The Ultimate Trout Fishing Gear Quiz
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About This Quiz
For many people, fishing is one of the best examples of man-versus-nature activities, and trout fishing is regarded as the most prestigious. This is because trout fishing is considered a minor art form. So, before you grab your gear and head off for the river, take a few moments to complete this quiz and possibly improve your catch.
How many Americans fish every year?
There are almost 7 million anglers in the U.S.
How many anglers are involved in catching 90 percent of all the trout?
Some 700,000 anglers (or 10 percent) catch 90 percent of all the trout.
What do you need to succeed in trout fishing?
understanding of the weather
the right equipment and knowledge of the waters
You need a deep understanding of the fish and the water as well as the right equipment.
Is there such a thing as too much gear?
You never know what you may need, take as much as you can.
Take just the basic rod, reel and a bait.
Consult with the experts and take what you need within reason.
While you should be prepared for different situations, you do need to remember that you have to carry all that gear from your vehicle to the stream and back. You be the judge.
What kind of rod would you use in a small stream?
ultralight rod of 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters)
A small stream has smaller fish and so an ultralight rod of 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) would be best.
medium rod of 6 feet (1.8 meters)
medium rod of 7 feet (2.1 meters)
What will give you most flexibility?
spincast, closed face reel
reel with a fully exposed spool
A reel with a fully exposed spool at the front will give you most flexibility combined with the ultralight rod.
light-weight baitcasting reel
What type of line should you use for trout?
Since trout are considered "line shy," you should use fluorocarbon which is nearly transparent in the water.
What line weight should you use?
2 to 4 pound (0.9 to 1.8 kilogram)
Use 2 to 4 pound (0.9 to 1.8 kilogram) test weight line.
In a large stream what kind of rod should you use?
6 to 7 feet (1.8 to 2.1 meters)
You should use a medium to heavy action, 6 to 7 feet (1.8 to 2.1 meters) long rod.
What line is best for this rod?
6 to 15 pound (2.7 to 6.8 kilogram)
You should use 6 to 15 pound (2.7 to 6.8 kilogram) line.
15 to 20 pound (6.8 to 9 kilogram)
Where is the reel mounted in spin-cast equipment?
It is mounted to the top of the rod.
depends on how you hold the rod
Why choose the heavier monofilament line for spin-casting in bigger streams?
to catch the bigger trout
The heavier line is used to prevent it bunching up inside the cover.
What is the easiest form of fishing for a newcomer?
Using live bait is probably the most effective way to begin.
If an angler tells you he prefers hellgrammites, what is he referring to?
They are aquatic larvae used as bait.
What is a split shot?
It is a small lead pellet attached above the hook to make sure there is enough weight to hold the bait down.
Which lures wobble and twist in the water imitating the movements of baitfish?
Spoons are concave metal lures that wobble in the water.
What are waders?
fish that inhabit shallow waters
floating platform with bait dangling from the sides
They are rubber leg coverings that reach the upper thigh or higher.
What is the purpose of a fishing vest?
They act as a tackle box so all your essential lure, hooks and so on are with you and your hands are left free.
What is the D-ring on the back of the vest for?
It's there to secure a landing net.
What is a creel?
fishing net used in shallow water instead of a rod
net to imprison a fish until it is released
container for transporting fish
It is a container for transporting the catch home.
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