Fishing has always been a favourite pastime for many. However, you need to know how to do fishing. You just can’t take a thread and a hook, sit by the river and expect fish to walk onto your trap. There is a way that works, and if you know that way, you will be able to walk back home with a bag full of trout.
You need to find a river to catch a trout. Once you locate a river, you may start your fun immediately. Here is a step by step process right from the scratch to catch a trout.
- Get your license first
You need to start your fishing expedition with a license. Once you have it, get to know the latest rules and regulations from the fishing department. Read the laws carefully, and learn the restrictions that may apply in your chosen area.
- The tools to hunt down trout
There are few tools that you need to catch trout, such as hooks, weight and a thread. You need to find all these equipments and fit to make it work for you. There’s one advice for you – use steel weights instead of lead. Lead may harm fish. Don’t forget to carry at least 5 hooks.
- Finding the right fishing pole
The pole and the tackle is the most significant part of any equipment. You need a light tackle for better control of the pole. Avoid button based fishing poles, as it can create problems, especially if you are new to fishing. The best are the open faced fishing spool that is not complicated at all. However, if you look forward to bait a fish, opt for closed fishing spool.
- Find a river with trout
Your fishing friends are the best people to guide you on finding the river with trout. Often not all rivers have Trout; therefore, you may seek suggestions from the local wild life guides, or books that offer information on finding river with trout.
- Get ready with your fishing pole
The time has arrived, and now you are about to take the plunge to hunt for trout. But before that you will have to tie the knot to let the hook fall on the water. A simple knot will do.
- Add weight on the bait
The weight is the most important device in the whole fishing equipment when you are using a bait to catch trout. Weights give you certain control while fishing. Moreover, you need to have stronghold on a bait to make the fish stay on the hook. Otherwise, the fish will never fall under a trap. Where do you place the weight? It has to be around two feet below the hook. Place medium weights, not too light or too heavy, enough so that the hook can sustain the pressure from the trout.
- What will you have for bait?
Earthworms are the best lure as trout easily fall for it. Remember, to use light lures for slow stream, and heavier lures for fast flowing river.
- Where to stand while fishing
Go upstream, it appears more lifelike, however, if you wish to see the fish, downstream is the best place to hunt. You need to understand one thing – trout face upstream to swallow food that comes their way. Now take a call to stand at the right place.
- Weather holds the key
Always keep an eye on the weather conditions. The bait you use will depend upon the weather. The best are the dry conditions. However, when the rain happens, you will be lucky to find earthworms, which can be used as bait. During stormy days, use grasshoppers as bait.
- Survey the spot
If everything goes on well till now, it’s time for you to find the spot to hunt trout. You can hunt in shallow waters or in waters with a slower flow for better results.
- Get your fishing gear
Pick your fishing gear and get to the chosen spot. It’s better to mark the area, and also leave a marking cloth as a sign to make it easier for you to start your fishing expedition.
- Attach your bait
No matter what bait you use, it’s time now to attach your bait onto the hook. Earthworms, grasshoppers or any lure should be fixed tight along the hook.
- Put your fishing pole inside the water
It’s much better if the dip is at V-shape. It is important that the lure you push inside the water moves before it gets into the water. Also, you must be careful while holding the fishing pole. Never press it hard, or else you may allow your bait to vanish from your sight.
- Let the bait move and attract trout
Once the bait hangs from the pole, be ready for the trout to catch the bait. As soon as the Trout catches the bait, you will feel the big pull and the rod becomes heavier.
- What will you do with the trout
Once you catch a trout, it’s now up to you whether you keep it or throw back inside the river. If you decide to keep it, you should also understand the process of cleaning the fish, and then cooking the same to turn it into a delicious food item.
- Learn to release the fish
When you don’t want a trout, it is wise to throw it back into the water. However, since the fish has been caught, you can’t throw it before removing the fish from the hook carefully. Firstly, you will have to get your hands wet, and then pull the trout out from the hook in the very same way as it went inside.
- Protect trout
Never handle trout roughly. Trout have a very sensitive coating, which may be removed if handled otherwise. Use wet hands to protect Trout.
- Let the trout finally slip inside the waters
Never drop trout from a high point. Don’t let it fall. Allow it to quietly slip inside the water, without bringing above the water.