Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Matlacha Redfish On Fly

Things finally fell into place today and one of my anglers landed a beautiful redfish on a #2 crawfish orange Bunnybone fly. Rick Diecke came down from North Carolina and caught this perfect 26 inch red using a 9-weight Sage Xi-2 with a Lamson Velocity reel. Rick finally landed this fish just south of the Matlacha drawbridge after casting to dozens of others in the Pass all morning.

Despite the very low tides we're not seeing any of these redfish tailing which makes fly fishing for them even more difficult. Tossing a Zara Spook or live shrimp would be especially effective right now but not nearly as challenging as using a fly. The water is still ten degrees colder than it should be but if you're after reds there's no shortage these days.