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Good afternoon, I’m getting back into fishing and want to start fishing for trout with a spinning reel. I have a couple of questions;

What size reel? I have a 200 size pair with a medium moderate rod.

What lb test and type of line?

Finally, what types of lures do you find works the best?

I will be fishing lakes, ponds, and streams.

Thanks

Gregg

 

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I use ultra light rods and reels usually with 4 lb.Trilene xl. My most productive lure has been kastmaster 1/8 in silver or gold or mepps spinner bait with either a white or black dressing.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Yep - L or ML and a 2500 or smaller reel. 4 lb test mono or 10 lb test braid. 1/8th and smaller roostertails, my favorite color is ‘Grasshopper’. I also use rapala OG floating minnows in the smaller sizes. You can go bigger out west; stay on the smaller side east of the Rockies. All bets are off in tailwater fisheries. 

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I have two UL/l spinning rods made on long, slim St. Croix blanks...one is 7' 6", the other is longer.

 

I bought them when I thought I wanted to fish for crappies. Neither has been out of the garage I years.

 

They'd be perfect for trout spinning rigs.

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1 hour ago, Buffdaddy54 said:

As far as lake or river/stream I’ll be fishing both.

I believe Paul was referring to Lake trout not trout that you can catch in a lake. I fish for trout in streams, lake, from rainbows, brown and brook with my ultra light gear. But if I’m going to fish in the finger lakes for lake trout that’s a whole different setup. This is a lake trout. Average between 5 & 15lbs.

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The OP is in columbia MD, so has a little ways to go to find lake trout (north jersey I think is the closest).

 

gregg,

 

I used to fish trout a ton.  I've swung back to bass but I bought my trout stamp this year again for a little variety.  For stream/river trout it depends on the amount of water for me.  lower flows and clearer water mean lighter line and smaller lures/baits.  Bigger water means bigger stuff.  Same with rods.  I prefer the longest rod practical.  In real terms, I fish a 7'6" ultralight, 1000 size stradic and 4 lb line for most things around here because we mostly have small to medium streams and low flow.  I'm normally throwing single eggs and wax worms in that case.  If i'm on bigger water where I need 2 split shot or more then I'm probably fishing a small worm or a panther martin.  Then I'm fishing 6 lb line on a 7' lite action and a 2000 size reel.  That's a good all around size to cover about anything you need for trout and I've caught a ton on that setup.

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I catch more trout on Ned rigs than I do when I actually try to target trout with trout lures. 

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