Jeffery Bluett wrote:
"One of the chief troubles experienced by the angler fishing for sea trout
when daylight has failed is that he is often largely unable to see what
is happening, what mistakes he is making, and into what trouble he is getting.
A slight hitch in casting may cause a minor entanglement which, unless
rectified immediately, will develop into the most hopeless muddle.... At
night I have known many a fisherman, inexperienced at fishing in the dark,
to hit his rod with cast and fly time after time on the backward cast."
Bluett offers this advice:
"By making the backward cast with the rod held slightly away from the
body, and at an angle of some fifteen degrees from the vertical, and then
coming forward with the rod handle close to the side, and upright, this
trouble can be largely mitigated, if not wholly mitigated "
From Jeffery Bluett, "Sea Trout and Occassional Salmon", Cassell, 1948,