit a bonanza,as I made it up to my favorite lake,which is in the photo above this text.
Had to walk on 3 foot drifts in places but didn't stop me from getting to the lake.It is still frozen on the deep end but the rest was thawed and the Brook Trout were hungry.Fished for 4 hours from the bank and caught 15 Brookies.The limit is 20.The next time I go I shall take my boat and fish the deep end,to see if I can catch a Grand Daddy or two.
Keep in touch!!! I'll be back in a few weeks with more news.
WAKE UP FLYFISHERS:
The Salmon Flies are buzzing on most western waters right now.
Get out there with your Nymphs and catch some BIG TROUT.
Yellowstone river ,Gunnison river,Deschutes river,Salmon river,Henry's fork,all full of big trout just waiting for your bait.
Many fishermen pass up those shallow spots that look broken and riffled,assuming it is to shallow for trout.But behind that boulder could be a big trout waiting for a snack to pass by,even if the water is a foot deep.Also fish under those willows which are bent over the stream,as the fish congregate in the shade during the heat of the day.Let your bait drift underneath with a weight which will hold it down so you will not get tangled in the brush.
Another wonderful day fishing,as I took the boat up to the lake and caught 8 Brook trout and tried the wheels out on the boat,which worked great in pulling it by hand to the lake from the trail head which is around 400 feet distance.Spent a couple hours fishing and had a great time.
Simple trout smoking proceedures
Smoking trout is actually easier then frying them.
I use an electric smoker as it keeps the wood chips smoldering better then just having a wood chip smoker.
You can pick one up at any hardware store,or find one at an auction.
In preparing the fish, all you need to do is clean the fish,then salt and pepper them.
Most smokers have two racks with a water pan underneath to keep the meat moist,while it is smoking.
You can also place marinade in the water pan to give the meat a unique flavor.
I smoke my trout around four hours,but smoke chicken and pork up to six hours.
Do not place wood on the electric element as it will burn it out.
I hope you will enjoy your new smoker as much as I do mine.
Fish smoking directions
Brine your fish with this basic brine solution:
- 1/2 cup non-iodized salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 quart water
Stir until completely dissolved Place fish in the solution, being careful to insure that the fish is completely covered with the brine and place in the refrigerator. Thick chunks of 1" or more should be in brine 8 to 12 hours. Thin chunks of less than 1" 6 to 8 hours is sufficient.
Remove fish from brine and rinse each piece under cold water. Gently pat dry and lay pieces on paper towel to air dry for one hour. (After one hour you will notice the fish has a glazed film on it. This is called the Pellicle which is a normal and desired result of the brining process). When the fish is sticky to the touch it is ready.
Smoke fish for about 2 hours at 200 F. Use your favorite wood chips or chunks when smoking and experiment to find the taste that best suits your taste. Hickory, Alder, Apple and Cherry or combinations of these work well. Add wood chips about every 30 minutes if necessary (depending on how much smoke taste you want.
To cut down on smoking time, remove skin from fish before putting in brine, then place fish in cheesecloth after the brine process (this helps get rid of fish oils faster and cuts your smoking time by about 1/4).
If you are feeling adventurous, try these alternative brines, which also work well:
A good day fishing,caught three nice Rainbows.
Length from 10 inches to 17 inches.
Caught on the Clark Fork River.
Water is falling fast now,so get out there and go fishing people.
Ice fishing for trout is a popular sport and a lot of fun in the winter months,when one wants to get outdoors and break the bordem.
Anglers venture out onto what they think are frozen lakes to fish through the ice. And each winter there are ice related accidents and deaths often caused by not knowing the basics of crossing a frozen lake,river or stream.
Here are some safety tips every person venturing out onto frozen lakes should observe:
Tell a family member where you intend to go fishing and when you expect to return.
Wear a personal flotation device and always fish with a partner.
Ice varies in thickness and condition so, always carry a chisel or ice spud to check ice thickness as you proceed.
Try to cross away from ice near mouths of rivers, points of land, bridges, islands, and over reefs and springs. The current causes ice to be thinner in and around these areas.
Do not proceed onto the ice if it has melted away from the shore. This indicates melting is underway, and ice can shift position as wind direction changes.
Waves from open water can quickly break up large areas of ice. If you can see open water in the lake and the wind picks up, get off,or you may be floating down river.
Always carry a set of hand spikes to help you work your way out onto the surface of the ice if you go through. Holding one in each hand, you can alternately punch them into the ice and pull yourself up and out. You can make them at home, using large nails,Make sure you have a wrist atachment to keep them on.You can also buy them at sporting goods stores.
Carry a rope line that can be thrown to someone who has gone through the ice.
Every year several motor vehicles go through the ice on lakes, and people have drowned as a result.Keep your auto off the ice.I fell through with my jeep and thankful the water was only 4 feet deep.
Heated fishing shacks must have good ventilation to prevent deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
It sounds like a lot of stuff to take with you on the ice,but when disaster strikes,you will be thankful for having it.
Good luck on your next Ice fishing Trip..