Fishing for Brook Trout
Trout may be taken with artificial flies, worms, minnows, grasshoppers, crickets, grubs, small frogs and small casting spoons or even a trolling spoon. But the readiness with which they will rise to a fly and the pleasure of fishing for these gamey fish with light tackle makes fly-fishing the favorite way of taking them.
The proper outfit will depend somewhat on the waters to be fished and the size of the fish found there. On small streams where the fish are small and long casts are the exception the lightest and shortest fly rods may be used. For lake fishing the longer rods are best, but they should be reasonably light. For large streams where long casts must be made and where the fish are large a good weight fly rod of medium length is best. The light rod demands a light line, say size F or G enameled silk, and size E is used for all ordinary rods, for the heavier line casts-better. The leader should be of six foot length, single gut. Heavier leaders may be used in swift water than in lakes or ponds. In some parts of the East, for instance in Pennsylvania, trout are found only in small mountain streams. Here the brush overhang, and fly casting is impossible and almost unknown. Likewise, playing the fish is not practicable, and as the fish are very small, seldom more than a foot long, they are usually lifted bodily from the water. For this rather stiff fly rods and very fine lines of oiled silk or enameled silk are used. The line need not be long, and the reel is used only for lengthening and shortening the line, as required.
White leaders are commonly used, but many prefer what is known as "mist" color, a pale bluish-gray tint. In case you desire to color a white leader, you can give it a bluish color by soaking it in water to which a little common writing ink has been added, or it may be given a yellowish color by soaking in strong coffee.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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