Trout are a popular species among fishermen. One reason is because they are heavily abundant in many places in the world. Nevertheless, because there are so many of them, there are also many different feeding habits of these fish. This makes it difficult to hook a good trout.
When going after any fish, in this case trout, you should know the following:
- What do trout eat?
- What types of fishing rods are recommended for trout?
What Do Trout Eat?
Trout’s feeding habits are as varied as their numbers. Naturally, they feed on specific insects, including any aquatic insects, and insects that sit on the water surface. Because trout are hunting animals, they feed on basically any food that is smaller than them, including frogs, mice, birds, and smaller fish.
Because of their inclination to eat bugs and insects, fly-fishing is a great technique to use when catching trout. Fly-fishing is sometimes mistaken to be a technique in the casting of the fishing rod, although this is not the case. Fly-fishing is a technique in which anglers use imitation flies, put together using many different colored materials. The best fly fishermen are skilled in crafting flies that look authentic and mimic bugs well. Although the name is “fly”, the bugs can resemble any bug that trout may go after.
Interestingly enough, trout are also drawn to eating unconventional foods as well, including cheese and salmon eggs. This could possibly be due to the strong scent that they secrete into the water. Trout are attracted to these strong scents, giving you a better chance at getting a bite.
With all these options, how do you know what to feed them? My first suggestion would be to go to a local tackle shop that specializes only in fishing tackle. They usually are great resources, because they know a lot of the local fishing patterns and waters. Also, many fishermen go in there to talk and learn more, which gives them a chance to learn more. If the workers are busy, you can talk to the other customers in the shop. There are often very helpful people there too. My second suggestion would be to try it out for yourself and see! You have to be patient, but once you find one that they will bite consistently on, you have a good fishing hole for yourself.
What types of fishing rods are recommended for trout?
The type of fishing rod that you pick should be based on how big the average trout are in your area. For most lakes and rivers, a basic graphite rod with a spinning reel should do. I’ve found that spinning reels are the most versatile reels. They are easy to use, accurate, and durable. The Okuma Celilo Graphite Spinning Rod is a great mid-level spinning reel fishing rod. For a quality low-end spinning rod, I would look at the Shakespeare Wild Cat Spinning Rod.
For fly fishing, I would pick up a fly reel, of course. They are a bit bigger, making them heavier than the spinning reels. The reason for their large size is their retrieve (reeling the line back in) is easier. The size is also advantageous for the fact that they can hold more line. This gives you more slack to play the fish a little bit. My suggestion for a fly fishing rod would be the Okuma Crisium Graphite Fly Rod. Combine that with the Okuma SLV Diecast Aluminum Fly Reel for a great finishing touch.