Definition of back-trolling

A trolling tactic for rivers in which the boat motor is used against the current to move downstream slower than the current or even to maintain a position over structure. The flow of the river is used for the tension on the trolling lines and lures rather than the speed of the boat in open water trolling. In fast current and heavy winds, the transom is pointed against the current and gives tremendous control of the boat in the river.

Variations of the term back-trolling

• river breaking
• BTing

How to use back-trolling in a sentence

I back-troll tailouts of big holes for winter steelhead.