Fly Cast Charters of St. Simons Island, GA

"Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn"

Sorry for the late report, but I have been on the water since right before Christmas until sight fishing red fish, so no time for computer work.

Copper colored red fish

Sight Fishing Red Fish

WOW!!! That is all I can say about the sight fishing red fish right now.  Big schools of red fish are moving all over the flats, pushing water and chasing bait and eating flies.

Winter time sight fishing red fish is all about the weather and the tides.  Low tides from late morning until mid afternoon, bright skies and calm wind spell success. We had some days sight fishing red fish when it was windy and cloudy where we had trouble getting the red fish to bite.  Some days we found them on the outgoing low tide, and on other days we found them on the incoming tide.  At this time of year you have to move around to find the fish.  My motto is, “Never Give Up.”

We have been able to find clear water even during the current full moon tide cycle.  We have have had genuine 10′ tidal changes recently.  Imagine how much water is rushing up and down the rivers and inlets for the water to change from a -1.4 ft low tide to a +8.6 ft high tide.   The amount of water moving in and out  of the  inlets, rivers and creeks is unimaginable.  However, we have been able to find clear water for sight fishing red fish

Anyway, we keep at it.  Sight fishing red fish with a fly rod.  I am just going to let the photos do the talking.

If you are in St. Simons for a meeting, conference or holiday–or simply want a winter time get a way–give me a call, and let’s go “Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.”

Capt Dave Edens
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Sight fished red fish

Red Fish never Smile

Puppy Drum

Tim’s Puppy Drum

sight fishing red fish

Copper Colored Red Fish

Matt'a Red Fish

Matt’s big red. Look over Matt’s left shoulder. The nervous water is a school of red fish. Love winter time fishing

Matt's first red

Matt’s first red fish of the day

Scott's Puppy Drum

Scott found several of these slot red fish in the back of creeks

red fish

Carter’s sight fished red fish

red fish

Carter’s Big Red Fish

close up red fish

Red Fish never smile

12 lb red

12 lb red fish on a 6 weight fly rod

puppy drum

They are not all big

Low tide red

Troy’s nice red fish

Tagged Red Fish

Even I had a chance to fish. Tagged and released for the DNR

August and September were all about tailing Red Fish  in the flooded grass.  Flood tide season as we call it.
The fishing:
When the tides exceed 8′, the water covers the hard marsh and the tailing red fish invade the flooded grass to munch on fiddler crabs.  On some days, they were so anxious to get into the grass, the tailing red fish were crawling on their bellies with their backs out of the water to get to these delectable red fish snacks.  Once in the grass, they grub aggressively for these little crabs.  Their tails stick out of the water, they splash water 2 feet into the air and run all over the flats with the feedbag on.  The sight of a 10 pound tailing red fish in water so shallow it barely covers their back will make even a seasoned angler have a bad case of knock knees.

Casting distances:
Even though these fish are aggressively feeding, they are very spooky.  Your casts to tailing red fish don’t have to be big booming 80′ casts, 40′ is a much more common distance, but they have to be accurate.  These tailing red fish have to have the fly so close to their face, they can’t turn down the opportunity for a quick snack.  Once hooked, they will try to run through cover back to deeper water, dragging your line and leader through heavy marsh grass.  Fishing for tailing red fish is not delicate.  7 1/2′ t0 9′ leaders tapered to no less than 20 lbs are needed to keep from breaking these big fish off.
The flies:
My favorite fly is a black toad.(click for tying instructions)  I have fished this fly for years, and year after year it continues to produce.  It is a good imitation of a fiddler crab.  If I only had one fly to fish in the Golden Isles of Georgia, it would be the black toad.  At the suggestion of another guide, I tied some in purple with a blue tail.  They work as well.  Another good option is a gold spoon.
We have one or two more sessions of tailing red fish in October.  Don’t miss it.  Go out and enjoy the best time of the year.

