Stalking Delaware’s Freshwater Trout
By Joseph Parish
Nothing brings back enjoyable memories as much as the thoughts associated with the days when one would selectively toss a small spinner into their favorite trout catching location and finally nab that record fish that had been evading you all day long. After the battle is over and you sit resting on the edge of the water you consider how many different lures you utilized before finally picking just the right on to make your capture.
You look down towards your tackle box and glance at all the in-line spinners you have accumulated over the years such as Mepps, or those Panther Martins or your new Rooster tail. You stop as your eyes approach your minnow-style plugs and several varieties of small spoons. The major problem with using spinners is that once they are placed in motion they actually resemble nothing found in the fish’s environment. In other words if your potential catch is afforded the opportunity to get a better view of your tackle chances are you will lose your strike.
As such, successful catches frequent revolve around your ability to secure quick reactions from your target trout before the fish has had an opportunity to get a closer view of your selected lure. The technique of casting your lure upstream and quickly retrieving your spinner usually provides the fish with only a brief look at your chosen lure. This process could very well be the key you need to catch that all evasive fish.
Fishing in fast flowing water is especially productive in catching your trout. Begin by tossing the spinner upstream perhaps near a large collection of rocks then retrieve it as quickly as you can causing the blade of the spinner to rotate as it passes the rocks. Although when initially attempting this technique you may at first think you are pulling it in a bit to rapidly. Forget that notion as the trout is a lot quicker then you and I are ever going to be.
Another hint that I would like to bring to mind is that you should try to use spinners based upon the type of water you are fishing in. A short round blade would be best in shallot pools of water. Also consider matching the weight of the lure to the type of water involved. The color of your blade could in some circumstances may have an effect upon succeeding in your catch efforts.
Finding places to catch trout these days have been complimented by most state wildlife programs. Here in Delaware, the states freshwater trout program is operated as a self-supporting fishery system. To fish for trout in my state requires the purchase of a trout stamp. This revenue gained from the sales of these stamps is used to purchase addition fish such as brook, brown and rainbow trout for restocking our resources. Since the generated summer water temperatures often limit the trout’s survival as well as their abilities to reproduce here in the state stocking the trout has become vitally important.
Copyright @2010 Joseph Parish