Monday, July 14, 2014

Dock Light Fly Fishing

Want to beat the summertime heat? With day time temperatures getting up in the 90s and likely afternoon thunderstorms do you sometimes wish you could go somewhere else to fish? Well luckily we have a much more comfortable alternative right here in our own backyard! Next question.. so have you ever heard of fly fishing at night? Sounds crazy right? That's a given if go dock light fly fishing! With perfect nightime air temps. running in the 70s, no boat traffic and the serenity of the night might sound like a more relaxing and interesting way for you to fish during the hottest time of year.

Another question you might ask is... isn’t it to dark to fish? The answer is no... thanks to a line up of million dollar waterfront homes. You’re casting into a shoreline with big backyards and sophisticated boat docks and piling that have plenty of structure surrounded by either green underwater lights or your typical hanging lights that attract and hold baitfish. Well you might already know that baitfish yields predators!

Fish swimming over green underwater lights

You ever heard of sight fishing at night? Well now you have! Casting a 5 or 6 weight fly rod rigged with a floating line at lights that have swimming fish around them that you can actually see! This is like casting into a fish tank! There's no doubt that your casting skills will be put to the test for accuracy around the docks and really learning the feel of what a fly rod does. It's a fun challenge and experience for all!

Casting to a pair of hanging dock lights at dawn

Our trips generally begin either starting at dusk into the night time or starting in the middle of the  night going into the dawn hours depending on fishing the right tide conditions. The added bonus here is that the dawn and dusk periods have some of the best opportunities for a top water fly bite that will really get your adrenaline pumping! The primary targeted species are Spotted Sea Trout and Snook. Other species occasionally include Mangrove Snapper, Jack Cravelle, Bluefish, Ladyfish and Redfish.

You can bet that this kind of fishing is one of the most certain ways of catching your 1st salty fish on fly with the smallest fly rod! It's just another way to get out fly fishing on our extensive menu of fly fishing opportunities here in NE Florida!

 Happy client with 1st fish in fly

 Happy fishing faces with 1st fish on fly