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Where you go for Redfish, Denduke?
Mobile AL/ Gulf Shores Fly Fishing
My husband and I are going to the beach early October (Mobile/Gulf Shores AL area) and I was wondering if anyone knew if any great opportunities to fly fish down there. (Redfish, maybe?). I tried aski
Lamson Micra 5 Litespeed vs Ross Animas
I have had my Lamson Radius reel for going on 9 years.  I have never had a problem with it.  I use it now for inshore salt water fishing and the drag is handling that fine.  Since the d
Playing with foam
4 or 6 ? Let em spin and unwind in the water for added action....The 357cal bodies were quite large so the whole thing is huge but "playing with foam." The others that I used the packing film for w
Hardest fighting freshwater fish?
find you a 6 ounce redfish or bass or guinea bass or carp and try it for fight,  then get you a 40 pound bluegill and try it, I'm bettin on the 40# blugill outfighting all the 6 oz others. Carp I
Stomach contents
Guys on local SaltyForum talking about strange things found in fish stomachs. One was nutria in a redfish! :shock: After lil thought I came up with the soon to be infamous BabyNutterRatFly! :lol: D
August Flies From the Vise
Couple of "copper" poppers for redfish with glitter bodies, kids hair for tails, and the hair w/flash dubbed for hackles.
Boca Surf
The area is not known for saltwater fly fishing opportunities on foot. A boat would open many other possibilities on that front. Best fly fishing bet is freshwater. If you can drive, I would suggest t
July Flies From the Vise
Leech on a jig hook. Going extra deep and playing with presentation. Kimo Most excellent! In the appropriate sizes those have redfish and black drum written all over them too. Sometimes I really w
Body Material for Saltwater Popping Bugs
Kinda off topic finding you stuff but $.02 on tryin to work the stuff. It was suggested to me when I made some big poppers for redfish that it would be better with center hole in the body so leader
Marsh or Beach swap
Fine,  I'm in.  I shouldn't because I am already overcommitted.   For the Marsh. Redfish. Unweighted craft fur shrimp.   Will get them done and in the mail as soon as possible to m
Bull Reds
As PJ stated, the record is 94 lbs 2 oz. Mike, you may have been looking up a line class record, or perhaps the Florida state record? There have been several recorded instances of 90+ pounders being c
Tampa Fl Area
It's been over a decade since I've been up that way.  Ft. Desoto has some good flats opportunities.    Honeymoon Island, south in Dunedin is a good spot for beach snook.  Also, the
Fishing report, Everglades Flamingo, 2 May
As usual most of my anglers aren't using fly gear - but the last one listed was..... and those tripletail will take a properly presented Clouser almost any day you find them - and they're a sight-fish
A tip of the hat to members of this Forum. I made good use of tips, information, and fly patterns found here. They added positively to my trip to Florida. I managed to catch Ladyfish, Spotted sea trou
Old Glory
It's blue calf tail over white calf tail and red calf tail underneath. Tail is white marabou with silver crystal flash. I prefer calf tail because it's less buoyant than bucktail, and I usually tie th
Finish on poppers
Lately for me, I haven't even been using any base coats or paints. I've been lite coating with Solarez resin sprinkling glitter dust, even gluing flash wraps, eyes and finishing with last coat of the
Is the FF Industry Sacrificing Ethics for the Hero Shot
Holy smoke!  I had no idea about the diversity of opinions concerning new fly fishers, guides, pics, etc.  I am a new fly guy, so I assume I may be viewed as a challenge to the sport or as a
Willie the Pimp - recipe?
Supposed to be a redfish fly but not a lot of info out there, anyone have a recipe?
Louisiana Redfish Flies - Top 3 or 4? :)
April Flies From The Vise
Redfish Crack, my version in #1 size hooks.
Biscayne nights - Everglades days, 11-18 March
The weather was tough this past week - but finally got right at the end of the week.  We started out with a night trip in Biscayne Bay and small tarpon were the targets with visiting angler Reg
March Flies From The Vise
Steelhead...that's interesting.... fluttering SPOONS down and across. Wonder if anyone ever tried it??? Yeh redfish hate purple too....
Reverse Tied Minnow
These flies are easy to tie, and very effective on many species across the fly fishing spectrum.  From freshwater fish including trout, bass and walleye, to saltwater fish like speckled trout, re
Need a little help For St Augustine,FL
My favorite to throw for redfish inshore is any black and purple crab/shrimp pattern. Ill usually have some lead eyes on it to bounce off the bottom near any oysters. Also anything brownish in color s
What weight dumbbell eyes for Clousers?
As you get into doing Clousers make a point of doing a few of the originals - the way Bob Clouser did them all those years ago.  That way you'll have a better idea of what you need for your appli
powder coat vs nail polish....
I do a lot of powder coating since I fill jig and leadhead orders by the 100's...  Matter of fact I'm in the middle of a run now (prepping heads to fill three orders..). Although I'm a production
Summer land Key
Just got back from Key Largo and spent some time fishing. I go down there 4 to 5 times per year. Fishing has been good since the storm. The mackeral bite has been hot. Snapper is good. Redfish an
Using google earth to scout wading areas
I haven't wade-fished the Tampa area much...   One thing that I have found out is that it is best to just go ahead and wade it, or at least go "scout" it first. Keep in mind that just because you
Keel streamers
Got some weighted worm hooks tried some reverse deals. The black ones are my version of "redfish crack" that I guy has luck with in black. My version.... My problem is I'm incorrigible....gotta
Willie the Pimp Fly
I am going to La th fish for redfish and was looking for some instructions on tying the fly Willie the Pimp
Chance for choice at Christmas Swap
I do very little trout fishing these days so when I do I can tie my own. 75%of my fishing is for Bass,Bream,Crappie and fresh water Stripers. The other 25% is inshore Speckled Trout and Redfish. Bas
Fly of the week
Kinda like "redfish crack"
Fly fishing Port A
I used to live in Corpus Christi, Texas and would catch fish non stop.  However recently hurricane Harvey came through and destroyed much of Port Aransas and Rockport, and Huston got hit really b
Destin, FL and environs in December/January?
