Rainbow trout are beautiful due to the rainbow stripe running down the length of their sides. The average rainbow is 12 to 18 inches long. It takes about 2 to 3 years for a rainbow to mature. The first year they usually only get to be about 6 inches long, then in subsequent years make their huge growth. The rainbow meat can be white or pink, depending on what the fish had been feeding on prior to being caught.
Anglers live to catch rainbow due to the fight they give when caught. It’s a thrill to keep one hooked for several minutes while reeling them in… Children taught to fish early in their lives often take it up as a lifelong hobby. That’s how I got started. All is right with the world when I can go fishing for a couple of hours. Fishing lures
Rainbow trout of the west prefer clear, cool rivers, streams, and lakes and water temperatures between 50* and 60* F, but will tolerate temperatures up to 75*.
The rainbow trout diet consists of immature adult insects, crustaceans, plankton, fish eggs, and smaller fish. To successfully catch rainbow trout, one must become aware of the diet it eats. The baits you choose must imitate what the fish has been feeding on. Flies that attract Rainbow Trout include dry flies, nymphs, and streamers.
Tackle is a consideration as well; a light line, small hook, and small sinkers are preferred by many rainbow trout anglers, what we always called “meat fishermen”.
Knowing where the fish are living in the water and throwing the bait there is important too. Dry bushy flies used early morning and late afternoon or on cloudy days near submerged/partially submerged rocks, logs, etc. can be effective. Catching large rainbows requires larger bait, such as streamers that range in various sizes up to five inches in length. These streamers have heavy weights and are often thrown deep.
Nymph fishing needs precise casting and an ability to float the nymph in a dead drift along the banks with a fast current and constant line adjustments. This takes many practice casts and is what most people picture when they think of fly fishing. The perfect cast would consist of the fly line unrolling in graceful loops that resemble the letter “U” turned on it’s side. This cast is repeated u