As you know, fly fishing is one of my greatest hobbies. Last week, I went night fly fishing on Chevelon Canyon Lake, and I can proudly say I caught a nice batch of huge nocturnal fish. My friends often ask me what my secret is, since some of them went fly fishing at night, and mostly came back empty handed. So I decided to give all my secrets up in this article. Hey, there’s plenty of fish for all of us!
- Think it through
One of the most important pieces of advice an old friend once gave me when I was just starting out was – make a decision before it gets dark. This means that you should keep things simple and decide on your approach before night. Make the decision regarding which line you are going to use , the length of the leader, the size of the tippet and other details. Once it’s dark, you might as well pack it up and go order a fish burger.
- Your line
The decision on which line to use is very important. If you’re on the hunt for some trout, you should know that the night time is when trout comes to the shallows to feed. Since it is a big fish, the most logical line to use would be a floating line with a minnow or leach. This is just one example – get familiar with line and line casting before setting out to fly fish at night.
- Which fly for Angling
During the night, you can narrow your choices down to minnows and leeches. The best patterns for this are Wooly Buggers or Mohair Leeches, since trout are most likely to bite those. Sizes 4 to 6 are the most effective if you want to come back with a basket full of fish!
Make sure you grab a good position on the water, or if you’re going to move, familiarize yourself with the surroundings. If you rented a boat, there is a good chance that the boat captain will have good tips for you as to where to go, and also a good headlight to guide your way, like the high quality led bar I have mounted on my boat, which is especially made to pierce marine conditions and light my path.
I have a great time fly fishing, partially because I have my own boat, and I prefer to ride on my own. I have all the equipment I need, and I feel secure every time I go out. By the way, if you need a good light to guide the way, I got those led bars at this place.
Once you have a good position, cast the line and retrieve it. It is best to make the retrieval slow once it’s dark.
- Best time to go
As you might know, night fly fishing is not an activity which can be done all year. For me, it’s best to go in the late spring or early summer, since it’s not too cold, and not too hot – and there is plenty of fish!