Red Fish
For the most part, October through early December brought off the wall fishing for Reds.. There will always be days when the wind is blowing, the sky is overcast or the Reds simply sit on the bottom and sulk. Fortunately, there were not too many of them this Fall.

October and November flood tides were outrageous. Dozens of shots at tailing reds was the norm. Once again, the only fly you need in the grass is the Black Toad. If you go fishing for red fish in the grass without this fly, you are crazy. It also catches fish on the low tide. I have been fishing this fly as long as I have been fishing for reds. It is my go to fly in the grass. If you ever find fish rejecting the black toad (It usually happens in really clear water) tie on a smaller version in tan. These fish are looking for and feeding on fiddler crabs. These two versions are excellent imitations of the forage.
After the water cooled, I changed focus to the low tide fishery. The Reds can be really spooky on low tide, particularly when the water is clear and the wind is calm. So be sure to put yourself into stealth mode when you stalk these fish. They will spook from 30 feet away just by normal conversation.
Normally they are more active on the incoming tide. When the sun is out and the low tide is later in the day, the sun warms the mud and oysters. When the water returns it warms up and so do the fish to take advantage of the warmer water. Earlier this month we saw huge fish crawling around in the mud on their bellies to let the mud and sun warm them. It is an amazing sight. I usually fish more natural flies during these tides, but I have been fishing a classic, Low Country South Carolina pattern these days, the Copperhead.
As we go into winter, the water will cool further (currently 57 degrees). It will clear and the schools of red fish will get bigger. You will also find them at the back of creeks as well as on the mud flats. Go Get Em.

Trout fishing sas been excellent. We have had some torrential rains lately that have pushed a lot of fresh water into the sound. The water is stained and muddy. As soon as this clears up, and as long as it does not get too cold, trout fishing can be excellent in December.

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Enjoy the pictures.

Capt. Dave