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Recommended Trout Lures, Baits & Flies

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Best flies and lures for catching trout.

When casting, the most common artificial lures used to catch trout are flies and spinner-type lures. Insects make up a large percentage of a trout's diet, particularly for small to medium size trout. Larger, more aggressive trout are more inclined to chase a lure imitating a minnow or other small fish.

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Trout Lures


SPINNERS

Spinners for trout fishing
Spinners For Trout.

Effective depth:
1' to 6'

Recommended line test:
2# to 4#

Ideal conditions:
Use spinners when trout are shallow and active. Sample shown is a Panther Martin Spinner®, available at Cabela's®.


CRANKBAITS

Crankbaits for trout fishing
Crankbaits For Trout.

Effective depth:
1' to 6'

Recommended line test:
4# to 8#

Ideal conditions:
Use crankbaits when trout are shallow and active. Sample shown is a Dynamic Lures HD Trout Crankbait® available at Bass Pro Shops®.


JERKBAITS

Jerkbaits for trout fishing
Jerkbaits For Trout.

Effective depth:
1' to 6'

Recommended line test:
4# to 8#

Ideal conditions:
Use jerkbaits when big trout, especially browns, are shallow and active. Sample shown is a Rapala X Rap Hard Jerkbait, available at Sportsman's Warehouse®.


Trout Baits


SALMON EGGS

Salmon eggs for trout fishing
Salmon Eggs For Trout.

Effective depth:
Any depth

Recommended line test:
2# to 6#

Ideal conditions:
Use salmon eggs for all trout fishing conditions.


WORMS

Worms for trout fishing
Worms For Trout.

Effective depth:
Any depth

Recommended line test:
2# to 6#

Ideal conditions:
Use worms, nightcrawlers or wax worms for all trout fishing conditions.


PREPARED BAITS

Spinners for trout fishing
Packaged Baits For Trout.

Effective depth:
Any depth

Recommended line test:
2# to 6#

Ideal conditions:
Use prepared baits for all trout fishing conditions. Sample shown is a Berkley PowerBait® Trout Bait, available at Dick's Sporting Goods®.


Trout Flies


TROUT FLIES

Flies for trout fishing
Flies For Trout Fishing

Effective depth:
Surface to 5'

Recommended line:
Fly fishing leader and tippet vary with fly size and fishing conditions.

Ideal conditions:
Use trout flies any time trout are feeding relatively shallow.


Trout anglers use canned corn, marshmallows, cheese and a host of other edibles that will stay on a small hook.

 

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