Feeding Habits

Knowing when trout eat and what they eat is one of the key areas to understand in order to make fishing more successful. As a general rule of thumb, trout eat crustaceans, insects and other fish.

Some species prefer other types of food. When fishing, try to get as much information about the indigenous food sources for trout in the area. Your bait should match this.

Another important note is that while food is an important aspect to fishing, hunger is not the only reason a trout may take the bait. Trout are territorial and they may “attack” a lure or bait out of aggression as opposed to just hunger. Also, trout are naturally curious creatures and if they sense no immediate danger they may simply just come up to a lure to check it out. Both scenarios will work just as well for fishing as using hunger.

One Response to “Feeding Habits”

  1. Eduardo says:

    By Karen Gautney June 24, 2011 – 9:48 amI am an intermediate-skilled fisehr and enjoy mountain trout fishing, but I only get to a wild trout stream three or four times a year. I always found myself spending as much time fiddling with equipment as hauling in fish, even though the reel never got much action. Tenkara sounded logical, so I picked up the short 11 foot one from Tenkara USA. I’ve used it just once so far, in the Cascades Gorge at The Homestead resort in Hot Springs, VA. It was a natural fit for me. I found it to be surprisingly versatile for casting, dapping, and nymphing. I spent less time in the trees than I thought I would, probably because I was less worried about tangles, getting the knots through the guides, etc., and actually looked around more. I caught so many wild rainbows that I lost count. Landing the fish, which seemed a little awkward when I thought about it, was actually quite intuitive. Each fish, even the little ones, felt great on the line. The lack of stuff you need to carry is also amazing essentially tippet, dry fly treatment, nippers, and forceps. I’m not ready to lay down my rods with reels, but I really like this Tenkara style. I don’t think I’ll ever go on a fishing trip without it. I’ll be tying some Tenkara-style flies to use next time. I encourage fly fisehrs to give it a try, especially if you are interested in having a second rod on trips, want a just in case rod to take hiking or camping, or if you want to fish with minimal gear.

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