If you can’t be here for tailing red fish, look for the fish on low tide.  They are on the low tide flats chasing shrimp and eating flies.  September to December is a magical time for fishing in St. Simons.

PS:  Trout fishing in clear water is on fire, too.

Give me a call to enjoy some of the finest fishing for red fish on the east coast.

Capt. Dave Edens

Excuse the lack of and poor sizing of photos. I am having trouble with the site. I will fix it asap. Come back soon for some really good fish pornt.

Wide open is the only way to describe fishing Red Fish, Jacks, Tarpon, Trout in St. Simons right now.
Red Fish are

15.5 pound red fish hog

15.5 pound red fish hog

crawling around on the low tide flats.  The best summer fishing Red Fish on low tide is when the low tide is early in the morning.  The water is cooler, usually it is slick calm and you can see the fish pushing around in water that barely covers their back.  These fish are very spooky and a slow, stealthy approach is needed.  If you can put your fly in front of them before they know you are there, you will be rewarded with an explosive strike in inches of water.  If the water is clear, use a small natural looking fly.  If the water is murky, you have to use a fly they can see:  Big, flashy and dark. Try “The Mop” if you are looking for an effective dirty water fly.

On the New Moon tides the water floods the grass and the Red Fish invade it to grub for fiddler crabs with their tails waving in the air.  This is classic, Southern fly fishing for Red Fish.  Watch the tide levels and when they are higher than 7.8 to 7.9 feet, make sure you go out and give it a try.  The only fly you need is the Black Toad.

27 lb Jack Crevalle on Orvis H2 11 weight

27 lb Jack Crevalle on Orvis H2 11 weight

The huge Jack Crevalle have invaded our area again.   We find these fish by idling around looking either for them busting bait or swimming high in the water with their fins breaking the surface.  We motor close, then put down the trolling motor to get within casting distance.  If you can put the big Pogie pattern close to or withing the school, strip fast, you will be rewarded by several huge Jacks chasing your fly.  Then you are in for a forty minute to over an  hour fight where you will think you have been hooked to a Mac truck.  This is a great fishery that is often overlooked.

Tarpon Release

Tarpon Release

Tarpon are here in great numbers this summer.  I am not the best Tarpon fisherman, but we managed to get hooked up the first of July on heavy spinning tackle.  We found the tarpon feeding.  Bobby made a great cast to a fish, and was hooked up to a 100+ pound fish.  We are always looking for the Silver King.  When an opportunity presents, we go for it. Check out the video of Bobby fighting this huge fish. Silver King Video

Trout are still being caught on the beach in Cumberland and on oyster drops in shore.  Trout fishing will only get better as summer turns to fall.  Remember the new size limit is a minimum of 14″.  Please put the 13″ trout we used to keep back so they can pack on a little more weight.

Lots of photos on this report.  Sorry it has been so long since I have updated it.  Summer is a busy time.  After a day in the sun, it is hard to sit down at the computer.  More to come.  If you have plans on coming to the Golden Isles of Georgia this summer or fall, give me a call and let’s go, “Hunt Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.

Tight lines, remember to strip strike and practice the double haul,

Capt. Dave Edens

Richard's big red

Richard’s big red

Nice red fish

Nice red fish

Early morning bent rod

Early morning bent rod

Family fun

Family fun

Can I make this look bigger?

Can I make this look bigger?

27 lb Jack Crevalle on Orvis H2 11 weight

27 lb Jack Crevalle on Orvis H2 11 weight

Evening tailing red fish

Evening tailing red fish

Tailing red fish

Tailing red fish

Early morning Red Fish

Early morning Red Fish

15.5 pound red fish hog

15.5 pound red fish hog

Tarpon Release

Tarpon Release

Late Winter/Early Spring Report

January, February and March offered off the wall sight fishing for big red fish.  Clear Water, bright skies and light winds came together on several days and the big red fish responded.  We had pods of fish moving up and down the flats, pushing water, chasing shrimp and eating flies.  Here are a few of them below.  There is more fish porn available, but that is enough for right now.  Remember, winter can offer some of the best fishing of the year for big red fish.  You need to try it.

