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Old 05-09-2011, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any advice on the Clinch trout? Spent two afternoons after trout and only managed one 13 in rainbow. There were literally hundreds, maybe thousands of trout where I was, mostly young ones, but a few bigger ones. They would follow spinners. Tried slowing down the retrieve. Even with worms, trout magnets, powerbait they wouldn't take it. They would actually follow the bait back as I reeled in, but wouldn't take it. What's up with that? Are they too full on bugs? Some guy there told me he thought they were just tired from the nonstop generator flow.
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Change size, either smaller or larger blades and/or body. Try changing colors too, both blades and bodies as they can be very color selective. Also on your retrieve try speeding it up (they can't get as good of look). Lastly, line size can make a difference too.
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Sometimes trout can just be finicky. Like blake said, switch up the bait colors and sizes. When trout get food specific, they only eat the one thing. That's why fly fishermen "match the hatch". You may get them to hit out of aggression. Chances are they will just follow the bait. One thing anglers tend to do is slow down when they see a fish following. Don't do this. Speed up or maintain speed. A trout is used to baitfish fleeing. It will alert them if you slow down. Just keep after them. They may not hit one day then the next, go for anything that hits the water.
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Thanks for the tips guys. I'm going to try smaller line. I may have to get an ultralight reel because my fave reel has problems any time I go below 6lb.
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Thanks for the tips guys. I'm going to try smaller line. I may have to get an ultralight reel because my fave reel has problems any time I go below 6lb.


I would definately try changing line. I was fishing there years ago and learned that lesson when I was fishing with braid. Trout everywhere but I couldn't catch em. I got frustrated and left to change line. Came back 30 minits later and limited out.
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Sorry, I forgot to mention, I don't use anything bigger than 6lb mono. Most of the time 4lb
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Sorry, I forgot to mention, I don't use anything bigger than 6lb mono. Most of the time 4lb


What kind of reel do you use? Mine won't cast right if I go below 6lb. Its my fave reel, but may have to get another. I should probably ask if you are fly fishing because I am not. Don't have a clue how to cast fly rods, nor have anyone to learn from and really can't afford that kind of expense either.
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Might try a leader of 10 ft or so of 4lb test.



Also if your reel won't cast 4 lb something is wrong. 4lb line should be easier to cast than 6 lb.
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Might try a leader of 10 ft or so of 4lb test.



Also if your reel won't cast 4 lb something is wrong. 4lb line should be easier to cast than 6 lb.


I agree. I just use cheap spinning outfits from walmart or bass pro. Nothing special for my trout rods and reels I assure you.
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Thanks for the tips guys. I'm going to try smaller line. I may have to get an ultralight reel because my fave reel has problems any time I go below 6lb.
My ultra- light trout reel is a Shimano Solstace 1000. It is spooled with 4 pound Spiderwire Super-Mono. This is an excellent reel for the application. It is paired with a 5 foot Shimano Compre UL. Hope this helps.
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