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Ultralight Fishing Tips For Catching Rainbow Trout While Fishing in a River

I have been fishing for more than three decades with a majority of that time being spent fishing in the flowing waters of various rivers while using ultralight gear. Ultralight fishing in this manner is what I truly love to do, and rainbow trout are a fish that I target approximately 70% of the time. I was taught the style of ultralight fishing as a young man, and the method "felt right" to me, so I stuck with it. In my mind using very light rods and reels, combined with small baits and or hooks, is not only more challenging as an angler when a fish is hooked, I have also found that is is a more effective and enjoyable way to catch fish.

With that being said, below you will find a few tips for catching rainbow trout while fishing in a river using ultralight gear that have served me well over the years, although truth be told, many other fish species can be caught when using these tips as well. When implemented, I'm sure they will do the same for you. So, let's get down to business, what do you say?

If you are going to fish for rainbow trout in a river, it's vitally important that you are on the water when the trout are most likely to be active, which means one thing. You need to pay attention to the weather and moon so that you can plan your trout fishing trips when either or both of these factors are in your favor. You see, these two forces of Mother Nature impact the behavior of fish to a much greater degree than you probably ever imagined. In fact the weather and moon impact fishing to such a degree that I rarely hit the water to fish for trout without checking on at least on of these factors.


Along with the general rules concerning the weather and the moon, I also pay attention to something called the moon rise/set. I have always found ultralight fishing to be much more productive in the hour or so window that brackets either the moon rising or setting. You see, the moon rises and sets just like the sun, but the rub is that it happens as seemingly random times everyday. So it's important that you check out a moon rise/set calculator such as this FREE one from timeanddate.com, to see when the moon is going to be rising or setting on the day that you are going to be chasing rainbow trout.

Now that you have a better idea of when you should be fishing, it's time to discuss the specific trout fishing technique that will be employed. For years, my "go to" technique for catching rainbow trout in a river has been drift fishing, often with a live worm. In many ways, for me, ultralight fishing and drift fishing are synonymous and fit together like a hand and a glove. The technique is quite simple and involves letting a live worm "drift" with the current of the river, as it bounces along the bottom of the riverbed as it flows. If you want a detailed explanation of exactly how I drift fish for rainbow trout just click here.

The bottom line is that if you are into ultralight fishing and like to fish in the flowing waters of a river (often while wading), the aforementioned tips will help you accomplish this task. These tips have been helping me catch fish for many years and I know they will do the same for you.

JRW Fishing.com ~ Quality products for fishermen from Northwest Montana
432 East Idaho, Suite #C251 Kalispell, MT 59901
email: tkugler@jrwfishing.com