Trout Ninja Rig 1 of 2

In this video you will learn how to make my number one top producing trout rig for fishing in lakes and ponds.
You’ll discover how it works, why it works, and the best way to fish it.

Make sure you check out Trout Ninja 2 of 2 to see how to finish the rig and the technique to outfish your buddies.

Tell me what you think below in the comments box.  Your comments help me make videos you want to see.

After you make a comment, GO CATCH SOME TROUT!

42 Responses to “Trout Ninja Rig 1 of 2”

  1. Trout Ninja says:

    What gear to use. There are so many ways to catch stocked trout. I’m sorry to not give you exact recommendations. I’ll need to put up a vid to give general info. But i do have my favorites: A 7 to 9 foot very light action telescoping spinning rod with an ultralight spinning reel with 4 to 6 pound test monofilament. But as you can see in the Coke Bottle Video, the trout have no idea what’s on the shoreline. The rig, attraction, and bait are what’s most important. And of course, if trout aren’t where you are fishing, dynamite won’t help!

  2. Trout Ninja says:

    Intolerance fascinates me. Labels fascinate me. Funny. My absolute favorite fishing is stalking wild trout with dry flies on the Owens River near Mammoth Lakes California USA. Around here near Cincinnati, Ohio, wild trout are a long drive. Don’t have the luxury. I just love to give secrets so others can make memories. Catching stocked trout with bait is merely the gateway drug to fly fishing. Thanks for commenting.

  3. jason gregory says:

    Thank you for the video. perfect for beginners. cant wait to try it out
    great job

  4. Trouter says:

    Hey Trout Ninja I enjoy watching your videos. I learn a lot from it. Do you know what gear I should be using from your knowledge?


  6. Fly fish says:

    you are a disgrace to all fisherman. you are the definition of dumb bait chuck. you are just to stupid to flyfish I will out fish you any day.

  7. Mario says:

    New to fishing, Your rig looks great to use for trout. I have also seen people using a bobber but I have no clue how to set that up or if it works, can you please help? Thanks!

  8. Bill Jennings says:

    Thanks for the video it was well done & easy to follow… we live in southern Oregon and plan to try your ninja rig in one of our local lakes next week.

    Thanks again,

  9. Gary Brower says:

    Great job. Even though my 9-yr-old says “Boring”, he watched it all, because he wanted to know how to catch trout!

  10. TrollNinja says:

    Excellent rig.

    Ill share my secret rig which Ive been using since I was a kid. This rig works particularly well for rainbows which seem to be very finicky at times and very shy.

    First rather than using a lead sinker, my dad taught me to use a plastic bubble filled completely with water. Next a snap swivel and a hand tied 2′ leader with a small barbed hook. The secret is to trim all knots and use baby night crawlers threaded on the hook. You cant just jumble the worm on the hook like many people do. You insert the hook just once and thread the entire hook inside the worm all the way up a little past the knot.

    This presents the trout with a very natural looking bait which wont prick their mouth or feel weird in any way when they take it. Also the bubble weight is of course nearly weightless in the water, so there is no resistance until they run.

    The bad part of this rig is that nearly all caught trout will have swallowed the bait fully and require surgical precision to remove the hook. In most cases I cut the line to save the trout.

    Now here is my killer secret. Gold or silver Kastmasters. If the trout stop taking baby crawlers we break out the Kastmasters and 9 xs out of 10 they work. Just like Trout Ninja everyone else on shore is seething mad as we reel in fish after fish after fish whilst they pack up.

  11. Trout Ninja says:

    First, the best dough bait on the market, in my opinion, is PowerBait. Now, I make my own floating bait. And it outfishes powerbait most days 2 to 1, but I’ve struggled with getting it not rot after a couple of months. And it costs a fortune. So now, I just use the active dry ingredients from my floating bait (looks like dust), and sprinkle them on Powerbait. And I outfish powerbait 2 to 1. Those are documented field studies. In terms of getting more bites, sometimes it may not be the bait. Watch the 2 videos at least twice (Trout Ninja Rig 1 of 2 and 2 of 2). I give you some detailed things to do so you have the best possible chance of catching trout early and often.
    Oh and If I didn’t have my own formulas, I’d just use powerbait for stocked trout in lakes and ponds. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  12. Trout Ninja says:

    James, Thanks for writing. And thanks for serving our country. If you are using dough baits, it is very difficult to keep stocked trout from swallowing the hook. Especially when lake fishing.
    I’ve tried to figure this out by testing single hooks, treble hooks, circle hooks, and different rigs. Trout Ninja Killer Rig on the bottom. Or Float rigs. Unfortunately, the field tests show it doesn’t matter which rig or hook, still gets swallowed.
    The only time I’ve used dough baits and had fewer swallows is when I use the Thigh-High Rig. You’ll see it here at . And even then, I still get some swallows.
    If I’m keeping the fish, I’ll tear the hook out. If I’m releasing, I’ll cut my line as close to the hook as possible. God Bless You, ~ Trout Ninja ~

