Category Archives: Trout


Holy cow how is it I haven’t noticed the the SHIMANO STRADIC CI4 MICROLINE SPINNING REEL STCI41000FML before today? If you aren’t familiar with the Shimano CI14 series of spinning reels they are moderately priced with features and quality that compete with with spinning reels costing  $100 or more over the CI4.This spinning reel combined with a G.LOOMIS TROUT SERIES SPINNING ROD will be the ultimate trout and panfish spinning outfit. It’s interesting to note while it’s no secret SHIMANO owns G.LOOMIS it’s unusual too see the manufacture specify the rods within the reel description. It’s the right spinning rod choice regardless for this reel.
I need a new ultralight spinning outfit to keep behind the seat of my pickup. I think I will get the G.LOOMIS TSR621 which is 5’2″ long and I will mate it with the Stradic CI4 Microline. Hopefully I will be able to purchase this combination by the end of May 2011. Stay tuned




This reel was built as part of our technical fishing system for fishing Light Line specifically light PowerPro. We designed this reel to fish 5lb and lighter PowerPro and put a new drag system in it so that you can fight a fish without concern when fishing lighter lines. Like all Stradic CI4 reels this reel comes with the Propulsion line management system for greater casting distance and is also packed with Shimano’s Paladin Gearing for super smooth retrieving. Strap this reel on an ultra light rod, preferably the G-Loomis Trout and Panfish Series loaded with PowerPro, and you will have the ultimate Light line System.
  • Specialized for use with new PowerPro Microlines. Spool optimized to hold 150 yards of 4# PowerPro Microline
  • Ultra-lightweight CI4 Frame, Sideplate and Rotor Construction
  • Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement
  • Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III, Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
  • Aero Wrap II Oscillation
  • SR-Concept: SR 3D Gear, SR Handle, SR One-Piece Bail Wire
  • Aluminum Spool
  • S-Concept: S-Rotor, S-Guard, S-Arm Cam
  • Machined Aluminum Handle
  • Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread In Handle Attachment)
  • Round EVA Handle Grip
  • WP Drag (Waterproof Drag)
  • Maintenance Port
  • Fluidrive II
  • Floating Shaft
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Super Stopper II
  • Repairable Clicker
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines




A specialized series of spinning rods designed specifically for trout fishing. Using our proprietary “fiber blend” and GLX levels of performance, our goal is to provide anglers with a “sky is the limit” approach to the fishery. Originally made in 2-piece configurations for ease in transportability, a new – for 2010 – selection of 1-piece rods has been added for those anglers that want the ultimate in light weight and performance. Effective for lake or stream fishing, these rods are made with one objective in mind… to help serious trout anglers become more successful and enjoy their time on the water with the lightest, most sensitive rods available. Four models are available in GLX… two 1-piece and two 2-piece rods. The entire series features fast tips for the ultimate in control, whether your pitching a spinner, a marabou jig or drifting single eggs on your favorite creek . The “fiber blend” models feature a combination of regular cork and composite cork for a new, unique looking rear grip with up-locking reel seats and Fuji, single-foot Alconite guides. The GLX models feature Recoil guides, cork & foam grips with up-locking reel seat. To quote Field & Stream Magazine rod testers, during their annual “Best of the Best Awards” field reviews in 2008, they said, “These rods are like fishing with a feather!” Imagine what the new 1-piece rods feel like… they’re even lighter! Varying in power from ultra-light to light, rated from 1-pound test line up to 8-pound, they are surprisingly strong. You’ll want to take one these rods along for all your fishing adventures. How big a fish can you catch on one of these rods? You might be surprised! The sky is the limit!”


Im pretty excited by the new RAPALA FLAT RAP series of lures. They are available in the same configuration as my favorite ORIGINAL FLOATING RAPALA MINNOW. That would be black and gold with a length of 2.5 inches. Im going to order a few next week. pictures to follow. for now read the manufacturers description below.

Rapala Flat Rap Lures, at first glance, look like any standard Rapala lure. Then you start to notice the difference in the flat sides and triangle lip. Built of balsa with a slow-rising response on retrieve pause, the Flat Rap swims with a hard-flashing modification of the classic Rapala “wounded-minnow” action. The triangle lip enhances the quicker action while deflecting off obstacles in its way. Each Flat Rap is hand-tuned and tank-tested to ensure it embodies the fish-catching action Rapala is known for.

The quick flashing swimming action of the Flat Rap entices instinctual bites from all freshwater gamefish species including Bass, Walleye, Pike, Musky, Trout, Salmon and Panfish.

