When it comes to fishing for trout there is no doubt that some hooks are more effective than other, and I’m not referring to name brands. There are many quality fishing hook brands on the market today from Eagle Claw to Mustad, all of which will work for trout fishing. The point is that certain “styles” are better than others when it comes to trout fishing. As long as your hooks are made by a known manufacturer (such as the two mentioned above) you will be in good shape.
So what do I mean when I refer to the word “style” when speaking of trout fishing hooks? There are basically two main styles when it comes to trout fishing hooks, both of which are quite effective. The two “styles” of fishing hooks that should be considered when fishing for trout are gang hooks and salmon egg hooks. These two styles of hooks are the most effective fishing hooks for trout fishing.
Below are some tips and techniques for using both styles of trout fishing hook.
- Salmon Egg Hooks – These hooks are most effective for, you’re never going to believe this, salmon eggs! Salmon egg hooks are very small and have been specially designed to hold salmon eggs as bait, and as you probably know salmon eggs are a very effective trout bait. Salmon eggs can be very fragile and hard to keep on a hook, which is where these trout fishing hooks come into play. Many times these hooks are sold snelled (which means with a piece of line attached to the hook). These hooks are much more effective if you buy them individually and tie them to your line as needed. This way you can control the weight of the line. Most commercially produced snelled hooks are tied on line that’s entirely too heavy for trout fishing.
- Gang Hooks – Gang hooks are a pair of small hooks tied in tandem, which makes fishing live bait (and especially live or synthetic worms) much more effective. Gang hooks are tied on a plain shank hook with a turned down eye. Gang hooks are a great option to have available when it comes to trout fishing hooks. In most cases these hooks are tied on a 12 to 18 inch length of line and are attached to your fishing line using a small barrel swivel. The swivel helps to prevent line twist and is a much better union than anything a traditional snelled hook provides. Gang hooks are, by far, the best way to present worms (live or synthetic) as trout bait.
If you are a trout fisherman both of these styles of fishing hooks need to be a part of your fishing repertoire. They are both very effective, as long as they are configured properly. Make sure that you’re not using any of the commercially tied fishing hooks on the market today. The line used to tie them is much too heavy, especially when it comes to trout hooks.
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com and an avid angler. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his five year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country…..Montana!