There is no doubt that a variety of different rod, reel and line combinations will work for trout trolling. I’ve spent decades trolling for trout and the gear I use has changed quite a bit.
Early on I used spinning gear, now I seldom do. For a while I used light to ultra light gear. That was fun, but I lacked the power I needed for big fish. These days I’ve settle on what I consider to be the ultimate trolling set up.
It’s a compromise between being light enough to enjoy the fight of average size fish and heavy enough to land trophy caliber fish when I hook them. Check out the accompanying video as I break down the rig I use!