Trout Rig and Line Setup: An Easy and Effective Guide

Fishing for a trout has always seemed so complicated. Especially, for those who are only planning to engage themselves in this fun-filled recreational activity. However, it is not all about the fun. It is also a combination of knowledge, skills, determination and mostly patience.

The number one problem that can test an angler’s patience is setting up fishing rigs and lines. There are a lot of variations of fishing lines and rigs that only a few can probably name all. Irregardless, we can always choose to make fishing a simple activity and not so complicated. That is why internet can indeed be your ultimate best friend.

This article will introduce to you the different steps to set up your trout rig and line.


A trout is a generic term used for a number of freshwater species. The trout is closely related to the Salmon family. Each trout can survive differently from the other. In line with that, variations of the trout can be found anywhere.

Some live in freshwater lakes and rivers such as the lake trout. While others, particularly the Rainbow Trout, can switch from living in the sea to inhabiting in fresh waters. Due to the difference in habitat and environment, trouts also differ in their colors and patterns.

These colors are often acknowledged as a process of camouflaging. In which, a trout changes in color depending on the environment it is living in. What is amazing about the trout, is that it changes colors if they decide to migrate to a different place or environment.

It can be hard to determine the specific breed of trout if only basing on their colors and look. What is not hard is how to have the abilities to catch these trouts. Some trouts are rare to find, while some, on the other hand can just be caught around the corners.

The Beauty of Trout Fishing

It is without a doubt that trouts are the one of the most magnificent freshwater creatures that have ever prevailed the bodies of waters. There are four major species of trout that are often sought after by anglers.

These are the Brook trout, commonly referred to as the speckled trout, considered to be the easiest to catch. The Cutthroat Trout (“Cutthroat” because of red orange slash marks on their throats) which dominantly occupies the Western part. The Rainbow and Brown Trout that are both found in rivers or streams.

The question to ask would be, how?

Well, all you need to figure out is your trout rig and how to setup your line. If you are wondering what the term “Rig” stands for, it is relatively simple. A rig is a term used to define the combination or arrangement of equipment or things used for fishing. A rig may be attached to a rod, carried by hand or mounted on a boat.

How to Set up a Trout Rig?

There are many and numerous ways on how to set up a trout rig. But, the steps and ways following this is by far the best one out there. It has been tested and proven to catch a satisfying number of trouts.

The Things Needed for Trout Rig Setup

  • Fishing Rod and Reel – if you do not have yet, you can start by purchasing an affordable pick at any fishing shop near you.
  • Fishing Line – Usually, if you are just buying yourself a pair of fishing rod and fishing reel, the fishing line already comes with. If otherwise, provide yourself with some fishing line at about 5-10 lb test fishing line will do. Next, spool it in the fishing reel. For those who already have, make sure that your fishing line is neat and all set for trout hunting. Ensure that there are no tangles nor flaws inside the reel or else it would greatly affect your trout adventure.
  • A Set of Hooks – for trout fishing, the best hooks to use are sizes 4-12.
  • Bobbers – A basic bobber will do. Just make sure that the bobber is big enough to prevent the split shot, hook and bait from sinking down the water.
  • Sinkers – this is the exact opposite of the bobbers. The sinkers’ weight should be light enough. So, that if attached to the bobber it would not drag the bobber down.
  • Bait -Freshly picked worms can already work well to what we are about to do. But, other options also include using crickets or Berkely trout worms.

The Steps to Setting up the Trout Rig

  1. To start off with tying the fishing hook to the end of the fishing line. In order to this, you can use a basic knot to attach it on to the line. But, for better performance, it is best to make use of Improved Clinch knot or Palomar Knot.
  2. Next, insert a line from one end of the split shot going out to the other end. Make sure that it is in a distance of 10-15 cm above the hook.
  3. Now, the next thing to do is to attach the bobber or float at the tip of the fishing line. This done through inserting the line through both the top and bottom metal hooks. Always remember that it is important that fishing line runs around the bobber or float. Moreover, the bobber or float shoud be kept anchored or stationary by both hooks.

There you have it. In only 3 easy steps, you have now set up an effective way for a successful trout fishing.

How to Setup a Fishing Line?

Same as with the the trout rig, there are a lot of selections to choose from when it comes to setting up your fishing line. Particularly, for trout fishing. But, what this article will show you is one of the basic fishing line setup there is. Yet, even though it is basic it is still the most effective and reliable ways to set up a fishing line for trout fishing.

The Things Needed for Fishing Line Setup

  • Your fishing hooks and fishing line

The Steps to Setting up the Fishing Line

  1. Tie the Hook on to the Fishing Line. In order to do so, grab the tip of your fishing line and loop it in the tiny hole that is on your hook. Upon grabbing the end of the fishing line that you have already entered to the hook, twist that end to the main line at about nine times.
  2. After you have twisted it at about nine times, loop it in the tiny hole of the hook again. But, this time on the opposite side of the hook’s hole from the first time you have looped it in.
  3. Once you have looped the fishing line in, pull the main line (the longer part) to snug the twists tight.
  4. Then, cut the extra hanging line on the other end of the fishing line that is closer to the hook.
  5. The next following steps would be the same from the once when you are setting up your trout rig. Insert the weight, followed by the bobber and so and so forth.

There you have it! A simple yet effective way to ensure a fishing line for a good trout adventure. Before heading out to go and look for some trouts, read some of the tips we have when it comes to trout fishing.

Tips to Remember when Trout Fishing

  • Learn the Rules. The first important tip before heading out to fish for some trouts is to let yourself be aware of the rules and regulations of your location. There are certain rules and regulations when it comes to fishing. Some rules from one state or place may be different from the other. So, to be sure, always remember to check the rules.
  • Have Your Equipment Ready. If you have no fishing equipment yet available, then you can look for some affordable fishing gears at fishing shops. However, the logic behind fishing equipment is, the pricier the gear is the durable, reliable and high-quality it is. Of course, you also need to weigh if the price is reasonable or not.
  • Know the Perfect Location. It is important to determine the location you are going to fish to. You can not just choose some random lake and expect to catch your desired number of fishes. In order to save your time and effort, it is best to always double check the best places to fish.
  • Check for Weather Updates. This goes hand in hand when choosing the perfect location. Checking the weather forecast can save you time, money and energy.
  • Baiting Your Hook Properly. One of the most common mistakes of anglers is the way they hook their baits. Some of them think that once the bait is simply hooked, everything is all set. As a matter of fact, the right way to hook your bait is to let the bait follow the shape of the hook. So, you have got to fill in the body of the bait with the shape of the hook. This is to make sure that the fish never gets away.

Important Notes

Always remember to just enjoy your trout adventure. Some days will be bad, and other days will be amazingly worth it. Also, trout fishing is a matter of discovering your inner fisherperson. You are challenged in different ways that sometimes, most of these tips will not save you from that scenario.

Nonetheless, continue to learn and develop your skills when it comes to fishing. It is only a matter of dedication and passion to which one can truly bask in the glory of catching these aquatic specie. I hope that these tips may work for you well as it has worked for me.


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