Trout Ninja Rig 2 of 2

In this video you will see where we left off from Trout Ninja Rig 1 of 2

This video shows exactly how to fish the rig on different types of lake and pond bottoms.

Watch carefully so you can get the edge over your fishing buddies.

If you have kids, this will show you how trout almost hook themselves if you fish this the way I show you!

Fishing is Nice. Catching is Better. The Journey is Best.
Teach others to Catch and they WILL have a Best Journey.

I appreciate your comments in advance. Tell me below what you think about the videos
and what you’d like to see in future vids.

Now…..GO CATCH SOME TROUT and report back to me.

68 Responses to “Trout Ninja Rig 2 of 2”

  1. israel alvarez says:

    hey there trout ninja this is my first time to ever go lake fishing and i am going to use your killer rig and i was curious what bait would you reccomend

  2. unodinocs says:

    u are funkin awsome dude 🙂

  3. Cindy says:

    I’m a newbie with regard to lake trout. In your video, you say to allow more of a lead if the bottom has weeds (as opposed to a sandy or rocky bottom). This may seem an obvious question to an experienced fisherman but, how does one know how tall the weeds are? I supposed I could try to make a guess by looking at weeds that are floating loose but is there a better way?

  4. Trout Ninja says:

    Outstanding! But I’m old now. I’ve been using the rig since 1970. (42 years). Maybe someone used it 80 years ago!
    Thanks for writing. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  5. Trout Ninja says:

    Outstanding! But I’m old now. I’ve been using the rig since 1970. (42 years). Maybe someone used it 80 years ago!
    Thanks for writing. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  6. fred ninja says:

    Sorry Mr. trout ninja but I was using that rig over 25 years ago

  7. fred ninja says:

    Sorry to say but I was making that rig 25 years ago

  8. NateG says:

    Used this rig all first half of the day with two hits no catches. This powerbait floatant is alrite for one to two pounders if u wanna sit and wait for an hour and nothing usually consistent. Now secCond half of the day I switched to powerbait brand mini jigs dipped in the Berkley brand gulp garlic NOT Glo go with standard maxed out in an hour an half nothing under five ponds had twenty trout following these jigs at a time never seen twenty trout around a chunk of powerbait floatant even if u dipped in gulp or not this was in southern California stocked lake MINI JiGS all day

  9. Trout Ninja says:

    Yeah, the rig, when used the right way, for the right fish, in the right place, is killer, yet so simple. Someday I’d like to fish all 50 U.S. states. I have fished Virginia in warm water creeks and the Maryland coast (surf fishing). But I’ve not made the opportunity to trout fish there. Send us more reports! ~ Trout Ninja ~

  10. Trout Ninja says:

    Can’t wait to see your Trout pics. Please show others the Trout Ninja ways! Pass it on. It’s a priceless gift. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  11. Trout Ninja says:

    Hey Jeppy, Your writing helps us all. But you didn’t mention what kind of trout or if you are fishing creeks, rivers, or lakes. This is the first time (I know it sounds crazy) I heard powerbait doesn’t work in NY. Stocked trout everywhere in the world hit it. Give me some more info. Maybe we can diagnose the situation. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  12. Ryan HIndman says:

    i fished deep creek lake in western maryland and this rig caught me some nice “stockies” but i was wondering…have you ever fished anywhere in Virginia or Maryland, if so where?

  13. Thanks so much for the detailed instruction. When I catch my first trout I will send you a pic of it.

  14. JEPPY says:

    i use this rig when i fish lakes and it kills trout, they use this rig a lot in PA but they use the treble hooks and the power bait and the trout there just go nuts for it. For some reason though the trout don’t seem to like the power bait in New York, i kill it with the in-line spinners and worms, what else could i use besides worms and spinners

  15. Trout Ninja says:

    Mike, Thanks so much for your kind comments. But I must confess, I grew up in SoCal. I was blessed by having parents who introduced me to fishing. A Brother and Uncle who are just as nuts about catching as me. And some dear friends who also loved (and still do) to catch fish in places where you least expect. Keep coming back. And please share your most successful tips (and “what not to do’s too). ~ Trout Ninja ~

  16. Michael Nunez says:

    Mr Ninja. As i read more and more of your stuff, I become more impressed! You have fished some of the same california creeks as I, and your not from california! I instantly became your fan when you demonstated the same rig i love to use! I do midify it though to suit many different conditions! Please post more videos. I love every one of them and i cant get enough.

