Rainbow Trout Fishing Techniques

As a spin fisherman who has fished for rainbow trout for more than 25 years, I know how important it is to have more than a single technique in you arsenal when fishing for these beautiful fish and in this article I will outline a few of the more effective techniques that I have learned when fishing for rainbow trout throughout my “career”. Now obviously we all have a favorite technique when it comes to fishing for “rainbows”, but the point is that a single technique won’t be effective every time that you head out fishing, so being proficient at a variety of trout fishing techniques is important for anyone who wants to catch trout consistently. Raibow trout

And at the end of the day, that’s really all that we want as fishermen right, to catch trout consistently? Well the way to accomplish this task is to be proficient at more than one technique and below are 3 rainbow trout techniques that I have found to be very effective over the past two plus decades spent fishing for trout. The bottom line is that if any of them aren’t a part of your trout fishing arsenal, they should be added sooner rather than later.


    1. Fly Fishing – I know what you’re thinking, how can fly fishing be a technique when you are a spin fisherman? Well, fly fishing can be a spin fishing technique for rainbow trout by employing something called a “fly fishing bubble”. You see a fly fishing bubble enables a spin fisherman to use an artificial fly as bait, and as everyone knows, trout LOVE to eat insects. Fly fishing bubbles can be used when fishing for rainbow trout in both lakes and rivers, and with practice, this type of “fly fishing” might just become your “go to” rainbow trout fishing technique.


    1. Drift Fishin – Drift fishing is a rainbow trout fishing technique by which you “drift” live or synthetic bait (such as Berkley trout worms) through the current of a river or stream. The goal is to add the perfect amount of weight to your line so that your bait bounces along the bottom of the river or stream as it drifts with the current. This technique takes some practice to master, but once you get the hang of it is as effective a trout fishing technique as there is.


  1. Spinner Fishing – Small in-line spinners are an excellent bait to use while spin fishing for rainbow trout. There are many manufacturers of these unique trout baits, and two of my favorites are Panther Martin and Worden’s (who make Rooster Tails). Many inexperienced trout fishermen tend to use spinners that are too large, so to avoid this mistake make sure that any spinners that you use are from 1/32 to 1/4 of an ounce when you are attempting to catch “rainbows”. Spinner fishing can be effective in both lakes and rivers and are a bait that every serious spin fishing trout angler should have available to them at all times.


The fact of the matter is that if you are a spin fisherman and want to catch rainbow trout on a consistent basis, the aforementioned fishing techniques should all be a part of your repertoire. Also, make sure that you take the time to put them all into practice, as by doing so you will learn many nuances of said technique that will make you a much more successful trout fisherman

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