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RainbowHunter

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Hi there, I have been a member of this site for a little while now and have never really gotten around to posting anything. I am a 22 year old college student attending Iowa State (GO CLONES!), and from the South KC area. I have been fly fishing since I was about 12 when my grandma and grandpa taught me. For the most part I've always fished Roaring River and the last 3 or 4 years or so I've been coming down to Taney once or twice a year.

I'll be coming down again to Taney from Thursday through Sunday next week and I have noticed a bunch of you on here talking about night fishing up in the fly zone and have heard that you guys have been doing pretty darn good. Every time that I have come to Taney I am always fishing from a boat drifting down stream to about Cooper Creek and then heading back up and drifting again. I would really like to give this whole night thing a try when I get down there and I am wondering what kind of flies to use, what other kind of gear you guys use or think would come in handy that you wouldn't normally take or use during a day trip, or any other hints or tips you could give a beginner to the night. Also, my biggest question about fly fishing at night I have is, how do you know when you are getting strikes if you aren't able to see your fly and it's too dark out to see a strike indicator? Is it more of a luck thing just setting the hook or what?

Other than that, hi everyone... and to Phil, I love this site. You have no idea how many times I have been sitting in classes going through this site's postings instead of pretending to be taking notes or attempting to stay awake.

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INDICATOR?! Wee don' needs no steenkin' indicators....

I'll let Leonard and a few others key you in on the flies and maybe you can talk him into going fishing at night when you're here... (like it's a chore to get Leonard to go fishin' at night... :lol: ) Some guys do use "glow-worm" indicators, but fishing streamers and keeping the fly in touch with the fly line is the way to go in my opinion. You can feel the strike... believe me...

As for equipment... a good light. Not too bright, but just bright enough. Hard to see those knee bustin' boulders underwater without them... not to mention getting around on the banks.

A good bit of advice from a safety standpoint. Don't go at night alone the first few times - on ANY river. That river looks and feels a WHOLE lot different at night than it does during the day. And it's hard for anyone to notice if you're in trouble from a hundred yards away at night. You just sound like a big brown or a squawkin' heron thrashing the water to them... :huh:

TIGHT LINES, YA'LL

 

"There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process." - Paul O’Neil

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RainbowHunter...

I can give you alittle "on-water" advice... It looks like someone is twisting my arm... I dont see anything happening as for as the wife working... so Im open for the weekend... Here's my number where we can set some plans to meet... (417)-779-8061...

Right now the best advice is...

Bring a good rod... 5wt-8wt... some good tippets. (0X-3X 9')... I got the extention to add... a good headlight (or a small flashlight).. warm clothes (can always take a layer off if it to warm).. an extra change of clothes (just in case)... as for as flies... I got that covered.. if not we will invade Phil's fly shop... LOL...

give me a call...

Leonard

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