Trout are not winning any maths Olympiads with their pea-sized brains and yet somehow, they can be incredibly elusive.
Don’t Underestimate Them
While they are not particularly intelligent, these fish are extremely discerning in terms of the environment around them, and the food that they consume.
Trout will be deterred by bait that has a visible line, particularly in areas with high angling pressure – but we will get into that later.
Preparation is Key
As should be the case with any fishing that you do, preparation will be key to your success. Luckily for you, we have got all of the information that you will need for a successful day in the water mapped out below!
Trout: Habits and Habitat
Trout come in many shapes and sizes and can be identified by their dazzling display of spots or speckles that features across the length of the body.
Not every trout has the same coloring due to factors including; environment, life-cycle, and whether they feel frightened or not.
Did you know? Trout tend to be lazy and wait for their food to come to them – there’s an Uber Eats joke there somewhere.
Trout tend to passively wait behind covers such as rocks, boulders, and fallen trees that allow them to lay in wait for prey.
Once they are tempted by food, they will leave their hiding spot to snatch up their prey, which is generally being carried downstream by the river’s current.
Though they will leave cover to eat they will maintain an element of stealth by hiding under broken water so that they cannot be seen from above by predators such as eagles and bears.
That leads us to our next tip…
The Rule of Riffles, Runs, and Pools:
Depending on the size and subspecies of trout that you are on the hunt for, you may find yourself casting in either one, or a combination of riffles, runs, and pools.
Riffles are shallow bodies of water running atop a bed of rock or gravel which causes the water surface to break.
Riffles offer great protective cover for trout fry in particular but can be a great place to look for adult trout during feeding hours – the morning and afternoon.
Keep an eye out for spots that offer cover both in the water and from the top – these spots will be favored by trout in a riffle.