Trout season is now open in many areas and I can’t wait to get out on the stream again soon. I was recently on the water with a friend and had an opportunity to catch some brook trout (brookies) and made an attempt for a few brown trout (browns). If you’ve never fished for trout you’ve probably still at one point or another walked right on by a deep whole in some stream you’ve seen in the woods, or even in an urban setting.
Trout require cool waters with fast-moving current to survive. When the water levels drop or the air warms too much they can “run” for deep pools where they’ll find some chilly temps. In cooler weather with just the right water levels you may find trout hiding behind rocks and near riffles (a shallow section of the stream where water is moving rapidly) in nearly all sections of the stream.
If you’re going to try trout fishing for the first time you can head down with a spinning rod and a couple of lures, or simply a can of worms. Alternately, fly fishing is a very popular way to fish for trout. While more involved, many people get hooked (pardon the pun) on this type of fishing after doing it just once. If you’re curious about fly fishing check out this video from Tight Lines Fly Shop about getting started down the path to obsession with these hard-fighting beauties of the piscatorial world.