Don’t over think it when Choosing Redfish Flies
When it comes to fly fishing for Redfish, fly selection is not as critical as presentation. Where , how and when the fly lands is EVERYTHING. Quick and accurate delivery in the fish’s path is paramount. I strongly encourge fly casters to practice daily before any guided trip. The double haul is crucial ingredent to a sucsesful day in the marsh. The double haul loads the rod increasing line speed, resulting in longer more accurate casts which can equal more fish to hand.
On my skiff we throw a lot of shrimp and baitfish patterns
These two patterers are proven winners! Colors I do not leave home without are: Black/Purple, Chartreuse/White, and Brown/Tan. Those colors tied in any pattern will produce on most days if presented properly. In the summer months I like larger flies that can move some water, Estaz grande, EP fibers and spun deer hair are my go-to materials. Fall brings cooler water and full grown shrimp. With the buffet of shrimp in the water we begin using mostly shrimp patterns tied with craft fur, buck tail and estaz fibers.My favorite fall fly is the top water Gurgler.
Top water Redfish bites are some of the most exciting eats we see all year. Redfish often miss surface flies but will continue there pursuit if the fly keeps moving. From Winter to Spring is when we begin scaling down and throwing smaller flies with little to no flash. As the water begins to turn cold, Redfish gather into large schools for safety. Large schools of fish in clear make them easy targets, so they receive some pressure. Weary fish call for longer leaders, lighter tippet and small soft landing presentations.
Above all if you find yourself on a school of winter Redfish, try to exercise some restraint. Don’t BEAT UP the school. Catch a couple fish and move on. Putting that much pressure on a school of Redfish not only educates them but can put them down for weeks. Here is a simple YouTube Video of my everyday go-to Redfish fly. http:/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6dge13QrRA
My boxes are stacked with these guys in various weights and colors. Oh yeah, Sea Trout love ’em too!