I'm new to the site and first of all, just wanted to say hello.
My favorite form of fishing is with a fly rod, for bonefish and permit, however, I don't get the opportunity to do that very often. So, I make 3 annual trips to the marshes of Louisiana in pursuit of redfish on fly. It amazes me how readily they will take a fly in the marshes' duck ponds.
I was curious to what the viewers favorite redfish patterns are. I know this is probably a redundant topic, but thought I'd ask anyway.
King Fisher: Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to your posts on red fishing. I have never fished for reds before but would like to someday. We have members on this forum who fish for reds, so I'm looking forward to hearing what their favorite patterns are.
Thanks a lot Larry. If I could be anywhere, it would be in the keys, but toting my skiff from GA to LA is just more do able for me. Reds are easy on fly. I think you should give it a try. I will tell you what my buddy, who got me into this told me, "You're not red fishing if you are not doing it in Louisiana" It is the best by far. Florida redfish are spooky. LA ones, are not. They will compete over fly. I'm a fly tier, and have my favorites, but would be interested to hear everyone else's.
Wow! That is quite the haul, but from the sounds of it, it's well worth the trip. I like to fish the North Platte river which is about 90 miles and the Grey Reef which is about 140 miles........and I thought I had a long drive.
All things considered, I would say May through August are the best months...for planning a trip anyway. Now granted, if you hit an April or October, just right, it could be the best, but if you are like me, you have to plan your trips months in advance...for me, the summer months have stable weather patterns, less wind, and redfish biting.
Kayaks are fine. in fact, I really want to give that a try down there. You can definitely get out of the traffic.
I'll tell you though, Mosquito Lagoon, at cape canaveral FLA is hard to beat for kayaking reds....they call it "sledding", for obvious reasons down there.
I'll keep you posted on my next trip---I want them on a fly this trip, and only on a fly. Maybe I will at least get one good day in on the buggy whip.
I mostly throw chartreuse and white Clousers at the fish near Rockport and Port Aransas, TX. I'll be trying some new stuff out next wknd though. Been tying very buggy stuff with spanflex legs and such.
Just wanted to jump in real quick here. Nice to have you King Fisher. I grew up throwing shrimp around for Reds in the LA bayou's and marshes. That is how I learned how to fish. I still have a lot of family there and make it back every now and then to fish. Next time I go I will be taking an 8wt and try fly fishing for them for the first time. I am super excited! I can't wait to hear what some popular patterns are for LA Reds.