Additional features of these baits include the following:

  • Flat-Sided For Hard Flashing Action
  • Triangle Shaped Lip Enhances Action
  • Design Allows Long Distance Casts
  • Slow-Rising
  • Balsa Wood Construction
  • VMC Black Nickel Hooks
  • Great For Casting And Trolling

Rapala Fat Rap Lure Options

Stream Rig for Trout

Stream Rig for Trout

When my parents bought a weekend cabin in Malone NY I was blessed with a wonderful place to fish with a 15 minute walk through the woods. This wonderful place was the Salmon River. The Salmon River was the best trout stream I have ever fished to this day. The section of river I mostly fished was about 30 feet wide and 75 feet or so of river bank. In the early days of fishing this section of stream we fished with mostly night crawlers and a lot of frustration. The river was Im guessing 5 feet deep in the center with a very swift current that was littered with boulders and rocks. This scenario created a challenge in getting the worm to the trout.

Fishing with no weight the worm would just stay at the surface for it’s 15 second trip through the fishing zone. Adding enough weight to get the worm to the depth of the fish resulted in constantly getting snagged and broken line. As I stated above frustrating.

As luck would have it my dad was talking to an old timer at work who happened to be a life long fisherman. This gentlemen explained the problem and described a great solution. That solution is often referred to as a STREAM RIG. This stream rig is simple and brilliant. You only need to add one or two items to your tackle box. These items are split shot sinkers and three way swivels.

The cause of the line getting caught was weights getting hung up in the rocks. The stream rig eliminates this by locating the split shot sinkers on a separate line called a dropper leader where the weights can become sacrificial. When done correctly the split shot will just pull off the dropper leader leaving everything else in tact. Worse case you will break the dropper leader with the snap shot but that rare. As added protection I use a line weight for the dropper leader that much less than that of the main line the hook is attached too. I typically use 6 pound test line with two to four pound test for the dropper leader.
There is an additional benefit to getting the split shot off of your primary line. By placing the split shot on your line you are slightly damaging the lines integrity.

Look at the image below for an example of the Stream Rig For Trout

Stream Rig for Trout
Stream Rig for Trout

Weight selection: You will need to let conditions and lure type and size dictate how much weight to use. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Finally this rig is not just for trout fishing with worms. You can use it for any bait or lure that’s having difficulty reaching it’s desired depth. I will often use this stream rig with a floating Rapala. I prefer the action of the floating Rapala to that of a weighted or sinking Rapala.

Look Alive, Slow Down for Fall Fishing

I get the is my inbox from Rapala. It’s worthy of blogging here.

Most anglers don’t have as much experience fishing the colder water of autumn as they do the summer months. Let’s make this your best fall ever, with some proven tactics.

First, a general thought that can help a lot: keep your baits lively, but slow them down as water temps drop. It’s not enough to just “slow things down” if you kill the life of your baits. It’s important to choose lures that have good action at slower speeds.

Quick, but Slow
Just as in ‘summer’ fishing, quickly searching a lot of possible spots is a huge key to success. You have to find the fish before you can catch ‘em. Trolling and casting Rapalas remains an ideal strategy.

Original Floating Rapalas, Shad Raps, Tail Dancers, and Trolls-To Minnows are excellent fall choices, because they come to life at slow speeds. The Jointed Shad Rap is a sleeper fall bait that has phenomenal slow-speed action.

For casting, the DT Family, X-Raps, and MaxRap are perfect.

Whether trolling or casting, how you present the bait is a big deal. For example, in the warm water of midsummer, a hard-cutting aggressive presentation, with lots of wild sharp twitches, can be the ticket when fishing an X-Rap.

But you have to slow down that same bait, in most cases, to do well in fall.

Rather than slash-and-dash, think pull-and-pause as the water cools.

In cold water, between twitches or pulls, give the X-Rap time to roll upright and suspend. Allow the lure to come to rest and appear alive but vulnerable. Sometimes, the longer the pause, the better.

Take this same approach with every lure. Keep it looking alive, but easy to grab.

Triggering with Soft Baits
Another deadly fall tactic is to fish Trigger X soft baits in likely areas.

Fall fish are famous for concentrating in defined areas. When you find a good bunch of fish, it’s a situation tailor made for introducing Ultrabite pheromones!

In colder water, subtle baits like the Trigger X Spadetail Worm and Flutter Worm are often the ticket. In heavy cover, try rigging them weedless on a VMC Dominator Shaky jig head. Where snags are less likely, try the Trigger X Tube rigged with an exposed hook on a VMC Dominator Half Moon jig head.

Whatever you do, don’t give up on fishing before you give the fall a good go!

Trout Fishing Cornwall, Connecticut September 10,2010

Fishing with Bob:

Twice a year the little woman, Toby and I head off to the Housatonic River in Cornwall Connecticut to what we refer to as “Fishing with Bob”. Fishing with Bob has its roots dating back about 20 years from when I kept my Ranger 363V Bass Boat at his home in Newtown, CT. Bob and I used to go bass fishing weekly on lake lillinonah. Twice a year though we would break from our bass fishing and head to the Housatonic River in Cornwall for some trout and smallmouth bass fishing.

Here in 2010, my boat is long gone and Bob has since moved away but the twice yearly tradition of “Fishing with Bob” has remained steadfast.

