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How to Fish Brown Trout at night?
Posted 26 July 2004 - 08:59 AM
Posted 26 July 2004 - 09:20 AM
I do quite a bit of night fly fishing for browns here in Eastern Ontario.
Your best bet is to use dark (black or dark purple) streamers or leaches, and strip them in through the deeper pools or tail outs towards shore. There is a theory that using darker flies at night is more productive as the fish actually see the silhouette of the fly better than say a white fly. It's worked pretty well for me.
Also, if the brown trout are of any size (16" and up) don't hesitate to walk a smaller deer hair mouse pattern on the surface, making sure to leave a noticable wake on the water. Browns are very aggressive, especially the larger ones and will take a mouse at night when they are less weary.
As far as types of water go, I'd suggest going out at dusk with your rod and just observing a deeper pool for 20 or 30 minutes. Usually the pools that look very promising during the day but you've never gotten anything from them during the day. If you see any activity at all (minnows jumping, the infamous "V" wake browns create when chasing baitfish towards shore, etc...) then it's usually a good sign that there are some larger browns present. If not, try it anyways. Sometimes you just have to entice the fish by passing a big T-bone over their heads. They can only ignore it for so long.
Remember be stealthy if you have to wade and don't walk over any undercut banks. Best of luck!
P.S. Oh yeah, cray fish patterns are deadly at night too. If you can find some that create any sort of acoustic footprint - all the better! Cheers,
Posted 12 August 2004 - 10:08 PM
Do sedges (caddis) hatch on the river? if so you could cast one straight across and let it swing around dragging on the suface.
Its a popular method in the UK according to some mags. I cant say I've tried here in Ireland on the rivers, but the idea seems sound.
"There is a theory that using darker flies at night is more productive as the fish actually see the silhouette of the fly better than say a white fly. It's worked pretty well for me." Yeah, I've heard the same said about deep or coloured water, makes sense.
I cant imagine any of the browns in my river falling for a mouse, but I'll have to give it a go . I'll make sure noone sees me though .
Posted 12 August 2004 - 10:14 PM
Posted 12 August 2004 - 10:59 PM
You will also be fishing by "feel" so if you hit it during the day you will know how much line to strip out for your cast at night,and keep any flash light beams off the water as a bright light in the middle of the night will put a big brown down in no time.
Owner- Steve Clark
Posted 13 August 2004 - 12:05 AM
Posted 13 August 2004 - 12:08 AM
put in enough time at night and a 20"+ brown is just a matter of time.
Owner- Steve Clark
Posted 13 August 2004 - 05:01 AM
Some of my favorite flies
This is one is still in test phase
Glow night fly
One of my favorite night flies though is a mouse!
Nothing like a brick hit!! hehe!!!
Posted 13 August 2004 - 07:29 AM
I have never tried surface night fishing for the pigs.
Posted 13 August 2004 - 08:11 AM
Posted 13 August 2004 - 08:14 AM
I bet the Rap would work, never have tried it though.
I think it would be kind of tough casting a mouse with a spinning rod. You really need the weight of the fly line to cast the fly out there.
Posted 13 August 2004 - 09:43 AM
How do you fish a mouse fly? Do you pop it across the top like a bass fly?
Posted 13 August 2004 - 10:03 AM
A mouse fly is usually cast down and across, and is "walked" back as it struggles with the current. This walking action can be achieved with a short 1" or 2" strip retrieve and with a little side to side motion of the rod every now and again. Nothing too fast or too dramatic. Just imagine a mouse trying to swim upstream.
Posted 13 August 2004 - 10:39 AM