How to Catch Trophy Trout

One of the more difficult things to do in the world of fishing is to catch trophy trout. This is especially true when you’re referring to non-planted fish. When you’re talking about trout that have been planted by the government, you are dealing with a different animal (in my opinion). These trout are raised in a quasi-aquarium and then planted in water where anglers fish. These are not the trophy trout that I’m referring to.

I’m referring to trout that have been living in the water that they’re caught for an extended period of time. These trout grow at the normal growth rate and are much more difficult to catch. These are the trophy trout that I’m referring to in this article. In this article I’m going t give you tips and techniques that will teach you how to catch trophy trout.

The first thing to remember is that trout in the “trophy” size range didn’t get that way by being stupid. They have more than likely been caught before and have seen most everything that most trout anglers throw at them. These trout are experienced and smart, which is obviously the reason that they grow to trophy sizes. This means that the details that the average angler overlooks need to be focused on if you want to be successful.

The first of these details is the size of fishing line that’s being employed. Although trophy sized trout are obviously large, light line should be employed. I personally suggest and use four pound test monofilament fishing line. Before you start to think that four pound test is to light, consider that I’ve landed numerous trout from nineteen to twenty four inches. Four pound test is all but invisible under the water, which means that it is much more effective.

The next thing to keep in mind is any scents that may be on your hands. As I said before, trophy trout became trophies for a reason, and one of those reasons is not biting anything that smells unnatural. Our hands, and any scents that might be on them, is unnatural. These unnatural scents will transfer from your hands to your bait or lure and cost you bites. For this reason, make sure you clean your hands of any unnatural scents that might be present. This tip will help you get many more bites when attempting to catch trophy trout.

Finally, if you want to catch trophy trout, live bait should be employed. There is no better bait for large trout than live bait, especially in the case of rivers and streams. There are various live baits that are effective for trophy trout, including live crayfish, but the easiest to find and use are live worms. Any time live worms are used as bat for trophy trout, your worm should be presented in the most natural way possible. This means using gang hooks. These hooks are, without question, the best way to present a live worm as bait.

Now you know some time tested trout tips to help you catch trophy trout. The last and probably most important tip is to have patience. Once you find a good area or have a trophy trout located, fish for it until you catch it. Don’t be discouraged, if a trophy takes a while to bite. Remember, large trout didn’t become trophies by being stupid.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country…..Montana!

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