Why you should fish at night
If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball. Almost similarly, if you can regularly cast and hook up with fish at 25m in the dark, you can handle almost any situation in daylight.
Fishing at night will heighten your perception of sound and touch. The darkness will sharpen your hearing as you learn to distinguish the clip of a fish taking your fly. Practise will increase your ‘sixth sense’ (yes it exists) and have you pre-empting takes and knowing when your fly is drifting naturally without needing to see it.
Your casting will improve as you rely purely on the feel of feedback from the rod rather than being able to see the position of your loops.
On many heavily pressured waters fish have learnt to feed at night to avoid being disturbed. During the heat of summer the night allows fish to feed under the cover of darkness and in the cool.
Fishing at night lets you beat the crowds and get your favourite spots all to yourself.
The big fish feed at night. They will also feed and hold in shallower and more open areas than they do in the day, making them easier to catch.
So next time you have a night off, when you just don’t seem to have as much to lose. Strange how the night moves. With Autumn closing in.