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Fishing after dark?

2013/4/23 19:39
Posts: 257
Does anyone do this? Do you do anything different (lights or something to see?) It seems the 15-20 minutes before sunset is when things really start to get going. Then the light is gone. I can hear fish all around me splashing but I can't see a thing.

Posted on: 2013/6/25 15:34

Re: Fishing after dark?

2011/7/6 12:30
From Ephrata, PA
Posts: 1302
You don't need to see...only feel! Headlamps are helpful, but don't shine them on the water. When you're fishing at night, it's lights out. The lamp should only be used to retie if needed, and for wading in/out if you have to....I try to not wade at all at night.

Posted on: 2013/6/25 15:59

Re: Fishing after dark?

2013/3/28 20:10
From Poconos
Posts: 121
Fishing into the dark after the evening hatch can be productive. Make short casts so you have a good idea of where your fly will blindly land. Keep your line tight if possible. Streamers work. Bug spray is a must.

My biggest brown came well over an hour after sundown in the middle of the summer. Set the hook on sound. Set the hook on every rise that sounds close to your fly. Most of the time they won't be taking your fly but the one time your line goes tight on the set, hold on b/c big browns are even more nocturnal this time of year.

Also, make sure your headlamp has a red light. It's bright enough to tie your fly but doesn't attract the mosquitoes.

Posted on: 2013/6/25 16:10

Re: Fishing after dark?

2007/3/24 2:29
From Luzerne County, PA
Posts: 146
Big Browns at night, wooo hooo, Squatch put it perfectly, use the light only to retie, don't cast unnatural light onto the stream.

Only thing I would add is to know your surroundings very very well, it helps to scout out an area before sunset.

River fishing for smallies can be a real blast at night also, the topwater bite should be getting into gear real soon.

Posted on: 2013/6/25 16:16

Re: Fishing after dark?

2011/5/26 10:12
From Dauphin PA
Posts: 24
Before its too dark to see, get your rig all squared away. Fish by sound / guesswork. When the line is yanked out of your hand, you have a fish. +1 on low light streamer fishing. It can be quite productive.

When line gets all jacked up, stumble out in the dark cursing. It quite simple.

Posted on: 2013/6/25 16:36
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Re: Fishing after dark?

2006/9/21 0:02
From Pittsburgh
Posts: 821
You develop a knack for casting into the dark. And - as kray pointed out - fishing by sound, instead of sight. Any splash in the area where you think your fly is, you lift the rod. Many times, you have nothing.
But then, every so often - you're rewarded with a fish on.

It also is a good idea to know the spot you're in quite well - so you don't stumble into a large boulder, or off of a ledge into deep water

Posted on: 2013/6/26 7:39

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