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The Best Lure For Trout Fishing In Streams - The best lure for catching trout in creeks

What is the best lure for stream fishing trout?  In my opinion, Panther Martin lures are the best lure for catching trout in streams by far, but I have had some pretty good luck with cast master lures as well in the larger bodies of water and in when trolling for trout in lakes.  Using a lure when fishing for trout in a stream requires that it looks like something trout naturally feed on, that it can be casted with accuracy, and that the retrieve can begin before the lure hits the bottom and picks up moss or snags.  I have used a lot of lures for catching trout in streams over the years and I have long ago come to the conclusion that Panther Martin lures are the best lures for trout fishing in creeks.  Matter of fact, when I go stream fishing for German Brown trout, Brook Trout, or even rainbow trout, I leave with four or five Panther Martin lures as my entire tackle box!  If you love trout fishing, make sure you check out the entire trout fishing article section on our site.  It's a fun read and you will learn something about trout fishing in both lakes and streams.
When I say that the best lure for catching trout in streams is the Panther Martin, I know some of you will have a different opinion.  However, you better grab some of these lures and head to your favorite trout fishing stream and try them out before you argue too adamantly.  You can try different colors, but the only that ones I use are the black body ones with the yellow dots and gold spinner or the black body with the red dots and gold spinner.  Occasionally I will use the all black with the black spinner, but that is a rare occasion as I am usually limited out before I can change lures.  Of these, I find that the best stream fishing lure is the yellow dotted one with the gold spinner.  My buddy has the same feeling about the red dotted one.  These lures work when fishing for wild trout and when fishing for stocked trout as well.

The best sized lure for fishing in streams is usually the eighth ounce one.  There is often a breeze in the mountains following the creek through the canyon or meadow and the 1/16th ounce one is simply too light to cast any distance with accuracy.  Any bigger, and the lure has a tendency to sink too fast and pick up moss as well as be less attractive to the fish.  When fishing rainbow trout with lures, you have to keep in mind that their mouths are much smaller than German brown and Brook trout.  Rainbows feed primarily on bugs in the creeks, but I have cut full sized mice from the gut of big browns or brook trout!  Nowadays, I only keep small trout and release all the larger ones as well as most of the small ones to preserve the population.  I will often remove the 3 pronged hook from the Panther Martin and replace it with a single hook with the barb pressed in with pliers so as to make it barbless.  I miss a few, but who cares!

Fishing small creeks in meadows is one of my favorite types of trout fishing.  This is where you are more apt to find those big German Browns and Brook trout.  Many times the stream is only four or five feet wide in some places with undercut grassy banks, willow trees and brush hanging in the water, and with small ponds every now and then caused by beaver dams.  There are often fallen logs laying in the creek or traversing it.  The water speed varies, as does the depth of the water and all these factors make for some interesting and challenging fishing.  Unlike planted trout, the trout that I like to pursue are very wild and wary.  Casting with accuracy is essential as you may be trying to land your lure 50 or sixty feet away in a three foot wide creek with a bush hanging over it half the distance you are casting.  This can be tricky when you are fishing with 4 pound test, a 1/8th ounce lure, and the wind is blowing sideways!  When fishing lures in small streams, I like to cast up stream.  I seem to be much more successful with this than casting downstream.  This also adds a complicated dimension to the fishing experience, as if the current is flowing at you, you have a little loop in the line from the wind, and the creek is shallow and mossy on the bottom few inches, you better be on your game when getting that retrieval going!  But, that is the exact reason I enjoy this fishing so much.  If your cast hangs up in the moss, trees, or grass, you have just ruined that stretch of the creek for fishing.

The best time to fish with lures for trout in streams is either at the very first light of the day or at the last light of the evening.  I personally like fishing in meadows for trout at the end of the day.  The winds seem to calm and the air is quiet and the fish are “ringing” in the waters ahead.  The big browns and brook trout only feed at this time of the day, although you can catch the smaller ones mid day if you don’t mind screwing up that stream for fishing at prime time!

Fishing for trout with lures in large streams is a little different, but it too is best done at the same times of day.  Those have faster moving water and deeper pools and are much more forgiving on the casting.  In the swifter water, I usually cast downstream or across the creek as snagging is such a problem.  I will carefully select my particular eddy or riffle or other fishing spot (See my article about “the drift” here on Fishnfools.com) and guide the lure strategically into it.  In the pools, I will often cast upstream where the riffle falls into the pool and reel downstream as this is where the trout await for the next meal.  Being sneaky is still important if you are fishing wild trout, but no where near as critical as fishing in meadows for trout and fishing in small streams for trout.

So, the best lure for catching trout in streams is the panther martin and the best way to fish lures in small streams is laid out above.  I will mention too that i like to use these same lures for trolling for trout in lakes as well at times.  Try it out and your comments are more than welcome, and as a matter of fact, we would love to hear your opinion on the best lure to use in streams for trout.    Hope to see you in our fishing forums here on Fishnfools.com sharing your stories and fishing tips along with your pictures in our gallery.  Our site is FREE TO JOINso come join the fun and share your fishing knowledge!