Just got home from my trip! Had a wonderful time! Only caught 2 Reds, and lost 2, but the ones I caught were about 4-5 lbs for my first & about 7 lbs for the second. What awesome & beautiful fish for the fly rodder! I understand why folks love to chase them on grass flats!
The first fish was caught from the side of the road on Sunday evening! It took one of my unweighted Bendbacks that I posted above. That fish was about 17-18" long.
My second fish was caught today & was the result of a long cast of about 15'. It took a fly literally at my feet. I was watching another fish that was out of casting range, with hopes it would move towards me. There was a ditch between me & that fish, and by the time I could have waded around the fish would probably have been gone. Never got a chance to cast to it, but looked down & noticed a subtle swirl at the far edge of the ditch & the grass was moving. There was no wind at all. I had about 3 ft of line out the top guide & about a 9 1/2 ft leader & tippet, & swung the fly towards the far edge. As I started to lift the fly the leader moved sideways & I set the hook. The ditch exploded! That fish was about 24" long and took a fly with a red/pearl Estaz body & tan rabbit strip tail & very small barbell eyes.
What a great week we had. My friend Peter had not really explored this flat & wasn't sure about wading on it. He's from the New England area & they just don't have the mud flats we have here in the mid Atlantic. But since I had spent quite a bit of time in the past wading around marshes I went on in & the bottom was quite firm. We did a lot of exploring & saw dozens of fish!
Thursday morning we got on the flat before the tide. It was a full moon tide too. I stood in one spot & waited for the water to cover the flat & for the fish to arrive. The water depth was about 10" to 14" average, a bit higher than it had been earlier in the week. Peter caught one Thursday, I caught none, but had cast to 4 fish & saw many more. I just couldn't seem to get the fly down to them, or I spooked them. Everyone I cast to came within 25 ' of me. The last one looked to be a good size & I spotted it tailing behind me in the grass about 40 ' away. Unfortunately it was moving straight at me. My last cast to it spooked it.
Of course this trip certainly will not make us experts on Redfish. But I believe we both learned a great deal & had a lot of fun doing it.
It's only a 3 hour drive to Peters house from mine, so I'll be going back!