What do we mean by a “missed trout”? Not the trout which wins after a ten minute fight, but one which unhooked in the very beginning and left a bad taste in your mouth. In that case, never give up. You need to try at least once more!

After he lost it with the Tebo larvae*, Regis caught this nice brown trout (weighing over 2 kg), with a thick black headed worm.

There is a real possibility that the “lost trout” will attack again. If we exclude that possibility and move to another location immideately, then our trout is definitely a lost case. If we try again, without changing our approach, the chances that it will be tricked again are very minimal. However, if we change the baits or lures, (depending on the technique used) and their presentation as well, we siginificantly increase the possibility of a catch.

The second rule is to remain quiet. You need to avoid any kind of unnecessary movement and perform all movements with extreme caution, because this “missed trout” is surely cautious, looking out for the smallest sign which would give you away. However, most important is to predict everything that is necessary for a change of conditions. You need to therefore have a large choice of plant and animal baits, different rigs (according to the weight and conception) and various jigs. Be fully equipped for your battles!



Fishing with natural live baits

In this technique, the most frequent reason for unsuccessful fishing is when the currents carry the rig weakly. The art to fishing with natural live baits is that the bait reaches the desired depth, (most frequently this is the bottom) and with good speed.
Find the river current which carries the food to the trout in the most natural manner possible. Its behaviour largely depends on the lead weight, and also their position on the rig.

After the attack, the first thing that needs to be done is to change the bait. For example, use a moth instead of a worm, or the other way around.
But it is also possible to change the weight of the rig by adding additional weight, one or two lead for example, or lessening the weight by taking off some lead.
The third solution is to change the position of the lead, that is, to move them towards each other or move them away from the hook. They can also be moved from their position to 5 or 6 cm above the hook o the position of over 30 cm.
In any case, the goal of performing the second passage with a different bait is to convince the trout that this is a new prey, and that they do not have any reason to be cautious.


It is good for anglers who fish with natural live baits to use large numbers of rigs of different weight: nails, discs, with a lip, with a helmet, joint… and to take a few insect kinds: moths, worms, flour worms, minnows…

Fishing with a dead minnow

When fishing with a dead minnow, it is not rare to sometimes feel the attack like a bullet! Sometimes it is so short and strong that even fast hooking often ends unsuccessfullly. The trout has most certainly felt the rig inertia and immideately released that suspicious prey. In that case it is desirable to change the rig weight.
It is possible to use the same but somewhat lighter setup, but it is also simple to change one lip for another lip, a disk, or the other way around.

It is generally desirable to change fishing action conduct, so as to make the presentation all the more convincing. Remember, the stronger the river current, the slower the dead minnow moves. Also the other way around, their movements are faster in calm water.

The second solution for provoking a new attack is to change the approach. You would continue fishing in the same location, but cross the river or, in case this is impossible, move five steps upstream or downstream. In both cases it is extremely important to react quickly, and change the way the dead minnow is carried by the current.


This spinner can be exchanged for another, with lead on the axes, lengthened or round shape, or a model with lead on the front…


It often unfortunately happens that a trout follows the lure and seemingly pushes it, and while it does not really swallow it or that after it hits it with the mouth, nevertheless it quickly unhooks and loses interest. In most cases this is so because the used lure is not convincing enough. In spite of everything, if she provoked interest in lure, it means that at least its size is good. Maybe the colour is not suitable?

There are more possibilities available. First and foremost, you can change, in the same row of sizes, a spinner for a crankbait or the other way around. But if we want to keep using the spinner, then let's change the shape of the plate, so that it is more or less lenghtened, or more or less round…

You can foretell the attack on the same spot, but a little ways upstream, so that the current takes the lure downwards if the previous attack was upwards.
If the attack is provoked by the swimming crankbait, then using another model, sinking or suspending, or some small joint model, can be rather effective!


One of the possible explanations of why the trout sometimes attacks a few times in a row, is that this fish is very “terrritorial”. They fiercely guard their feeding ground from any intruder, because their survival depends on the available food in that territorry!



Remonter   * tebo: larvae imported from Chile, 3-5 cm long, yellow-orange colour, used for trout fishing on n°6-8 hooks. hatching: circles created at the moment when trout catch insects on the water surface.  

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