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    We all know the stories of the monster trout that feed only at night. Many years ago I bought one each of a frog and mouse pattern. They both remain pristine and unfished.

    And there is the legendary hexagenia hatch every June in the Midwest. For a few days each summer the streams become a late night frenzy of flies and fish. I live fairly close to some of the hex waters but I’ve never fished it.

    Rio even has their glow in the dark Lumalux fly line for just such occasions.

    I’m not exactly one of those guys that only care about big fish, but don’t we all want to land a 26″ inland trout at some point?

    Has anyone tried night fishing? How did it go?




    Fishing the evening until darkness – all the time.

    Starting out after dark – not recently. Wading a river for trout at night – tried it a few times but it was spooky and weird and never found any of those legendary monsters that might have made it worth the risk of falling in the dark and losing a rod or worse.

    When I was a kid my family would head to northern Ontario every year primarily to fish for walleye and the best time was on dark nights, which at that latitude meant well after midnight. Sitting in a boat drowsily jigging was never my idea of big fun though. Instead I’d go out in the early morning when my folks were still asleep from the previous late night and toss my crude deer-hair poppers for largemouth.



    No, i’d kill myself trying to fish in the dark. It’s much easier to just go to the Taylor tailwater during the day. Trout over 26″ are caught all the time there. Even the Frying Pan can produce that, but odds are better at Taylor.


    Scotty MacFly

    I thought about it many times, but most places would be suicide or just to difficult to even have fun. Maybe in the flats on the Poudre would be safe, but not much else.



    As luck would have it, the spot I fished (unsuccessfully) today is a well known hex hatch location. I had no idea until I got home and looked it up. It’s tempting to go back in June.

    But like you guys say, the dangers of fishing in the dark might overrule the possible catch. This place has so much bramble to get through I was almost crawling through it at points. And then there is the distinct possibility of taking one step too many in the water and going in over my waders. Not a good thing to do in the dark, by yourself, 100 miles from home.



    Scotty MacFly

    I don’t care how great the fishing is, or how big they are, no outing on the water is worth a life. I understand that areas differ from place to place, state to state, but with these freestone rivers and streams here, all it would take is one wrong step and you’d be a memory.


    Dark Waters

    When fishing for stripers from a beach? Absolutely. There is no better way as far as I am concerned, and I’ve done it for countless hours enjoying the stars and the peace and quiet.

    For whatever reason I’ve not even attempted to fish for trout in the dark. Mainly because as others have said, the footing is dangerous. Saltwater has it’s dangers no doubt about it, but it’s way easier when it comes to casting obstructions and footing. I prefer sandy inlets and try to be very aware of where I am wading, and will rarely go in past my knees.

    One night I was fishing around a harbor, and for whatever reason stopped in my tracks before walking any further. I turned on my light and I was one step away from a 20-30′ steep drop in the dark, alone, in waders at about 2am. At least there was no current there, and no rocks, but you cannot be too careful.

    While camping along the Willowemoc Creek in the Catskills last spring I did walk the bank with a flashlight beside my campsite, kneeling down to the water to see what was there. I love doing this on any water when I get the chance. Wow, there are some big sculpin in there and a whole lot of spiders cruising the edges!

    Stuff comes out at night, that you’ll never see in the day time, for better or for worse.

    Trout fishing I would probably spend all night slipping, falling, snagging on my back cast, and swatting mosquitos… oh and lots of cussing. I can think of a few safer areas though…



    Stay out of the river, use a walking stick/wading staff, wear a head lamp, go to 2X tippet, and use one of these . . .



    Scout out the area you wanna fish in daylight and memorize it. Do not try new areas at night. Fish with a buddy. Carry extra batteries. Slow down. Take no unnecessary chances.

    Just a few things I have learned from a few nights out on the water.

    I didn’t find that monster lurking in the water.

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