This article offers advice on the most versatile equipment to use to catch trout.
- The Rod
The rod is an essential piece of equipment for casting your bait some distance. The longer you want to cast, the longer your rod should be and it should have a higher casting weight.For a multi-purpose rod, choose one between 3 and 4 metres long.The casting weight of a rod is the weight of the rig you can cast.The most versatile casting weight is between 3 and 20 grammes. Some rods are telescopic, others you can take apart. This is only a matter of convenience and both types offer you the same performance. It's up to you to choose the compromise, between convenience and comfort, that suits you best.
- The Reel
This is also an essential piece of equipment, since it holds your reserve of fishing line. The reel size refers to: the length of line your reel can hold, for example 30 or 3000.
For trout fishing there is no purpose in having a reel that is either too large or too small.A versatile size from 20 or 2000 to 30 or 3000 is ideal.
For trout fishing in lakes, 150 metres of line is perfectly adequate. It will allow you to distance cast, while keeping a reserve of line if the fish fights and pulls on the line.
It is common practice to adapt the diameter of the line to the colour of the water.For optimum discretion, the clearer the water the thinner the line should be.
It is up to you to choose the line you prefer to use between 16/100 and 22/100 (line diameters), which are the most versatile.
The presentation of the bait can affect the success of your fishing day. The floating rig is the most versatile. It's a classic rig. It is effective in all lakes and ponds.
We recommend you use ready to use pre-rigged lines, which you simply need to attach directly to your line. The weight of the line is indicated on the float. It is up to you to chose the weight best suited to the size of your bait. The smaller your bait, the lighter it should be.If your bait is larger, the line should be heavier.
You can use several types of bait to fish for trout in lakes.
- Trout paste is a common bait for fishing in lakes. It is highly effective for fish released at the start of the season (March to May).
- Artificial larvae and worms are very useful if you want to keep your bait for a long period in hot and cold weather.
#CAPERLAN TIP: When you fish with trout paste, it is useful to add a springed trout hook, which will keep your paste on the hook for longer.
- Live larvae are highly appreciated by trout and hold pride of place as one of the most effective baits.
- Earthworms are the most versatile bait and can also be used to catch other species of fish living in the lake.
You now know about the equipment you need to go and take up a spot on the bank of your nearest fishing lake.We hope you enjoy discovering trout fishing and, hopefully, landing your first fish.
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