An important part of getting ready for the upcoming trout season is to remember what has worked in the past, especially if you are visiting the same waters you have fished before. It is a good idea to keep a journal, or if you are like me, you can keep notes on an app in your phone. The method you choose is up to you, but it’s a good practice for sure!
I have fished the same spot in the Passaic River on opening day of trout season for the last 2 years. The first year I fished this spot by myself using the Rapala CD-1 Hot Mustard Muddler. I heard about this Rapala lure from someone at work who had success with it previously fishing for trout. That lure turned out to be the best lure for me that season.
The following year, I fished the same spot with my dad. Since I had success with the Rapala CD-1 the previous year, I tied that on. My dad used a Blue Fox #0 gold spinner, which ended up being the hot lure. I switched to the gold spinner too and we both had success that day, as you can see in the picture below of our nice stringer of trout. The gold spinner was the hot lure of the day, but as the season went on, pink Berkley PowerBait with a split shot about 8 inches above the hook was the ticket to getting the trout to bite.
Sometimes it helps if there are two people fishing to find out what the fish want, as it did in this instance. Of course if you are by yourself, you can always bring two rods with two kinds of bait. Pitch the PowerBait in and while that sits, throw a spinner around.
I have gotten into fly fishing a bit recently, but I will most likely fish with an ultra light and lures on opening day and then switch to the fly rod setup later in the season. Some of the small rivers by me can get crowded which makes it difficult to throw a fly on opening day and the following few weeks.
Let everyone know what worked for you in the comment section below. Here is to a great 2017 Trout season!!