  17. Trout Ninja says:

    Use the smallest treble for the fish. The typical stocked trout in a public reservoir is 9 to 12 inches long. If that is the case where you fish,
    use a number 16 or 14. Make sure the hook floats with the bait on it! I discuss this in the videos. Now Go Catch Some Trout! ~ Trout Ninja ~

  18. Steve says:

    Thanks for the rigging tip. I was fishing with my daughter at Lafayette reservoir in Calif and we were frustrated as most everyone around us were catching their limits but we caught nothing. Lots of bites but lost our bait every time – used night crawlers and powerbait. One angler showed me his treble hook that had wire wrapped in the middle of it – he said the wire helps keep the powerbait on better than a standard treble. He was using #6 and #8 treble hooks. What size treble hook do you recommend?


  19. Trout Ninja says:

    Aldo, Thanks for visiting! I personally love fishing with floaters or bombettas or crystal wagglers. Very versatile and Very thrilling to watch it disappear. I have video of this kind of fishing. I just have to shorten it and put on-line. The killer rig works best on stocked trout with floating bait. Come back and share some Belgian tips!
    I look forward to hearing from you soon. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  20. Saglimbeni Aldo says:

    Hello Trout Ninja, i’m from Belgium and a amature fisher. I liked your video verry much, verry interesting. I cant wait to try it out. Normally i fish with a floater or a thing called bombetta, its almost the same. You will here from me soon, when i have tryed out your killer rig, and laugh a little bit with my friends.
    Greetings Aldo

  21. Trout Ninja says:

    Hi Sam, Oregon is like trout fishing heaven. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with Oregon. But the tips you can learn here work on stocked catchable trout anywhere in the world. Thanks for writing. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  22. Sam sedeno says:

    Hey trout ninja I’m 12 years old and I live in spingfeild Oregon I need some tips and places to go can u help me wit dat

  23. S. Tasse says:

    Thanks so much. I’ll try that and report back!

  24. Trout Ninja says:

    I love Mammoth Lakes. California! Quick answer. If you are fishing for catchable stocked trout in the lakes, use Powerbait. Make sure your leaders are long enough so your powerbait floats above the tops of the underwater weeds. But NOT on the lake surface. You can use the Trout Ninja Rig (killer rig). It’s been years, but when I’ve fished the stocked creeks, I just use a single egg hook and a small split shot about 18 inches above the hook and a single pautzkes green label salmon egg. A lot of Trout Ninja TV fans and Field Testers use floating bait in streams and do really well. I just know some of the creeks in Mammoth run pretty hard and I’m not sure how well the floating bait will stay on the hook. Gotta test that. O.K. I have to admit, most of the fishing I prefer to do in the Mammoth area is for wild trout. And for wild trout, I’m fly-fishing or lure fishing. Send me a report! ~ Trout Ninja ~ Oops. I love fishing the Owens River in the sage brush area just south of town. There are wild trout there. Check to see if they are stocking there. You can always swat some of the grasshoppers in the sage and use one on a tiny #18 hook with a tiny split shot. The wild browns and rainbows are used to seeing those. Especially when the wind kicks up and blows hoppers into the river.

