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What is the Best Line Weight for Trout Fishing?

The best line weight for trout fishing is 4lbs. You will need heavier line if fishing for huge lake trout.

 

With such a variety of line weights available on the market, you might have doubts about which of those are the best for trout. You’ve come in the right place, as this article is about to clear things up for you. But before choosing the best line weight, let’s see some differences between each line.

 

1. Pros & Cons of Monofilament & Fluorocarbon

As you might already know, for trout fishing it’s best to choose between Monofilament or Fluorocarbon lines.

  • Monofilament

Monofilament sits on top of the water. So, it will probably take a little longer for the baits to get to the trout, but it’s also cheaper than the fluorocarbon and has higher elasticity.

  • Fluorocarbon

With the disadvantage of being more expensive than most people would like to spend, Fluorocarbon is not so flexible and it’s almost invisible to the fish, so you’ll catch something faster. Also, as opposed to the monofilament, it sinks. With this type, harder hooks are needed.


2. Best line weight for trout

Now, what’s important to know is that to decide upon the best line weight, you need to consider the fish weight and the rod’s power, as well. Trout’s weight usually ranges from 1 up to 25 lbs. The line weight plays a key role in fishing. There’s a method that helps in identifying the best line weight: the Pound Test. You might have heard of it already. To refer to the strength of the fishing line, anglers use the term test and the measurement is made in pounds.

 

With trout fishing, you don’t need heavy line weight. The average line when you go fishing for trout would range from 4 to 6 or even more than that, but many anglers choose 4. Trout is not the friendliest type of fish, and any angler with experience can confirm. If going for lake trout use heavier line as they can be over 50lbs.

 

Therefore, make sure to get the right sizes for the rest of your equipment as well. If you don’t know what to choose, go to any fishing store and ask there, or simply do a quick research. There are fishing line strength charts, specially designed to guide anglers. Whatever might interest you will certainly be among the species on those charts, so it’s worth taking a look at them.

 

  • What else?

So, you’ve chosen the best line weight for trout. And now what? Now you should pay attention to the type of rod you have and the rest of the fishing gear if you haven’t already. Baits, lures, hooks, nets, vests, boots. All that stuff. Be especially mindful of the place you’re going fishing, as it will influence your whole experience. Even if you have the best equipment in the world, you might not catch anything simply because you went to the wrong place. Some experienced anglers advise beginners not to stay too long in a single spot, waiting to finally catch something if there’s no fish in sight, as you’d just waste your time and equipment. It might be disheartening sometimes, but fishing can be fun and productive if you pay attention to the place.


We’d all like to be as good as experienced anglers are, from the first try. And it is possible, but we cannot expect this if we don’t even know to set a hook or choose the right bait. Or hold a fishing rod. Some people are under the misapprehension that fishing is just an activity that simply involves a rod and some bait and is easy as winking. But the equipment is much wider than that and you need skill as well as knowledge.

 

A little detail such as line weight makes a huge difference in fishing. Without knowing these things, you risk spending a whole day waiting for something that won’t happen.

 

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