chasing lightning bugs as a kid just to name a few. But after the lanterns dim and the last log of the fire slowly burns out, some are out deeply engaged into another activity that most do not know even exists, Mousing. Fly Fishing in the dark waking rodent like patterns has become quite popular with the diehard trout enthusiasts over the past decade.
Guided by the moonlit starry sky, (and sometimes not), anglers
cast away at the banks in hopes of fooling the next big trout. And big fish are what you can expect when trying this midnight method. The fish size can range anywhere from 12 to 30+ inches depending on where you fish. You never know what you may pull in sometimes. On one trip we managed a few brown trout, an 8lb steelhead, and even a snake! Mousing can be done just
about anywhere as well. Lake or stream, there is a fish swimming that will take a swing on your mouse fly.
Fishing after dark can be done by anglers of all skill levels. Whether you are a seasoned fly fishing veteran looking to try something new or completely new to fly fishing looking for your first fish, mousing offers an excellent chance to bring one to hand. Mousing is a great way to get a “feel” for casting a fly rod while often catching some nice fish in the process.
There are a few things to think about before heading out on a night adventure. If you are wading make sure to walk a section that is familiar to you or scout out the river bottom before dark so you can fish safely at night. Rowing a boat is much different in the dark as well. It’s best to stop and fish different spots and turn the lights on for navigation in between. Booking an experienced fishing guide is the best way to avoid all troubles and make the most of your night time fishing experience.
For more information on guided trips, fly patterns, or updated area
fishing reports check out www.flyfishingmichiganrivers.com.