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Question by backcountrybeagle. Uploaded on July 15, 2009
The Rooster Tail Technique - Although various spinners are effective for catching trout my favorite has always been the Rooster Tail. As far as sizes go, you're going to want to have a variety available. Having a couple of rooster tails in sizes ranging from 3/16 to 1/2 ounce is always a good idea. I've always had more success with darker colors such as black, brown, and green. The key is to have a few choices available so that you can experiment to find the most effective. Attach your rooster tail to your line using a piece of line attached to a small barrel swivel. 12 to 18 inches will normally suffice. I like to cast roster tails into pools and deep water runs where it looks like there are good ambush areas such as boulders or fallen trees. It's always a good idea to vary the speed of your retrieve and even 'snap' your rod tip as you reel in. Many times this will trigger a strike.
The Live Worm Technique - Of all the trout fishing tips that you'll ever get this one may be the best. Live worms are an extremely effective trout bait, especially when rigged on a set of gang-hooks. These hooks allow for the most natural and realistic presentation of a live worm that's possible. Attach the gang hooks to your line by again using a small barrel swivel. Weight is added by using split shot sinkers above the swivel. The same areas of the river will be fished as mentioned above. With this technique you fish much more slowly ant thoroughly though. The goal is to bounce your offering along the bottom as it flows naturally with the current of the water that you're fishing. Many times trout find this technique all but irresistible.
Thanks, I was out there all day fishing with jigs spoons and bait but only got one or two bites. I could see them though.
Don't use rooster tails for natives. Use wax worms, red worms, baby night crawlers, any knind of worm you can get your hands on. I like to dig in my mothers garden for worms, I get alot for free. But assuming you are fishing a small stream, don't use any spinners, just cast a worm or grub into the current and wait. And when you catch them, wet your hands before handling them because they have a layer of slime that protects them from infection.
And rudyglove, is it neccesary to post your answers in seperate answers? And, you've obviously never fished for native brookies if your telling backcountry to use 1/2 oz rooster tails.
"Use wax worms, red worms, baby night crawlers, any kind of worm you can get your hands on".
Good suggestion and point Skeeb, I like that!!!!!!
Yes it is necessary for me to post it on separate answers because it is too much for me to type.......
"you've obviously never fished for native brookies if your telling backcountry to use 1/2 oz rooster tails."
I see your point but that techniques works for me every time but good point though, i give you that......
Thanks guys. now I know what to stock up on to use tomorrow.
my favorite bait is spinners, big brookies WILL hit spinners, worms are my second resort. but most of the time they pound my spinners. try slow retrieves, fast retrieves, and even try jiggin them off the bottom to imitate wounded baitfish. another popular but often overlooked bait are crankbaits in trout patterns. we have pretty big brookies in my area and they will take a crankbait without hesitation.
Yes the big ones will hit them, but there are not alot of bigguns in a small mountain stream.
cast a cut in half night crallerwith one split shot wait.
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HERE IN IDAHO THE BROOKIES ARNT VERY BIG.BUT THEY FIGHT LIKE THEY ARE.MY FAVORITE RIG IS A SALMONEGG WITH A LITTLE CHUNK OF WORM.OR A JOESHOPPER FLY WITH A SMALL SPLITSHOT.THEY SEEM TO LIKE GRASS HOPPERS.
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