As we sat down at the fly tying bench for this month, February. We’re still in a winter pattern and our favorite gamefish are still not relying on the pilchard or scaled sardine that are so prevalent during the warmer months. They’re still foraging for smaller resident fish like killifish as well as shrimp and crabs. So, we’re tying clouser, kwan, and shrimp patterns. Moreover, we’re tying them more on the small side using a #1 or #2 hook combined with lighter eyes. We do keep a couple heavier clousers on hand tied on a 2/0 hook with heavier eyes for those days the trout are holding in the deeper holes and really want the fly bouncing off the bottom. Out on the grass flats, it’s hard to beat a chartreuse tied with either white and yellow. in the backcountry in and around the mangroves, brown and olive mixed with white are our favorite.

Spring is coming to the Golden Isles

With the advent of Spring, our waters begin warming.  68 to 70 degrees is the magic temperature.  The big winter schools of reds begin to break up and we are able to find them in more places.  Trout come up from the depths and gather around oyster beds and grass.  In May we expect the first "tailing" tides of the year where the reds get into the grass and tail aggressively grubbing for fiddler crabs.  Tailing redfish in the grass is classic, southern fly fishing for redfish.

In St. Simons we have an interesting fishery chasing free floating triple tail just 1-3 miles off of the beaches.  This is an unusual behavior because they are not floating close to structure.  They are simply free floating.  We look for these fish by idling around just off the beaches.  When I see one, I motor close to it and try put you in a good position for a cast.  The flies are generally lightly weighted or unweighted flies that mimic small shrimp or bait fish.  If you make a good presentation a little beyond and in front of the fish, you may come tight with a triple tail up to 20 pounds.  Triple tail are a hard fighting fish that jumps and runs.  I have said many times, if you can imagine how hard a 10 pound blue gill would pull, that is how hard a Triple Tail pulls.  This pattern runs from late March until June or July.  

At this time of year, I like to combine a red fish and Triple tail trip.  As in all sight fishing, a clear day with light wind makes for the fishing.  So, click the link below to inquire on booking a trip for a species I would bet you have never caught on fly.

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