St Simons Island, GA

Fly Fishing For Red Fish



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Fly Fishing For Red Fish in Georgia

– St Simons Island

– Jekyll Island

– Sea Island

– The Golden Isles

   Current Conditions

updated August 2023

September and October are the most exciting time of year.  It is FLOOD TIDE SEASON.  In these early Fall months, on the new and full moons the tides inundate the high marsh and the reds follow to grub for fiddler crabs.  When they are nose down, grubbing for craps, their tail is in the air waving at you..   In September, normally the weather is stable. Usually, the winds are light in the morning and increase in the afternoon with the Sea Breeze.  A morning flood tide trip for tailing reds is a wonderful trip.

If you are not fishing the floods and fishing the neap tides, sight fishing for red fish in Jekyll and St. Simons Island is best on low tide. As September turns to October, the water is cools and the fish are active during most of the day. The fish hang around on the mudflats and in the creeks in singles and smaller schools. On good days you should have multiple opportunities at fish. As Fall progresses the days get cooler and the fishing heats uip.

Tarpon offer a great opportunity through September. See my page on Tarpon which describes our Tarpon fishing in the Golden Isles.. Speckled Sea Trout fishing gets better and better as Fall progresses.  First thing in the morning, throw a gurgler for a top water bite.

I do not want to take anyone on just a boat ride. I will be honest about your chance of catching a fish. With the team, we normally have availability. Let’s go “Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.Check out the fishing reports on by clicking here.

Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn


I have started using a new fiddler crab fly: a felt crab fly.  I have used a Black Toad fly for years in the flooded grass, and when I need to get down deep, fast, this is still my go to fly.  What I like about the Felt Crab Fly is how softly it lands.  I just added a page with tying instructions.  Check it out and give it a try.  Felt Crab Fly. The red fish are also crushing this fly on the low tide.

“Hunt Fish in the Marshes of Glynn”

Fly Fishers International Certified Fly Casting Instructor  Captain Dave is the only Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor in the Golden Isles.  This means correct, professional instruction and feedback on your fly casting.

Contact Capt. Dave about a casting lesson prior to your charter.  See the Fly Casting Instruction page for details.

What Does Being an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter Mean? 

It means the addition of more Orvis Endorsed Captains so we can offer outstanding fly-fishing trips to more people in the Golden Isles of Georgia. Capt. Carl Evans, Capt. Michael Garcia and Capt. Dave Snyder have joined the team allowing us to offer the Orvis Experience of Excellence to more people in the Golden Isles.

Now, Let’s Go Fishing!


Imagine being poled down a low tide flat, fly fishing redfish, with so many redfish they bump the bottom of the boat.  The Capt. shows you the wake made by the ten pound red.  You cast your fly a few feet in front of him.  Capt Dave quietly says, “Strip–let it sit.  Bump it.”  You do, and a ten pound redfish explodes on your fly in ten inches of water.  Your drag screams as the big red fish takes you to your backing.  This is what fly fishing redfish is all about.

Imagine wading the flooded spartina grass flats fly fishing redfish in some of the Southeast’s most beautiful and unspoiled marshes.  You see several tailing and feeding red fish.  The Capt. puts you in the perfect position for a cast.  You choose the biggest tail, make a cast about a foot in front of him, and within seconds he grabs your black toad fly, and he is off to the races, with your drag screaming.  After a five or ten minute fight, you slide your hand under his belly, have your picture taken with him, and gently revive him, letting him swim off to fight again.  Fly fishing redfish doesn’t get any better than this.

Imagine you are in the middle of the sound, and the Capt. points to a series of ripples about 200 yards away.  You motor close to the school of Jack Crevalle and drop the trolling motor to quietly get in front of them.  You grab the 10 wt fly rod, throw a big bunker pattern in front of the school and can’t believe it as 25-35 lb Jacks fight for the fly.  One grabs it, and you are in for the fight of a lifetime.  Forty-five minutes later both you and the fish are totally exhausted as the Capt. lips the 30 lb jack and hoists him aboard for a quick photo and a satisfying release.  Fly fishing for big Jack Crevalle is like hooking a Mac truck.

This is what we do,

Red fish tail

Flood Tide Season is almost here

Reserve your flood tide dates soon.  We have some limited availability for these prime dates. Call, text or email today to schedule your adventure.

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