This is an affordable sport that a huge number of fishermen have enjoyed right next to their own homes. It is pretty much just bait fishing. Angle worms are the only bait which is used in Maine.
I suggest a steel rod with a 9-foot telescope, a low-cost winding loop, a 25-yard, hard-surfaced thread, an 8-inch No. 2 hook and a relatively wide sink.
Many trout brooks are very bushy and you’ll find trout several times in the hardest fishing areas.
That is where the rod of your telescope comes in. It’s easier to get through the bushes by telescoping it up to four or five feet, then into the pit you want to fish.
Do not use a thin, soft line, because it snarls so quickly that you will spend most of your time narrowing it from brush and bushes. An old level fly line makes a fine line for trout fishing in brooks.
Worms are still going to catch trout, no doubt about it. But you can also have plenty of fun these days, and catch plenty of fish, using a medium-action fly rod built for 2-to-4 weight lines. A shorter rod (less than eight feet) is easier to handle in dense cover, but if you want to drift a nymph through a plunge pool, a longer rod will allow you to do some high-sticking.
Should not yank too abruptly while fishing in a still pond. Give the fish time to get bait right into your mouth.
I keep my worms in a bait pocket in my coat, covered in moss. I sometimes humidify them with cold water on warm days. Take plenty of worms and you can change bait often as trout would take a wiggly worm if they don’t take a dead one.
Place a few leaves or moss in the bottom of your creel before putting in your first trout and keep doing so for any trout that you catch.
Clean the trout in the stream before putting it in your bowl, if it is convenient. When caught first they keep better and easier to clean.
When bait fishing in a pond with boat or raft for small trout, let the bait sink gradually before sinker reaches the bottom. Then raise around a foot. Keep it there for a minute or two before you cast another. Don’t yank in too hard. When you’ve found fish, don’t leave the place until you’re confident they’ve stopped biting.
Since well before this book was published, Maine has been popular for brook trout fishing-and rightly so. No other sight better conjures up the Maine outdoors than catching brook trout. In addition, Maine has more natural brook trout habitat, and the largest native and wild brook trout population in the United States. And although landlocked salmon are the “official” fish of the state, in 2005 even the brook trout was recognized as one of Maine ‘s heritage species.