This year as we began planning our second trip to the Housatonic I knew that if the weather didn’t change by the day of our trip that we would be facing a river  that was experiencing one of the driest summers on record and the water level could be a few feet lower than normal.

Fishing Day September 10, 2010

Bob and I Fishing
Bob and I Fishing

Nothing like a fishing trip to make it rain. We hit the road around 8:30am. Upon getting off route 8 in Torrington the sky became dark and threatening. Sure enough before long we were getting some downpours and fog pretty much until the time we reached Kent. Interestingly a few miles later in Cornwall there was no sign of rain and it appeared not a drop reached the ground at our fishing location. The sky was still overcast and there was a slight breeze. We found ourselves wishing we had worn something other than shorts and t-shirts. We met up with Bob and exchanges hugs and greetings and headed to the river.

Fishing Part 1:

The river was very low, lower than I had anticipated. In fact I had only seem the river at this level one other time previously and It was our best day ever for smallmouth bass ever. I was encouraged. Normally we are limited to a handful of places to fish from and a limited amount of river bank to move about but the low water level makes the entire section of river that we fish accessible. I was pretty happy.

Typically I start off with my 2″ black/gold original floating minnow. It’s a great lure for just about any type of freshwater fish here in New England. This day I decided to be different and started with a black/chartreuse beetle spin. The beetle spin has worked really well for me on this river in the past. Also at this point I’m really seeking smallmouth bass and not interested in trout. Well the beetle spin did not produce anything. Not only did it not produce a fish but I didn’t even get a strike or follow. Nothing. During the next half hour or so I tried several other trust lures with similar results. I did however make an observation about the river conditions that might have been affecting the fish. First off there were minnows and fry everywhere. The second thing I noticed was Crayfish everywhere. I could see them carpeting the riverbed as well as their remains on the rocks from birds and animals who were dining on them. I suspect every predator was eating well and my plastic lures were pretty unappealing.

Disappointed, Bob and I decided to regroup and break for lunch.


Lunch has become a tradition just as much as the trip itself. This day we would dine on some thick and juicy New York Strip steaks cut fresh before my eyes at Amity Meat Market in New Haven, CT. To go with the steak we had some huge baked potatoes and buttered corn. All the food was cooked over real charcoal and not briquettes. To wash down the steaks Bob and Toby drank some Sam Adams, the little woman had Mikes Hard Lemonade while I had a coke. I was the designated party pooper.

New York Strip Steak
New York Strip Steak

After lunch we decided to skip the urge for a nap and try fishing a little further down the river.

Bob sitting in front of the grill
Bob sitting in front of the grill

It was a good move.

Fishing Part 2:

We headed down stream to the place where we normally end the trip. The river was deeper, faster and a little more concentrated here. I immediately started with my Rapala this time. To my shock 4 HUGE TROUT followed the Rapala to my feet. They would do this consistently. Off to my right Bob began to land some nice trout. I started switching out lures to find something to get the trouts attention in to see if I could get on the fish like Bob was.

Bob catching a trout
Bob catching a trout

I believe Bob was on his 6th trout when I tied on a Yo-Zuri Gobi. I the Gobi produced two trout in two casts. I decided though that because the hooks were so small and difficult to remove that I was risking the trouts lives. I needed something different.

Coincidentally last spring the nice gentleman that owns the river bank where we park had given us a lure recommendation for trout in this area. He had suggested a lure that has withstood the test of time, an inline spinner. Most folks know inline spinners by their brand names Mepps and Rooster Tails. This day I chose the Rooster Tail. It was the right choice. I began catching trout at a pace equal to Bob’s. I noticed the trout were almost always grabbing the lure as it’s retrieve arc changed direction from across the current to against it. I decided to cast in a fashion where my lure worked it’s way down stream in about 3 foot increments. On my furthest cast I intentionally bounced the lure off a rock. I was almost instantly snagged on a rock or the bottom, or so I thought. I was about to give up and break my line when the little woman suggested trekking down stream to get lure. I knew she was right. After several minutes of rock hopping I finally got a little down stream of the snag and my line began to move on its own. The fact is I was not really stuck. I had managed to hook a fairly large male brown trout. It took me a few minutes to get him to my feet. As much as I would have loved to get him out of the water for a picture I was more concerned with not harming him and having my 6lb test breaking leaving him with my lure in his mouth.

Large Brown Trout
Large Brown Trout
Large Brown Trout
Large Brown Trout
Large Brown Trout
Large Brown Trout

One I resumed fishing I caught another good trout, not as large as the big one but about 14″ and very fat. This was turning out to be quite a day. We stayed a little while longer caught a few more fish and decided it was enough and time to call it quits.

The Tally:

I think I caught about 8 trout, a decent 12″ smallmouth and a lure sized smallmouth. Bob caught 12 trout but he wasn’t counting. 🙂

Dogs like fishing too:

Toby has come to love fishing as much as us.

Toby watching out for Trout
Toby watching out for Trout
Toby and I
Toby and I