Flats and fly fishing on the coastal waters of Southwest Florida.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Mullet On A Fly
Mullet are everywhere right now but good luck trying to hook one on a fly rod. They're vegetarians and while that's a really annoying trait in both people and fish, they can be fooled. The 2 pound mullet in the photo above actually ate a 2/0 Puglisi baitfish fly. I got this one to eat by casting into a huge school and simply letting the fly sit dead still. This made the fly look like a floating hunk of algae and the mullet lightly mouthed it and I set the hook as soon as I felt the very slight bump. I've tried this hundreds of times over the years when I see schools of these fish and it's worked only half a dozen times. You can tie specific patterns to look like algae on tiny hooks and catch mullet regularly but I haven't tried it. I have a 5-wt that's collecting dust so I might give it a shot. They're actually a good fight and I really like eating them.