Many anglers tend to think that fishing for trout is just like fishing for any other species of fish, but the truth is to be a successful trout fisherman you need to adhere to some very specific rules and principals. For example the type of hooks that are used when fishing for trout is extremely important. Certain styles of hooks are much more effective than others when it comes to trout fishing.
Before I outline the types of hooks themselves, it’s important to point out that whatever style of fishing hook you choose to employ when fishing for trout, the most important factor is that your hooks are small. Many anglers make the mistake of using fishing hooks that are much too large when fishing for trout. When fishing for trout, your fishing hooks should almost never be larger than size 6, with sizes 8 through 12 being ideal. Always make sure that your fishing hooks are as small as possible when fishing for trout.
With that being said, let’s get down to business, shall we? These two types of fishing hooks are the most effective when it comes to trout fishing.
- Treble Hooks – Treble hooks are most effective for trout when fishing for trout in a lake or pond while using floating trout bait. Many trout fisherman fish for stocked trout in lakes or ponds and an excellent trout bait to use when fishing for stocked trout in lakes or ponds is floating trout bait such as Powerbait. Treble hooks are a great way to fish with floating trout bait. Many angler use treble hooks as small as #14 and #16, which are quite small, but also quite effective. It’s best to use tiny treble hooks such as size 14 and 16 when you are fishing for trout that you intend to keep because of the fact that the trout tend to swallow the hook when they are this small. Simply cover the entire hook with your trout bait and set up a basic bottom fishing rig for the best success. If you want to release your trout unharmed size #10 and #12 treble hooks should be employed.
- Ganged Hooks – Ganged hooks are simply a pair of small fishing hooks tied in tandem, that enable live bait such as live worms to be presented in a completely realistic and natural manner. These trout fishing hooks are especially effective when fishing for trout in a river while wading and using live worms as bait. If nightcrawlers are the live worms being used, it is necessary to pinch them in half for the most realistic presentation. The second half of the nightcrawler can then be used when the first half is gone. This also effectively doubles the amount of bait you have, which is never a bad thing. When it comes to fishing for trout in rivers (especially when live worms are the trout bait) ganged hooks are an excellent choice when it comes to trout fishing hooks.
The bottom line is that these two types of fishing hooks are the most effective when it comes to trout fishing. Mix in the use of light line and ultralight gear and you will be well on your way to being a very successful trout fisherman.