Night Fishing for Trout

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How Trout Rise at Night

Trout generally take the fly very quickly after sunset — at the same time meaning to have it — and the rise of a fish is seldom seen until he is hooked. Frequently they will jump once or twice out of the water before settling down to fight. Trout should be thoroughly played out before attempting to land when night-fishing, and it is safer to land on the side of the river than in a landing-net, as they always seem to reserve a last effort, and it is annoying to find your dropper-fly fast in your landing-net or waders and the fish gone.

Bustard or Moth Fishing

This form of night fishing often furnishes splendid sport, and the most likely water to fish is the slow running stream where the water is not flowing more than two miles an hour and is overhung with willows. Cast by the side and underneath the willows, as this is very natural for flies dropping from them on to the water.One bustard is quite sufficient to fish with, and a light-coloured or pale-yellow bustard answers well. You must exercise care in wading to avoid any ripples, as in day-time, for these are fatal. If you cannot wade in without causing ripples, you should wait patiently for a few minutes when you have reached tihie desired spot before casting. It is quite unnecessary to move about at night, as trout do that.

The shallow ends of pools, and just above stream-heads, are the choicest parts for trout feeding, and a small stretch is all that is required for an evening's fishing. Maggot is another successful lure fished with the fly, and has accounted for many "lordly" trout, and those who follow evening fishing seldom appear at the waterside without them.

The Flies for Night Use

Towards sunset during warm weather, and all through the darkness, trout invariably rise freely to the fly. As long as the twilight lingers use small sets of flies, and when darkness first sets in the rise will go off for a little while, and it is then advisable to change to a larger set similar to flies used for loch fishing. The Green and Grey Drakes also answer admirably. Of course much stronger gut may be employed in the darkness, and the angler is not required to throw such a long line. It is recommended that use two flies are used to avoid the chances of ravelling.

Heavy Trout at Night

The heaviest trout are often captured in night fishing, and when you have the luck to hook a good one, instantly raise the point of your rod and keep it up, and ever up. Never let out more line than you can possibly help, and to this end follow your fish up, down, or across stream, keeping as close to him as you can.

If you simply stand still and let him run, it is ten to one you lose him. In playing a big fish always try to keep a large portion of the gut clear of the water.
Good trout often feed close into the banks and the shallow sides of pools; therefore, these quarters should be carefully cast over and all rises to the natural fiy must be responded to, no matter how insignificant they seem, as large trout suck the fly gently down, and do not usually cause the large ripples that smaller ones do. Therefore, all rises should receive attention.

This excerpt is taken from "All about Trout Fishing" , which contains comprehensive guide covering  trout night fishing and a range of other fishing techniques. Please visit our shop at AET Publishing to view our range of books.

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