On stalking the stream try to work from the downhill side. Keep low and avoid throwing your shadow on the water. Minimize your casting motion. a quick, tight, and precise pitch or loft is best. An exaggerated motion can spook the trout.
Another rule of the thumb is to fish big baits with this tackle early in the season. The trout are hungry following ice out and will definitely strike a large offering such as a nightcrawler, bigger spinner, spoon, or plug. Spin fishermen, even the most novice, can easily toss these larger baits with this equipment.
The best overall presentation with spin tackle is the upstream cast. The bait or lure can then tumble downstream with the current. Turn the reel handle every so often to keep the line a little taunt. It is so much easier to detect strikes with the tighter line.
Keep in mind that any sudden drop in the drift of the monofilament can signal one of two things:
- the lure or bait is hung up on the bottom or,
- there’s a trout on!
If you feel the resistance on the end of the line and it pulls back, make a sharp set. If it’s a snag, try to gently shake it loose.
To reiterate once more – and it’s more crucial to understand this – whether you fish bait or lures with spinning gear, try to let the offering settle somewhat so that it reaches the bottom or is just above it.
Sometimes a presentation made on or near the surface will indeed produce. Far too often, the angler makes the mistake of dragging the spinner, spoon, plug, or bait too quickly, well above the deeper spots that hold fish.