There are a lot of variables that you need to account for when you’re fishing, and trout fishing is no exception to that rule. If you want to be sure that you’ll be able to make the catch, then you’ll need to be prepared, and you should do everything to ensure that circumstances are in your favor when you fish.
One of the main things that are out of our control when fishing is the weather and inclement conditions have been the bane of many anglers. If you’re fishing for trout, you may be wondering how your likelihood of making a catch will be affected if it has rained recently in your area.
Today, we’re going to take a detailed look at how the rain affects trout during and after showers since that will help you understand the dynamic that they have with this weather condition. However, to make sure that everyone’s on the same page, let’s take a broader look at how fish are affected by the weather.
How Are Fish Influenced by the Weather?
Understanding how the weather affects marine life will help you become a better angler, for trout, and for any other kind of fish. Contrary to what you may expect, clear weather is typically some of the worst weather to fish in, because the water will be clear and predators will be able to see the fish.
Fish aren’t stupid, and they know that their survival is dependent on their visibility, so when it rains, and the water gets clouded up, then they’ll be a lot more willing to come out and feed. While murky water may make it harder for you to see the fish, there will be more of them, improving your chances of making a catch.
Another thing to consider is that it’s usually hotter on nicer days, and this will heat up the water. When water gets hot, the amount of readily available oxygen in it is decreased, which will slow fish down and make them less willing to leave their shelter so that they can find prey (or your bait).
How Do Various Kinds of Rain Affect Trout?
Fishing after cold rain is almost always a good idea because if the water is cooler, then it will have more oxygen in it. Additional oxygen in the water will make the trout more active, and they’ll be willing to look around for potential meals, including the hooks of any enterprising anglers.
Having more fish out feeding means that you’ll be more likely to catch something, though it will also make your lures less visible. This means that bright and colorful lures will be less effective since the fish will be less likely to see them before they bump into them.
Keep in mind that if the cold rain continues for a few days, then your chances of making a catch may end up being reduced. This is because the river will start to swell and the visibility will become too poor for the trout to find their prey in the first place, so they will be discouraged from feeding.
Heavy rain makes for some of the best fishing possible, but you’ll want to be sure that you wait until it is over. Fishing in heavy rain can be hazardous, and we’ll discuss the dangers involved in doing so later on in this guide. However, if you can head to your fishing spot right after it finishes, you’ll have great results.
When heavy rains first get started, they start to wash insects and other sources of food off of the riverbanks into the water. This results in a feeding frenzy in which the water becomes swollen with fish, and if the rain is heavy enough, this can continue until after the precipitation has finished.
If you’re looking for the right kind of bait after heavy rain, you’ll typically want to try worms. Since so many of them get washed into the water during these kinds of showers, fish will be looking for them, so they’ll be more likely to bite if they see a worm instead of a lure.
The good thing about a drizzle is that you can head out and start fishing while it’s still coming down, provided you are aware of the risks and experienced enough to deal with them. However, fishing after a drizzle will be a little less effective than either of the other two kinds of rain because of the less extreme effects.
Since light rain won’t come down as hard, it will be less likely to push other food sources into the water, and it also won’t make the stream as murky. This means that fish will have less of a reason to leave their shelter, though some adventurous trout may still try and find some food.
Another great thing about light rain is that most anglers will stay home, so you’ll have a lot more of the water to yourself. This can make the fishing experience more relaxing, but it also means that you’ll be more likely to catch fish, as there won’t be anyone else around to disturb them.
The Best Lures for Trout Fishing After Rain
Streamers are one of the best choices for trout fishers, especially after it has rained recently. You’ll typically want to use one of these kinds of lures if nymphs aren’t working out for you, as they’ll be a little more reliable in murky water, though you’ll need to pick the right kind of streamer.
The best time to use a streamer is when the water starts to get a little bit of color in it. The first type of streamer that you’ll want to use is an olive or brown one, as you don’t always need extreme or reflective colors. However, if you’ve noticed that the water is particularly murky, you’ll want to pick brighter streamers.
Reflective and colorful ones will work better when the water is murky, but if it gets to the point where visibility is near zero, then they’ll start to lose effectiveness again. Experience plays a key role in determining whether or not streamers will work in the current water conditions.
When you’re fishing in the rain, you’re typically dealing with fish that have risen so that they can feed, so a dry fly can often give you the results that you’re looking for. This is because they’ll usually be eating bugs and other kinds of prey that look like dry flies, improving their usefulness.
Of course, picking the right pattern depends on the weather that you’re dealing with, and a large part of doing it effectively is having the needed experience, much like with choosing a streamer color. If you want a versatile set of dry flies, we’d recommend getting your hands on an assortment kit.
If you’re fishing after the rain, then a nymph rig can also typically give you the results that you’re looking for. The first thing you’ll have to do is determine what kind of prey the fish are feeding on, and then you’ll just have to match your nymphs to the prey for the best results.
While brighter nymphs are designed to goad a fish into attacking, most of the time, you’ll want to stick to patterns that are as natural as possible. After all, a trout will be more likely to attack something that looks like food than something that looks like it could challenge them.
If you’re fishing near the end of the rain, and you still have a bit of a drizzle to contend with, then you may find that spinner can do the job for you. You’ll usually want to pick a larger lure if you’re going to be casting far and the water is deeper, while smaller ones are a better choice for short, shallow casts.
Of course, spinners require a more deft touch than other kinds of lures, so you’ll want to be a talented angler to get the most out of one of these. Of course, spinning lures are very situational, so this will be the least frequent type that is used out of the above options.
If you want to make your fishing expedition as safe as possible, you’ll always need to wait until the rain has fully stopped before you decide to head out. There are times when the rain looks like it’s about to end and then it comes back with thunder and lightning in tow, and this is extremely dangerous.
Along with getting caught in a storm, there are other hazards to fishing shortly after it rains. You’ll always want to be careful of where you step to ensure that you don’t end up slipping on a slick rock. Also ensure that you dress in warm clothing, as the rain can make you cold a lot quicker.
We hope that we’ve been able to provide you with the advice that you need to fish for trout shortly after it rains. Thank you for taking the time to read through this guide, and we wish you luck in your coming fishing trips.