Rainbow Trout On Ultralight Tackle
Rainbow trout fishing while using ultra light tackle is the best way to catch the beautiful fish that are often referred to as “rainbows” and in this article I will outline a few tips and tricks that will enable you to experience more success the next time that you head out in search of rainbow trout while using ultralight tackle. I have been using all of these tips for more than two decades while fishing for “rainbows” from rivers, streams, and lakes from Pennsylvania to Montana, so I know from experience how effective they are and I am sure that they will help you out tremendously as well.
So what in the world is ultralight tackle anyway? To me the term ultralight tackle refers to the size of the fishing rod, reel, and line that is used, as well as the size of baits and or lures that are employed to catch the fish that you are fishing for, which in this case is obviously rainbow trout. Most freshwater fishing rods have an ‘action’ which ranges from ‘heavy’ at the large end of the spectrum to ‘ultralight’ at the light end of the spectrum. When you are fishing for rainbow trout you want to use a rod that has ‘ultralight’ action that is from four to six and a half feet long with a reel that matches it.
Next we have the fishing line that your reel is spooled with. When I am fishing for rainbow trout on ultralight tackle I personally always use two or four pound test line (either Monofilament or fluorocarbon) and don’t suggest that you ever use any line heavier than six pound test when fishing for rainbow trout. Using ultralight tackle and line such as this also forces you to become a better angler, because you have to learn to “play” your catch rather than just winching. You will soon learn that this fact also makes fishing is much more enjoyable as well.
Finally we have baits, lures, and hooks that you are going to use when you are attempting to catch these beautiful fish. In one word, you want your baits, lures, and hooks to be downsized. For example, let’s take a look at the fishing hooks that you would use should you choose to use live bait as your trout bait choice. Many people who are new to the world fishing for rainbow trout tend to use fishing hooks that are entirely too large. If you use single shank or gang hooks, size 8, 10, or 12 should be as large as you use when fishing for rainbow trout and in the case of treble hooks size 12 or even 18 are the way to go.
Next, let’s take a look at a very popular rainbow trout bait the spinner. In line spinners are an excellent bait choice when it comes to fishing for rainbow trout and once again, “the smaller the better” is the phrase to keep in the back of your mind. Inline spinners that are either 1/32 or 1/16 ounce are the perfect size to use for rainbow trout with this type of ultralight tackle.
If you think that large rainbows can’t be caught using spinners and/or hooks that are this small, rest assured nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact I regularly catch rainbow trout that exceed the eighteen inch mark while using inline spinners and fishing hooks that are exactly the sizes outlined above. Fishing for and catching rainbow trout on ultralight tackle is can be as fun as fishing gets, so if you’ve never tried it I would suggest you do so sooner, rather than later.
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