The biggest question most trout anglers face when they head to the water is which lure to tie on first. There are as many lures available as there are rivers and streams snaking across North America, and picking the right one is a tough choice.
One of my personal favorite lure types for trout would have to be crank baits. They are absolutely deadly for pulling out the largest trout in the river.
Of course there are a lot of different live baits that will also be practically unfair, they are so effective for large trout. I will list these brown trout baits and lures individually for your consideration.
1. Mepps Aglia
These lures have proven themselves to be possibly the top producing trout spinners in the world . The blades rotate even at very slow retrieval rates, and their compact design allow for far-reaching casts for the shore-bound angler. When trolling, I find these lures tend to ride up in the water column and need to be weighted to be fished effectively (contrary to the flatfish, spinners are very ineffective surface lures- the blade just wont spin). Check out these spinner fishing tricks to fish them even more effectively.
Alright, colors and sizes. My favorite color is the original model with the bare gold spoon. Option two would be the same with a bare silver spoon. As for size, i would first reach for the 1/8 oz. Under most circumstances this is the best size and weight. In bigger or faster water,1/4 might be a better bet. In gin clear water, I might size down to a 1/16.
2. Rapala ( X-rap, Husky Jerk and Original Floater )
Trout Lures such as the Rapala X-rap, Husky jerk and floating Rapala’s have always been a standard for hooking large fish. The suspending nature of the X-raps and Husky Jerks will encourage strikes from very big trout. They will stay down in the strike zone, allowing you to concentrate on small twitches and jerks to bring the strike from the trout. One potential disadvantage to these lures is that sinking and suspending lures tend to find logjams and hangups easily. When this turns out to be the case, or when you are fishing in a little more shallow water, a floating Rapala or similar trout lure might be called for. It seems that the floating nature of these lures will encourage a strike from a fish that otherwise might not have hit.
Another advantage to these floating lures is their ability to avoid hanging up. As soon as you stop reeling, the lure floats over an obstacle if you manage to notice it. If you can see the obstacle coming, by either slowing your rate of reeling in, or totally stopping, you can save your lure from certain doom.
3. Ugly Duckling® 4F
A streamlined and slim shape as well as subtle work that is perfectly felt on the rod, is ideal solution for large trout in streams and rivers. Ugly Duckling 4 F will be perfectly suitable for trout in mountain rivers, where it is necessary to penetrate the rocky bottom in a fast current. This is another lure by Ugly Duckling company, that charmed many anglers with its work. These micro crankbaits measure 1 5/8” ( 4cm ) overall including the diving lip and have a tight wobble swimming action that drives trouts of all sizes crazy.
- Balsa Wood Construction
- Natural Minnow Profile
- VMC® Black Nickel Hooks
- Stainless Through Wire Construction
- Hand Tuned & Tank Tested
- Unique Wobble Action
4. Panther Martin
To be more precise, the Panther Martin spinner (they are known for they’re spinner but make a variety of other lures now). I love this lure! In fact, I have a pretty spendy spinning setup that I have devoted just to this lure; it never comes off (except to change it to another size maybe). I would say 80% of the time when targeting trout somewhere new, I will try this lure first. In my book, this is the best all around trout lure ever made.
The compact design allows for tremendous casting radius and allows the lure to work deep in streams. Favorite color: Black body with Green spots (yellow spots work alright too) with a gold blade and Yellow body with red dots with a silver blade.