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Drift Lizard
06-10-2010, 06:10 AM
Myself and a few buddies have run several night floats recently with little success. The goal of these outings is size not quantity. Catching little or no fish is not the basis for my comment "little success." We're searching for big fish and a single pig would amount to "high success" given the mission. Please share your thoughts on how I may better increase my probability of success outcome.

waterwolf
06-10-2010, 06:50 AM
Myself and a few buddies have run several night floats recently with little success. The goal of these outings is size not quantity. Catching little or no fish is not the basis for my comment "little success." We're searching for big fish and a single pig would amount to "high success" given the mission. Please share your thoughts on how I may better increase my probability of success outcome.
I don't know what to tell you to be successful, but if you figure it out let me know :biggrin: It has been years since I night fished on the river, and it was usually very unproductive. It ended most times cold and soaking wet from the dense fog which settles on the river every night. I have had better success right at daylight or right at dark when searching for beasts, versus after the lights have gone out completely.

Good luck and be careful out there, rivers are unforgiving at night.

MadisonBoats
06-10-2010, 09:51 AM
I am glad you posted this topic Drift Lizard. This has been something I have been interested in for a while. I have tried some late evening fishing this year - looking for walleye/trout. However, I did not have any luck with my setup. I think I will try it again on a new moon and work on bouncing a flashy fly off the bottom. Also, I don't like getting out there when any water is generating-I think it is a little dangerous in my setup.

Maurer
06-10-2010, 11:19 AM
We attempted it twice last summer, but it was on two gens. Too much water from what I here. So I've never been successful on the Clinch.

A couple of us used to fish the Soho at night, but haven't done so in a year or so. What we learned (I'm sure others will think differently):
-No moon better than full moon.
-Start late, 11pm or midnight
-Know the river like the back of your hand, fish the same conditions during the day before you float it at night or you're wasting your time.
-Know the holes and transitions where big fish might lie.
-Intermediate line, flies that push water or even mice
-keep flash lights off, use red led's
-fish till sun up
-wear clear eye protection if you are not great casters
-use big rods, leave the six weights at home, 7 and up
-Have Fun!

Hope this helps a little, Please post what you find out and be sure to post some pics! We need more fish p--n on this site! Also, I'd love to hear what Mike and Rocky think on this subject.

fourx
06-10-2010, 11:48 AM
http://www.darksidedrifter.com/

This guy is a specialist at night fishing for real.
Typically he's on soho or watauga.
My buddy went with him to the Clinch
this past weekend after midnight and fished till six am. Only boated one 20" brown and had few follows.
Two nights later they did the soho and had a million follow/rolls and landed quite a few big fish but not Moby Dick.
Their conclusion: The Clinch ain't holding the browns of our tri-cities neighbors streams. They've done about 20 night trips together and seem to know what they're talking about.

4X

waterwolf
06-10-2010, 12:44 PM
! Also, I'd love to hear what Mike and Rocky think on this subject.
HA, Mike is old as the hills, he goes to bed about 8 anymore, you couldn't keep him awake long enough to row or cast.:biggrin:

Your ideas seem pretty logical, I have threatened to do it more times then I have ever actually done it, and I would think water flows would play a huge role in success, in addition to some of the things you posted. I would think that catching a rising 1 generator at dark would be ideal, but that is hard to get on the Clinch normally......except for right now:eek:

Rodonthefly
06-10-2010, 03:01 PM
i've heard of guys doing pretty good below the weir at night. Seen a boat full of waleye's at day break one morning while rigging up in millers island parking lot.

waterwolf
06-10-2010, 03:27 PM
BTW any extra walleye are more then welcome to be delivered to me.

fourx
06-10-2010, 07:08 PM
I forgot to mention in my earlier post that this guide only fishes low flows at night. When they fished the Clinch they put in at Peach Orchard and took turns rowing all the way to 75 bridge upstream with no generation.
When he fishes in tri-cities it's always at low flow and he covers much less ground then you would on a traditional drift.
He's currently doing work with Joe Brooks on a night fishing video/film.

4X