Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island are a relatively unknown fly-fishing destination on the coast of Georgia. These beautiful barrier islands offer anglers a variety of opportunities to catch redfish, a prized game fish that is known for its fighting spirit.
When to Go
In the summer and early fall, we have large tides that flood the Spartina grass flats. The reds invade those flats and tail aggressively while grubbing for fiddler crabs. The late fall and winter bring clear water and large schools of fish. Spring sees the big schools of winter breaking up. We see schools of 4-15 fish on the low tide at this time of year. Summer brings hot weather, and the fish are more active during the morning and evening.
Where to Go
There are many great places to fly fish for redfish in Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island. Some of the most popular spots include:
The Marshes of Glynn
The Frederica River
The St. Simons Sound
The Sea Island Causeway
These areas all have a variety of habitats that redfish like to live in, including estuaries, marshes, and flats.
What to Use
There are a few different things that you will need to fly fish for redfish in Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island. These include:
A fly rod: A 9-foot, 9-weight fly rod is a good all-around rod for redfish.
Fly line: A floating fly line is a good choice for most situations.
Flies: There are a variety of flies that you can use to catch redfish. Check out the flies on my website: Best Red Fish flies
Some popular flies include:
o Clouser Minnow
o Shrimp Fly
o Crab Fly
o Mud Minnow
Tippet: 16–20 pound tippet is a good choice for most situations.
Leader: A 9-foot, 0X or 1X leader is a good choice for most situations.
Boots: When we wade for tailing fish in the flooded Spartina grass, flats booties or tightly fitting tennis shoes are essential.
Sight fishing for red fish in St. Simons and Jekyll Island Georgia requires a small skiff that can be poled in very shallow water.
Sun protection: The sun can be very strong in coastal Georgia, so it’s important to wear sunscreen, a hat, and quality, polarized sunglasses.
How to Fish
The best way to fly fish for redfish in Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island is to sight fish. This means that you are looking for fish in the water and casting your fly to them. When you see a fish, cast your fly in front of it and strip it back to make it look like natural bait. If the fish takes the fly, strip strike to set the hook,
enjoy the fight, take a quick photo, and release him to fight again.
Here are a few tips for sight fishing for redfish:
Look for fish in shallow water (usually less than 3 feet deep).
Look for fish that are feeding. You can often tell if a fish is feeding by how active he is.
Look for fish that are near structure, such as oyster beds or sandbars.
Cast your fly in front of the fish. He doesn’t have eyes in his tail!
Here are a few tips for fly fishing for redfish in Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island:
Be patient. Redfish can be very finicky fish, so it’s important to be patient and keep casting.
Don’t give up. Even if you don’t catch anything on your first trip, keep trying and you’ll eventually have success.
Have fun! Fly fishing for redfish is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and catch some beautiful fish.
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Capt. David Edens