There has long since been an argument by fishermen on what the best bait is for different species of fish. Many people will say that artificial lures are superior while other fishermen will swear by live bait. There have been many methods that have been used in rivers, lakes, streams, and even in the ocean and there are many claims by fishing bait and lure companies concerning who’s lures are the best. However, there has never been much stock placed on one particular lure over the other when it comes to trout fishing. Trout fishing incorporates a number of ways for people to fish, which includes spin fishing, fly fishing, and even bait casting in some areas. There are hundreds of baits used for trout depending on what type of water one is fishing although there are a few baits both organic and artificial that most people seem to choose when fishing for the elusive trout. Some favorites for those using spin casting rods and reels are corn and worms for organic bait and Panther Martin spinning lures for artificial baits. For those who fly fish, there are the fish egg flies, the nymphs, and a few other flies that are sometimes used. Whatever one chooses to fish with, he or she should be prepared to switch quickly if others around him or her are successful with another bait.
For those who enjoy the sport of fly fishing, there are many flies that are used. In the western portion of the United States, many people have found success using a variety of mosquito flies. These flies come in many sizes and are tied in both black and brown patterns. The mosquito fly is normally a dry fly, which means it sits on top of the water and the fish must rise to the top to take the bait. Dry flies can be very exciting to use because one can actually see the fish rise to the top and hit the fly. Once to the top of the water, the trout is more likely to jump in an attempt to spit the bait from its lip. In the eastern settings of the United States, flies such as nymphs and terrestrials are used to catch trout. These flies do not sit on top of the water like dry flies but sink with the help of a small lead weight. When using flies such as these, fishermen often use strike indicators, which are white or orange tabs attached to the line above the fly. Strike indicators will show the fisherman bumps or snags in the line, which could mean either the fly is stuck on the bottom or there is a fish on the line.
Along with fly fishing, many other people choose to fish for trout with spin cast reels and rods. This is a great way to fish for trout although some say that the spin cast fisherman is at a disadvantage because of their limited casting ability. Those that use spin cast reels will find themselves using different bait than used with fly fishing. Spin cast fishing uses both artificial and organic bait for catching trout. One very popular bait used in many mountain streams and rivers is corn. Corn is one of the most utilized baits because it is very effective and relatively easy to find. Almost any gas station or grocery store has canned corn, which is all one needs to catch a nice sized river trout. Also, some people will prefer to use earthworms. Earthworms have proven to be one of the most effective baits for catching anything underwater. In almost every type of fishing environment, some form of earthworm can be used to catch fish. For those who do not use organic baits such as corn or worms, there is the option of artificial lures such as Panther Martin spinner bait or diving minnows. Panther Martin has been one of the most popular baits for trout and is still a staple in most trout fishing tackle boxes today. A spinner bait such as this is thrown across a spot of moving water and reeled back over the running section. Trout sitting under rocks wait for bait to cross these points of strong current and attack the bait in ambush.