  13. james says:

    What smells are trouy attracted too or what can i add to my dough bait to get more bites

  14. james says:

    How do i keep the trout from swallowing my hook and whats the best way to remove them with out cutting my line

  15. Allen G. says:

    WOW! What a day! Opening day Illinois stocked trout…..SMOKED EM. My brother and I hit Pickerel lake at 6 am, by 610 we had 2 fish hooked up by 11 am we both had our limits. We have been trying without success for 2 years. Thanks so much for the informative sight, I showed at least 5 people at the lake your setup and have 3 young sons to teach also when they are old enough. Nothing but bobbers all around us and they just stood there watching us pull in fish after fish. Passed on your website info, thanks again…..WOW! Trout ninja rig and yellow power bait…WOW!

  16. Trout Ninja says:

    Thanks for asking for Secret Bait. It costs so much to make and package. Don’t know if I’d ever sell it because it would probably be the “World’s Most Expensive Trout Bait”! But I do have something planned for the future. Thanks again and come back soon ~ Trout Ninja ~

  17. Drakon says:

    Trout Ninja!! i want some sercet bait!!!!

  18. Trout Ninja says:

    Chris, Thanks for writing. Your question about snap vs. barrel swivels. I use both. Depends what’s in the tackle bag. I like the snap swivels if I’m speed fishing. That means I pre-tie leaders with a loop I can quickly slip onto the snap. So when I net a trout, I leave it and the net in the water, I just unsnap the swivel, remove the leader, put on another, bait-up and recast. Then I tend to the trout. Release (if it appears unharmed). I also keep some if I know we’ll eat them same or next day. Keep writing! ~ Trout Ninja ~

  19. Chris says:

    Nice video bro I’ve been using this rig for years with “ninja” success in NorCal! Just out of curiosity why the snap swivel instead of a barrel swivel? Keep on fishing man!


  20. Trout Ninja says:

    Randy, Thanks for the terrific report. I’m thrilled you caught fish after fish. What’s more important is you were willing to be open minded and try my easy-to-use system. Fishing is Good. Catching is Better. The Journey is Best. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  21. Randy says:

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I used the killer rig last week at my usual spot. Others caught a few but I was the only one catching fish after fish. I didn’t get more hits than usual. The difference was that when I did get a hit, I hooked it. Every hit except one landed a fish. Usually I’m the one sitting there all day with my one fish while I watch others meet & exceed the limit. Nice to be on the other side for once. Thanks for the info. I’m in Oregon and they stopped stocking last month so I’ll have to wait till spring until I try it again. Can’t wait!

  22. Trout Ninja says:

    If I could only have one powerbait color, it would be rainbow because if I am fishing clear water, those colors are the most visible from shallow to deep water.
    And if I am not certain of the depth of a weedbed, I’ll fish my Killer Rig (Ninja Rig) on Steroids—that means I use a 3-way swivel and one short and one long leader.
    Since I am only talking about stocked trout, I always use my own floating formulas or powerbait with Trout Ninja Magic Dust sprinkled on the powerbait. Thanks! ~ Trout Ninja ~

  23. paul says:

    what time to use deffent baits for trout,what about two setup on one line wont get tango or is it best with one, what power bit is the beat to use all the time? I thank of 4 colors rainbow, yellow orange pink are good colors.

  24. Irwin says:

    Thanks. Most informative video I’ve seen so far on catching trout.

  25. Trout Ninja says:

    Depends if the Rainbows are stocked as catchable size, or stocked as fingerlings (babies) or wild. Once I know that,
    I can give you some suggestions. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  26. Trout Ninja says:

    Running water rigs. Depends on the size, speed, and depth of the water. If you can describe the water you fish with a lot more detail, I can give you a specific answer.
    If the water is in the USA, give me the name, I’ll research it, and give you my recommendation. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  27. dox says:

    ok what would be best for you to use on running water? i fish rainbows trouts on running water, but tring to find out for good rigs. can you help me?

