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What gear is best for trout? I have a 5' ultra light rod with a spinning reel equipped with 8lb mono. I go trout fishing in wv every summer and want to come prepared next year. I have roostertail spinners 1/8oz and 1/16oz. I also have a gold johnson spoon (idk weight but it is trout sized). I managed to catch a 16.5in rainbow on a marabou jig this year. I realize now that trout are indeed line shy so i think i should get lighter line. So my main question is what line should i get, flouro or mono and what lb test? I can't afford fly gear so i'm stuck with my current outfit. Will it suffice? What other lures would you reccomend?

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8lb, you're fishing heavy there....used to fishing 3-6lb, normally 4lb though on a 5'6" or 6'6" light to UL action spinning gear.  Are these stocked trout or native?

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Liftedsquare13, i have your set up, Old shakesspeare 5' UL rod/reel combo, I bet its a dcade old, Caught tons of GA trout with it while living there, mostly stocked some native. I used 4lb both mono and flouro, which ever was inexpensive, I don't recall noticing difference with such light line.

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8lb, you're fishing heavy there....used to fishing 3-6lb, normally 4lb though on a 5'6" or 6'6" light to UL action spinning gear.  Are these stocked trout or native?

I plan to fish in a stream that is stocked with rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Will also be fishing a big lake with trout and smallmouth (idk what type of trout)

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I plan to fish in a stream that is stocked with rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Will also be fishing a big lake with trout and smallmouth (idk what type of trout)

The lake is stocked as well.

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You can dropshot small Berkley mice tails and trout worms just like bass fishing.  Also the smaller gulp baits work as well.  Hooks normally are #6 or #4 mosquito hooks.  Works well out here on stocked trout and can also use small tubes ment for panfishing with a piece of trout worm on the hook extending out from the tube.  Of course, small inline spinners will work also but dropshotting those trout baits seems to get a lot more fish compared to the inline spinners in my experience and observations.

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4lb red label fluoro is great, it's incredibly thin and very strong. Get a couple packs of trout magnets, I like gold, white, and pink. Get a pack or two of the 1/32oz crappie magnet jigheads to use with them if you are fishing water deeper than 3 feet or fast moving water.

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You can dropshot small Berkley mice tails and trout worms just like bass fishing.  Also the smaller gulp baits work as well.  Hooks normally are #6 or #4 mosquito hooks.  Works well out here on stocked trout and can also use small tubes ment for panfishing with a piece of trout worm on the hook extending out from the tube.  Of course, small inline spinners will work also but dropshotting those trout baits seems to get a lot more fish compared to the inline spinners in my experience and observations.

When I started trout fishing my local streams, this is what I did. I stuck to my knowledge of bass fishing and applied it to the trout, they liked plastics down there. I tried a lot, but my best bait was a 2 inch plastic minnow. At the time I was fishing the early season, in the summer I fished with a friend on the same streams, he used inline spinners (which I had tried and failed with) and he caught bunch and had twice as many strikes. I bought a few rooster tails and started catching the fire out of 'em. The spinners are probably the best all-around lure for m streams because it can be worked fast and works well in shallower water. I target deeper pockets around bridges most of the time and another favorite lure is an ice jigging spoon. I plan on trying those 1 inch berkely gulp alive minnows this year. Trout fishing is a lot of fun, and keeps me busy when bass are off limits or under the ice.

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Trout can be pretty line shy. Instead of using super light mono, I would use 4-6 lb mono with a few feet of 4 lb fluorocarbon. What you have for lures sounds good, i would add some jigs and small plastics. Most of these are marketed for panfish, but are good for trout too.

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Berkley power bait lol. Works for the stocked lake trout here, you could try drift fishing it. Fluoro line definitely

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In terms of line, your UL rod, lure selection, target species, and locale definitely suggest the usual 2-6lb test.  Nylon monofilament should be fine but if you can, get fluorocarbon. I have found it can really makes a difference (my testing consisted of casting two exact bait presentations to the same spot fishing for rainbow trout). Right now is the perfect time to get some Seaguar InvizX Fluorocarbon (or Seaguar Tatsu, etc...) from TW since it's on sale right now and there is a 10% off gift cards promotion which gets you an additional discount. 

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