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Old 04-06-2011, 11:54 PM
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So I was looking at a tying website and came across a pattern called a "Glowgler". I'm sure you can guess by the name that it is a glow in the dark gurgler. Has anyone ever tried glow in the dark flies? If so, was it successful? One of my favorite things to do is night fish for bass/bream, but I want to know if it is worth the hassle of buying the materials and tying them.
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I've never tried. I've fished both salt and freshwater at night and the theme has always been movement not sight. I was always taught big, grey, purple, black flies with lots of action will produce strikes based on the water disturbance they produce. It has worked well for me so far but it doesn't mean there isn't another way to skin this cat...
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I use glow in the dark fabric paint on flies, mostly as the iris on streamer eyes, but you can also use it as a body material for anything from nymphs to crabs and shrimp
So far I haven't noticed that it makes any difference.

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I use glow in the dark fabric paint on flies, mostly as the iris on streamer eyes...
That would help me find my fly when there's no moon and it's stuck to the back of my hat!
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Think about this; things that glow in water usually have phosphorescence which is poisonous. Fish know this. I have seen stripers avoid coming into the wash because of fire in the water (small jelly fish that glow) except for really deep down in the ocean how much natural bait glows. It might be good for us to see the fly, but in the long run I think fish will avoid it.
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I don't know I know that walleye assassin makes a paddle tall minnow bait that works really well for walleye and white bass here in my area
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The logic seems pretty sound.
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I have a lot and it has worked really well. I tie clousers where I put glow-in-the-dark flashabou in the belly. I mix it in the white bucktail and it does not change the way it looks in the day. I also paint the hourglass eyes with protec powder paint which glows. The flashabou, which is actually much more like crystal flash, is made by Hedron in Stillwater, Minnesota. When I fish in the dark I take a UV light and clip it to the shoulder strap of my waders. It charges the fly fast. It's made to clip to the brim of a ball cap, but I don't like them there. Regular white light ones work pretty well, just not as fast. try and find the UV ones if you can. Here is one pattern clouser I tie. Notice the belly. The twisted fibers are the glow-in-the-dark flashabou.
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One more quick note, not everything that glows in the ocean is poisonous. I was diving in Gaum in the dark and had a school of squid swim past me that bioluminesced really cool colors in moving patterns. Very surreal looking. Squid are very edible. In fact hot behind them were fish making a midnight snack of them. There are a ton of hardware type baits like Reef Runners that have glow color patterns. Twister tails that glow. jiigs that glow. (Lord forgive me for mentioning non-fly tackle here.) Judging by the sheer number of glow baits out there, it must not be to bad an idea.

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Default Re: Glow in the dark flies

Glow in the dark jigheads were the rage for walleye fishing several years ago in Minnesota. A couple companies even came out with a "special" light to energize it for night fishing. Of course, a bright pocket flashlight would do the same thing.
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Glow in the dark jigheads were the rage for walleye fishing several years ago in Minnesota. A couple companies even came out with a "special" light to energize it for night fishing. Of course, a bright pocket flashlight would do the same thing.
They still are for ice fishing.
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