Many factors influence your fly fishing success, from water temperatures to tides. Even the position of the sun and moon can play a big role in your catch rate. While some consider moon phase fishing to be an old wives tale, others have noticed a difference in their success rates when fishing by the phases of the moon.
This controversial concept is known as the solunar theory. It was developed in America by John Alden Knight in 1926. Since then, the theory has gained considerable support from scientists and biologists. The name stems from Sol (sun) and Lunar (moon). It is based on the sun and moon’s ability to influence nature and has two periods – major and minor. These periods take place four times a day.
Major periods last for around two hours and sometimes longer. This phase takes place when the moon is over our heads and when the moon is underneath our feet. This is when the biggest fish activity can be found over the course of the day. According to many solunar supporters, sport fish are found in abundance during this phase. Minor periods last for about an hour, taking place when the moon rises and sets. There is also an increase in fish activity during this time. If a sunrise or sunset takes place during either major or minor period, there is also a notable increase in fish activity.
What exactly does this concept mean for anglers, and how can you use moon phases to improve your fly fishing success rate?
Fly Fishing by the Phase of the Moon
If you have been dreaming about increasing your catch, you may be wondering how to plan ahead to get the most from your trips. As every angler knows, the best fishing happens when fish are feeding. Most fishermen head out at sunrise and sunset. Moonrise and moonset are not always times associated with good fly fishing, but these times can be just as lucrative, and not just because Tigers like to eat at night.
When planning your fishing trip according to the moon phase, there are few things to keep in mind…
- The tides. Tides are influenced by the phases of the moon, with the high tide taking place during the full moon. When tides are higher, currents are stronger, attracting a larger number of gamefish. Spring tides typically take place during new and full moons. Many anglers believe that fish activity is higher at the start of high tide and the end of low tide.
- The weather. Tigerfish enjoy warmer waters. When temperatures drop, fish activity drops. When it rises, activity rises, too. The time before or after storms increases fish activity. Winter fishing can be extremely rewarding!
- The pull of the sun and moon. The sun and moon rise and set around the same time during the period of a new moon. The result is a strong gravitational pull. This increases the tides, causing stronger currents in the process and attracting more gamefish.
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