Spring forecast:
Red Fish:
The reds are in smaller schools now, but they are active and moving around.  Spring always brings changeable weather, but if you get a day with calm winds, shots at 50+ fish are possible.

High winds make the water muddy and hard for big red fish to see the fly.  I have come up with a big red fish fly that seems to work well in stained, muddy water.  I call it The Mop, because it looks like a mop and mops up the big red fish.  Check it out on my web site:  The Mop.

Triple Tail:  Triple Tail are in front of Jekyll.  These fish will eat a fly.  On most trips through June, I try to combine a red fish and triple tail trip.  These fish free float in front of Jekyll.  I idle around until we see one, then lower the trolling motor to get within fly casting distance.  If you get the fly in front of them, sometime they eat and other times it looks like they are just smelling it.  Triple Tail are strange fish, but when you hook up, they pull drag, run and jump.

Speckled Trout: Trout fishing is turning on.  Some of the big Roe trout are showing up.  The full moon in May should have them spawning on the beach off of Cumberland.  Other places to fish are regular oyster drops, but you need to move around.  Find clear water, and you will probably find the trout.

Enjoy the Big Red Fish Porn from this winter.  Check out this shared album on Google Photos for more Late Winter/Early Spring Fish Porn.

If you are in the area, give me a call and let’s go,
“Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.

Tight line, remember to strip strike, and practice the double haul.

Capt. Dave Edens

Red Fish

Big Red Fish

red fish

Troy’s Red Fish

Two friends and a fish

High tide red fish

Bent Fly Rod

Fighting a fish

Huge Red Fish

Jack’s Big Red

Winter time red

Nice Red Fish

Red that ate a fly

Cerise Passion Fly

Winter time red fishing is on fire in St. Simons.  Even with the muddy water from a flooding Altamaha, we have been able to find big schools of reds in clear water.  Winter time red fishing means big schools of red moving up and down the shallow water flats.  If you put a fly in front of them, they eat.

We have been seeing school after school of BIG Red fish.  Last week we boated one a hare over 14 lbs, three over ten pounds and a bunch of six to nine pound fish.  This is the time to fish for reds on a fly.

It looks like the weather will moderate over the next few weeks.   Enjoy the photos, call me to get in on some of this great sight fishing.

Capt. Dave
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Fighting a red fish

Troy on tight with a big red

Troy's first red

28″ red fish

Huge Red fish

13 lbs, 33

9 lb red fish

29″ red fish

Huge red fish

14+ lb Red Fish, 34+ inches long

I am going to let the photos tell the story of Winter Time Fishing this time.  A great speckled trout bite.  Lots of trout on a fly rod.

Late Fall and Winter time fishing for red fish can be off the charts.  The water is clear, the schools are big and the fish are hungry.  Delicately put a fly in front of one, and it is off to the races.

Drop me a line or call today to book your winter time fishing trip.  Click here for my contact page: Contact

Check out the photos below. (No, we don’t have Permit in St. Simons.  The photo is a teaser for a hosted trip coming in April to Ascension Bay, Mexico)

Jack Crevalle

Big Jack Crevalle

Jeff from New Jersey was in St. Simons for a business meeting in mid-October. While everyone else played golf, Jeff enjoyed the fall fishing St. Simons.  I knew the Jacks were around.  After 30 minutes of looking, and almost giving up, we got lucky and ran into several schools of huge Jack Crevalle.  One hour and fifteen minutes after hooking up, Jeff brought this 27 pound Jack to the boat.  We sight fish these fish by finding the school, getting close with the outboard motor and then getting within casting distance with the trolling motor.  I will have video up soon I took during the fight.

