For the first time, let’s chat about what it is like to fly fish at night. With terribly busy schedules and more social responsibilities that we can count, nighttime may be the only time in which we can get away. Fly fishing after dark can be a little frustrating if you don’t know what you are doing. Some people find it incredibly relaxing, but here at Kirk’s Fly Shop we think that fly fishing at any time of the day is worth it! Colorado fly fishing is very rewarding if you have the right frame of mind.
Here are some tips to help you out during your nighttime fly fishing adventures:
Location, Location, Location: Fish in an area that you are very familiar with. Many anglers find it much easier to fish in locations that are very close to road lighting so that they can see what is going on underwater without the use of headlamps. All terrain can also look the same in the dark so out of the way fishing grounds are not advised. Also, knowing the location will help you scout the area before heading in at dark. You’ll be able to find deep pools and avoid dangerous locations.
Lights: Bring a headlamp/flashlight/camp light, etc. Without light you will be unable to change flies. Lights are also beneficial while getting in and out of the water to avoid footing problems.
Observe: Waiting around for a few minutes can have a huge impact on the success of your night. You may even notice activity close to the surface at the edge of the bank. Wading right into the water will not give you a sense of how active that spot is at night.
Wading vs. Dry Angling: Know your fish! Some fish are much more active at night. Others will come near the bank to grab easy prey. Depending on the type of fish, you may not even have to wade into the water. Your favorite fishing hole during the day may change with nighttime activity.
For more tips or help with Colorado fly fishing at night, contact Kirk’s Fly Shop. We’ve got everything that you need to make your fly fishing adventure in Colorado into a success.