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September 19, 2008

Merwin: A Trout Violation?

By John Merwin & Joe Cermele

While fishing in northern Colorado last week, I took trout by flyfishing, ultralight spinning, and even with baitcasting gear—the very same rod and reel I use in bass fishing. During the 1930s and ‘40s, before spinning gear became widely available, guys chucking hardware with baitcast reels were a common sight on major trout rivers.

So I tried it just for the heck of things, and it worked great. This 4-inch Rebel minnow plug was hammered  time after time by chunky rainbows that apparently thought it looked a lot more appealing than the tiny olive mayflies they were feeding on.

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Then I switched rods and started throwing a soft-plastic crappie jig on a 1/8-ounce leadhead with 4-pound monofilament. This brightly colored brown trout couldn’t resist it.

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Okay, then I went back to flyfishing as the more “accepted” method of fishing in this case. That was fun, too. But was I wrong to use my baitcaster in the first place?

By the way, my Reel Giveaway Contest is still ongoing. Don't forget to drop an entry.

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from Gerard McWilliams wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

Whatever floats your boat. As long as its legal its OK. Personally I prefer to flyfish as its more challenging and ultimately more rewarding.

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from DH wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

You were not wrong at all. I believe as long as you obey the rules then you can use whatever you want to. I fly fish and spin cast but I've never tried baitcasting. I don't see anything wrong with any of those.

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from troutrageous1 wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

Dr. Ralph, music to my ears! UL spinning with 2-lb test is my preferred method as well. I own a fly rod, and aspire to learn the finer points of that technique, but whatever gets more folks on the water and enjoying fishing the better. With numbers of recreational anglers dropping yearly, trout fishing shouldn't be a "country club" pasttime and needs less barriers to entry.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 30 weeks ago

I don't use fly rods. I refuse to be enlightened. Ultra-lightweight spinning tackle with 2# test makes a small trout an exciting adventure. 4# and you can haul most of them straight in. Most folks in the stocked trout streams of Tennessee have Zebco 202's and a $.69 can of corn. It's a food source, not so much a gentleman's sport. I do like the baitcaster idea, it may at least cause me to take some larger lures than the obvious Mepps, Roostertail and curly tail grub.

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from Joe G wrote 5 years 30 weeks ago

I agree, if it tickles your pickle, throw a baitcaster or whatever. I preffer to fly fish when ever Ican but admit it is often limited. Often I will have two outfits with me, particurually on a booat trip on big water. I will have a spin or bait caster to get deep or fish in heavy winds and I carry a flyrod for when fish come up top or we head into shallow areas. Life is to short to be a tight a@#.

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 30 weeks ago

As long as you're out there and truly enjoying the experience, then it shouldn't matter what type of gear you are using.

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from Gerard McWilliams wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

Whatever floats your boat. As long as its legal its OK. Personally I prefer to flyfish as its more challenging and ultimately more rewarding.

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from DH wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

You were not wrong at all. I believe as long as you obey the rules then you can use whatever you want to. I fly fish and spin cast but I've never tried baitcasting. I don't see anything wrong with any of those.

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from troutrageous1 wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

Dr. Ralph, music to my ears! UL spinning with 2-lb test is my preferred method as well. I own a fly rod, and aspire to learn the finer points of that technique, but whatever gets more folks on the water and enjoying fishing the better. With numbers of recreational anglers dropping yearly, trout fishing shouldn't be a "country club" pasttime and needs less barriers to entry.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 30 weeks ago

I don't use fly rods. I refuse to be enlightened. Ultra-lightweight spinning tackle with 2# test makes a small trout an exciting adventure. 4# and you can haul most of them straight in. Most folks in the stocked trout streams of Tennessee have Zebco 202's and a $.69 can of corn. It's a food source, not so much a gentleman's sport. I do like the baitcaster idea, it may at least cause me to take some larger lures than the obvious Mepps, Roostertail and curly tail grub.

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from Joe G wrote 5 years 30 weeks ago

I agree, if it tickles your pickle, throw a baitcaster or whatever. I preffer to fly fish when ever Ican but admit it is often limited. Often I will have two outfits with me, particurually on a booat trip on big water. I will have a spin or bait caster to get deep or fish in heavy winds and I carry a flyrod for when fish come up top or we head into shallow areas. Life is to short to be a tight a@#.

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 30 weeks ago

As long as you're out there and truly enjoying the experience, then it shouldn't matter what type of gear you are using.

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