Fishing For Southern Flounder
Thats right, fly fishing for flounder. Flounder fishing in South Carolina is a favorite pastime especially in Pawleys Island! Most Saltwater fishermen I know prefer slow trolling mud minnows or small finger mullet with light spinning tackle. However, dedicated fly casters can have great success fly fishing for flounder. Throwing feathers can be challenging but for the patient angler willing to double haul, full sinking fly lines can yield some pretty hefty flat fish.
Dredging, swinging and slow stripping deeper holes and creek mouths should be your focus, using Fly rods from 6 – 8 weight. Reels can be loaded with floating or sinking lines, sinking the preferred line for bottom dwellers. There are some great products on the market if you don’t want to invest in a full sinking line. I really like Rio’s Versa Leader which can be purchased for under $12 and offers a ton of versatility with the simple loop to loop connections. The versa leader has a PVC coating that adds weight. It’s offered in a 1.5 – 7 inch per second sink rate . The 3.9 and 5.6 are my top choices for flounder and Sea Trout fishing in our local waters.Fly selection is simple. Bait fish patterns like the Clouser Minnow tied with chartreuse are always the first out of my box. I don’t know what it is about chartreuse but Flounder can’t resist it. Here’s a link of my Top Picks for Fly Fishing Saltwater species like Flounder, Sea Trout and Redfish. Big Flounder have shown up in great numbers the past few weeks and will continue to invade our marsh through fall. The next time you go to chase South Carolina flounder don’t forget about that buggy whip!