Braid or Mono? What type of line is best when trout fishing?
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Braid or Mono? What type of line is best when trout fishing?

What is the best line type when fishing for trout, how does braid compare with monofilament? Does the choice even matter? In the chart below, I have highlighted the key differences. In the next part of the article, I will discuss why each of these points may or may not matter. Braid Floats Does not…

Does blade design on spinners matter when trout fishing?
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Does blade design on spinners matter when trout fishing?

When buying spinners of unknown brands, a lot can be learned about their likely performance and action based entirely on the blade design they used. The shape or design of the rotating blade on an inline spinner not only influences the action, and sink rate, but also the optimal speed the spinner should be fished…

Spinners vs Spoons – Which metal lure catches the most trout?
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Spinners vs Spoons – Which metal lure catches the most trout?

Spoons and spinners must be among the most popular hard body trout lures, and the reason is simple. They catch trout and they catch them consistently. I always consider it a good idea to have both types of lures when fishing because a trout’s preference can easily change hour from to hour, day to day….

Does Penn make any good trout reels? (Saltwater reels in the fresh)
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Does Penn make any good trout reels? (Saltwater reels in the fresh)

Penn is one of the biggest names in offshore reels, they built their reputation on classics like the Senator, International, and the Spinfisher. These are all heavy duty reels designed for catching powerful fighting fish in the salt. So whether you are a Penn loyalist, or just want to try something a little different, what…

Best trout spinning lures to fish deep, swift flowing river holes.
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Best trout spinning lures to fish deep, swift flowing river holes.

The trout we see feeding at or the near the surface is usually only a tiny fraction of the total number of fish in a river. The majority of them are laying low in the water column, hugging the bottom, and are all but invisible from the surface. A lot of trout just ‘wait’ on…

Best color fishing line for trout fishing (and does it matter?)
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Best color fishing line for trout fishing (and does it matter?)

Most fishermen will claim you need to fish low visibility or clear lines when targeting trout. Is this true, or just confirmation bias? Do the trout actually care? For new anglers, there is no need to take risks when trout fishing. The best color fishing line for trout is clear or green. The clearer, and…

Are Mepps spinners any good? (How do they compare with the competition?)
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Are Mepps spinners any good? (How do they compare with the competition?)

I can not say that a Mepps spinner was the first lure I caught a trout on, but it was close. To save money, I actually started my trout fishing journey assembling my own inline spinners. Then one day, I discovered a little Mepps Black fury hanging from some overhead willow branches, and being 6’4”…

My favorite spinning lures for fall trout
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My favorite spinning lures for fall trout

Fall is normally a time of cool nights, sunny days, and little rainfall. This great weather, means many trout streams are flowing low and clear which gives the trout plenty of opportunities to inspect their prey. The level of difficulty is increased further because most trout streams have been heavily pressured over the summer, the…

Are Blue Fox Spinners any good? (How do they compare with the competition?)
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Are Blue Fox Spinners any good? (How do they compare with the competition?)

I have been fishing Blue Fox spinner lures for nearly two decades, and they are among my favorites. When I first got into trout fishing, I favored Blue Fox Vibrax based on price alone, at that time they were a couple of dollars cheaper than the other big brands and I frequently found them in…