PODCAST: Night Fishing for Trout: People, Places and Things — S8, Ep1

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Welcome to Season Eight of the Troutbitten Podcast. This season is a skills series about fishing for trout after the sun goes down. And for the next six episodes, we’ll break down the night game into an outline that roughly follows the topics of a series that I published on Troutbitten, titled, Night Fishing for Trout.

My night fishing friends are joining me for this episode — Josh, Trevor and Austin. These are the only night fishing companions I’ve ever had. Because the truth is, most anglers simply will not fish in the dark very often. But these guys do. And it takes a certain kind of angler to pursue trout into the night.

What kind of angler fishes after dark? What are their motivations and rewards? That’s our first topic in this episode.

Where does night fishing for trout happen? Where are the best places to catch trout after dark? That’s our second topic in this episode.

And lastly, what kind of gear and tactics will we cover in this series? What are some of the odd things about night fishing we might encounter?

This season, the six-part Night Fishing for Trout Skills skills series from Troutbitten, is an in depth look into the game of fishing for trout after dark. We hope you enjoy it.


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Season Eight of the Troutbitten Podcast continues next week with a discussion on light. Moonlight, Starlight and City Light, Headlamps, Flashlights and Glow-in-the-Dark Stuff is the title for episode two of this series. So look for that one in your Troutbitten podcast feed.

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  1. Really enjoying this episode but one caveat to add to the discussion: night fishing for trout is possible wherever there are trout, sure, except where it violates fishing regulations, like here in Oregon. Really fun conversation to eavesdrop on, but won’t be able to run out anytime soon and try your tricks and tips.

    • Really??!! The state of Oregon sets time limits on fishing? I don’t mean to sound obtuse or offensive but I’ve seriously never heard of this. I’ve never been to Oregon although it is on my bucket list. I’m from Michigan and we have no such regulations. Please expound on this issue like the hours you can’t fish, etc

      • There are so many insane rules about trout fishing around the globe. My favourite one is the ban on booby flies in many trout fisheries in the UK, so fishers started tying the foam to the back of the fly instead; perfectly legal.

        A quick Google search re Oregon, you can’t fish for trout or salmon (and a few other fish) between 1 hour after sunset and 1 hour before dawn.

  2. I’ve been reading about night trout fishing and specifically mousing concerning the difference in strip setting and rod setting the hook. Discussions seem to be leaning towards strip setting being much more effective as it eliminates the delay that the bending of the rod causes. Hope you can include this issue and your experiences in one of the podcasts


  3. Listening to the night fishing podcast, and run all my local rivers thru my mind and thinking I’m not sure I’d want to do it in but maybe a few places, based on steep terrain and tough wading, not to mention getting jumped by a big predator-anglers have been stalked by mountain lions here at dawn and dusk. Then it was mentioned on your show that the streetlights near one of your spots switched to a different light and it all changed. I’d be an hour from any streetlight at my favorite rivers, and lose cell 20 min from home. It seems that some places may just be too dangerous to even try it. So, my question is how remote are your spots? If you do have remote spots, is terrain or wading conditions an issue? If so, maybe discuss the logistics on another podcast.

  4. I have been night fishing quite a few times the last 2 summers. I do have trouble with hookup percentages. There was some talk about “letting the fish take the fly” on this podcast. It seems like on a mouse emerger style fly, I hear and feel many takes…I generally try to strip-set…but I only hook maybe 1 or 2 out of 10. Is that the type of percentage I should expect? I guess I may, pull the fly out and re-cast too soon after feeling a bite. The idea that the fish may be trying to stun the prey and circle back to eat it is intriguing to me. Would you go as far as to recommend not even setting on the first bite?


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