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River: Arkansas River Lower
Fish: Brown Trout

Moonlight Browns

Post By: Barnacles      Posted: 4/10/2022 10:36:21 AM     Points: 4992    
Been fishing hard in the boat recently & getting my tail kicked out there. Last night I was collapsed in my easy chair & my granddaughter calls at 10PM, and says "I'm bored, let's go on an adventure."

There's usually about a thousand things my grandkids would rather do than go fishing. So when they call, my general policy is "let's roll". Tied up two rigs and 30 minutes later, we were stumbling down a deer trail to the river in the moonlight.

Right away, she caught a rock. I caught a tree. Fishing at night can be clumsy. I was about ready to throw my rod down and go back to my TV and then she said "Hey, I'm pretty sure I got a bite." A few casts later I got bit. Game on.

Didn't really expect to catch anything. Walking home and looking at the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo wilderness lit up in moonlight is better than anything you could ever find on Netflix. Most of my fishing trips are forgettable. The ones that I'll remember forever keep me going out there.


 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 4/10/2022 10:49:59 AM     Points: 2825
Well done Sir…definitely a trip to remember! Congrats!
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 4/10/2022 10:55:12 AM     Points: 14546
Great stuff! Do you wear a headlamp when night fishing for Browns? I've never done it.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 4/10/2022 12:09:06 PM     Points: 4992
Good question ND. I just keep a little flashlight in my pocket, but I try to never use it. For some fish, it seems to blow the hole for 10-15 minutes if you turn on a light.
 Reply by: ND Transplant      Posted: 4/10/2022 1:10:30 PM     Points: 14546
Do you think the redlight would not spook them on a headlamp? They always seem to give that option for headlamps.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 4/10/2022 1:37:10 PM     Points: 4992
Red light question is way beyond my peanut brain. Brookieflyfisher -- I summon thy council.
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 4/10/2022 3:16:28 PM     Points: 2512
Awesome Barnacles! Glad you got out with the grandkid and had fun!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 4/10/2022 7:03:05 PM     Points: 315
That's awesome...I've never night fished for trout, will have to try!
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 4/10/2022 8:52:41 PM     Points: 503
Wow Barnacles,

I only wish one of my Granddaughters would call to go at night. They all fish, but not like that! WTG Gramps.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 4/11/2022 10:28:05 AM     Points: 4992
Thanks all! Screwed up almost everything you can in life. Trying real hard not to botch the Gramps gig.
Any of my fly fishing brothers that step on my fire tiger Rapala, I apologize. Hard to remember where the rocks are.

I think I'll replace it with a tray of Team CO.F.F HD's. Pretty sure some of those "loud" colors would smoke these things at night.
Determined to try the mouse fly this summer too if I can keep it out of the willows.

 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 4/11/2022 5:27:40 PM     Points: 23629
Nice going, grand kids can surprise you once in a while. The headlamp is a great tool especially walking on rocks. Fishing the dam at Pueblo or other rock areas I always use one. Way better with my balance with 2 hands.
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