When it comes to fishing for trout and redfin perch, there are a few things you need to factor in. Firstly is the size of the fish you expect to catch, in waters with a depth of over 1 metre, this allows the trout and redfin in this area to grow to their full size. In shallower waters, the redfin and trout will often become stunted in size, and hence different equipment is required.
Larger trout and redfin can put up a good fight, and hence you need a stronger fishing rod, fishing line and reel to be able to catch them easier. When it comes to smaller sized fish (30cm or less) then it is fine to use ultralight equipment on these fish.
Larger trout and redfin can be caught on all types of regular fishing rods, you want to be using a rod which has a line weight rating of 8lbs (pounds) to 16lbs, in metric terms this is a line rating of between 3.6kg and 17kg. These types of rods normally work well with fishing lures of 10 grams or more, and will easily handle even the largest trout and redfin you are after.
If however, you prefer to fish light weight, then you can still target fish below 30kg with the same equipment, however when it comes to lures, often you will be stuck using larger 10g+ lures which isn’t ideal.
Fishing with ultralight equipment can solve this problem, ultralight equipment is designed to handle lures of 1 gram to 5 grams in weight, but can easily accommodate lures between 1g and 10g. Any lures higher than 10g it’s best to switch to the thicker rod.
Ultralights allow you to cast extremely small lures with accuracy and ease, they will provide a much improved range when casting lower weight lures, and make controlling these small lures much easier. It is nearly impossible to use a lure below 10g on a thicker rod, as there isn’t enough natural curve when casting these rods to gain good distances.
Ultralights are perfect for small rivers and streams, and also along the side of lakes where reed beds, fallen trees and aquatic weeds are present. They allow you to cast with accuracy into these small areas where fish hide out. It would be extremely difficult to cast heavier lures into these areas, hence smaller equipment is vital.
Ultralight fishing is often more productive than regular fishing too, the ability to directly target these fish hiding spots means you will often get more fish each outing than simply casting into open water at long distance using regular rods and lures.
A big benefit of ultralight fishing too is that the lures are much cheaper than those of 10g or higher, taking a look online you are sure to find lures for only a few dollars that are below 10g in weight, small hard bodies and soft plastics are often overlooked and can be found on sale regularly at fishing shops.
When you use an ultralight rod, you also want a fairly compact spin reel, something that is smaller than average and has a good casting ability, having smaller reels with multiple ball bearings are perfect for ultralight fishing, basically when it comes to this type of fishing, the smaller the better when choosing a spin fishing reel.
Ultralights also work well with baitcaster rods and reels, so if you are already accustomed to baitcaster fishing, you can still pick up ultralight casting rods and even smaller / more compact baitcaster reels that will make ultralight fishing with baitcasters just as easy as it is with spin rods and reels.
When it comes to using trout and redfin fishing lures, the above advice should help you decide the type of equipment to bring along, regular fishing rods, reels and lures are great for open water, but smaller waters with ultralight equipment is far easier, as the rods are often two or three piece 180cm items, extremely light weight and easy to bring with you anywhere.
Trout and redfin are fairly similar in terms of the types of lures they will take, and also the types of bait they will grab, the only difference occurs when fly fishing, where redfin will be less likely to take a fly lure than a trout. For regular spin or baitcaster fishing though, both are interchangeable.