With the exception of low light conditions, it’s typical to rig a conventional spinning rod with a weighted jig head. Whether soft plastic or feathered, they’re very popular as well as practical because for the most part fish feed beneath more than on the surface.  For this reason, it’s a good idea to carry this technique over to our fly rigs.  While learning and developing casting skills, the floating line is a great place to start. However, eventually we need to consider getting our fly down in the water column to help fish see the fly. Moreover, it doesn’t have to be a complicated decision; simply look at sink rates. In the relatively shallow estuary that is Charlotte Harbor, I like lines that are designated as WF/I. This is simply a floating weight forward line with about a six -foot clear intermediate sink tip. Typically, the sink rate is 1 to 2.5 inches per second.  I do have a heavier line I like that sinks 2.5 to 4.25 inches per second. Originally, It had a 16-foot tip that I cut down to seven feet to make it more manageable.  I still stick with a nine-foot leader.  Moreover, since sink tip lines are heavier than floating lines, they can help add distance to your cast even though you have to strip more in to begin your back cast.

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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