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Top 5 Trout Fishing Gear Essentials

Posted by Richard on 2/28/2014 to Tips
Fishing for trout may be the most enjoyable kind of fishing as an outdoor activity. This is precisely why the fly-fishing business is in a constant boom and whenever you visit any outdoor retailer, there’s always an abundance of trout fishing gear available. But in order to not get intimated—especially if you are pretty new to this whole business—here are the top 5 trout fishing gear essentials you should never do without:
  1. Big & Small Rigs: Knowing which type of trout fishing rig to use mainly depends on your chosen location. It just follows that if you’re fishing in a smaller stream, you’ll be needing an ultralight rod that’s somewhere between 4 and 5 feet long. The use of a spinning ultralight rig might be your best option in these cases. Meanwhile, larger streams require the use of more heavy-duty rigs with medium to heavy action, ranging from 6 to 7 feet in length.  
  2. Baits and Lures: Natural bait is still highly recommended for use as opposed to artificial flies. These natural baits and lures include hellgrammites, grasshoppers, grubs, leeches, caddisfly cases, as well as small salamanders, nightcrawlers, and large earthworms. But if you find it hard to find any of those, you can always go for prepackaged trout bait and artificial lures, which are available in various outdoor and specialty stores.
  3. Waders & Wading Boots: Investing in heavy duty and highly reliable waders and boots is of crucial importance for serious fishers. The 2 types of waders include: hip waders and chest waders, which differ in the body coverage it offers as each name suggests. Rubber knee-high boots with a tight ankle fit are also a necessity, especially when immersing in swampy conditions.
  4. Hats & Vests: Hats and vests aren’t worn just to look like a bonafide fisher. These additional gears serve its purpose: vests are for placing and containing all your small fishing essentials such as hooks, baits, and so on; while hats and sunglasses protect you from the harsh UV rays of the sun as well as make it easier for you to locate the trout without the hassle of the sun’s glare blocking your sight.
  5. Nets & Creels: It’s important to consider these aspects in choosing the right net—distance across the hoop or bow, the length of the handle, material and mesh size, and the depth of the net. Nowadays, a net with aluminum handle and mesh material is a preferred choice over the traditional wood and mesh. A lot of fishermen still choose the traditional split-willow or canvas creels for transporting the day’s catch. However, some are also opting for stainless steel or plastic stringers. 
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