Stream Trout Fishing Tips

If you’re anything like me, there are few things better than pulling on your waders for a fishing trip on a small river or stream. The sound of the water, the smell of the air, just being in the presence of Nature, I’m not sure what draws me to small river and stream fishing, but the point is I love it. In this article I’m going to outline some tips and techniques that will help you become much more successful when fishing in small rivers and streams.

The first thing to discuss is the clothing you wear. When fishing in and around small river and streams it’s very important not to “stand out”. The fish in these types of waterways are very cognizant of their surroundings and if they notice you, they are much less apt to bite. In fact, you can easily “spook” an entire area fairly easily which means that nothing will bite. For this reason, you want to make sure that you wear drab clothing that doesn’t make you stick out like a sore thumb. When fishing in small river and/or streams, don’t wear “loud” clothing.

The next thing to consider is you hands; yes I said your hands. Fish that swim in these types of waterways a also very aware of anything unnatural, which includes scents. If you have any unnatural scents on your hands, this will transfer to your bait/lure and fish such as trout will detect these scents and tend not to bite. This is why you should always make sure that your hands are free of any unnatural odors. This can be accomplished by grabbing a handful of grass or dirt and rubbing it into your hands every hour or so.

The next consideration is when you’re fishing. There are times of the day, week, and month that are better than others for fishing. Making sure that you’re on the water when the fish are the most active will make a big difference in your catch rates. To make sure that your fishing when the fish are the most active all that you have to do is pay attention to the weather and moon. The weather and moon hold the key to being on the water when the fish are the most active, there’s no doubt about that.

A great technique when fishing in small rivers and streams is to allow a live worm to flow naturally with the current, bouncing along the bottom as it travels. If your worm is rigged on a set of gang hooks the results can be incredible. Gang hooks are the most natural way to present a live worm while fishing. When you start using gang hooks to present live worms, you will never again use a single hook. It just won’t make sense any longer.

Begin employing one or all of these tips sooner, rather than later and you will start catching more fish. How am I so sure of this? Because I’ve personally been using every one of these tips with a great degree of success for more than 20 years, and I know how valuable they are.

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