I like nothing more than river fishing for trout (I much prefer it over fishing for trout in lakes and reservoirs) and my favourite (and most successful) trout fishing techniques for rivers are as follows:-
Trout fishing techniques for rivers – Fly fishing
Fly fishing for trout is one of the most popular ways to catch brown trout, rainbow trout and sea trout and it is easy to see why. There is ‘something’ about wading through a stream casting a fly to tempt a trout or two that is impossible to explain, but once you have had a go at it you will totally understand where I am coming from and see why fly fishing is, arguably the most popular of the trout fishing techniques for rivers.
When fly fishing for trout there are effectively two different flies you can use, and these comprise surface flies (also known as dry flies) and sinking flies (also known as wet flies). Surface flies, as the name suggests are fished on the water’s surface and the idea is to get the trout to rise for the fly. Sinking flies, as the name suggests are fished below the water’s surface and the idea is to try and tempt a trout to have a go at the fly by pulling it past the trout’s nose.
Both dry flies and wet flies catch plenty of fish, and neither is better than the other. The decision on whether to tie a dry fly to the line, or whether to use a wet fly depends on how the fish are behaving on the day you happen to be fly fishing for trout. If the trout are rising up and taking flies off the water’s surface a dry fly is the best trout fly to use. If you can see trout but they are not rising a sinking fly is the best trout fly to use.
There are hundreds of different patterns of both dry flies and wet flies, and the type of pattern is down to personal preference. All fly anglers have their own favorite pattern of fly, and all of them will catch trout. The important thing is making sure you use the right type of trout fly, i.e. either dry fly or wet fly. If trout are rising and taking flies off the surface they won’t care what pattern it is, they can’t tell what pattern it is and they will have a go regardless. Similarly, if the trout are sitting mid water taking flies the crucial thing is to use a wet fly, and the pattern really won’t matter.
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Trout fishing techniques for rivers – lure fishing
After fly fishing the next most widely trout fishing techniques for rivers is lure fishing. The best trout lure is an ongoing argument, and one that will rumble on and on. Every angler has their own opinion on the best trout lure, which is fine but it does mean that you will get a different answer from angler to angler.
The most important thing to remember about lure fishing for trout is to use a suitable sized lure. Walk in to any fishing tackle shop and you will find hundreds of lures of different styles, sizes and colours. You can buy tiny lures a couple of centimetres long right up to huge lures of 25cm or more. When lure fishing for trout I find small lures are perfect, however I remove the treble hook and replace it with a size 4 barbless hook, which is more humane and easier to remove.
My favorite trout lures are small spoons, and I have had a lot of success using them. Small spoons are a great lure you can wobble along the river bottom, wobble just below the water’s surface or wobble mid-water. Using a spoon I can fish all depths in order to find the trout. One of the best things about spoons is that when you stop reeling in it will sink to the river bed, and you can do a start/stop retrieve to make the spoon look like a wounded fish.
Small spinners are also popular lures for trout, and whilst these do catch plenty of trout I have to admit that I am not a fan of them. When you stop reeling in a spinner it rises to the surface of the water which I don’t like, it is difficult to work a spinner near the river bed and spinners tend to twist the line and weaken it, which ultimately ends up in a line break.
When lure fishing of trout it is important to fish as light as possible and use fishing line that is as thin as you can get away with. Trout are finicky fish and if they can see the leader they won’t touch the lure, and you won’t catch – period. Modern day monofilament fishing line is available in very low diameter so you can get strong line that is thin, and won’t spook the trout.
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