Trout Fishing Tips by guest blogger Andrew Binkley

March 28, 2017


While all types of fishing require a specific skill set, trout fishing (a type of fly fishing) is an art form. To score the best fish, it takes special equipment and requires you to journey into the trout’s natural habitat. We love it, but we also understand how daunting it can be to start this sport. With that in mind, here are a few tips to get you started.


Types of Trout

While there are dozens of species of trout in North America, there are three widely popular types you should be able to recognize. Understanding these fish, their habitats and their behaviors will help you have a successful trout fishing trip.


Brown Trout: These fish usually range from 7-14 inches in length, but can grow larger if the environment conditions allow it. Brown trout are tawny to olive brown and often appear brassy. They also have orange to red spots along their sides. Brown trout are smart, and in widely fished waters, they will become wary and selective in their food choices. They can be found in streams and larger rivers across North America.


Rainbow Trout: Rainbow trout are usually 7-12 inches, with olive green base and a brassy to purple iridescence. Their sides are covered with dark spots. Rainbow trout, found across North America, favor deeply shaded habitats and prefer open rivers to feed at the surface.


Brook Trout: Brook trout are native to American waters and can range from 6-13 inches, although they can grow larger in larger bodies of water. These fish have a dark base color and pale spots, as opposed to all other types of trout. These fish can be found in cold stream waters, like those in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina.



Just like any other type of fishing, you are going to need specific gear.


Rod and Reel: For smaller streams and shallow waters, it is better to use a shorter, lighter rod. A 5-6 foot rod is best. For larger rivers and lakes, a heavier, longer pole is better. Try a 6-7 foot rod for this type of trout fishing.


Vest: While other forms of fishing require a tackle box, trout fishing demands a tackle vest. It holds everything a tackle box would, but keeps your hands free.


Waders and Boots: Trout fishing can require you to get out into the water, so you need gear that will protect you from the water. Chest waders are the best option for larger streams. You also need quality waterproof boots for your journeys along the bank and into the water.


Bait: Use soft baits such as dough or flies when trout fishing. Choose soft bait shaped like a worm to mimic trout’s natural prey.


Line: Choose translucent colors, such as forest green, to blend in with the environment. You can also choose from fluorocarbon, monofilament and braided fishing lines.


Ready to start fishing? Pick up your fishing gear from trusted retailers, like Carhartt. Then get to fishing! Good luck!

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