Night fishing for trout is quite unlike night fishing for bass in some but not all respects. We will cover some tried and true methods for catching or at least enticing a strike. I state that since many strikes are not hookups at night; no one really knows why. That fact makes night fishing so intriguing.
We will discuss methods for fishing for trout at night in streams. The first requirement is water temperature. Most streams get warmer as summer progresses. Trout cannot survive when the water temperatures exceed 70 degrees. Actually 68 degrees is more correct.
OK, you have found streams where trout can live in summertime. Lots of times it will be a stream that you have fished in the evening. Since fly hatches occur all season long, if you see rising trout, you are in business.
If you have been fishing in the evening hours prior to darkness, give the stream a rest for at least ½ hour to let the bigger night feeding trout work into the shallows for their nightly meals. It also allows you to rig you night fishing gear and get used to the darkness. It is quite magical to me to watch the dimming light turn into night and hear the various sounds of birds and animals ever retire for the day or arise and feed at night. You will observe some smells also.
There are two methods that I use in night fishing for trout. One is to use an ultralight spinning rod and attach a floating minnow and fish upstream into the shallowest of ripples. Strikes come quick and savagely. After I have fished the lure for awhile, it is time for a string of big wet flies to fish downstream. Both ideas can be productive. Both require a radically different method of fishing; and both are quite enjoyable. Get out and enjoy the wonders in nature that God has given to us!