11 expert tips for catching big Algonquin brook trout

Backcountry brookies

The best fishing is far afield, but the rewards are more than worth the effort

Cast spinners

I’ve found the most productive spinner patterns for Algonquin Park to be gold and Black Fury Yellow Dot. For your rod and reel combo, go light, and use a six-pound-test fluorocarbon leader. Shown here is a #1 Mepps with a “Rainbow Trout” blade pattern. Remember, on extended interior trips, it’s important to bring backup spoons and spinners, particularly #2 spinners—the most commonly used size. Losing lures is inevitable and you can’t just pop by the tackle shop to pick up more when you’re in the backcountry.

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