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03-23-2000 08:17 PM
RE:Night flyfishing strategies

Using a line one size heavier than you normally use helps to give you more of a feel when casting-by-braille at night. I heard Lou Tabory suggest this, and i'm in complete agreement with him.

03-10-2000 07:59 PM
RE:Night flyfishing strategies

I think its those great night time casts that I like the best.......
Fishing in the surf in the day light can really scare ya.... You can cast a full fly line and when you see where your fly lands.... you look at the reel and wonder if that line is really how long it said on the box???????????????
Something about the ocean surf that distorts distance.
But if you guys have any thing you want to know about in night fishing the surf, I will be glad to tell you what I know about it if I can.
I love bass fishing at night ... and find large fish like it too!
Steves picture kinda makes ya wanta walk on water. Had a big fin go by me one moon night so fast I heard the whistle it made cutting through the wind and water before I saw the fins.... I couldn't believe how fast Mr. tooth could move!!!!!!
03-06-2000 07:47 AM
RE:Night flyfishing strategies - TONY STETZKO's Article

Just read Tony's awesome article in On the Water. He gives us a lot of insights with his words in this article, but it seems to me it's that "sixth sense" he shares with the fox in his headlights that makes him a "legend of sleepless hollow".

03-03-2000 04:16 PM
RE:Night flyfishing strategies

Certainly not claiming to be an expert, but I would say 75% of my fishing is done at night. Al D and I had 3-5 really good nights last season (He had the best one alone 3 SWFF keepers in 2 hours D'oh!). We also had one 40+ fish night (cold front moving in, SW wind pinning bait right up in the corner of the estuary where we were fishing, Yeah Baby!). I did about 3 all-nighters (sun-set to sun rise), because, after all, sleep depravation is the cheapest buzz. I must say though, I tend to do more spin fishing than fly fishing at night (harder to cast & see your line). However, Night fly fishing calm beachfronts and estuaries under the right condition can be a lot of fun!
03-03-2000 04:00 PM
Bob Pink
RE:Night flyfishing strategies

The hell with the kevlar waders, I'd be trying to roll cast out of a cage if I knoew there were 'jaws' like that near my legs....
03-03-2000 01:49 PM
RE:Night flyfishing strategies


I'm more concerned about how well the Kevlar waders would hold up!
03-03-2000 10:19 AM
RE:Night flyfishing strategies


Don't forget a Striper Imitation Fly !! Do you think that 13wt could cast a 28 inch fly ??

03-01-2000 11:25 PM
RE:Night flyfishing strategies*to Steve*

Great picture!

It looks like I'll need a 13wt and some 8/0's with a tandem hook.

Not to mention the kevlar waders.
03-01-2000 06:45 PM
RE:Night flyfishing strategies

I do about 80% of my striper fishing at night. I shy away from lights most of the time, but at a certain time of year, a cetain large baitfish ascends a certain large river and must pass under a certain bridge which is lit with streetlights. Now THAT'S fun!
I shy from lit areas because I am a fanatic about my night vision. I prefere to hook, land and release my fish without using the flashlight. Of course, that's only possible under certain conditions, especially now that I don't improve my night vision by, ah...,dialating my pupils.;-]
For someone who isn't used to it, casting in the dark can be surprisingly difficult at first. You don't realize how much you depend on your vision until it's not there for you. A very helpful practice technique is to spend some time casting in the daytime with your eyes closed.
Strike dectection can be tough also. For those who stuburnly cling to the one handed trout retrieve, many strikes will go undetected. The good old "rod under the arm, two handed strip retrieve" means at least one hand is holding the line tight at all times. I've been in situations where bass were feeding heavy and I was hooking up every two or three casts, while a buddy went fishless because he never knew he was getting hits. When he got frustrated and asked my secret, I repeated advice I was once given on a trout stream by an expert nymph fishermen. "Ya gotta set the hook just BEFORE you feel the strike."
03-01-2000 06:44 PM
RE:Night flyfishing strategies

Awsome account of a serious night on the beach Steve! Reminds me not to wade too far out at night

McCaff - absolutely, I'd suggest you simply post here. There are a number of us who live a similar lifestyle on Friday nights thru the season!
03-01-2000 03:10 PM
steve moore
RE:Night flyfishing strategies

Juro: We were fishing off the beach of "an island" located off the coast of Massachusetts. The guy holding the 1/2 striper is captain Peter O'Brien who charters out of Madaket Harbor on the west end of Nantucket. Pete was kind enough to invite me and buddy to join him and his first mate on their "night off", so I promised him I would never divulge the spot we were fishing. That night we probably caught close to 100 stripers and blues between the 4 of us fishing forabout 3 hours. Close to 95% of the stripers were "keeper" sized and we caught some real pigs, up to about 35 lbs. It was non-stop action until the men in the brown suits showed (brown and bull sharks) up and started biting all our stripers in half. This is one of about a 1/2 dozen we lost to the sharks that night.

The sharks were running in the trough just off the beach. It was a full moon night so we could see their backs and dorsal fins as they swam by in front of us. At one point I actually jabbed my rod tip into one that swam right in front of me. We stopped fishing for the night after one of the sharks (about a 7 foot brown) came up the beach out of the surf following a striper my buddy Matt was dragging out of the surf. He had bent over to unhook the striper and didn't realize the shark had followed his fish out of the water. Needless to say he was bit "shocked" and we all decided it was time to quit.
03-01-2000 01:47 PM
RE:Night flyfishing strategies

I don't know if this was ever suggested but is there interest in an area on the site for pairing people up through the summer? I fish at night and it would probably be better if I didn't do it alone so much. You know how it is...driving down the Cape with the family last minute on Friday. You get to the house, put the kids to bed, and go out fishing. It's probably the most dangerous thing to do in shore fishing (aside from going to the end of the Salisbury Jetty in your waders).

If there was a section with people's names and where they are on the Cape/North Shore/RI, when and where they're available, it might catch on. Sort of like mini-claves I guess. I couldn't guess on a format, maybe a database of site members with their schedule and contact info?
03-01-2000 12:36 PM
RE:Night flyfishing strategies

Steve - That weren't no bluefish.... where were you? I'd love to hear the story behind that. The anglers face says it all!

I had a huge bass trail a snapper blue that hit my foam banger fly last June off the south side of the Cape. I found myself "livelining" to see what would happen. The fish was wiser than I and swam off without indulging.
03-01-2000 11:21 AM
RE:Night flyfishing strategies

There's only one solution to increasing the abilities of the sunburned day fishers - a night clave.

I think around 5% of my fishing last year was in the day.

But what have I learned at night?
1. Start fishing right at the waters edge.
2. In the words of a buddy, "It doesn't matter what color fly you use, as long as it's black." This holds true about 75% of the time.
3. Sound casting (instead of sight casting) can be zen like - grasshopper.
4. I think I cast better at night. Maybe it's just because I can't see that I'm not throwing the line that far...
5. No jetskis

Let's put together a plan Friday night for a night time schoolie outing, I have a spot that could handle about 5 rods.

03-01-2000 08:29 AM
steve moore
RE:Night flyfishing strategies

Stripers aren't the only things that come out at night.
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