Hook and Sinker

Fishing Hooks and Sinkers

There are three different hooks we use: Barbed, Barbless and Treble Hook.  


• Treble hooks – Difficult for fish to escape and the three-prongs secure bait better. 

• Barbed and Barbless – one has barb and the other – mostly used for catch and release – has no barb at bottom of hook.  

 Size: We prefer smaller hooks for trout. When looking at sizes, the larger the number, the smaller the hook.  What size hook you use depends on type of bait. 

Power Bait

• Power bait and fake worms; size 10 or 12
• Minnows; size 8
• Salmon eggs; size 6 to 12.

Warmer days send trout to deeper waters so you want to rig your rod to cover more territory – especially in a river or lake. There are a variety of sinker shapes and sizes but we prefer the sliding egg.  Size: 1/4 to 1/2 oz depending how much wind is blowing.


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