Many factors affect catching trout - water conditions, bait colors, presentation, etc.
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Trout Baits
Natural Baits - Using live bait is one of the easiest way to catch fish. You will want to use a swivel on your line to prevent line twist when using live bait. Live worms are a good choice. Use a small hook,  #8 or #10 and insert it under the neck band on the worm and thread it through the body of the worm.  In shallow water, use a small bobber (foam or cork bobbers are preferred to plastic ones, 2’ – 3’ above the hook.

Salmon Eggs - Samon eggs can be placed, one or several at a time as desired, on a hook. In shallow water, use a small bobber 2’ – 3’ above the hook.

Dough Baits - A dough bait such as Berkley Power Bait, Sierra, etc. Use a small treble hooks such as a #16. Make a ball around the hook and gently roll it in the palm of your hand to form a oval/worm appearance. Do not roll it out too thin or it will disolve fast and fall off the hook.

Spinners - Spinners are one of the easiest to use and effective artificial lures. Spinners are small lures that have a blade that revolves around a shaft as the lure comes through the water. They come in a variety of sizes and colors. Generally, black, white, brown or yellow are good body choices with silver or gold for the blade. The best sizes to use are from 1/16 oz  to 1/8 oz.

Lures - There are several varieties of floating and sinking lures intended to imitate the movements of live bait. Thomas Bouyant, Kastmaster, Panther Martin, Rapala, etc are ighly effective lures. Lures include crankbaits, spoons, jigs, and plugs that resemble minnows or small fish.

Flies - Dry flies usually imitate terrestrial insects (i.e. insects that live on land, such as ants, bees, grasshoppers, etc.) or the adult versions of aquatic insects that have risen to the surface to fly away. They are allowed to float on the surface with the current as you fish them, and as such, are probably the easiest and most fun to fish with. Wet flies usually imitate an aquatic insect that is under the surface of the water, rising to the top to fly away. These, along with nymphs (discussed below), are probably the most difficult to fish, since you often cannot see them, and the fish’s strike can be subtle. Wet flies are allowed to drift in the current under the surface of the water. Nymphs usually imitate the immature stage of an aquatic insect’s life in which the insect lives in the water. They can be fished with various amounts of weight on the leader to keep the fly in the same depth of water the fish are holding in. Often, a small strike indicator (think of it as a small bobber), usually red or orange, is attached to the leader to allow subtle strikes by the fish to be detected.

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