All right, you guys are all beating around the bush to find out what I used to catch a big one. My buddy saw that picture last week of the broken back Rappala, so he ran down and saved Joe's from bankruptcy. While he was dagging around his bank account all day, I had a trick up my sleeve. Last fall I tried something different and just killed them. So, started out with my mighty fishkiller, a one inch long flatfish with the tinyist of hooks and a small split shot about two feet up the line. The fish just swallow it, and those tiny hooks get imbeded in their mouth. I have never lost a fish using this lure.
Color changes all the time, but red, green and black are usually effective. I can't wait for the water to warm up a little.
I always see a lot of boats trolling up at the dam. In all my years of fishing, I have never caught a trout at the dam. Is it just me, or are they using a different technique at the dam?