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1. Where the trout at?
Catching trout starts long before you pick up the rod and reel. A bit of preparation and research can go along way in setting yourself up for success. If you want to catch rainbow trout you will want to start with a lake you know has them in it. Here are a few helpful resources for dialling in.
2. Go Deep or Go Home
Warm summer days can make fishing very enjoyable in August although challenging due to how the warmer water temperatures impact fish behaviour, however the good news is this problem is easily solved by targeting rainbows at depths of 15-25 feet. This is because Rainbow Trout need cool oxygenated water and can easily find this in the 15-25 foot range when summer time temperatures are highest. To reach this optimum depth I recommend full sink fly lines with a sink rating of 6ips or add 1-1.5oz of weight to your lure or bait. Also, a fish finder is a great tool to show you the specific depth fish are congregating at.
3. The Early Bird Gets the Worm
So why does this catchy often quoted phrase hold true? Well, most of it has to do with temperature. In the late summer water temperatures are higher than normal and this can make trout a bit lethargic. Water temperatures are coolest in the early morning and late evening and trout will be more active and prone to feeding during these times.
4. That Smells
Sunscreen, bug spray, oil, gas and other unnatural scents are not uncommon to have on our hands on fishing trips but these can turn away trout if touching your lure, bait, or fly. A good practice before handling your lure or bait is to grab some dirt and rub it all over your hands and then wipe them on some grass or leaves and then wash off the rest in the water.
5. What’s for Dinner?
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