Is Eagle considered in Plumas County?
Is Eagle considered in Plumas County?
Some of my friends know that i sometimes smear some power bait on my flies....i was looking at the fish sniffer board and saw this new power bait thats glows in the dark for night fishing for trout....check it out
Jon and Jay are both fine guides and fly fisherman. Hope you havent taken any offense to my Suggestions about fishing at night. I have put in thousands of hours night fishing with floating line in 3 to 5 feet of water at night and have been more than successful at this technique.
This is why our sport of fly fishing so great, so many different ways to approach the fish. Fly Fishing is not a science, its an art, just like a painter who starts with his own blank canvas and paints there own picture. Always different than everyone else.
Just something to think about a new technique in your bag of tricks.
Good Luck and enjoy the great fishing at Davis.
Would you fish at night in the same places that you caught fish in the day time.(shallow bays or a cove)?
Whats the best time of the year to do night fishing, and do you fish on a full moon or no moon?
Sorry for all the question Ernie.....Thanks
We too fished Davis that weekend. Caught a few off the shore on damsel nymphs. Didn't really know where to go, since we are unframiliar with the lake, being from Fresno as I am.
We did find some shallow water and caught a few. We left in the afternoon. Caught some at Frenchman's too.
I fish the same areas at night as I do in the day time, early mornings and late in the evenings. However, the number one rule about fishing at night is to prefish the area in the daylight hours. Never fish anywhere at night you havent fished in the daylight hours. Show up before dark, wade the area you are going to fish, look for holes, rocks and dropoffs that can catch you by surprise in the middle of the night. Figure our where the weed beds start and where they end along with the depth of the water you will be wading and casting into. Fish the open areas around the weed beds and get a good picture of everything in the daylight so you wont be surprised when it gets dark. Its also very wise to have a partner fishing with you at night. One of the best places to fish at night is any running water comming into the lake. Small streams running into a lake will bring smaller fish and fry in and the bigger fish will follow and try to eat the smaller fish. Pay attention to your back cast area also. Make sure you have enough room to have a 40 to 50 foot backcast.
You are looking for shallow water that fish will feel comfortable moving into at night because they know they are safe and dont have to worry about any predators seeing them in the shallow. There is allot of food in Shallow Bays, Shoal areas, not more than 5 to 8 feet deep.
Floating lines are perfect for these applications. I usually fish about a 10 foot leader and fish patterns that "push" alot of water. This means larger flies, wooley buggers, streamers or bait fish patterns. If the lake does have a bait fish population I prefer to imitate these fry or smaller fish. If you have a lake that doesn't hold bait fish then I would stick to the wooley bugger patterns or crawdad patterns. You can lightly weight these flies with a few turns of lead or a beadhead if you are fishing deeper water and want the fly to get down alittle faster but i prefer no weight because I like to fish these patterns alot slower at night than in the day time. I like a long slow pull with a 3-4 second pause then repeat. Again just like in the day time you can change and adjust your stripping cadence but everything should stay pretty slow. Your senses are so hightned fishing at night that the strikes feel like they are trying to take the flyrod out of your hand.
Moon cycles Full or Dark, I feel it is easier for you to move around with the light of the moon. I have had epic days fishing full moons at night and good fishing in the dark of the moon but I prefer to fish more twards the full moon cycle. I feel fish are more on the feed in a full moon and can see the fly much easier than in the dark of the moon. Daytime fishing would be just the opposite.
Times of year, I feel you can catch fish at all times during the year. I would always target the large brown trout this time of year all the way into November when I fished utah but Spring time fishing at night is great also. Shallow water in the Summer can be very tough on the trout so be careful about fishing in warm shallow water.
Remember that when fishing at night you are allowed to fish much heavier leader material. This will help you to play the fish faster and an much better release for the fish.
Hope this helps and let me know how it goes for you in the future.
Last edited by catch&release; 10-19-2011 at 10:13 PM.
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