The new moon today, November 4th, brought us some of the lowest tides we’ve seen in quite a while. Moreover, as we get ready for the second cold front to push through this season it looks like there’s more to come and it’s time to get ready to work this unique winter pattern. That is of course, if you have a shallow floating skiff and are prepared to get out the push pole. First and foremost, this allows access to this sensitive habitat without damaging the vital sea grass. It is truly amazing the amount of life that lives on and in between these turtle grass blades. If you don’t have the skiff to experience the backcountry this time of year, come with us and let us show you just how special it can be. In addition to the natural beauty, the fish have less room to roam and if you can find them they can be a lot of fun on fly and soft plastics with a light spinning rod.

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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