  25. S. Tasse says:

    Hey. Going up to Mammoth Lakes Woonsocket and wondering if you had some tips on what lakes/creeks to go to and what to use. Also, what commercial floating power bait do you recommend. Thanks again. ST

  26. Trout Ninja says:

    Jason, Thanks, Let me know what else you’d like to see! ~ Trout Ninja ~

  27. Jason says:

    Thanks for the two videos on how to setup my fishing line. One of the best trout fishing instruction I’ve found on youtube and other websites. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Trout Ninja says:

    If everyone is catching loads of trout but you, do exactly what they are doing. That means the exact rig, line, leader length, where they cast, bait they use.
    How much bait they use. And if the trout are hitting floating bait, you MUST make sure the bait is actually floating off of and not on the bottom. And are these stocked trout Wild trout? O.K. That’s a start. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  29. Shelby says:

    Haven’t caught anything the past two 6 hour fishing trips at a local pond. i was wondering if that has anything to do with the bait or the hooks. i use a size 14 treble hook with floating powerbait. I always see other people catch loads of trout that when they’re fishing on the bench next to me.

  30. Jeff H says:

    Just watched your video. After 3 hours on the lake with no bites earlier today I’m looking forward to trying again with your rig!

  31. Trout Ninja says:

    Hey Travis, If you signed up here at the website, you’ll automatically get an email within a couple of days that talks about how to apply to be a Trout Ninja Field Tester.
    My WV Field Testers have had a blast with my test baits. I look forward to seeing you apply. ~ Trout Ninja ~

  32. hello again i use this rig often at a local lake as well as in mountian streams were i find large pulls of cailm water after a strong riffel i would love to see how ur baits do in the streams here in WV also wanting to see if the kids have luck with it at our local trout derby plz send me an E mail telling me acatally whats u need from me to help u test ur products looking foward to hearing back from ya Thanks Travis

  33. Trout Ninja says:

    Brad, Great to hear from you! Check in when you can. You may want to Field Test my floating test baits.
    Is your double-hook-rig set up with a 3 way swivel? I demonstrate that in the video Trout Ninja Rig on Steroids.
    ~ Trout Ninja ~ Emeric Gahr 79

  34. Brad Eccles says:

    I have been using a variation of this rig for over 40 years. We use a double hook rig utilizing dual treble hooks, either 18 or 20 size. We use 2 lb test line and leader. Its all about the fun. Next time you come back to Calif. look me up and we’ll go knock some trout out.

  35. Trout Ninja says:

    Excellent advice Nam. Make sure, if use the larger trebles, your floating bait is just enough to float the hook. A size 12 treble seems to weigh almost twice as much as a size 18. Thanks again ~ Trout Ninja ~

  36. Nam Nguyen says:

    So rare to have someone that’s crazy about providing fishing info, accurately and specifically. Just a note, not all stock trouts are the same, and not one treble hook size will be the end all hook. #18 treble hook is perfect to catch 4 to 10 inch trout (2oz to 3lbs). But, the hook will be swallowed so far in that the fish will suffer and die from the hook extraction. #12 or #14 is perfect! Keep the small ones out, and let the big ones bite, yet, the hook will not go into too deep. Perfect to keep the fishes alive after hook extraction until you’re ready to bring it home for a fresher kill for prepping. Love the videos!

  37. Trout Ninja says:

    Wieners Float? What brand? Yes, I use the Trout Ninja Rig for catfish too. I tend to shorten the leaders most of the time and I like using floating bait (like my test baits). I think some Field Testing may be in order. Check in with me–you have our home #? ~ Trout Ninja ~

  38. Bob Kurzhals says:


    I didn’t realize you were such an avid fisherman. Enjoyed seeing you last night and got a kick out of your TN videos. I’m not much of a trout fisherman (yet), but this is the same rig I regularly use to catch catfish, using larger hook, stronger line and slightly heavier sinker. I use the rig with hot dogs (which float) or even live bait.

    Let me know if you would like to get together for field testing.


