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The Best Flies for Night Fishing and How To Use Them

The Best Flies for Night Fishing and How To Use Them

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from DCluver wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

On Lake Taneycomo stripping streamers after dark is the way to go and i think its the most productive after the sun goes down. Egg patterns during the run is also great because big bows and browns eat at night and spawn during the day.

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

Full moon mouse pattern fishing is simply awesome! I like a mouse pattern with a lively rubber band (gumband if you are a Pittsburgh (Picksburgh) native) tail. Good times..

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I knew a guy who lived on a private section of a trout stream. He rigged up a bug zapper over the water with a dim spot light that shined just beneath it. I never got the chance to fish it but I heard it was pretty good.

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from Ben Magee wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I got a chance to fish for a half hour after it got dark last night. Used a fly that looks like a dragonfly, while fish were rolling and jumping everywhere. Managed to get a couple crappie, 1 being 14", a 15" largemouth, and I had a huge largemouth on, and it broke me off, but it was really a good time. Next time I'll be prepared to stay out longer!

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from James Pj Williams wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Friday fished the Mississippi but only caught a Mayfly in my big open mouth moving to a new spot !!

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from Stevo24 wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I love fly fishing for trout but have never caught anything on a mouse pattern. Is night time best, or early AM at sunrise also ok. I also fish the New River and would be interested in others' luck with mice there.

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from DCluver wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

On Lake Taneycomo stripping streamers after dark is the way to go and i think its the most productive after the sun goes down. Egg patterns during the run is also great because big bows and browns eat at night and spawn during the day.

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

Full moon mouse pattern fishing is simply awesome! I like a mouse pattern with a lively rubber band (gumband if you are a Pittsburgh (Picksburgh) native) tail. Good times..

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from Gtbigsky wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I knew a guy who lived on a private section of a trout stream. He rigged up a bug zapper over the water with a dim spot light that shined just beneath it. I never got the chance to fish it but I heard it was pretty good.

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from Ben Magee wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I got a chance to fish for a half hour after it got dark last night. Used a fly that looks like a dragonfly, while fish were rolling and jumping everywhere. Managed to get a couple crappie, 1 being 14", a 15" largemouth, and I had a huge largemouth on, and it broke me off, but it was really a good time. Next time I'll be prepared to stay out longer!

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from James Pj Williams wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Friday fished the Mississippi but only caught a Mayfly in my big open mouth moving to a new spot !!

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from Stevo24 wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

I love fly fishing for trout but have never caught anything on a mouse pattern. Is night time best, or early AM at sunrise also ok. I also fish the New River and would be interested in others' luck with mice there.

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To read Joe Cermele's guide to catching bass, trout, muskies, flatheads, snook and walleyes after dark, click here!

The days are hot and it’s bright out there. Many of the mayflies have been gone for weeks. River currents are warming, clearing and dropping to seasonal lows. And the trout are riding out the lull between the epic hatches and full-on hopper season.  They’re notoriously fickle, easily spooked, and opportunistic eaters at best.

In other words, it’s my favorite time to fly fish.

When other anglers choose to sit things out, I beat a hasty path to my home waters in Michigan specifically to play some “night games.” Because now is when I have a chance to surprise myself and make the big fish eat, provided I know what fly to throw and how to make it dance, just so. Here’s a little primer to help you fish after-hours flies...

 

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