Swinging Glow-flies

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Do you Steelhead Fish at Night?

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  1. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Back in my early steelhead years here in WA we often fished Blue Creek area before sunrise and did very well. Old camera flash strobe or flashlights popping off in the dark energizing phosphorescent beads, corkies etc., would last a few casts then be re-energized. I've never thought about swinging glow-flies, but would think those tube style patterns would be ideal. Where legal, does anyone swing glow-flies in the dark?
     
  2. I normally like to attach 1/4oz. night light float with a yarnie or bead on my 7wt sage tcx Death Star.


    Had some real fun time fly fishing for steelhead
     
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  3. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Back in the day, a friend of mine used to get to the Samish @ 0-dark-30 and park himself @ the end of the slow drift. He used a glow in the dark corkie and would hit it with a photo flash every so often. Don't remember if he caught fish or not. Seemed a bit excessive to me.
     
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    I have a friend that does it with Glow in the Dark Yarnies in Alaska. He wouldn't do it if it didn't work.
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    It's well known that the gear guy's do this with lead and corkies...as I mentioned, we use to have good results on the Cowlitz. I was just wondering if anyone has success doing so swinging flies... and maybe what materials are used. Yarnie's look too much like gear stuff to me... there's got to be some good traditional style patterns that combine phosphorescent materials.

    Now the subject of spey casting in the dark. I'd need a little moonlight to aid in seeing my set's... waiting 10 minutes between the light flashes for my eye's to readjust. Now, if we could invent a fly line that can be seen with night time glasses...
     
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    I've had more success using black at night than GID patterns, but both work.
     

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