Trout can be some of the most finicky fish going when the mood strikes them — and they’re often in the mood. On those occasions when they refuse the all-so-rand, try showing them a Carolina Rigged Gulp! Alive! Fat Floating Trout Worm.

The Carolina Rig is a mainstream angling technique with the bassing crowd. However, it can be a fantastic tactic for freshwater trout, too. To rig one, all you need is some basic terminal tackle.

Gather some fluorocarbon leader material (any size you’re comfortable with), a small swivel, some glass beads (red, white and black are my favorites), small split shot and a hook. If you’d like, a snelled hook will work fine.

The length of the leader is dependent on the depth you choose to fish. With the fluorocarbon leader material in hand, tie your hook on and set it aside for now. On the tag end of your rod’s line, slip the glass beads on the line. Then install your swivel. Now tie the fluorocarbon leader to the previously installed swivel.

Depending on your preference, pinch a small split shot on the rod’s line, just above the glass beads, or you can opt for a slip sinker — the same kind bass fishermen use for Texas worm rigs. I prefer to use a slip sinker in waters that don’t move too rapidly. For fast water, like streams, I’ll use a split shot as they snag less in rocks.

The Carolina Rig can be used in streams, lakes and ponds with great success. In streams, cast upstream and gently bump it back to you. The worm will suspend, offering a floating, mid-water column target. In calm waters, like ponds and lakes, cast out and retrieve it very slow, hopping it on occasion. The glass beads stir up the bottom and make an audible clack as they bang together attracting fish from some distance away. ($3.99)

Rating the Gulp! Fat Floating Trout Worm:
Castability: 3 scales
Finish: 3.9 scales
Build: 3.9 scales
Hooks: N/A
Action: 4.5 scales
Price/Value: 4.5 scales

Based on 1 to 5 “Fish Scale.”