You can get all the basic supplies you need to start trout fishing relatively cheap. After you catch a few, it will make it totally worth the little you invested.
1. Light Flexible Fishing Pole – you will need a light flexible pole with 4 to 6 pound line, heavier than this and you risk not getting a bite. If the pole is too stiff or too long, it won’t work well for trout fishing. Most stores have pole combos including basic tackle for $10 to $20, even less if you can catch a clearance special.
The Zebco 11 Micro Flatboard Fishing Combo with Tackle Wallet is available at Walmart for $17.53. This kit has all you need to get started immediately. The tackle box comes complete with jigs, grub tails, hooks, lead free sinkers, spinners, swivels and bobbers. At this price, you can outfit everyone in your family with their own rod. On the Walmart website, this combo received 5 stars from those who rated it and some even shared pictures of their catches with it. This is a pretty impressive set to inspire those ratings.
2. Trout Fishing Net – the Frabill Rubber Handled Trout Landing Net 3670 is an EXCELLENT choice. This net has a D shape and a micromesh net, absolute perfection. It will not gill your fish and they won’t get caught in the bottom of the net due to the construction of the mesh and the design of the net bottom.
Once you use this net, you will not want to ever use another. The design makes it excellent for catch and release as well as taking nice pictures since the fish cannot get entangled in the bottom like traditional nets. It is available at Amazon.com for $12.97 and ships from The Sportsman’s Guide. This is the superior net of all the nets available at a rock bottom price for the quality and features.
3. Fishing Gloves – gloves can be particularly helpful in gripping a fish so that it does not slip as well as preventing little nicks and scraps on your skin. When fishing for trout, if you use gloves make sure to use a pair that are not very abrasive (for larger fish or saltwater fish) because it can hurt the gills and protective skin covering of the trout causing it death after release.
I would recommend a pair of Renegade gloves that I bought at Walmart which are pierce resistant yet not too abrasive to the touch, they are a neutral gray color and have pierce resistance material on the hands. They are thin enough to allow you to tie a knot or change tackle with complete ease. This pair is also very flexible, the pair I have can fit an XL man’s hands down to a small woman’s hands with ease. Renegade can be found at most Walmarts.
Fishing gloves can range from fillet gloves which run $5 to bigger bulkier gloves in the $50 range. When you are fishing for trout, whether you use your hands or gloves to handle your trout make sure that you remember to wet your hands or gloves first before handling your catch to prevent from harming the trout’s protective covering, especially important if you will release the trout so that it will survive.
4. Waders or Boots – Due to the nature of the trout, many times you will need to walk through marshy or rocky wet areas or cast standing in the water careful to avoid sending your shadow over the trout’s hiding spot. I would recommend waders because they allow you to walk a good depth without getting water in your pant legs. Many times boots are just not tall enough for where you need to fish and then you end up with a sloshing boot full of water.
Sometimes price is a factor; however, with a little effort quality waders can be purchased pretty reasonably. Amazon.com sells a pair of Hodgman Caster Rubber Hip Waders w/ Cleated Soles for $29.99 new. The cleated soles are nice because they give you more grip over rocky surfaces and the hip height is excellent because it works for almost all fishing areas. Boots are about $5 less and chest waders can be found for about $10 more if you search for a good deal.
5. Tackle box – if you are going to wade when you fish for trout, then I would highly recommend a strap-on tackle box. This is essential for keeping your fishing supplies together and on your body so you do not have to move around excessively to add more bait, change a line, replace a hook, etc. and potentially shadow or scare your trout.
From the beginner to the professional, I would recommend the Berkley Strap-on Tackle Box which is $16.95 and eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping from Amazon.com online. This is an excellent strap-on tackle box and it makes fishing so much more enjoyable. The less time you spend walking around means more time casting.
Now that you have the essential gear needed for an excellent season of trout fishing, all you might want to add is some fresh bait dependent on you location which a local bait shop near your spot can provide.
Enjoy your fishing experience and check out my website for more information on fishing. This year I have had the pleasure of enjoying fishing off the coast and bay of Texas – relocating so I can live specifically between the ocean and the bay. Prior to that I fished in Florida and Tennessee.
If you catch a big one, drop me a line by sending a picture and I will be happy to post it on my website in the fishing section which is listed in the resources here. Now you get going fishing, you hear? You sure don’t want to miss that big one!