River Fishing Tips That Will Help You Catch More Rainbow Trout
Of all of the types of water that one can attempt to catch rainbow trout from, there is one that stands out (at least to me) and that type of water is a river, and not just “a river” but a small to medium sized river where wade fishing is the tactic of choice. To me, outfitters Missoula wading in the river that I am fishing and attempting to catch rainbow trout is what the act of trout fishing is all about. While this sentiment is not at all exclusive to me, what you may find interesting is that I am not a fly fisherman.
Yep, I am a spin fisherman (an ultra light spin fisherman in point of fact) and fishing for trout while wading has been my passion for the last quarter of a century. In that time I have learned many river fishing tips and tricks that enable me to experience success virtually any time that I head out to the river. Below I will outline a few of these river fishing tips so that you can add them to your fishing repertoire and start experiencing more success as well.
The first thing that you have to be aware of is are you fishing at the most opportune times. What do I mean by this? Simple, there are certain times of the day, week, and month that fish will be most active and thus most likely to be feeding. These times will generally revolve around two factors; what phase the moon is in and what the barometric pressure is doing. Paying attention to these two forces of Mother Nature and planning your fishing trips accordingly will no doubt help you to catch more rainbow trout the next time that you head out onto the river.
Next we have the technique that you employ. When it comes to to use when fishing for rainbow trout with ultra light spinning gear the technique that you employ is vitally important, and an extremely effective technique to use is referred to as drift fishing. Drift fishing is a great technique to use when you are wading and fishing a river. This technique can be accomplished with live bait (such as a live worm or minnow) or while using a small trout lure (such as a panther martin or rooster tail spinner).
So what exactly is “drift fishing”? Drift fishing means allowing your bait or lure to “drift” naturally with the current of the river that you are fishing. So, rather than casting into the river and retrieving your bait of lure through the current, you allow your bait or lure to drift with the current. By doing this your offering appearing much more realistic and natural to the trout that you are trying to catch which makes the bait or lure that that much more effective.
The last of the river fishing tips that I am going to outline in this article is the way in which you approach the rainbow trout that you are attempting to catch. In small to medium sized rivers rainbows are much more “spooky” than they are in larger bodies of water so you always want to approach the area’s of the river that you are going to fish from the downstream side as much as possible. This is because in these types of water, feeding trout will almost always be looking upstream and by approaching them from downstream they are much less likely to know that you are there. You see when a rainbow trout is aware of you presence, they can easily become “spooked” which means that they will not bite anything that you throw at them. The bottom line is that if you add these simple river fishing tips to your trout fishing arsenal you will be catching more rainbow trout than you had previously thought possible.