BAITDRIFTING FOR TROUT Bait drifting is unquestionably the most productive form of trout fishing. Even when the fishing is quiet and fly fishers and lure-casters are struggling the bait drifter can usually manage to score a fish or two. In its simplest form it is a commendable method for anyone being introduced to trout fishing. At its most complex is a challenge for even the most accomplished anglers. As a stepping stone to other disciplines it has no peer. Because its methods enable trout to be caught on a regular basis it consistently provides valuable information about trout behaviour and matters relating to stream-craft. The bait drifter’s habit of collecting a range of terrestrial and aquatic insects provides an inside and understanding of these creatures that fly-fishing purists can only envy.