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    The Best Flies for Night Fishing and How To Use Them

    By By Kirk Deeter
    October 09, 2012, 9:33:23 AM EDT


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    When other anglers choose to sit things out, I beat a hasty path to my home waters in Michigan specifically to play some “night games.” Because now is when I have a chance to surprise myself and make the big fish eat, provided I know what fly to throw and how to make it dance, just so. Here’s a little primer to help you fish after-hours flies...

    To read Joe Cermele's guide to catching bass, trout, muskies, flatheads, snook and walleyes after dark, click here!

    Mighty Mice


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    Midsummer is mouse season, plain and simple. Darker, moonless nights are best. Bang the banks with a mouse pattern, and make that fly act like a panicked rodent that just took a very wrong step. Twitch it, pop it, swim it, and you may be shocked to learn what’s really living in the deep run next to the logjam.


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    Any classic deer hair mouse pattern will work. Fancy details in fly design really don’t matter. It’s good for a mouse fly to have a tail, but ears, whiskers and eyeballs are all window dressings meant to attract anglers more than fish. A big ball of fur popping and rolling through a slack current is plenty — it looks like a T-bone steak for the trout that’s been hunkered under cover all day.

    Add a Splash


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    In faster currents, it’s important to add some splash and commotion to the mix. I like the flat-faced mouse because it looks and behaves like a popper, and trout, like bass, will react to the surface splashes. My only beef is that I’d change the face of this fly to have an open mouth with a tongue hanging out … maybe fangs. This is, after all, the mouse that bites back.

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