I am looking at the possibility of spending a week or so in Florida sometime in December or January this year, in the panhandle/NW Florida region, probably around Destin or thereabouts. I would l
Crafty Layered Shrimp
This is technically a brown shrimp imitation, but I think it could work (even at this coloration) for other shrimp as well.  You could also tie this in other colors also.  Its flashy, and ha
EP Finger Mullet
EP style flies are staples in many saltwater fishermans boxes.  And the Mullet style pattern is definitely an important fly to have when fishing in the gulf.  Redfish, sea trout, and many ot
WTB used Bass Bug/ SW Type of lines 8-9 wt
I had a little emergency pop up and I need to deck out two rods by the 28th. Looking for a 8 and a 9 wt line in a Bass Bug,Tarpon or Redfish taper.
Merkin Crab w/Feelers
Crab flies are staples for many saltwater fish.  Redfish, permit, black drum, and more will go after a crab before anything else.  The tasty little invertebrates are treats for these fish. &
Morehead City / Beaufort / Atlantic Beach NC
I've been there a couple times with to see family. I would recommend for the surf throwing a closer, letting it sink, and stripping it back. You'll likely pick off whiting,pompano, maybe redfish, stuf
Crazy Brown Shrimp
Brown shrimp are one of the most common foods for many of the fish species in the Gulf of Mexico.  From Redfish, to Speckled trout, to Permit and even flounder.  All of these species eat bro
Stay Safe
Yep, here it comes....    In the meantime, life goes on... here's a copy of this week's fishing report.... but no fly fishing, I'm afraid...       With all that bad weather co
Fly Box Art
The redfish box is great....the clousers/crabs too.
August flies from the vice
Got a good weekend to field test these prototype gurglers I've been working on.  The redfish were smashing it and also landed a 26" speckled trout on it.  The fly was working great and held
Redington Zero 4/5 Reel
Some guys use it for redfish here... Nice deal but I'll pass
Surf fishing in Pensacola, FL area
It's been a few years but we have stayed at the Navy Lodge on the NAS a few times, it's on the mainland side of the bay.    Walking the beach in the mornings with my 7 weight I caught l
Crayfish Bunny Bugger
Crayfish are a very important food source for many freshwater species.  And this fly is made to imitate them.  Bass and trout eat crayfish pretty regularly, and this fly has caught both on t
Sparkle Clouser
There are so many variations of the clouser minnow, its hard to keep track of them all.  One of my favorites though is this sparkle clouser.  Especially when I have fish that are super aggre
Line question - Florida Gulf Coast snook in Augist
You definitely want a short head like a redfish line. More false casting to load the rod the more fish will see movement in the crystal clear water and get lock jaw. They may not take off but they are
material for popper heads
I tie up some Redfish poppers using 6mm foam sold as "Door Hangers" I found at the local craft store (Hobby Lobby and Michael's).  They sell them in packs of 10 for like $5 and have different col
I have crabs.......................
I have crabs...........and Redfish are the only cure.   I figured with that topic, Mikechell will see that and respond first.   OK the Redfish are in the creeks. I need to get down to Charle
Fly Tyer's Dungeon
Yes for sure. I just ordered some more yesterday...   ML good luck man, I've been wanting to do some kind of low country redfish trip for quite a while now
How long to get "proficient" at tying?
New to it myself but I tie some relatively large flies. 1/0 to 4 for saltwater. Mostly sight casting to redfish. If it works, who cares what it looks like of what others think?
A few good...flies
These crabs are timely now as redfish, pompano, cobia, and tarpon all eat them.
Getting Crabby Swap
Well Dave I blind cast your crab today for a bit but no hits. Think I'll have to find someplace where I can wade that still has some redfish around and sight fish.
Lion Head Sculpin Streamer
This fly is a new one I created.  Its a fly that has worked well for me the last few trips.  Its got a large head, and holds its shape well.  The movement is great, and is the perfect s
Fly caught salty fish pictures
For a while I've thought it would great to see photos of just saltwater fish caught on fly. If you agree, please start posting your photos. First fish, best fish, old photos, what ever. Show us w
Monster Bugger
Wooly Buggers are probably the most commonly used streamer ever created.  They are also very versatile and can be used for almost all species of fish.  From freshwater fish like trout, bass
Hatches Blog Post - EP Baitfish – Capt. Joe Benton
Capt Joe Benton from The Charleston Angler in Charleston, SC shows us a simple way to tie up an EP baitfish fly perfect for catching redfish, tarpon and snook.[url=
Full sinking fly line reviews?
yes I have a few.   A 6wt type IV, a 7wt type II, and an 8wt type VI.  Off the top of my head I don't remember what makes they are, I think one is a SA, one is a Rio, and one is Cabela'
Going to Sanibel
Hey guys, going to Sanibel in April for a couple days (I think 4?). Really hoping to get my first snook, tarpon, and redfish on fly. I know about the beach fishing for snook, which should be really fu
Bass rod
I think Sage was the first big-name company to attempt bullsh*tting us with the "tournament legal" idiocy.   They sold SPECIAL lines for each rod too, which were grievously heavy and short
No BBQ Today
Wind chill temp in the high teens in coastal Sc ....Redfish can have a rest for another day.
Red Jig Slider
For redfish from Louisiana to Key Largo, the Red Jig Slider pushes a lot of water, has a ton of food-like movement, and gets down to the fish. The wide gap jig hook has a good track record of finding
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