If you are using a spinner, line retrieval is key to catching trout effectively. Be careful that you keep your retrieval speed down as this keeps the spin rate of the spinner down and maximizes the flash and presence of the spinner. The pulsation of the spinner is important as well and overdoing the speed can greatly reduces this.

You will also want to make sure you are using good action on your retrieval. This means that you want to be smooth and consistent with your retrieval. The only exception to this is if you are using one of the other types of lures designed to mimic a hurt minnow. If you use one of those, then varying your retrieval can be a plus, not a negative.

Finally, you may want to try minor course changes with your spinner as you retrieve it. By moving your rod slightly from side to side, you can increase your chances of catching an otherwise hesitant trout. The change of direction makes the spinner seem more natural and enticing.  

One Response to “Retrieval”

  1. Gareth says:

    Hi Mark,

    Your articles are both interesting and informative; I particularly enjoy a read that has an essence of originality and I believe that your material expresses this. I believe that it is important to stand out from the crowd when writing about fishing; I have a catalogue of books magazines and DVDs at home that all tell the same story. It has come to the point with me that I won’t even buy a new release because I know I won’t find anything new with it. It would be good to read an article on fly fishing in Europe written by you. It would be good to get your prospective, views, methods and tactics. Keep up the interesting work.

    Regards GJB.

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