    You never know when these fish will show up.  They move and migrate, so when they are here, you better go get them.  They won’t be around long. 
Flood Tide Report: 
Fishing for Tailing Red Fish
October afternoon flood tides were terrific.  Several people has lots of shots and connections.  Then themorning tides of early October were a bust.  Hurricane Joaquin, the super moon and another local Nor’easter pushed way to much water onto the flats.  When the water is too deep, you can’t see the fish tail.  So the Fall fishing St. Simons for tailing red fish has been just OK this year.   However, the fiddlers are still active.  If the water stays warm enough, we may have some tailing fish later this week and into the First of November.     The King Tide (Full Moon Tide of Late October), along with two week of Easterly winds and lots of rain caused super high tides the last week of October.  Some are saying these are the highest tides in 40 years.  These huge tides are great for Marsh Hen hunters, but not so good for tailing red fish and fall fishingSt. Simons.  The water gets too deep, and you can’t see the fish.  As the tides recede, we may have a few more days for tailing fish.
Trout Fishing is getting red hot
​As the water cools, the shrimp start moving out of the creeks, and the fall fishing St. Simons for trout really  heats up.
Russell came for a family vacation, and spent a few days fishing.  We blind cast my special chartreuse and white clouser over several oyster bars.  He connected with some nice spotted sea trout.
Trout fishing will stay red hot, particularly on the neap tides until the water gets cold in late December.  If you want to catch trout, now is the time of the year to do it.
Low tide Red Fishing
As Fall progresses, the red fishing on the low tide gets better and better.  Like the trout, the reds turn on the feedbag with all the shrimp leaving the creeks.  Henry came to St. Simons for a business meeting. He enjoyed the Fall fishing St. Simons while the others played golf.  The first day we had dirty water, wind and flat skies.  On the second, we were blessed with fair skies, light wind and almost clear water.   We pulled up to the second flat of the afternoon,  and almost immediately saw fish pushing water.  After several fly changes, he connected on this 31″ 13 pound red fish.
Fishing will continue to improve as the tides recede and the water cools.  We should have some great sight fishing for red fish the first week of November.
People ask how’s the fishing.  I always say, “You never know unless you go.”  So go!!!
Tight lines, strip strike and practice the double haul
Capt. Dave Edens

August brought some of the first daytime flood tides for tailing red fish.  The tides came in, I went to my special spot, and my anglers had shots at 30+ fish on the right tides.  At times we had trouble deciding which fish to cast to.  Casts for tailing red fish are not long. Forty feet is a long cast. But they have to be accurate.  You can’t put the fly five feet away from the fish and expect him to see it.  If you can put it a foot in front and a foot beyond these big, tailing red fish, they will eat and your drag will scream!!!!

Clay managed to fool this nice tailing red fish

Bass in the Grass

Clay’s tailing red fish

More tailing red fish photos

Capt Dave's red fish

I got a chance to go fishing!!!

We need tides of 8 feet or better to flood the grass flats.  We have predicted tailing tides for the last of September and the first of October.  If a Nor’easter blows by, the flats can flood on almost any high tide.  Call me to check on conditions and to see if I have any availability.

Trout bite has been good too.  Not much time now.  More pictures.
Evening tailing tide sun down, 2015 Fishing for Tailing Red Fish flooded grass flats Russell's big trout Tailing Red, August 2015

Tight Lines, strip strike and practice the double haul,

Capt. Dave

Golden Isles fly fishing has been as hot as the weather is getting.  Water temperatures are in the mid 80’s now, and the summertime pelagic fish are arriving.

Golden Isles fly fishing for Triple tail fishing was excellent in May and early June. We had lots of shots, and if you could put the fly in front of the fish, you had a good chance of hooking one.  Since the DNR has opened the inshore shrimp season, the number of fish seen has declined, but it is still worth looking for them.  The larger triple tail have moved to the markers, and can be caught on the dead low and high tides.  If you are targeting these fish, learn the different tidal movements, and you can stretch out your fishing for over an hour.  Target them either with live shrimp or a clouser minnow for the fly fishing crowd.

