Trolling and Harling for Trout
There are many ways to fish for trout, in this section we will just scratch the surface on where to start. Once again, a great source of information can be gained through asking our more experienced anglers in our website.
Trolling and Harling
Trolling a lure or harling a fly are among the most productive methods used to catch trout in lakes. there is a large ammount of tackle and equipment available for this particular way of fishing. However along with the help of technology the thinking fisherman will take note of the variables when he/she catches fish with this method. For example season, time of day, weather, water conditions, depth fished, speed of boat, type of lure used and the contour of the lake bed. So, if starting out in some new water it is a good idea to go through these variables untill a pattern appears that indicates the method at which most fish are caught. Local knowledge and experience are priceless if you have access to it. As with most trout fishing dawn and dusk are the most productive times to fish, however this does not mean you will not catch fish during the day. If you are fishing near the surface of the lake weather is more important than when you are fishing deep water. A light breeze ruffled surface that is not uncomfortable to the angler are ideal conditons and a very calm hot day are the worst. This is where the trout can easily see the line and it is better to bring out the deep water tackle.
After the type of lure you are using, the depth of the water is probably the second most important variable. Fishing drop off’s often produces good results, as well as fishing over shelfs. Remember that certain techniques that work well for one lake may not work for others. It is also important to not use too short of a trace when trolling or harling. When harling, up to 20 meters of light mono may be used when harling a small fly in clear water. Heavier line should be used when trolling lures.
Speed of the boat is also important. Around 2 knots is ok for harling but the speed will effect the depth at which your line will reach. Trolling speed will also effect the action of your lures, as well as the depth. Different types of lures will work for different lakes, try and lure a bit of info from the locals. Harling flies should generally match the size of the smelt that inhabit the lake.
It is important to read up and learn when starting out or even pick up a bit of extra information if you are somewhat experienced. There are plently of books available of the subjest of fishing and plenty of experienced fisherman willing to discuss and share their knowledge.
Good luck fishing, and be sure to put a few reports and pictures on our website!