July, August and early September are the prime months for night fishing. It is normally done on the bigger pools that are known to hold sea trout. Weather conditions play a big part and the best nights are those with little or no wind, warm and sultry. It is the kind of evening when the biting midges are out in force. There should be no moon. If you are not familiar with a pool to be fished it is best to do a recon during the day to become familiar with the conditions underfoot, bankside obstacles, overhead branches that are likely to snag a back cast etc.
For a successful fishing mission it best to approach before darkness falls and only cast when the far bank fades from view. A floating line and a sea trout fly or two such as a bloody butcher, peter ross, teal blue and silver, silver doctor. These are some favorites flies amongst anglers but some will favour different patterns.
The flies are cast across the river and allowed to swing around. A figure of eight retrieve does the job. The takes are strong and sudden. Stealth and quietness are required when fishing for sea trout.
Checklist for Night Fishing
Head lamp and spare torch, batteries
Mobile phone and camera
Rubber mesh landing net
Forceps and nippers
7wt Fly rod, floating line, sinking tips
Mono/fluorocarbon tippet material 8-10lb breaking strain
Wading vest and chest waders
Don't forget your flies!
A Few Helpful Water Safety Tips
Its advised to fish with a friend at night and not alone
Always tell someone where your going and what time you will be back
Wear a buoyancy aid while fishing at night
Bring a spare set of batteries and torch
Beware of livestock in fields
Best to note entry and exits points during daytime recon before night fishing and note any trip hazards or potential snags