Small plugs are highly effective and largely overlooked when it comes to fishing for rainbow trout in rivers and streams.
In particular, they give big fish a look at a big bait. Manufacturers are rapidly developing smaller plugs with precise actions that will cast well on light spinning gear.
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Here are the best of the best:
The 70 series, 1.5-inch plug is made for backtrolling and drift-fishing rivers and streams for trout. Multiple colors. Larger series work well as divers with hook removed. $7
Built for long casting in rivers and streams with 2- to 3-foot target depth zones. 1 1/2-inch and 2 1/2-inch versions; unique lip yields wobble/roll action, detailed scale/eye design. $8
Featuring a skip-beat action, both the 2-inch and 2 1/2-inch Mag Lips can be fished multiple ways in rivers and streams. 20 color designs. $7
At 1.5 inches, this versatile plug is designed to backtroll, or be fished from an anchored position in the current, or cast and swung in rivers and small streams. Multiple colors. $6
Available in 1/6 and 2/7 ounces. Made for shallow fishing, precise diving depth, rattle, flash and roll action. $5