6 expert tips for early-season brook trout

Old-timer tactics

A veteran angler’s time-tested techniques for catching plenty of early-season brook trout

All brook trout anglers dream of fish that will put a big bend in their fishing rods, and the excitement is probably never higher than on opening day. However, things do not always go as planned. For example, I’ll never forget an early-season trip many years ago when I got schooled by my late friend Jacques Laforest (above), who was an expert brook trout angler with 60 years of experience.

By the time he had his limit, I had tried every presentation I could think of, but nothing was working. Then I started following Laforest’s lead, and my luck changed. Here are six lessons I took away from that trip that can also help you catch more early-season brookies.

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