If you’re looking into trout fishing, then chances are that you already know a little bit about this particular kind of angling. Trout is the most common fish in North America and they can be found in rivers, streams and lakes all across the continent. The reason why people like to fish for them so much is that they make for great table fare! Here is a short list of things you need to start trout fishing:

9 Things You Need To Start Trout Fishing:

  1. The best trout fishing rods are usually made of graphite and fiberglass, but there are also aluminum ones available
  2. You’ll need a fly-fishing reel with at least 200 yards of backing – the more the better!
  3. Trout fishing line can be monofilament or braided, but you’ll want to make sure it’s strong enough for your rod
  4. A good trout fishing vest will have pockets that hold everything you need 
  5. These pockets should ideally be waterproof so they don’t get soaked when you’re out on the water 
  6. They should also have some space to accommodate larger items like extra clothing and food 
  7. Other essential gear includes waders (especially if you plan on going after trout in cold weather), a net, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent 
  8. You may also want to bring an ice chest filled with drinks and snacks if you plan on being outdoors all day long 
  9. If not then pack light so as not to take up too much room in your vest!

1. Waders


You’re going to need a good pair of waders if you want to head out and fish for trout. Wading in a stream or river is the only way to catch these guys, so make sure that you have something comfortable and waterproof. You can choose from neoprene or PVC, but both types work fine. 

2. Rod and reel

Rod and reel

Again, this is up to you! There is any number of different rods and reels that will work for trout fishing, but they’re generally lighter models with smaller line weights. If you’re really into fishing then it’s probably best for you to go ahead and get your own rod. However, there are also some pretty decent pre-made combos out there on the market too.

3. Lures or bait?

Lures or bait?

Depending on whether you are fly-fishing for trout or fishing for rainbow trout, you may be using two or more lures. Some anglers like to use natural bait, such as worms, crickets, and grasshoppers.

Other anglers use bait that has been specially treated for trout, such as minnows. Regardless of what type of bait you choose, make sure that it is brightly colored so that the trout can see it in the water.

Trout usually feed during the night, so live bait is the perfect solution for your bait selection needs.

Trout will hit on minnows, worms, and other types of bait. If you are going to bait your hooks with minnows, you will need to introduce some live ones into the water as well.

It is better to use the natural bait than to introduce artificial ones into the water because the trout might mistake them for insects. Remember to always rinse off your bait before tossing it back into the water.

Choosing the right kind of lure is crucial for successful trout fishing. You will need to decide if you are going to use a live bait rig or a bait spread rig.

4. Live Rigs

Live rigs are more appealing to trout because they look natural. Spread rigs are better because you can easily place your lure on the bottom, rather than on the surface.

The tackle you use when fishing for trout will also have an effect on the lure you use.

When fishing for trout, you need to be aware of the weight of the line you are using. It should not be more than two-thirds of the weight of your rod. Also, when you are casting, the line should be one-eighth longer than your rod.

How you set your hook is also important. Always use a natural bait hook. Trout are used to eating live bait, so naturally, they will not go for anything that looks like a fish lure. To fish for trout with live bait, attach the hook with a slip knot.

Trout will hook onto any kind of bait that imitates a fish bait, but some kinds of bait work better than others. Butterflies and crayfish work well because they move quite easily.

They can go from fish to fish quite quickly. If you are going to fish with live bait, then it is best if you just set the hook in the mouth of the fish. Trout will go for anything that looks like food.

5. Tacklebox


You’re going to need something to put all of your stuff in, so you might as well get something sturdy and durable. Most tackle boxes are made out of plastic these days, but you can also find wooden ones if that’s what floats your boat. Just make sure that it has enough compartments for all of the items on this list!  

6. Bait containers

Bait containers

Again, this is pretty much up to the individual angler. While plastic bait boxes are available at most sporting goods stores, many fly fishermen prefer to use mesh bags or plastic jars because they won’t destroy the delicate feathers on their lures and flies. Either one will work just fine though!  

7. Clothing and footwear

Clothing and footwear

Be prepared for all kinds of weather while trout fishing since it might be sunny and 70 degrees one day and cloudy and 20 the next! Make sure that you have some warm clothes in case it’s chilly outside, but also bring along sunscreen if it’s going to be hot out too. The last thing you want is sunburn on your arms and legs! You’ll also need some sturdy footwear since you’ll be wading into the river. Some good hiking boots will do, but some people like to wear chest waders too – especially if they’re fishing in deep water.

8. Something to carry it all in

Something to carry it all in

If you’re planning on driving out to the spot where you want to fish then you might not need anything at all. Most anglers who spend a lot of time trout fishing, however, prefer to use backpacks so that they can take everything with them without having to leave anything behind. Your choice!


So there you go! This should be enough information for anyone looking into trout fishing for the first time. If you want to catch this delicious species, then it’s time for you to head down to the local sporting goods shop and get all of your equipment!