  28. Trout Ninja says:

    Hi Vincent,
    Field Testers must go through an approval process. Not all are accepted. If you signed-up for Trout Ninja TV tips,
    you’ll get an email after a day or two explaining how to apply. Good Luck!! ~ Trout Ninja ~

  29. vincent lopez says:

    how do you become a field tester to test your bait PLEASE comment………..plz plz plz plz plz plz

  30. joey says:

    well thanks for the rig idea im gonna use this today and ill let u know how i did seems very easy to rig up

  31. Trout Ninja says:

    Joe, thanks for coming over. Trout can “smell” the floating baits. If the water is clear, they can also easily see it and if attracted to it
    will have the chance to get close enough to “smell” it. And in your best interest, eat it. When we formulate Trout Ninja Floating bait, we make it so strong, even in muddy water we catch trout. Now when the water is clear, the trout also see it falling through the water when you cast. Stocked trout are used to their meals falling from the sky, so be very ready for a hit while your bait is falling through the water. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  32. joe restomo says:

    how to trout know that the floating bait is food, can they smell it

  33. Trout Ninja says:

    Hi Nate,
    Thanks for commenting. I have good news and well, not the best news.First, stocked trout are for everyone.But you must make sure your area’s fishing regulations allow you to bait fish those same areas where fly-fisherman are fishing. I also fly-fish for trout. And I can tell you from experience,fly-fisherman usually don’t want a bait fisherman within site. O.K. that’s my public service notice. Now,if there is a lot of current. I recommend tying the hook directly to the line and using a tiny split shot around 18 inches above the hook. River fishing can be a challenge if you are not familiar with how trout use the rocks, banks, and other features for protection and feeding. Unlike fly-fishing where your fly is constantly moving/drifting, stocked river trout will take powerbait that is not moving as long as you are cast to where the fish are!
    Tell me some more about the regulations in the area and do you see any bait fisherman catching a lot of trout? I look forward to hearing from you! ~ Trout Ninja ~

  34. Nate Sanders says:

    Hey there Trout Ninja! I’ve watched all of your videos after having a non-successful day on the water fishing for trout. I was using red worms, then night crawlers and some corn and then some lures. They were being extremely evasive and shy. I am in Pa, fishing the Little Lehigh Creek/Small River , it is trout stocked water, we could see them every once in a while, but they just weren’t cooperating. What is your advice on fishing the Trout Ninja Killer Rig on a smaller river? I have all the ingredients and would like to go show up the fly fisherman 😛 Thanks for your time!


  35. Trout Ninja says:

    Hi Lucas, Hopefully you watched both the Trout Ninja Rig 1 of 2 and 2 of 2. That’s where I discuss the baits to use. Short answer though, I use my Trout Ninja Floating bait. Since my bait is not yet available to the public, try using Powerbait. If you only buy one color, try the rainbow. Come back and give us a Fish Report. Thanks, ~ TN ~

  36. lucas says:

    hey i want to know whats good bait you use with this rig

  37. Trout Ninja says:

    Hey Keith, Man I’m thrilled you discovered the Trout Ninja Killer Rig. Some folks are just calling it the “Trout Ninja Rig”.
    You proved it for yourself. Funny thing is, and you tell me, how many people actually came up to you and asked “what rig are you using?” or “how do set up your line?”
    Most people just ask me “what are you catchin’ ’em on?”. Maybe they are embarrassed. Please share the Trout Ninja Killer Rig with others.
    Thanks for paying me a visit! ~ Now GO CATCH SOME MORE TROUT ~ Trout Ninja ~

  38. Keith Kidd says:

    Mr. Trout Ninja,
    I went to Hereford Manor yesterday with my dad and I’ll tell you what. I caught 15 trout in 4hrs with that rig using powerbait, he wasn’t catching any using his own and everyone around us was a little upset about me. They were like “this guy is catching them almost every cast” So, thank you for the knowledge, I will use it every time I go.


  39. Trout Ninja says:

    Hi Sean, Thanks for the comments. PA has lots of trout water and the Yellow Breeches is very famous for fly-fishing. Since the PA department of Fish and Game stocks the Yellow Breeches, those freshly “stocked trout” will take bait as I describe in the videos. Like a floating trout play-doh like bait. However, the Trout Ninja Killer Rig is usually best for lakes or ponds. So, your first question to ask a successful fisher folk that is bait fishing the area: 1) What kind of rig or system they use. 2) How to fish it ,then 3) exact bait. Have them show you. Even offer to pay so you can leapfrog all the frustration of trying to figure it out for yourself. Fair warning! If you walk into one of the famous fly-fishing shops in the area and ask for advice, you may get the cold shoulder. Sorry, that’s just how it is. Shameful. That’s another conversation. Also check the regs. Yellow Breeches may have catch and release sections or fly only sections. Maybe some of our fans reading this can help you too.I will say going to Yellow Breeches as a beginner might be like you getting in a UFC fight…without any experience. As a beginner, my preference is to start in lakes or ponds if they are available. Then stream and river. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  40. Sean Earnest says:

    What rig & techniques would you recommend for wading midstream? I am by the Yellow Breeches in Pennsylvania & that appears to be standard practice around here. Many of the guys are using live minnows.

  41. Sean Earnest says:

    Thank you so much for your highly informative & engaging videos! I am in my early 20s just getting into fishing and I was never shown how to do it as a child. This is exactly what I needed

  42. Bryce Schwierling says:

    Go Uncle Elmer!!!!!!!!!!!!!