The trout are beginning their annual spawn on Cumberland beach.  There always seem to be short trout on the beach

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Capt. Dave, proprietor of Fly Cast Charters, is an Officially Endorsed Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide

at this time of year, but many times it is a matter of luck if you catch the larger trout.  Golden Isles fly fishing for trout involves finding a concentration of them, and throwing a small clouser minnow.  Vary the color, but start with Chartreuse/white.

Low tide Golden Isles Fly fishing for red fish can be challenging at this time of year.  The earlier in the morning the low tide, the better the fishing will be.  In the morning the water is cooler, the wind is usually not blowing and the temperature makes you more comfortable.  Flood tide redfishing on the full and new moons was excellent in May.  Tides are not nearly as high this year as they have been the last few years.  Last year, we were dealing with the Super Moon full moon in June, which brought huge tides and very dirty water.  This year, the full moon tides in June will be barely high enough for tailing red fish.  Check out the tides here: July tides

Golden Isles fly fishing for Big Jack Crevalle is a hoot, and they have shown up.  Look for them close to shore around the Golden Isles on neap tides.  Always be ready at this time of year with an 11 or 12 wt fly rod.  There is no telling when you will run across big Jacks, Tarpon or even sharks.

If you are visiting Jekyll, St. Simons, Brunswick, or Sea Island for a vacation this summer, give me a call to give Golden Isles Fly Fishing a try, and lets go, “Hunting fish in the Marshes of Glynn.”

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Capt. Dave
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Golden Isles Fly Fishing in March and April was great and difficult.  We battled wind, rain, fresh water, but when the

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Capt. Dave, proprietor of Fly Cast Charters, is an Officially Endorsed Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide

weather gave us a break, we made the most of it.  Tim returned to St. Simons to sample some Golden Isles Fly Fishing in early March.  We were greeted with a foggy, slick calm day on the flats.  We were still in a winter pattern with big schools, clear water, and very cooperative red fish.  We saw well over 100 fish that day.  Tim is a great caster.  His skill, combined with a custom 7 wt rod, 14 ft leader and #2 Red Fox Clouser brought 3 nice fish to the boat that day.

Tim's 2nd red Golden Isles Fly Fishing

They aren’t all big!!

Big Red Golden Isles Fly Fishing

Tim’s 3rd red fish

28" red Golden Isles Fly Fishing

Tim’s first red fish

March brought the Spring Breakers to St. Simons to sample some Golden Isles Fly Fishing.  For this Daddy/Daughter trip we fished for whiting for Naomi and then fly fished for  Dad.  A fun time was had by all.

Little Whiting Golden Isles Fly Fishng


The last of April brought Tim from NC back to St. Simons for some Golden Isles Fly Fishing.  After battling dirty water and high wind I found a sheltered flat holding some hungry Bull Reds.  Tim managed to bring two to the boat.  One a 14 lb 33″ Bull and the second a 10 lb 30″ Bull.  These fish gobbled a chartreuse Chernobyl Flash Bang. The big reds were tagged for the DNR and released (Recipe for the fly to come soon, so keep checking back.)  Golden Isles Fly Fishing can be difficult at times, but if you keep at it and never quit, you can find success.

Tim's first red Golden Isles Fly Fishing

10 lbs, 30″

Huge Red fish on a fly Golden Isles Fly Fishing

33″ 14 lbs HAWG

Claudiu battled high winds and overcast weather but managed to sight fish a nice red fish.  Golden Isles Fly Fishing is so much fun.

Claudiu's red Golden Isles Fly Fishing

Gotta love the blue tail

The triple tail are in front of Jekyll, and the May full moon tides will bring tailing fish to the marsh.  The trout bite will pick up as the fresh water is flushed out.  If you are in the area, and want to sample some of our Golden Isles Fly Fishing, give me a call, and let’s go “Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.”

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Capt. Dave

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