Pop Gear is know by many names. Gang Trolls, Cow Bells and Christmas Trees are all common terms used when referring to pop gear. Pop Gear is simply a gear set up generally consisting of a 2-4' wire leader with two to six spinner blades of different shapes, sizes and colors and assorted colored beads to attract fish while trolling. While pop gear can be used for many types of fish, in Utah it is commonly used for fishing deeper water for large Lake trout, Rainbow trout, Splake and Kokanee Salmon at Strawberry Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir, Flaming George, Fish Lake and many other lakes and reservoirs throughout the state. Because of the drag gang trolls create and the potentially large fish you may catch, you should have a strong trolling rod, reel and lead core line when fishing with pop Gear. This set up will also help your lure get down to a deeper depth of water where big fish can be found. Attach your pop gear to the end of your line using a strong swivel and then attach your lure or bait to the other end of the pop gear using another strong swivel and a 1-3' section of leader. Flat fish, plugs, needle fish, spoons, streamers and worms are all popular lure choices for this type of fishing. Simply let out your line to the desired depth to begin trolling and hold on. The pop gear resembles a school of fish with your bait trailing behind. The fish are attracted to the school and move in to eat the last fish in line which in this case is your bait. At first it may be hard to tell the difference between the action of the pop gear and a fish but with time you will learn how to tell the difference. Knowing how deep the fish are will add to your success. Most fishermen will use a fish finder when trolling with this type of setup.
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