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Fall Fly Fishing Tactics

The cooling water temperatures of September and October provide us with a great opportunity to connect feathers and fly line to the lips of a nature coast redfish. Reds will become more active as the water temperature falls into a comfortable range for them to feed in many areas. Grass Flats, mud flats, creeks, oyster bars, bayous, residential docks, and canals will all be areas where redfish stage to feed. One of the keys for fly fisherman is to find moving fish. Cruising or tailing fish are the most effective fish to present a fly to. A crustacean or small baitfish pattern stripped across the path of a moving fish is usually rewarded with a tight line.

The Fall also provides ample opportunities to find snook in all sizes in backwater creeks, creek and river mouths, or structure near these areas. Sight fishing is easier on the lower tides that push these fish out from under the mangroves. In these cases, a baitfish fly stripped quickly away from the snook will often get a bite. On the higher tides a gurgler or other popper fly worked in areas where snook may be cruising or staged up under the mangroves can produce topwater bites that are a blast to witness.

After the stone crab season opens on October 15th, tripletail can be targeted anywhere these crab trap buoys are dropped. Swinging a shrimp fly in the current towards the target is always a good start in tempting these hard fighting fish away from their structure.

Oftentimes, flies can be presented to sheepshead, mangrove snapper, spanish mackerel, bluefish, and speckled trout as well all in a days fishing. Schooled up mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, and trout can provide non-stop action. Especially if the snook and redfish aren't cooperating.

Now accepting bookings for the fall. Come down and get in on the action!

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