Don’t over think it when Choosing Redfish Flies
When it comes to fly fishing for Redfish, fly selection is not that critical. Its more about presentation than color or pattern. In the summer months presentation 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 , Salt or Fresh water . The double haul is crucial to be successful on any day in the marsh. The double haul helps load the rod increasing line speed resulting in longer more accurate casts which equals more fish to hand.
With that said, on my skiff we throw a lot of shrimp and baitfish patterns simply because they work. 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 for this. 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 time 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.
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 many weights and colors. Oh yeah, Sea Trout love ’em too!