Lures for Trout Fishing in Streams

This article will cover some of the best trout lures to use when stream fishing, and offer some tips on how to use spinners and spoons.

Lures are a popular choice amongst trout fishermen. Lures are a great choice in the warmer months when trout are more active. Below are some of the basics when fishing with spinners and spoons. 

1. In-line Spinners: Spinners have a small blade on them that spins when being retrieved. In-line spinners are meant to mimic small baitfish. Panther Martin’s, Mepp’s, and Rooster Tails are perhaps the most popular spinners when it comes to trout fishing. When fishing with a spinner in a small stream, you want to keep the following in mind:

Size: Choose small sizes (1/32-1/24 oz. work best). You want the spinner to resemble the type of fish on which the trout feeds.

Color: Choose natural colors like brown and black. You can experiment with more vibrant colors, but trying to make your spinner look as natural as possible will lead to more success.

Hook: Spinners come with a treble or single-hook. Either is fine, but just make sure your local DNR does not prohibit the use of treble-hooks on the stream you are fishing.

Casting and Retrieving: Spinners work best in deep water. Cast up or across-stream and use a steady retrieve. If you reel in too fast, the spinner will drift right over the trout’s head. If you reel too slow, you can be sure your spinner is going to get snagged on the bottom. A steady retrieve will keep the spinner deep. If you are fishing in the spring or summer, you might want to consider putting a sinker on your line so you can make sure your spinner gets down into the deep holes where the trout are hiding.

Other Tips: Use a swivel. Spinners create line twist, and if you don’t use a swivel, your line will develop loops and twists. A snap swivel works great and allows you to quickly change lures.

2. Spoons: Spoons come in a variety of sizes and thickness, and are another great choice for trout fishermen. One of the most popular spoons used by trout fishermen is the Little Cleo, but there is a variety out there. When fishing with spoons, keep the following in mind.

Size: Like spinners, you want to choose a small size that most resembles the type of bait on which the trout you are targeting feed.

Color: There are a variety of colors available when it comes to spoons, and unlike with spinners, you don’t necessarily have to choose a natural color. With a spinner, the spinning action of the blade attracts trout. Spoons don’t spin, so choosing one with a stripe or some other type of design can help get the trout’s attention. Every stream is different, so it is best to buy a variety of spoons and see which one works the best.

Hook: As with spinners, you can get a single or treble-hook.

Casting: When using a spoon to fish for trout, cast up or across-stream from where you suspect the trout are hiding. However, don’t retrieve the spoon the same way you would a spinner. Instead, use your rod tip to create a few jerks as you retrieve the spoon. Spoons somewhat wobble while they are in the water, and the more erratic you can make the spoon look, the more likely it will attract trout.

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