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Trout Fishing Tips For Rivers

Anyone who has spent any time fishing for trout knows that one of the best places to fish for these multi colored beauties are rivers, especially small to medium sized rivers. In this article I will list 3 trout fishing tips for rivers. These tips will make any trout angler more efficient and effective. These tips were originally taught to me more than 25 years ago by my best friends' father. A man I've always considered a trout fishing master of sorts. Kind of like the Mr. Miyagi of trout fishing, if you will.

If you like to fish for trout while wading, these trout fishing tips will serve you well for many years to come. As I alluded to before, these trout fishing tips are most effective when used in small to medium sized rivers while wading. In my opinion, there is simply no better way to fish than wading. I don't know if it's the beauty of nature or the sound of the river that draws me towards wade fishing, but the bottom line is that there are few things in life that I enjoy more than trout fishing in rivers.

These tips are being listed in no particular order, so use them as you see fit. All I know for sure is that these tips have been effective for me for a very long time.

1. The Bottom Is Your Friend - When fishing for trout in rivers you want your offering to bounce along the bottom, whether your bait is a lure or alive. This is especially true in the case of live bait. When fishing with live bait, such as live worms, you want to cast out, close your bail, and have your offering roll along the bottom as it flows naturally with the current. You may be thinking to yourself, "Don't you get snagged doing this?" Yes you do, but this is simply part of river fishing in small to medium sized rivers. Actually as you become more proficient at this technique, you'll get snagged less and less, and determining the difference between the bottom and a bite becomes commonplace as well. The bottom line is when trout fishing in rivers, the bottom is your friend.
2. Have An Effective Worm Carrier - Trout fishing while wading in rivers makes carrying live bait a pain in the butt. My friend used to dump his worms into his fishing vest as a way of carrying them with him. This isn't at all a good idea by the way. What is a good idea as far as trout fishing tips for rivers is what's called a bait bag. This is a small pouch that hangs from your fishing vest to carry your live worms while river fishing. The bait bag is probably the best idea my best friends father ever taught me. Using one saves a ton of valuable fishing time that is usually lost baiting up and re-baiting.
3. Gang Hooks Are Your Friend - Live or man-made live bait (such as Berkley's Power & Gulp products) are both wonderful baits for trout and the best way to rig such bait is a set of gang hooks. These hooks enable you to present a worm in a completely natural manner which makes a big difference, especially with more experienced trout. Couple gang hooks with making the bottom your friend and you'll be in great shape. These three trout fishing tips may become your best friend at the end of the day.

The last thing to keep in mind is that all the trout fishing tips in the world will do you no good without time spent implementing them. There is simply no substitute for spending time on the water honing your trout fishing skills.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of and an avid angler. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his five year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country.

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