The Lure

First things first, Like with any kind of fishing, it pays to observe people who are catching fish and see what they are using and to ask at the hut or fishing lodge.


Rainbow trout will take a variety of lures, as they often turn on to one lure and turn off to another that they were taking the day or even the hour before.  I had a total of 17+ in about an hour fishing with a green throat Montana lure.  I lost the Montana to a tree trout and switched to an identical sized Montana with an orange throat and did not get a touch. 

If I had to have just one lure for trout it would be a size 12 Cats Whisker in white and lime green. It has a nice erratic action.   My second choice would be an Ace of Spades with a long marabou tail. If on a floating line or sinker, I usually just use a steady retrieve.  As soon as I feel a strike I set the hook.  But remember lots of different Lures work well in different conditions and colours,

If I’m in a spot where I can see the trout or they are otherwise concentrated for some reason in relatively clear water, my choice would be a size 14 mini lure such as an Olive Damsel. Those will usually entice a strike from fish you can see when the other lures won’t get a look.  Cast the Lure to where the trout are, let it sink, twitch it occasionally, and let it sink again.  Work it back in that manner and then repeat.  Almost all takes will come on the fall but are hard to detect, and this takes some practice to detect those takes.  

Sometimes trout are focused on insects.  You will see them rising to eat them on the surface and they usually ignore all other types of food during this time.  If you are a fly fisherman then this is the time you have been waiting for, What I do some times is to tie a small size 14 competition lure   to my line, on a very light leader, and tie a small size 16 Silver Invicta on the dropper.  You can cast this over moving trout which will chase the lure but turn and take the small Invicta  The fun part of this is that you can see the fish take your fly most of the time.  The hard part is that they usually take and spit it out in one quick motion so you have to be very fast on the strike. This has worked for me and been very productive in times when all else has failed.


If I am fishing in a loch with which I am unfamiliar, I usually start at an end of the loch that has a stream flowing in or other moving water.  It seems those spots always cause fish to congregate.  I usually set up one rod with a floating line, with a long line and single lure,   If I get no takes on the lure in about 1/2 hour I go to another promising looking spot.  That approach seems to work pretty well all the places I have fished.