The Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife presents “How to fish for trout in Oregon.” Using floating baits can be an effective
tool for chasing trout. What we can do right now is break down
how to put together your floating bait rig. And first what we need to start with is
our main line. So we take our main line of our rod tip
and we’re going to put what’s called a sliding
sinker onto our main line first. The sliding sinkers have a hole that goes
all the way through them. So we take our tag end, place it through the hole.
That way it’s sliding on our main line here. Next we’re gonna take our swivel.
This is a normal barrel swivel here. Put our tag end through the eyelet. And then, once again tie our fisherman’s knot. Five to seven wraps here. Through the loop, pull it tight. Then trim up the tag end. Less than a quarter inch here. Next were either gonna take a section
off of our mainline, that we’ve done earlier. Or using a leader
spool pull off anywhere from 12 to 24 inches of line. You’re going to use a longer leader in deeper water or when you’re around weed lines and big
rocks. A shorter section of leader when you’re close to shore and it’s just fine gravel or sediment or sand on the bottom. The reason why is because the length of your leader will dictate how far off the bottom your bait will float. So again around weed lines and big rocks you’re going to want a longer leader to keep it away from all that structure. So what I’m going to do right now just because we’re fishing along
with line here I’m going to cut about an 18 inch section. There we are. A nice short section of leader here. Once we’ve
cut our sectional leader we’re gonna grab the other end of our
swivel that has nothing tied to it, place our leader line through that eyelet and again tie our fisherman’s knot. Pull it tight. Then trim our tag end. There we go. Now our leader is set. So we’re going to get to the end of our leader here. Grab our size 8 bait hook and attach it using the fisherman’s knot. Make our loop, wrap five to seven times. Now pull it tight. Trim up our tag end one last time. Now it’s time to apply the bait. There we go. Now with your sliding weight here when you make your cast you’re going to reel your line up tight, it’s going to come tight to your swivel, and your bait will float up off the bottom.
When that fish bites it won’t feel any pressure whatsoever
because the weight will be on the bottom and the fish will be able to pull your main line freely. you’ll see the bite on your rod tip. There are two types of floating bait out there in the market that are used most commonly. There are your nugget style, And what are called your dough baits. They both serve the same purpose, they both float. There are two ways to apply them. The
nugget baits are typically easiest to put on your hook. Just pull one out, hold it gently in your hand, take the point of your hook, slide it right
through the middle. Then on up towards eye of the hook. Just like that. Very simple. With dough baits it allows you to choose
how big of a bait you actually want to use. Now you wanna make sure use just enough to make sure that your hook floats. So I’m going to take my finger, scoop out
about the size of a dime here. And then I’m going to take my size 8
bait hook, lay it on top the bait. And just roll it around the hook. Essentially, we’re just going to make a dough ball out of the bait. Just like that.