Acrobatic rainbow trout are powerful fighters, often going airborne during battles with anglers. Rainbows are named for the beautiful pink-to-red stripes on their flanks.
Fishing is most productive during spring and fall months, especially when they are fattened up from gorging all summer. Medium-action spinning and fly rods with cast and retrieve methods usually works best. Rainbows will take several different types of tackle including baits, lures, wobbling spoons, weighted spinners, flies, beads, streamers, muddlers and egg patterns. Fluorescent colors can sometimes work the best and some populations will prefer certain colors over others. As with other trout, their diet will determine the gear.