|Sunset over WNY|
Yup…It’s that time of year again. Time for a little midnight mousin’.
Over the past several years some friends and I have made plans during the dog days of summer for a late night rendezvous with some local small stream brown trout.
We try and meet up right at dusk to give us the opportunity to get tied up, go over the game plan and even walk in before it gets too dark.
|Curtis, Jessie & Flyfish Horton|
This year I would be joined by a few old friends JessieHollenbeck of Wide sky Fly Fishing and Bob Burrows, and also a few new ones – FlyfishHorton and Curtis AnDré Lindo.
The creek seemed to be in good shape, but in the dark, how can you really tell? And we weren’t about to go around shinning lights in to the water to find out either.
|Oatka at night|
Flyfish Horton and Bob left, leaving just the three of us pour saps to figure it all out for ourselves. And with another half hour of no action under our belts, we decided to make the move to Spring creek. And as we navigated our way out of the creek with lights now on, we could see why the trout weren't willing to commit to our flies - The water was still well stained.
|Curtis' 1st mouse caught brown|
Spring creek was fantastic, even though it took a little while for it to happen. Fish began to respond to our fly patterns with splashes and pulls, and then, as Curtis fished a new spot with a new mouse pattern – it happened – Fish on!! Finally one of us put a fish in the net. A few pictures later and Curtis gently released his first mouse caught brown trout. We were now on the board – well – at least Curtis was!
By then our fishing time was nearing its end, but not before we tried one more spot at Jessie’s suggestion before the walk to the car.
For the next twenty minutes we each hooked up and landed fish including a really nice fifteen inch wild brown, and as I was walking out, I watched as both Curtis and Jessie hooked up again.
A little bit later I got a text from Jessie letting me know that they each landed several more nice trout before the action slowed.
What a night!
|One of the mouse patterns we used.|