Brook Trout are considered the cream of the crop when it comes to fly fishing. This is so because of how rare it is to find them let a long catch this magnificent creature. Brook Trout need special conditions to live in, which is why they migrate up and down rivers in Maine to find the right spot. This is why we offer fishing reports through out the season, to inform our interested anglers of the conditions of the water. Not only do our reports inform anglers of the best possible setup to have for the week but knowing the conditions of the river can let you know where the trout may be that day. In addition to a great fishing report, every fisherman should be well equipped with proper gear to catch these rare creatures. Below are three tactics to use in order to ensure you will hook a Brook Trout when fishing in the Rapid River or other fishing areas of Maine.
Baits & Lures
When it comes to fly fishing in general, all fisherman and fisher-woman should all be equipped with different types of baits and lures. For Brook Trout, it is a lot like fishing for rainbow trout, in regards to the type of gear you will need for the highest success rate. Small spinners like #0 Mepps or #0 Blue Foxes work best. You will want to make sure to have a variety of live and artificial flies and bait with you. It is not determined which is better as Brook Trout tend to go after both kinds of bait, it is still good to have both in case. When you are fishing for Brook Trout, you will want to have six or four pound test lines with really small hooks.
If you are fishing in slower moving pools or deep rapids then you will want to invest in trout floats. This setup is still the same set up in regards to using a light line and bait but you need to think a step further. With deeper setting conditions you need to consider the depth of the water. With deeper waters you will want floats. Attach the floats about three feet up from your hook. At every six inches you will want to put a small sinker on your line, and make sure to use the smallest sinkers you can find.
The purpose of the sinkers is to control the way your bail floats down stream. This method allows your bait to be straight down from your float as it moves down stream. That way no matter what way the stream is going, you will know where your line is at all times with your floater. The floaters act as a trigger to show you when a fish is near. When a fish hits your line your float will react to the movement, allowing you to start reeling in your prize. Another problem anglers have with fishing in streams is hitting a snag. With trout floats, this eliminates the possibility of snagging your line as it the floats keep your bait from hitting the bottom and prevents it from floating sideways.
A good tip to use when fly fishing for Brook Trout is by using Suckers. This tip is for more experienced anglers but is great advice to know of regardless if you are a fly fishing enthusiast. What makes Suckers a good way to fish for Brook Trout is the fact that Brook Trout love to gorge themselves on suckers eggs. You will find Suckers spawning in popular rivers in the spring time. The thing to keep in mind is that they like to travel up and down streams, so if you see Suckers in one spot just know you need to travel 1,000 yards up or down to find Brook Trout. This is true for smaller streams where both Suckers and Brook Trout are located.
For larger rivers and streams, Brook Trout love to stay at the base of rivers or waterfalls as they enjoy the bubbles in the water. No matter what type of stream, you will need to know how to properly approach Brook Trout once you find them in your fishing area. These types of trout tend to scare easily so you need to approach with caution. Once you make your way through the bush you will want to cast up stream. This way your bait will float over where the trout are actually swimming in to have the illusion of a natural insect floating on water.
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