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In my subjective opinion, it's hard to go wrong with the subtle approach as long as your presentation is good. I consider big gaudy/flashy flies somewhat of a handicap and more often than not very unnecessary. Sure there are always anomalies and a "break glass in case of emergency" fly is the move on those rare days.Caleb, why no flash on your redfish flies?
He used to be a guide for Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort, SC. This list does work well for the Low Country, but I would definitely have added a gurgler.Owen Plair, who wrote the article, fishes in South Carolina if I remember correctly so his location may have some bearing on the list.
Owen still guiding out of BSO. And this is a list of primarily floodtide flys that work from Jax to nc. They razmataz travels well.He used to be a guide for Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort, SC. This list does work well for the Low Country, but I would definitely have added a gurgler.
It took me a year and a half of throwing flies at Tampa reds before I finally caught one. Seriously...I caught bonefish in Oahu before I caught a redfish in my home water here...it was ridiculous.What if one found themselves on a flat in the greater Tampa Bay region? What would you throw?
I’ll be honest, and not ashamed to admit this, but I haven’t bagged a red sightfishing. Can’t get close enough, or if I’m close enough, watched the fish rocket away before I could cast...time and time again. Only dumb luck on a blind cast have I caught one of those rascals.
Pretty much the same here. In the past 3 years or so, I've thrown almost exclusively Redfish Cracks until they start getting rejected regularly, then I'll start switching it up. If there are a lot of Sheepies around, I've found they are more likely to eat a Kawn than a Crack, so I'll switch to Kwans. Especially on big winter Reds in dirty La water.Those are all great flies but probably 90% of the time I'm throwing a Redfish Crack of varying sizes and subtle color changes. The other 10% is probably evenly split between a spoon fly, a Gurgler, or a Crease popper.
Color of each of the above varies according to water color/clarity and size/weight is impacted both by clarity, depth, and observed size of bait I see the reds chasing.