If you walk down the “fishing hook” isle at any tackle shop or search any sporting goods website for fishing hooks, the choices can seem almost unlimited. Deciding on the proper size and style of hook to use for your favorite style of fishing can be a difficult task, but at the same time is one of the most important aspects to experiencing success on the water.
I am a trout fisherman and have been fishing for trout for over 20 years and one of the questions that I get asked more often than any other is, “what is the best size fishing hook for trout?” The problem with this question is that there is no one answer, other than of course
, but at the end of the day this answer doesn’t do anyone much good. Below, I will answer this question by listing the 3 most popular types of fishing hooks that are used for trout fishing, along with the sizes that are the most effective within each style of hook. Depending on your favorite style of trout fishing, you can then use this information to determine the best size hook for you.
Armed with this information you should never again have to ask or wonder when the best size hook is for trout fishing. Even though the saying isn’t that helpful in choosing the best hook option for you and your favorite trout fishing style, it is nonetheless worth keeping in the back of your mind that “the smaller the better” when it comes to any type of effective trout fishing hook. The reason for this is because trout are a species of fish that are generally used to eating many small meals throughout a day, so matching your trout fishing bait to the size of the meals that the trout are used to eating is never a bad idea and will generally result in more bites from hungry trout.