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Why Do Trout Bite?

Why Do Trout Bite?
By Trevor Kugler

Have you ever asked yourself this question?

If you're a trout angler, you more than likely have, and in this article I'm going to discuss some of the mail reasons that trout bite, in the hopes that you can begin using this information to your advantage.

If we understand the main reasons why trout bite, we can use this information to become more proficient as anglers. So, let's get down to business and discuss the answers to the question of why do trout bite, shall we?

  • Smell & Scents - When fishing for trout it's incredibly important that you pay attention to any scents that may be on your bait or lure. This means paying attention to any scents that might be on your hands, because any scents on your hands will transfer to your bait or lure.

    And if a trout detects anything unnatural, it is much less apt to bite. This is especially true for larger, more experienced trout. A great tip for making sure that your hands are free of any unnatural odors is to grab a handful of grass or dirt, before baiting up, and rubbing it into your hands.

    This will effectively eliminate any unnatural odors that may be on your hands.

  • The Size Of Your Gear - A big reason why trout bite or don't bite has to do with the size of the fisherman's gear, and especially their line. When I refer to the word 'gear', I'm referring specifically to your rod, reel, and line.

    For trout fishing, rods and reels should always be ultra light action, and your line should be no heavier than six-pound test. I personally use and suggest four-pound test, but six-pound test is passable. If your gear and especially your fishing line is too heavy, trout can see it, and will tend not to bite. Always make sure that you're using ultra light rods and reels and light line when trout fishing.

  • The Weather & Moon - The biggest reason why trout bite or don't bite has to do with these two forces of Mother Nature. This might sound strange, but it's nonetheless true. The weather and moon play a huge rule as to why trout bite.

    Heck these two forces play a huge role as to why all fish bite. The more you understand about this phenomenon, the better. It's not necessary to become a scholar on the subjects either, an hour or so of study will suffice. The bottom line is that the weather and moon have an amazing impact on the feeding behavior of trout.

  • Natural Presentation - Natural presentation is very important. When it comes to trout biting, your live bait must be presented in a natural manner. This is especially true when fishing with live worms, which is why gang hooks should be employed.

    Gang hooks are the only way to present live bait in a natural manner. These hooks are simply a pair of small hooks tied in tandem that enable live bait (and especially live worms) to be presented totally naturally. This makes a difference to trout.

Although no one can say for sure why trout bite, the reasons listed here are some of the most important. Take them into account the next time you go trout fishing, and your catch rates will begin to increase. These are, without question, some of the biggest reasons why trout bite.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country.....Montana!

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