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Red Fish on the low tide and Flood Tide Fishing in St. Simons
Summertime brings tailing red fish in the grass.  Michael had always dreamed of catching a big red in skinny water.  Last month, on an evening flood tide, he did.  We poled over to a pocket that normally holds fish, and saw 5 tails sticking in the air.  Michael made a great cast and fulfilled a dream
Flood tide fishing is the highlight of this time of year.  When we have tides greater than 7.5 ft or so, with the right wind conditions, the water floods the high spartina grass flats.  The reds invade these flats to suck up fiddler crabs.  Sometimes all you see is a lazy tail moving slowly above the water.  Other times they grub so aggressively the fish throw water 2' in the air.  August through October offer the best times of year to fish the floods.  Give me a call if you want to give this uniquely, classic fly fishing red fish.
Summer time fishing for red fish is as hot as the days are in South Georgia.  

Low Tide Sight Fishing for Red Fish:
While we can fish the low tide at any time of day, the fishing is best when low tide is in the morning.  Just as the sun comes up is a great time to look for actively feeding fish. The air is cooler so the angler is more comfortable.    The water is cooler so the fish are more comfortable.  At this time of year, you can see fish chasing shrimp all over the flats.  Small shrimp patterns, clousers, the Prawns' Revenge or the St. Simons Scampi are great flies. If you see a swirl or a wake, cast to it and you may be rewarded with a nice fish.  
    There are certain flats and edges that usually hold fish in the summer on the low tide.  Sometimes the fish are where I expect them to be, other times we have to move around until I find them.  Some flats fish well on the outgoing tide, some on the dead low tide and some on the incoming tide.  I move around a lot to find active fish for my clients.  If we are on a flat, and nothing is happening, I pack it up, put the Maverick in high gear and take off.

Flood Tide Fishing-Tailing Red Fish in the grass:
If we can fish the flood tides, I always suggest a client try for red fish.  This is the classic, southern fly fishing most people think about when they think about fly fishing for reds.  See this short video I made several years ago to get an idea of what this is all about. Flood Tide Fishing 
Catching reds in the flooded grass flats takes skill and luck.  I had a client once say: "You just have to have a lot of shots."  So many things have to come together to catch a tailing red fish.  Your cast is accurate. The fly doesn't get caught above the water on the grass. The fly finally sinks through the grass so a fish can see it. You don't line a fish.  The fish moves in the direction you think it will move.  You time the retrieve so the fly comes right in front of the fish.  You make a good hook set. When it all comes together, you are rewarded by catching a red fish that offers some of the most exciting, visual sight fishing on the planet.  
    To the right is a recipe for tying a felt crab fly.  Tie some of these, have a few gold spoon flies,  and tie a few Black Toads, and you will have all the flies you need for flood tide red fishing.

I have not seen the big jacks in the sound this year.  We have had some temperature inversions in the ocean this year which affected the bait and the Jacks.  I am keeping an eye out for them.  When they are here, we will certainly chase these world class fish.

Speckled Sea Trout:
Trout fishing is getting better  I saw a bunch of birds diving in the sound the other day.  I motored over to them, and saw shrimp jumping out of the water.  Casting a lightly weighted clouser yielded a small trout on every cast.  It was fun, but they were not large enough for dinner. Remember, we now have a 14" minimum length on Speckled Sea Trout.  

I am almost completely booked for morning tailing tide trips in September and October. If you are interested in any of those days, please send me and email and I will contact you if I have any cancellations.  There are plenty of evening times available.  So if you are in SSI third week in September, give me a call and we can go chase some tails in the evening.  

Enjoy the pics from the last few months.  When you are down here for vacation, work or just passing through. Give me a call and let’s go “Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn'”
Capt. Dave Edens
Felt Crab Fly
Felt crab flies have been around for a long time.  I have always fished toad style flies, particularly the black toad for tailing red fish.  Earlier this summer, a client showed me a crab fly he tied.  We tied the fly onto the leader and he proceeded to catch 3 fish on the flood.
    What impresses me about this fly is how gently it lands. I have seen this fly thrown inches from a fish, and the fish did not spook.  
    It is a great imitation of a fiddler crab.  My client's original pattern included crab eyes.  I include them sometimes and other times not.  I don't think it makes a difference for red fish.

Here is the recipe:
1. Brown or black felt sheets from craft store
2.  1/0 short shank hook.  This is an Owner AKI bait hook.
3.   Small lead eyes
4.   Tail material.  I used red fox tail, but use what you have.
5.    Grizzly hackle for claws.
7.  Orange maribou
6.  Flash-whatever you like
8.  Super glue-or you can use hot melt.
9.  Rubber legs
10.  Mono for weed guard  

Establish a good thread base.  Tie in lead eyes, tail and claws.
Tie in flash and egg sack.
Measure a strip of felt so it fits neatly between the base of the tail and the back of the eyes. 

Cut two pieces of felt to the correct size and shape.
Invert the fly.  Using a drop or two of super glue, attach the top of the fly to the thread base, and place rubber legs on the fly.
Place a few drops of super glue on the piece of felt. Carefully place and align the second piece of felt on the fly. Arrange the placement of the rubber legs.  Squeeze the top and bottom pieces of felt together.
Tie in mono weed guard, whip finish, color the felt with a sharpie if you like.  Then go throw it at some tailing red fish.
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