Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Froggin' and Mousin' at Dusk

Lastnight's adventure thoroughly enthused me for fishing big floating bugs at night, so I tried again tonight. My goal was to get my first trout on a mouse. These were patterns I would be using:



This is what the radar showed just before I left. I figured I had just enough time, and sure enough I was right.


There were dobson flies about, and that made me more confident in the success of big dries when darkness fell. For a few hours the only fish I caught using the frog pattern were cookie cutter smallmouth, though I did get one brown and one rainbow to move to the fly. When darkness fell I began hucking the mouse to the banks, missing some really good takes. Eventually one held on, and I was surprised to see the size, or rather lack of it. Little brookies do eat mice apparently....

My first trout on a mouse. Start small I guess...

4 comments:

  1. YEP, top water at night is interesting. You never know what will take the lure. A night with no wind and moonlight can be exciting with the sounds of all the critters.
    Tie, fish, write and photo on...

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    1. In warm water I'd agree but in this river its either trout or bass and nothing else.

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  2. Was the decision to use the mouse inspired by my comment the other day? I tried a mouse on bass for the first time the other evening and it was killing it... o much so that one of the bass actually broke off my mouse and took him home as a present! I did find the mouse tough to cast, however.

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    1. Mice are a pain to use... worth it though.

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