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10 Trout Lures and Advice on How to Fish Them

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If you are getting ready for trout fishing season, then pick these lures up now.

If you're fishing for trout, there's no sense in wasting time. I can't seal the deal for you, but I can tell you what works.

Soft plastics don't always work great if you want to catch trout, and fly fishing suggestions open a while new can of worms. We'll stick with basics, and things that will be effective.

Fill your tackle box with the best trout lures and you'll be rippin' lips this season.

1. Rapala Original Floating Minnow

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Some lures stand the test of time. This plug has been catching fish for generations. I've had luck with the silver, gold and rainbow trout colors. I've had success with sizes F03, F05, F07 and F09. A tried-and-true contender, this lure is a trout magnet.

2. Blue Fox Vibrax

Blue Fox Vibrax

These are great when you need to keep the lure down in the water column. The UV colors are particularly productive for trout.

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3. Joe's Flies Short Striker

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I went fishing on my home waters and wasn't having much luck. My dad's buddy was yanking rainbows out of the water left and right. I finally asked him what he was using. It was a Joe's Flies Short Striker in Potamac Coachman with a No. 2 gold blade. On my first cast, I caught one. Make sure you get a bunch of these.

4. Panther Martin

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Get one of these in the Classic Teardrop Spinner model. My go-to is a Classic Gold with a No. 2 blade. If I'm on bigger water, I'll move up to the same model, but with a No. 4 blade. The Classic Silver and Rainbow Trout variations work well, too.

5. Acme Phoebe

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Find a rock that breaks up the current, stand downstream of it, and cast an Acme Phoebe in front of the rock. Then, steadily retrieve it. You'll have a limit of trout in no time. I like the plain silver and the blue in 1/12- and 1/8-ounce sizes.

6. Worden's Rooster Tail

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You have to have a few Worden's Rooster Tails ready at all times. There are so many options that it can get intimidating. I've had my best luck with some sort of white or black, and yellow. The light, single-hook options are unique as well.

7. Acme Kastmaster

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These cast a mile! When you're in open water, these are a great option. It's very easy to cover a lot of water with this lure. Use silver and the silver/blue options in 1/12-, 1/8- and 1/4-ounce. If you're fishing for steelhead or trophy fish, up to the 3/8-ounce option.

8. Mepps Aglia Spinnerbait

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You can't go wrong with this one. Use sizes 0, 1, 2 and 3. I've always had luck with the gold blades. Also, the No. 3 size has always gotten more strikes for me than the other sizes.

9. Acme Little Cleo

Acme Little Cleo Spoon
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This fishing lure is a great spoon. Use the hammered versions to get some serious flash to get the trout's attention. Either pop this lure and let it flutter in a deep pool, or steadily retrieve it across some ripples.

10. Rebel Tracdown Minnow

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Monster trout love this one. The Rebel Tracdown has a similar action to the Rapala, but it's weighted. This makes the nose dive on the pause and really can give the action of a dying bait fish that will drive trout wild. Wade upstream and cast this along banks to lure in a big brown.

Anglers, you'll be more than ready with the best trout fishing lures in your tackle box. Who is geared up?!

This post was originally published on February 6, 2019.



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