  39. Trout Ninja says:

    Paul, thanks for your note. I’ll put “bobbers and strike indicators” on the list for a future vid.
    Come back soon. Now Go Catch Some Trout (or other fish). ~ TN ~

  40. paul dille says:

    good video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i have been looking for videos using strike indicators ,,or something like a bobber that may atract fish to the bait.
    thanks a lot

  41. Trout Ninja says:

    Dave, Congrats on Catching trout and bass with the Trout Ninja Rig. Doesn’t it feel great to catch instead of just fish?
    I am curious, what baits were you using?

    Thanks for pointing folks to this site. If you haven’t already, sign up here at the site to get the latest video updates.
    The sign-up box is on the upper right hand side of your screen.

    ~ Trout Ninja ~

  42. Dave says:

    First let me state, with the exception of 16 years ago in boy scouts, ive only been fishing at 2 weeks. While searching the net for info I cam across this rig. THANK YOU. Im schooling the old timers down at Lake Berryessa, CA. I threw this rig out and got 2 trout, and 4 bass in about 2.5 hours. Everyone wanted to know what i was doing, so im made sure to point em to this site.

    Was surprised I got more bass than anything, but any fish is better than no fish.

    Thanks alot!

  43. Trout Ninja says:

    Hey BigPlayRay, when fishing a river, if their is hardly any current and the bottom is mostly sandy, then yes this will work in a river. Otherwise, when I fish moving water with bait, I’m picking out the likely fish-holding spots and casting to those or drifting into those spots using a size 14 or 16 treble or size 10-14 single hook with a tiny split shot about 18 inches above the hook. Use just enough split shot to get the bait down. Come back and give me a report! Thanks, ~ TN ~

  44. Trout Ninja says:

    Joe, I am stoked for you! It’s amazing how you must be ready for a hit as soon as you make your cast because the trout will attack as your bait falls through the water. I appreciate your comment. Let someone else know about your success. There’s plenty of trout to go around! ~ TN ~

  45. bigplayray says:

    Would fishing for stocked trout in a river require a much different setup?

  46. Joe V says:

    I watched your video earlier today and tried you rig this evening in some of the lakes around Denver, Colorado. The rig worked wonderfully, I probably had a hit withing 30 seconds of it hitting bottom (with orange powerbait) the first time I used it. I look forward to using this rig often. Thanks for the info, I’m glad I found your videos and will continue to watch.

  47. Trout Ninja says:

    Hey Paul, Thanks for commenting. You are right. A plain swivel (barrel swivel) is my preference for less hardware. But when I’m “speed fishing” (betting against my fishing buddies), sometimes I like to have pre-made leaders at different lengths with a small loop at the end so when I net one trout, I merely detached the leader, put on a new leader I pre-made, bait up and cast out. Then, I deal with hook removal/putting fish on stringer. Also, it’s a little easier for beginners to attach using a loop.

    Small rubber bead is what I always use when I’m fishing a heavier sliding/egg sinker. For example, more than a quarter ounce. With the super light egg sinkers at 1/8 or 3/16 ounces, I’m not sure if that tiny lead hurts the knot. However, a tiny rubber bead is always the safest bet. ~ Fishing is Good. Catching is Better. The Journey is Best ~ TN

  48. Paul Pezalla says:

    Nice bunch of videos.

    I have two thoughts on the rig. First, why use a snap swivel? Wouldn’t a plain swivel do the job with slightly less hardware?

    Second, do you have a problem with the sinker banging against the knot and weakening the mine? I small rubber bead would help protect the knot.

    Best wishes for big fishes.

  49. Trout Ninja says:

    I am humbled and thrilled you had such an awesome time catching trout. Now, when someone walks up to you and asks “what bait are you catching those trout on?”, show them how you set up your rod and reel and give ’em some bait so maybe they’ll catch trout and teach someone else, and so on.
    Thanks for commenting. Fishing is Good. Catching is Better. The Journey is Best.
    ~ Trout Ninja ~

  50. mark tumler says:

    ever since that day at southgate you help me and my brother mason catch our fist trout. thats all i have wanted to do is fish for trout i went out yesterday and bought all the tackle nessesary. they are so fun to catch and the rig u sowed us is killer.