Night Fly Fishing Tactics

June 28, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

Deborah Weisberg offers this excellent review of the methods and tactics for night fly fishing perfected by George Harvey and Joe Humphries of Pennsylvania. Humphreys has a video — his fourth on fly-fishing — called “The Night Game,” which won a bronze Telly Award last year. The article includes some excellent advice from Humphries. On tippet sizes: “If it’s too light, it will twist to hell. Use the heavy stuff. When you hook a big fish, you don’t want it breaking off.” On the best conditions: “A bright moon will turn them off. A heavy fog will turn them off. But if you’re fishing in the moonlight and a front moves in and clouds cover the moon, the fish will turn on.” In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.