|Trout Area Fishing in the UK|
What is Trout Area
Initially, Trout Area started as a commercial fishing method in Japan where people needed to fish ponds of reduced size. The logic behind this was to ensure consistent catches and to allow many fishers in one small space. However, it soon grew to become a highly specific technique that sits halfway between fly fishing and spinning. It involves the use of short rods and lightweight equipment. There are parallels with LRF fishing but diverges away from LRF on a lot of levels. LRF is a light approach, and the target is to catch multiple species in saltwater. Trout Area, in contrast, focuses on one species and is predominantly done in small freshwater ponds and requires particular rules to be followed and respected. For example, the most basic principle is Catch and Release; therefore the use of light braids, non-rubber lures, ultralight spinning rods and minimal fish handling is paramount. Ultimately, the focus is on respecting the fish at the highest level, incurring minimal damage and having a lot of fun. Additionally, to release the fish with the highest possible care, which is one of the principles that underpin the practice of Trout Area, single barbless hooks and landing nets with rubber mesh are required. Stiff rods, heavy lines, and treble hooks are out of the question.
Trout Area Fishing Rods
|Trout Area Rods|
6ft ultralight spinning rods for Trout Area are preferred because the small length is regarded as a mirror of the water in which the technique is practiced. It's also to promote the accuracy of launching your small lure and increasing the mobility of the lure in the water. The other compromise on 6ft is the ability to move around easily and to allow you to carry 2 or 3 rods to your preferred Trout Area venue. Super-light is not unheard of when it comes to these rods because the goal is to 'feel' every single touch. Therefore it makes sense that soft and progressive is the preferred action for smaller sizes of Trout Area micro spoons and lures. A smooth, slow action also makes it easier to unhook the fish with minimal fuss. Typically, a Trout Area rod is made of carbon fibre and features an EVA handle, fast action, light and sensitive tip, SIC guides which are ideal for use with braids, and an ultralight reel seat. Most rods come in a protective rod bag or sock. A Trout Area Rod must be capable of handling lures of weights up to 5g.
Trout Area Spinning Reels
When it comes to Trout Area Spinning Reels, the smaller and lighter the better. Large spool capacity is not a big priority because it's not necessary to cast small lures long distances. It's all about minimalism, finesse, and a light touch, therefore drag-wise, the reel should ideally handle the thinnest of braids and allow for epic fights with large and small fish. Modern style Trout Area reels include features such as:
- Air Spool
- Light Drag
|Trout Area Spinning Reel|
Trout Area Fishing Technique
The technique for Trout Area Fishing is mainly spinning, therefore, retrieval rates can vary from very slow to twitchy and vibrant. The objective is to trigger curiosity and a response; especially from timid fish. It's not a difficult technique which means that it's highly accessible and easy for anyone to have fun. The beauty of this method is that it's easily adaptable to other species too!
Trout Area Fishing Tackle
As highlighted, the fundamental approach is lightness. Therefore, you do need gear that's not in your typical spinning outfit therefore if you want to stay true to the Trout Area principles you will need the following:
Trout Area Lures
Micro-spoons and blades with single barbless hooks weighing up to 5 grams are predominantly used. These typically come in a range of colours, shapes, and sizes.
Braids for Trout Area Fishing
Braid is preferred for Trout Area Fishing because it has a higher strength to weight ratio, is stretch resistant and wear resistant. Breaking strains of 3-6lb are the most common to accommodate the handling that is required for small fish and small Trout Area Lures.
Trout Area Nets
When it comes to landing nets, small, hand-held nets are perfect but must have rubber mesh. Rubber causes minimal damage to the fish when landing and releasing.
|Trout Area Rubber Mesh Landing Net|
Will Trout Area Catch on in the UK?
Trout Area is big in Japan and growing exponentially in Italy. The philosophy is respecting the fish and using ultralight equipment, so fun is guaranteed. However, as a method, Trout Area can and will undoubtedly be adopted in the UK to target other species such as Perch and Pike in small rivers, ponds, and canals. It will also appeal to existing Trout Anglers who fish lochs and where permitted, Trout Stillwaters.
As anglers, we are continually adapting and changing to gain the maximum level of pleasure from fishing. LRF is a perfect example. It exploded onto the UK Sea Fishing Scene with loads of anglers embracing its simplicity and the opportunity to catch a wide variety of species. Trout Area is sure to follow suit and become the next big thing in the UK lure fishing scene.