Fly Fishing For Redfish
When redfish (red drum) are tailing, they are focused on digging their intended meal out
of the bottom. They usually don't notice what is going on around them as long as sound
passing through the water doesn't frighten them. That is why you can often pole a flats
boat up very close to the redfish. As long as the fish is feeding, it will not usually be
scared by an approaching boat poled quietly through the water. Sometimes you can get
within just a few feet of them.
You can do the same thing wading. It isn't unusual to be able to wade within twenty feet
or less of a feeding redfish. There is another advantage or disadvantage depending on
how you take it. A tailing redfish usually stirs up the bottom to the point the water can
become dingy around the fish. Depending on the current, this may decrease the redfish's
visibility to almost nothing. That can also be a factor in the redfish spotting the fly. That is
the possible disadvantage.
Don't let this "head in the mud position" completely fool you though. A redfish that is
searching for food may pick their heads up from the bottom and move forward looking for
more food. Your motion and wake from a boat or your wading can spook them in a flash.
It's best to put the redfish fly in front of the fish as soon as you can make an accurate
Redfish flies should be placed very close to the mouth of the fish. They want usually go
after the fly. It is best to put it within inches of its mouth. You do that by casting past the
redfish and stripping the fly back to it.
In many locations anglers fly fish for redfish, the flats are full of dense seagrass. These
thick seagrass blades can also interfere with the redfish seeing the fly. That is another
reason redfish flies must be placed right near the mouth of a tailing fish. If the tide is low,
and it usually is when you are wading or poling the flats for redfish, the grass is often
floating over much of the surface. This means you have to make an even more accurate
cast. The redfish fly can easily be caught in the floating grass as well as the fly line and
leader. That is why many of our "Perfect Fly" redfish flies are weedless.
Our "Perfect Fly" Flats Crab, Backcountry baitfish, Brown Crab and several other Perfect
Fly redfish flies have weed guards to prevent them getting caught in grass and other
things on the bottom of the flats that redfish inhibit.
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