PODCAST: Night Fishing for Trout — Planning and Adapting Locations and Tactics — S8, Ep4

by | Sep 11, 2023 | 10 comments

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All fishing trips benefit from a good plan, and most of us couldn’t stop planning, hoping and dreaming about an upcoming trip if we wanted to. Our night fishing plans are a good beginning. Aimed toward solving the mysteries after dark, these plans are formed around expectations and based on the conditions.

Where are the trout, and how are they feeding?

Building flexibility into our plans helps solve these questions. It’s our willingness to adapt, to walk around the bend, to work upstream instead of down or to clip off the top water pattern and rig up for wet flies — that’s what helps answer questions and put trout in the net. Trusting our instincts is the first part. And following through — making the changes — is the second.


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Season Eight of the Troutbitten Podcast continues next week an in depth discussion on top water techniques and the various ways to fish streamers after dark. So look for S8 Ep5 in your Troutbitten podcast feed.

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Hi. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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  1. Dom, thanks for the podcast. What material do you use for the“wings” on the Harvey? I have tried a handful of different feathers but I am not sure what the best is in terms of stiffness to create the optimal amount of water disturbance.

    • I like pheasant the most. And I’ve tried everything. We’re filming a Harvey Pusher tutorial tomorrow, so you’ll see that soon. Keep a look out.

      • Excellent. Thanks!

      • Thanks guys, great podcast. I am in the missed fish phase. The information you are sharing is going to change that. Funny how it seems to be a novelty now.

  2. Interesting to hear you talk about the salt. The surf was my first love and I subsequently discovered fly fishing trout many years later. Now I’m trading my traditional surf fishing vacations for time in the mountains chasing trout. They are both captivating in their own way.

  3. By far, your best podcast series. Not only informative, but motivational. Great points of focus, sprinkled with anecdotes that confirm my experiences.

    For any newbie considering a move to the dark side, don’t even think about it unless you have mastered line control in the daytime. It may be hard to believe, but as Dom says, it’s much more difficult than it might seem.

    Any thoughts on guiding at night?

  4. How wide are the streams you guys fish at night? I spent two nights on the water this weekend and got skunked. Conditions seemed perfect. Low clear water, ample star light and the stream was full of brown trout.

    The stream It’s self was only about 30’ wide. I couldn’t help but think I was spooking every fish with in 100 yards as I stumbled down stream.

    • Hi Matt. We talked a lot about the rivers in the first couple episodes, so go back through those. But yeah, we fish some small to medium stuff like that, 30 feet wide. Yes, you might be spooking fish if you are stumbling downstream. So don’t do that. Ha. Be cautious and subtle. Same as daylight, even though trout will be more forgiving. Might want not to wade, if you feel you’re spooking trout or instead wade upstream.

      • Well that’s embarrassing. I listened to those podcast multiple times while I was out there. I am not sure how I missed it.

        The water I was fishing has a very irregular riverbed. An up stream approach might be the ticket next time I out there.

        Thanks for the reply and sorry for asking something that was already discussed.


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