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.


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.


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.