Before sunset Dan and I were both catching schoolies. I on poppers, he on a silverside pattern. After sunset I caught a few here and there on the popper, but after a while I thought I should change flies. I opened my box and there were the dark deceiver style flies I tied last year when I started to regularly target stripers. I thought to myself, "Ah, what the hell". Let's just say that 30 minutes and six fish later I went from someone completely anti-dark-flies at night to "huh, these thing do work".
So, in this case the black fly worked. In fact it ended up out-fishing Dan's light colored fly during the half hour of full darkness. Now, this doesn't mean you should automatically go to fishing nothing but dark flies at night. In this case, the fish were feeding on silversides which often cruise around or even sit stationary at night. There were so many around Dan was catching them in his mesh striping basket.
The skinny black deceiver had a pretty similar profile to the silversides. It was likely more visible to the fish than light colored sparse flies, and therefor got eaten more often. There's the key, a black fly will only out-fish natural colored flies if those flies aren't visible to the fish. Bait fish don't turn black at night.
|Sheepshead minnow, one of the other species caught in the basket.|