When fishing for creek trout there are many options from which anglers may choose. However, when discussing creek trout there are certain lures which may prove to be more effective than others. Creeks are typically smaller streams with waters which flow and tumble over rocks and structure as well as small, deeper pools. Trout found in creeks are usually smaller and may many times be native or wild. When pursuing these trout and angler must use stealth, attempt to blend in with the surroundings, and select lures which closely imitate a trout's natural food in an appropriate size.
Natural baits refers to lures which are not manufactured and many even be naturally occurring in the area near creeks. This type of bait includes grasshoppers, earth worms and night crawlers, salmon eggs and assorted grubs. Natural bait can also be used to describe whole kernel corn, which is a highly effective bait for trout. Natural baits are typically rigged on a hook just large enough to hold the bait and are presented to the trout by allowing the bait to move with the flow of the creeks current to waiting trout.
Spinners are perhaps one of the most widely used and most popular lures for creek trout. Spinners come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and designs by many different manufacturers. The basic spinner features a wire with an eye at the end followed by a bead and then a Colorado or willow shaped spinner blade. Another bead will then follow with a main body made of animal hair, plastic, or other material. Spinners may be plain with only a hook at the end or dressed with animal hairs or even feathers. A spinner is cast into a current and retrieved with the flow of the water to imitate a minnow swimming down stream. Spinners may also be cast into pools and worked around structure.
Flies are grouped into wet, dry and streamers. Flies are used with special line and leaders which allow them to be presented in a delicate and precise manner. Dry flies will feature animal hairs which stand out from the body of the fly for flotation on the surface of the water. These imitate bees, ants and other insects that either fall onto or float on the water's surface. Wet flies are tied to easily sink beneath the surface of the water and represent various stages of an insect's life such as the larvae. Streamers most commonly represent bait fish such as minnows, are sleek in design, and are constructed to move sharply through the water.