Re: Louisiana Redfish and Specled Trout
I use a BVK 8wt for ther June and July Redfish, and have had no real worries with fish up to 14 pounds. I have also used the TFO TiCrX and an Orvis Helios in 8wt. IMHO I think the 8's are perfect. We tried some 7wt rods (a loomis NRX and a TiCr) but they were lacking a bit when we had to keep a big fish away from a weed bed.
We basically stayed with the Spoon Flies....there was never any reason to switch. A floating line is best in the Marshes as the water is rarely over a couple feet deep. Rio's Redfish taper is good, but the Outbound Short and Titan Taper are awesome. Fluorocarbon leaders are the norm due to their better abrasion resistance. I used Rio's redfish tapered leader in 20#, and tied on Seagar Grand Max 18.5# Fluor tippet. A micro swivel between the leader and tippet kept my line from twisting with the dpoon flies. Best advice I can give is practice casting while balancing on a stool. I tend to shift my weight when I cast, and if you rock the boat it will spook the reds in that shallow water.
If you want to try and throw some big top-water poppers, I recommend you go up to a nine or ten wt rod. If there is any wind, the extra line weight will help get that big wind resistant fly out there. Good luck! I absolutely love Louisiana, specifically the Cocodrie area.
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