Trout Fishing Rod And Reel Setup (Detailed Guide)

Catching a trout is something of a rite of passage amongst the fishing community. These freshwater fish are quite common and easy to come by, but managing to hook one for the first time, or even the hundredth time, always proves to be incredibly rewarding. They require quite a different method of capture when compared to saltwater fish.

However, whenever targeting a specific species of fish, such as larger fish or smaller fish, you need to put in some extra effort to ensure that your rods and reels are set up properly to take on the task at hand.

And this is definitely no different for even the average trout. If you want to catch a trout of your own, you need the right kind of setup.

But how do you possibly find the best way to set up your rod and spinning reel for catching trout? Is there even a definitive method? 

Are you finding your mind swimming with questions pertaining to catching trout, and you aren’t sure how to go about it? Don’t worry. Not only are you not alone, but we’re also here to help put those swirling questions to rest once and for all.

So, grab your favorite basic gear and prepare to get the answers you seek!

What Kind Of Rod Should You Have When Fishing For Trout?

If you plan to fish for a great number of trout, then you will want to aim to bring along a lightweight rod. While lighter rods may not offer you as much strength and sturdiness, they do make it a lot easier to get the drop on an unsuspecting trout.

Trouts are naturally quite anxious and shy creatures and will be scared off by even the slightest movements. Lightweight rods are made to be used with light lures and lines so that you can easily sneak up on a trout in silence so that you can then strike at just the right moment.

You will want to aim to have a road length of around 7 feet at most, as it can be used to catch numerous types of trout, and allows you to remain at a comfortable distance from the trout so that you don’t disturb it and run the risk of scaring it away. 

What Type Of Fishing Reel Should You Have When Fishing For Trout?

When it comes to the type of fishing reel on your rod, you should aim to go for a 1000 to 2500 size reel. These are quite low in terms of weight, especially when compared to other standard reels, which helps to keep the weight of your rod down, to make your stealthy fishing much easier. 

Even though such reels cannot hold as much line, and while they are not quite as speedy, you don’t want to be too far away from the fish as you cast out, anyway, so a smaller spinning reel is perfectly suitable.

However, in some cases you may need to aim for a larger rod or a larger reel, depending on where you are fishing. Most people tend to go trout fishing within the waters themselves, on small boats.

If you’re fishing for trout from the edge of a lake, then you may benefit from a slightly larger rod and reel, in order to reach greater casting distances. However, lighter lures and fishing lines will always be better, to keep the bashful trout from swimming away. Larger rods also have a greater rod weight.

What Kind Of Line Should You Have When Fishing For Trout?

Generally, you can use whatever lure you prefer when fishing for trout. All of them work perfectly for the job. Whether you are using a monofilament line, a fluorocarbon line, or even a heavier line such as a braided line. Each one works perfectly for the job at hand.

Monofilament is our recommendation if you are new to buying fishing lines, and you want a slightly cheaper option. Monofilament is far easier to get your hands on and doesn’t cost the earth. 

However, many an experienced angler has voiced their preference for braided lines. Braided lines are incredibly sturdy and rigid, and don’t have much flexibility, and they do not stretch. This means that the second that a trout begins to tug on your line, you can be ready to pull back and grab it for yourself.

Braided lines will communicate even the slightest movement to your hands, so you can more quickly react, as soon as you feel even the slightest tug from a trout. 

You need this kind of precision when fishing for trout, as they are famously bashful fish, and you need to be able to react quickly. 

However, you should be aware that braided lines are considerably thicker than most fishing lines, and thus they are very visible to the naked eye.

This could cause some trout to notice it, which would mean that you’d need to spend more time casting out than you may otherwise want to. In order to counteract this, you can opt for lighter variants of the braided line.

What Should You Use When Fishing For Trout In A River?

What Should You Use When Fishing For Trout In A River

If you are fishing for trout in a local river or stream of some kind, then you will want to make sure that you use a slightly shorter rod than normal, such as a fly fishing rod.

This allows you to make accurate casts without your rod poking out over your boat too far. It also means you can more accurately cast so that your line doesn’t just end up landing on the grass on the other side of the river every time! 

You should also use a similarly small size reel so that your light rod does not end up becoming annoyingly and unevenly heavy. Even the smallest reels would be able to provide you with enough speed and power to reel in a trout from a short distance.

And, finally, you should also make sure to use either a monofilament line or a braided line. A monofilament line will cost you less, so you can have a more plentiful supply of it, and it can also more quietly enter the water, as you won’t need to aim with absolute precision when casting from a boat on the water. 

Catching trout while out on the water is generally slightly easier, as you are close to where you want to cast, so aiming is not quite as challenging, and you just need to focus on reeling at the right time.

This also all applies to fishing for trout on the side of a river, as many rivers are comparatively smaller than most average lakes.

What Should You Use When Fishing For Trout In Lakes?

If you are fishing for trout in lakes and other deeper water and deeper pools, then you will want to make sure that you use equipment that is appropriate for that location.

You will likely want to aim for a larger rod so that you can make casts of a greater distance. As well as this, you will also want to make sure that you have a larger type of fishing reel so that you can more easily pull in anything you manage to catch. 

When using a larger rod to catch trout in lakes, you should also make sure to use it with a braided line. Braided fishing line is very sturdy and does not lose its shape, which makes it very communicative.

The line is so sturdy that it is sensitive to the slightest touch, so the instant that a trout, in the deeper water, touches it, you’ll know just from how the line tugs slightly. This makes it a great way to keep track of the action in the lake even at a distance. 

To Conclude

Setting up your rod and reel to fish for trout is crucial. You want to ensure that you have all of the right equipment set up in the right way so that you can always make a good catch, with the right rod action.

Trouts are famously rather nervous fish and will shy away at the slightest sign of human movement. Thus, you need to make sure that you can quietly attract them over so that you can grab them! 

Make sure to follow our detailed guide above to get the best trout fishing experience possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you catch trout with a regular rod and reel

Yes. It is entirely possible to catch a trout with ordinary rods and reels, though you will likely find that it is more difficult, or takes more time. You want to ensure that you are using lighter rods or reels.

What is the best rod length for trout

8 to 9 feet is the general minimum and maximum dimensions that your rod should meet if you want to effectively catch trouts every time. However rods of other lengths can still get the job done, but with less satisfactory results.

What does fishing rod length affect?

The length of your fishing rod and the type of fishing rod will affect such things as your casting accuracy, so it is often crucial to ensure that you have the right rod equipped to get the exact results you want every single time.

Tommy Bull