Low, Clear Streams
When conditions are opposite from the above, you'll often find that a small piece of garden worm or nightcrawler will interest more trout than will a bigger gob of meat. Use your thumbnail to pinch off a section of worm just large enough to entirely cover your hook. Here again, heavy snells will discourage some picky trout, so tie a No. 8 to 12 hook directly to your fine monofilament. A small, fresh worm fragment still exudes plenty of trout-attracting scent, but the key word here is fresh. As your bait becomes water-washed and pale-looking -- which usually occurs after 15 or 20 minutes of fishing -- replace it with a fresh worm fragment. Because your worm section is hardly longer than the hook itself, you can set the hook immediately upon feeling a tap or tug. You'll gut-hook fewer trout this way and can more easily release unharmed those fish you don't want to keep.