Fly fishing in Sea Island, Georgia, offers anglers a unique opportunity to combine a family vacation at a luxurious resort with sight fishing for red fish. Sight fishing for red fish is an exhilarating experience that combines the thrill of the chase with the tranquility of coastal beauty. A relatively unknow destination for fly fishing enthusiasts, Sea Island provides a diverse range of fishing opportunities, making it a haven for both seasoned anglers and those new to the sport.

The Rich Waters around Sea Island, GA:

Nestled along the Atlantic coast, Sea Island boasts a rich ecosystem that is home to a variety of fish species. From redfish and trout to tarpon and flounder, the waters surrounding the island provide ample opportunities for fly anglers to test their skills and reel in impressive catches. The expansive saltwater marshes, tidal creeks, and estuaries create the perfect environment for these species to thrive, making Sea Island a prime location for fly fishing adventures.

The Thrill of Sight Fishing:

Tailing Red Fish in waters around Sea IslandOne of the unique aspects of fly fishing in Sea Island is the opportunity for sight fishing. The shallow waters allow anglers to spot their prey from a distance, providing an adrenaline-pumping experience as they carefully approach and cast their flies. Whether stalking redfish in the shallows or wading the flooded marsh during big moon tides for tailing red fish, the thrill of sight fishing adds an extra layer of excitement to the fly- fishing experience in Sea Island.

Expert Guide for an Unforgettable Experience:

Orvis endorsed guide logoFor beginning or seasoned fly anglers, Captain David Edens of Fly Cast Charters offers the expertise of a seasoned fishing guide. Capt. David has been an Orvis Endorsed Guide for 15 years (Click on the logo for more info.) and is the only Fly Fishers International Certified Casting instructor in the area. He is intimately familiar with the waters, tides, and fish behavior, ensuring that anglers have the best chance of success. His fly-fishing trips not only increase the likelihood of landing a prized catch but also provide valuable insights into the art and science of fly fishing.

Prime Seasons for Fly Fishing:

Sea Islands favorable climate allows for year-round fly-fishing opportunities, particularly for red fish. However, certain seasons bring specific advantages for anglers. Sight fishing for red fish is a year-round sport. Spring and fall are particularly popular, with mild temperatures and abundant baitfish attracting a variety of gamefish, including the unique opportunity to fly fish for free-floating triple tail. Summer offers the chance to target species like tarpon, which migrate to the area during warmer months. Winter, although cooler, offers the opportunity to fish huge schools of red fish in clear, shallow water.

Choosing the Right Gear:

In the world of fly fishing, having the right gear is crucial. Capt David Edens fishes from a Maverick HPX-V and ensures that you’re equipped for success with top-of-the-line Orvis gear. Fish with Orvis’ newest 8 and 9 weight Helios and Recon rods and Mirage and Hydros reels. With Capt David taking care of the essentials, you can focus on the excitement of the catch.

Capt. David is a lifelong fly tyer.

Red fish fly for fishing in Sea Island GeorgiaHe has created several flies that work for the area’s selective red fish and sea trout. You will have the opportunity to fish with these flies, or if you are a fly tyer, look at his Red Fish Flies page and tie some of your own. Lightweight, breathable clothing is essential in the summer. Dress in layers in the winter for comfort. A good polarized sunglasses are essential to enhance visibility.

Conservation and Responsible Angling:

Fly Cast Charters logo for fly fishing As with any angling pursuit, it is crucial for fly fishermen in Sea Island to prioritize conservation and responsible angling practices. Catch-and- release is encouraged for certain species to maintain healthy populations and ensure the sustainability of the ecosystem. Fly Cast Charters is 100% catch and release for Tarpon and red fish. Local regulations should be followed, and anglers should strive to minimize their impact on the environment, leaving no trace of their presence.

Beyond Fishing:

Exploring Sea Island’s Charm:

While fly fishing is a major draw for visitors to Sea Island, the charm of this coastal destination extends beyond the waters. Sea Island is home to a luxurious resort with world-class dining, and pristine beaches. Anglers can unwind and indulge in the island’s amenities after a day on the water, creating a well-rounded and memorable vacation experience.

Conclusion:

A Fly-Fishing Paradise in Sea Island, GA: In conclusion, Sea Island, Georgia, stands as a relatively unknown fly-fishing paradise with its diverse range of fish species, thrilling sight fishing opportunities, expert guidance, and favorable year-round fishing conditions. Whether you’re a seasoned angler seeking new challenges or a beginner eager to learn, Sea Island and Fly Cast Charters offer a unique and unforgettable fly-fishing experience. So, pack your gear, immerse yourself in the coastal beauty, and get ready for a thrilling adventure on the waters around Sea Island.

Ready to book a fishing trip?

Booking with Fly Cast Charters is a seamless process. Click on this Contact Page link, select your preferred date, and you’re good to go. Email to flycastcharters@gmail.com or call or text, 706.540.1276. Capt Edens will respond quickly and eliminate the booking hassles, allowing you to focus on the excitement that awaits.

Disclaimer: Neither Capt. David Edens nor Fly Cast Charters and Outfitters, LLC is associated with the Cloister Hotel or Sea Island Company. He fishes the public marshes and waters of the area.

 

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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