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    Default Things do go bump at night.

    Fly fishing after dark is legal here, and A few guys actually do it.
    If you haven't tried it, I can tell you it is scary and productive at the same time. Find a spot during the day that looks good (and easy too).
    Blueprint the path to that spot during the day, then return very quietly at the witching hour.
    The C&F threaders are a good call, along with a red headlight.
    Not only can you hook fish that break off on 2x, but you can improve your casting by hearing, and feeling the line/rod interaction more.
    Seeing with your ears, feeling with your feet. Dealing with the dark, and big water, and big fish simultaneously is some of the most challenging fishing around here. Not very crowded either.

    "Big browns need love too!"
    Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.

    Bigfly

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    Default Re: Things do go bump at night.

    I tried night fly fishing once. I kept popping off my flies and was almost mauled by bats. But no fish.

    But my step daughter was using her spin reel and caught a turtle almost the size of a hub cap.

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    Yeah I've tried fly fishing at night too. Not my cup of tea. And that was in my back yard in our pond! That was kind of a creepy experience to tell the truth haha. Couldn't imagine going down to the creek by the house to go fishing.

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    Two weeks ago I caught a 28" brown just after dark on a mouse fly. Biggest fish of my life. I'll be doing more of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ant View Post
    I tried night fly fishing once. I kept popping off my flies and was almost mauled by bats. But no fish.

    But my step daughter was using her spin reel and caught a turtle almost the size of a hub cap.

    That is the seond time today ive heard a fishing story involving somthing the size of a hub cap...no joke
    The best laid plans of mice and men...

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    The best time to catch really big browns on a topwater fly...and its not really creepy especially with a full moon at your back, here in CO its kind of a big secret on pressured waters

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    Default Re: Things do go bump at night.

    We fish the salt at night a lot, in fact this time of year fishing is best between midnight and dawn. After your eyes adjust, you mostly only need a light to change flies.
    There's plenty of things out there going 'bump in the night' though. I've nearly been run over by deer a few times. ...surrounded by howling coyotes.... and skunks wandering up behind you is especially creepy.
    Once when wading about crotch deep I had a large fish bump into me.
    That was probably 15 years ago. To this day, I still never wade deeper than my knees at night..... (insert the sound track to Jaws here )
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    I fish my pond at night. The big bass are out and more aggressive then. Big top water flies work great. I hope to be somewhere I can night fish for big trout. Getting to know the stream real well is very important if I expect to do well............and not go swimming. Having spent lots of time out in the woods, in the dark, leaves me concerned only about falling in the stream.

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    Default Re: Things do go bump at night.

    I've fished largemouth in the dark quite a bit. You have a spot where you catch 2 or 3 pounders all day. Go back in the dark and get 4 or 5 pounders. Same spot.

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    Default Re: Things do go bump at night.

    lol im ok...if i night fish here a bear, wolf, mountainlion, bobcat, or a scary person might attack me...
    "A good cast is like a good whiskey- It's smooth and hits the spot" -Anonymous fly fishing guide

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