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It goes without saying, using a static bait or worm has always been very popular and successful when fishing for trout. However, if you want to be a little more proactive and cover more of the water, you’ll want to use a trout spinner. This article will help guide you to choosing the correct spinner, covering the size, style and hook type, as well as recommending some of the best spinners.
What Size Spinners Work Best For Trout Fishing?
When fishing shallower waters, you’re likely to want to use a spinner that weighs around 1/32 oz. Fishing for smaller fish around the mountains will make this the spinner to use.
If you’re venturing into slightly deeper waters, typically your mainland streams and rivers, you’ll want to use a 1/16oz spinner.
When fishing deeper waters, you’ll want to use a 1/8oz spinner. This will help the spinner reach the desired depth as well as fight the strong currents.
What Are Spinners and How Do They Work?
The most successful anglers that use spinners are the ones that can identify the best suited spinner for the environment they’re fishing in. Spinners come in a variety of colors and shapes, it really is a trial and error when it comes to determining which spinners are the best. Test out a variety of colors and shapes in your chosen waters to find out what the fish are taking.
As a beginner, you might have gotten to this point and still have no idea what a spinner is or what it does. Well, trout spinners are very simple, it’s a blade (typically oval), that spins around a centre-piece shaft which is typically made of an arrangement of beads or a solid body. At the base of the spinner, there are single or treble hooks that sometimes have feathers woven to them.
When the blade hits the water it begins spinning, this causes a flash and vibration in the water, this attracts the trout and causes them to strike.
The color and size of the spinner will determine how successful you are when fishing for trout, the water temperature and location will influence the type of spinner you choose to use.
Fishing for trout with spinners is a great way for young anglers to learn to cast and reel. This is typically the technique used to fish for trout with spinners. Cast the spinner out and retrieve it to the shoreline. As simple as that. That being said, there is a lot more to learn to become the ultimate trout spinner, we will add more in depth articles soon!
Choosing A Spinner….
Depending on the water depth and the current weather situation will determine what type of blade you’ll use when fishing for trout. If the weather is bright and the sun is shining, most anglers will use a gold (or similar) colored blade whereas if it's dull and gloomy, a silver color blade is chosen.
The Different Types of Spinner Blades…
You could say the main selling point of a spinner is the blade. In the water, the blade is the main attraction for fish as it gives off flash and vibration.
There are a variety of different blade designs, colors, textures and shapes. The three main types of blades are; Inline, French and Swing.
Inline or shaft-in-blades the edge of the blade runs closer to the body/shaft and therefore makes the body look a little smaller. When fishing in deeper & faster water, the larger sized inline blade will make it relatively easier.
Using an inline bladed spinner will tend to have better results on larger waters. Trolling for trout with inline spinners produces great results. When using an inline bladed spinner in deeper waters, you should consider using a ‘down-rigger’ or a lead core line.
If you’re fishing a deep watered river, you should also consider using an inline blade. Firstly, it is a great way to troll more areas of the water, as well as luring out the trout from deep holes at the bottom of the river.
These are probably the most common types of blades. They tend to have a raised dome shaped center with flat/straight edges.
Due to the medium rotation speed, french bladed lures are the perfect lures to fish shallow and deeper waters due to their versatility. Most anglers tackle box will consist of french and they will have less swing & inline lures.
The swing blades tend to be much longer in length and spin closer to the center body of the lure. This makes their profile much smaller.
If you’re only looking to fish shallow water, close to the shoreline, the swing spinner blade will likely be the most successful.
You can also fish a little slower and closer to the surface as these blades tend to be lighter and easier to control when attempting to fish the surface. They are most effective when fishing shallower waters such as streams and rivers.
Hook Types For Trout Spinners
The most common hook that is attached to a spinner is the treble hook. These treble hooks range from sizes to 2 to 4. These sizes are small enough to catch panfish but also at the same time large enough and strong enough to catch larger fish such as; bass, pike, muskie etc.
Scientific studies suggest that fish such as trout are more likely to survive being caught by a single hook over the treble hook. Therefore, if you’re going to put the fish back, it is highly recommended that you fish with single hook spinners, this will help protect the fish and their numbers.
How To Fish With Spinners For Trout?
Casting is probably the most preferred method when fishing with spinners for trout. In fact, when reeling the spinner in, this creates all the action and actually attracts the trout. The shining light off the blade and life-like movement is the main attraction.
When retrieving the spinner, it is also very easy to control the depth your spinner is being retrieved at. The faster you reel, the closer to the surface the spinner will be and the slower the reeling, the lower the spinner will be retrieved.
Also, when retrieving the spinner, you can gently flick the rod upwards to create a sudden life-like movement of a smaller fish.
It can be frustrating to see your spinner moving through the clear water and a trout turn its head and ignore it, this isn’t uncommon. It really depends on how life-like you can make your spinner look, the more practice you have the easier it will become. Knowing when to flick the rod to make a sudden move or when to retrieve and at what speed can be the key to success.
Fishing with spinners can be one of the most successful ways of catching trout, however this technique is often overlooked by anglers. Give our rooster tail spinners a go, you won’t be disappointed, happy fishing!
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