Rainbow trout is acclimatized in many countries of the world. Homeland are the rivers of North America. In addition to rivers, this fish is bred in ponds. The fish may have color differences, but the name acquired from the characteristic rainbow stripes on the body.

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Rainbow Trout Fishing

Overview of rainbow trout

The size and weight of the fish varies. In wild forms, the weight can reach 6 kg. There are intensive ways to grow trout in pools. It is the most popular fish in fish farms, after carp. Often these fish are populated together in pond farms. The main condition for the successful existence of trout in ponds: their flow rate and temperature are 14-180C. Fish is of great commercial importance, because of its high palatability it is grown in large quantities, including for recreational fishing.


Reproduction habit of rainbow trout

Rainbow trout typically spawn in early to late spring in North America (January to June). In the reservoirs where this fish lives, a catch ban is imposed. In fish-breeding farms, fish reproduces artificially; already grown individuals reach the ponds and lakes. In flowing reservoirs, where this fish is introduced artificially, they also stock up, as a rule, every year.

Rainbow trout fishing techniques

Before a trip to trout fishing and when choosing a method of fishing, it is worth considering the place and type of reservoir. Rainbow trout can be caught both on natural and artificial baits. For fishing use spinning, fly fishing, float, bottom gear. In addition, there are a large number of combined snap-ins that are used in an original way.


Spinning for rainbow trout

To catch rainbow trout, a lot of specialized lures and rods have been invented. The basic requirement is lightness and sensitivity. Trout is perfectly caught on dead fish gear, but now, in some reservoirs, this may be prohibited. When using ultralight rods, when fishing for spinners and wobblers, for example, on small rivers, fishing can be very exciting, and in emotions it is similar to light fly fishing. Before going to a paid body of water, it is worthwhile to clarify the permitted lures, sizes and type of hooks. A ban on tees or hooks with a goatee is possible.

Fly fishing for rainbow trout


The choice of gear for fly fishing is very diverse. As described earlier, it is worthwhile to clarify the size of the fish and the fishing conditions in the pond. The use of various baits and nutrition features suggests the possibility of using gear up to grade 7-8, including the use of sinking cords. Fishing is becoming increasingly popular with this fish using switch rods. Rainbow trout fishing lures are very diverse. It can be nymphs and flies on hooks No. 18-20, but in other cases streamers 5-7 cm. Many very popular, classic fly fishing lures were invented for catching this fish.

Catching rainbow trout on other gear

In fish-breeding ponds, rainbow trout is fed with various specialized feeds. Fish adapts to a similar diet. This is the basis for fishing on bottom gear, including feeders. Specialized mixtures are used as bait, and for lures, depending on the reservoir, shrimp meat, worm or maggot, as well as special pastes and granules, are suitable. In running ponds, trout are also caught on bottom gear. In addition, where the fish is accustomed to natural baits, float accessories, both of a deaf type and with running equipment, are very successfully used. Such gear, for fishing on various postings, can be combined with artificial baits, such as octopuses or petals of spinners. On freezing ponds, organize fishing for winter gear. The fish responds well to spinners, twisters, balancers, cicadas, as well as mammoth and float gear. For beginner anglers, the use of gear with natural attachments will be more interesting.

Rainbow trout fishing bait

The most common natural bait on “payers”, offered for beginner fishermen, is shrimp. Pasta are very popular among experienced anglers. In fishing stores there is a large selection of them, there are special ones, but sometimes fish react to non-characteristic aromas. Some make pasta on their own. Most often, to attract trout, they use the aromas of fish, shrimp, squid. But there are reservoirs in which fish are caught in canned corn.

Rainbow trout fishing place


In fish ponds, first of all, it is worth paying attention to the feeding points of the fish, as well as the outlets of underground keys and spillways. On large lakes, fish can accumulate at the edge, water obstacles and aquatic vegetation. Fish actively feeds on flying insects, by bursts of fattening trout, its location can be determined. On the rivers, feeding fish can be found near the fist and at the convergence points of the jets. Any changes in the flow of the river, driftwood, stones, may be the location of the rainbow trout. Including overhanging trees.

See more: Wildtrout.co.za (Wild Trout Association) – An online portal for those who are interested in fly-fishing opportunities in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

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