Fishing is truly an exciting activity and a lifetime pastime. Introducing a beginner fisherman (or fisherwoman!) to this wonderful hobby follows the old adage about teaching a man to fish. I have been fishing for many years now, and I have introduced many of my friends to this addicting sport. However, I have found that sometimes, it is difficult to get a friend into fishing if you take them fishing for the wrong type of fish. You really need to find a fish that will bite quite often, and is found in plentiful numbers near most major cities and towns, making it easy to access the place to fish for them. What kind of fish might this? None other than the hatchery rainbow trout! These fish, raised in fish hatcheries throughout the United States, are often stocked in many local lakes and ponds, often near large cities and suburbs. Rainbow trout are usually stocked in large numbers, and many may be caught during these peak stocking times. They really offer a plentiful fishing opportunity, and make great targets for those wanting to introduce someone into the activity of fishing.
Now, when going out to fish for these little rainbow trout, you will need certain types of fishing gear and equipment. First, several light spinning rods and reels, loaded with something like 6lb-12lb test fishing line will get the job done. Try and get a fishing rod that the person you are trying to introduce to fishing will be able to cast easily. This may be a push-button spinning rod and reel, or spinning rod and reel-avoid using a baitcaster rod and reel as these are generally much harder to get the hang of than the previous two.If you have a practice lure (generally, a rubber lure with no hooks on it), get your friend to try practicing some basic casts with whatever rod and reel setup you have. This will help get them used to them how to cast, which is a big help for fishing! Make sure you and your friend have the right type of fishing permits, and know what the fishing regulations are in your area, as they will vary from area to area.
Find a pond in your area in which the state wildlife department stocks it regularly with hatchery trout. Bring some fishing bait, either nightcrawlers (earthworms), Berkely Power Bait, doughballs, corn, or whatever is popular in your area. Lures, like spoons, or spinners, often work well too, as do flys with a fly rod (although you can use a normal rod if you use a clear bobber setup). Bring some bobbers, and some split show weights to weigh the bobber down just enough so that the slightest bite will pull it under.
Standing on the shore, cast your line out as far as you can into the water. I would suggest using one rig down on the bottom, without a bobber, and one rig with a bobber. Let your friend use one with a bobber, as it is easier to watch for bites. Keep a close eye on the rig on the bottom, so that if a fish bites you will see it from the rod tip twitching. Try and set the hook before the fish swallows the hook, as you want to get the hook set in the fish’s lip, and not in the stomach. Make sure you have a stringer or something else to keep your fish in, and only keep fish that are big enough according to the fishing regulations. Rainbow trout are a popular fish to fish for, and hatchery trout, while not as ‘elite’ as wil rainbow trout, still fight pretty hard and are great fish to go after. Hopefully, you, and especially your friend, tie into some of these sparkling fish, and you will go home with some fish stories-and your friend will be hooked on fishing! Tight lines and fish on!