There is no doubt that one of the most important aspects of trout fishing is the trout fishing tackle that is used to fish for trout. You may not be familiar with the term “trout fishing tackle”, but a trout fishing tackle is simply a way of rigging the bait for trout fishing. Sure some people just attach a hook to their line or snap a swivel onto their line, clip a hook to a hook on the swivel, and call it good. While these two ways of presenting trout bait could technically be trout fishing tackle They are by no means the most effective tackle that can be used in trout fishing.
In this article I will describe two very effective trout fishing rigs, one for use in rivers and streams and one for use in lakes, so you can start catching more trout while fishing for trout. I have been fishing for trout for over two decades and have learned and adjusted these rigs during that time to be quite effective. The most important factor in the success of any trout fishing technique or tackle is the amount of time you spend in the water putting that technique or tackle into action. The bottom line is that the more time you spend putting these trout fishing tackle on the water, the better it will work for you.
With that said, let’s start with the fishing tackle to use on the lakes. This rig is a basic bottom fishing tackle consisting of a small treble hook (size # 12 or # 18), a small swivel barrel (size # 12 or # 14), a ¼ to ½ ounce egg sinker, and a plumb bob from 12 to 24 inch leader. The first thing to do is cut a line 12 to 24 inches from the end of your line for a leader and set this ‘leader’ aside. Now slide the egg platen to the end of your line and tie it onto a barrel swivel (the swivel will act as a stop for plumb line). If the weather is windy you will need to use a larger plumb bob, but a ¼ ounce egg plumb is the perfect size for this rig. The leader is now attached to the opposite end of the barrel swivel and a triple hook to the end of the leader. The treble hook is now covered with Powerbait or a similar mass trout bait. The key is that the trout dough bait you use floats. This rig is now cast into a lake containing trout, and the reel bail is left open until the rig sinks to the bottom, at which point the bail on your reel closes. Your line is now recovered slowly until fully trained and the rig is “still fished” until a trout begins to bite. The trout bait will be floating off the bottom, while the plumb bob sits on the bottom. When a trout bites, it feels no resistance from the plumb bob, which makes the hook much more effective.
The second of the trout fishing platforms that I am going to describe is for trout fishing in river fishing settings. This trout fishing tackle is called a drift fishing tackle and involves the use of a set of grid hooks (size 8 or 10), a small barrel swivel (size # 12 or # 14) and some weights of split shot to add weight to the platform. A swivel is attached to the end of its line and a set of gang hooks is attached to the opposite end of the barrel swivel. Split shot leads are added to the line above the rotating barrel for weight. The size and number of split shots will vary depending on the depth of the river and the flow of the current, but the goal is for the bait to bounce or “roll” along the river bottom while naturally flowing with the current. The hooks in the Gang Hook Set are now baited with the live bait of your choice and the rig is fished “drifting” in the current of the river. Live worms are a great trout bait choice for this trout fishing tackle.
The bottom line is that these two fishing tackle are extremely effective and should be added to any serious trout fisherman’s repertoire sooner rather than later.