Quickly Understanding Fishing Jigs for Trout
Ice Fishing | By FISH THIS PA Staff
Trout jigs are not new to anglers, but they are rarely used. Typically the last trout fishing lure to come out of the vest, jig fishing for trout, is however, a very effective tactic.
Basics to Fishing Jigs for Trout
Size and Color
Few companies market small jigs as trout jigs so angler have to search and select from crappie lures. Typical sizes range from 1/64 to 1/8 ounce. Carry a variety of sizes to fish different water depths and speed. In most circumstances you want a jig light enough to just bounce the bottom slightly as you work it through the water column.
Trout jigs are the most overlooked and versatile lures for landing trout. They are effective in all types of water, ranging from tiny mountain streams, major rivers and trout ponds. Made of hair (natural or snythetic) or soft plastic, these lures can be fished slow or fast and in shallow or deep water depending where the trout are.
When you are not bait fishing, most anglers are using spinners or spoons. These commonly fished lures have enough built in action to catch some fish simply by casting and reeling. Either lure will produce many more for the creel, however, if fished with some finesse. So why are trout jigs not use frequently? Simple answer is most people do not want to bother with creating the action. Jigs are only effective when you make them come to life.
Simple colors work the best. Jigs tied with black, olive or white marabou are productive. Soft plastic jigs should be natural colors to imitate natural bait fish. Colors like silver, white and tan are good standards. With color selection, try to stay away from flashy "make you buy" colors that look attractive in the store but do little to mimic natural bait fish.
Jig fishing in small streams means casting your jig upstream. Work the jig by twitching the rod tip slightly. Reel enough to keep the jig moving at current speed or just a little faster. On bigger rivers or streams (> 25 feet wide), cast across the current and let the jig sink to the bottom. Bounce the jig off the bottom and just reel enough to keep the slack in. Don't think trout jigs are only for spin anglers. Small trout jigs can also be used with fly gear as a substitute for a streamer.
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