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Any guys from the Hampton Roads area? I typically fish the lynnhaven, Rudee inlet and some parts of the ER.
 

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There is a little bit of everything up here. There are a ton of small inlets and bridges/structure to fish. All depends on what you're after.
 

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The reds are all over here... guys are catching them from 10-40"... I had a day out on the intracoastal Sunday where we caught maybe 40 in the 15-20" range.

Puppy drum and speckled trout is what everyone is after this time of year. Striper season also opens tomorrow.
 

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I fish Rudee and Lynnhaven alot. I live in Virginia Beach and just purchased a Gheenoe LT 25. Been catching the hell out of reds and specks in it that last couple of weeks. Alot of sight casting to reds in Lynnhaven.
 

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I live on Linkhorn Bay and did real well on the puppy drum all summer. I have a 16 ft Sandpiper skiff with a 25 Evinrude but my motor is giving me issues that I have not been able to fix.
 

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I fish in that area quite a bit. Been doing really well with the trout and pups. Will probably take the Gheenoe out the end of this week. Last week pushed out a school of reds on the flat, was pretty amazing to see about 50 rat reds all schooled up in 6 inches of water :)
 

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New member here, and I live in the Western Branch area of Chesapeake. You can find my catching stripers on the fly around the MMBT and up in the puakatank River.

Running a 16 foot key largo
 

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I live in Virginia Beach over 8 years now (military) grew up in Daytona Beach Fl though. All I can say is the red fishing here is awesome!!! Only problem is that it's seasonal for the most part, some of the small ones do stay year round, but during summer months they are thicker then mosquitos! A great thing about the VB area is that the inshore areas shallows/flats don't get much pressure compared to the southern states. I have a 2014 beavertail micro and also had a 2014 Ranger phantom(sold) that I fish the area with. I also do a lot of tournament bass fishing year around, which helps keep me from pulling my hair out waiting for the reds to show back up in the spring :] Any of you locals guys see me out and about feel free to say hi.



 

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What kind of flies are you guys using for the red fishing in the Hampton, Virginia Brach area? Thanks for your time....
 

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I live in Virginia Beach over 8 years now (military) grew up in Daytona Beach Fl though. All I can say is the red fishing here is awesome!!! Only problem is that it's seasonal for the most part, some of the small ones do stay year round, but during summer months they are thicker then mosquitos! A great thing about the VB area is that the inshore areas shallows/flats don't get much pressure compared to the southern states. I have a 2014 beavertail micro and also had a 2014 Ranger phantom(sold) that I fish the area with. I also do a lot of tournament bass fishing year around, which helps keep me from pulling my hair out waiting for the reds to show back up in the spring :] Any of you locals guys see me out and about feel free to say hi.



This is what i wanted to hear! i just moved here from the midwest. Im still in search of a boat to fish the area, but in the meantime just trying to learn as much as i can about the fishery. Ive done some red fishing in New orleans for a few days but thats it. I almost exclusively fly fish, any recommendations on how to get on the reds in the hampton roads area? I live by the lesnar bridge off shore drive in va beach.
 

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This is what i wanted to hear! i just moved here from the midwest. Im still in search of a boat to fish the area, but in the meantime just trying to learn as much as i can about the fishery. Ive done some red fishing in New orleans for a few days but thats it. I almost exclusively fly fish, any recommendations on how to get on the reds in the hampton roads area? I live by the lesnar bridge off shore drive in va beach.
I fly fish off a paddle board and have not really had much luck with reds around here, but have had some success with specks. I’m trying to move up to a boat as well. It’s been a lot easier when I get invited to go out on boats with people. Mainly fish Lynnhaven and Lafayette
 

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I fly fish off a paddle board and have not really had much luck with reds around here, but have had some success with specks. I’m trying to move up to a boat as well. It’s been a lot easier when I get invited to go out on boats with people. Mainly fish Lynnhaven and Lafayette
Sweet. Looking at the coast (particularly north of va beach across the 13 bridge) there is lots of coastal marsh land in the conservation areas. Anyone ever run into shallow water reds where you can sight fish in these areas, or really anywhere in Virginia? Or do you really need to go south to South Carolina to get that?
 

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Sweet. Looking at the coast (particularly north of va beach across the 13 bridge) there is lots of coastal marsh land in the conservation areas. Anyone ever run into shallow water reds where you can sight fish in these areas, or really anywhere in Virginia? Or do you really need to go south to South Carolina to get that?
I’ve heard of people occasionally a seeing tailers in the marsh on the eastern shore, but they don’t really start tailing until you get down at the southern tip or just below the Outer Banks. It seems like most successful fly anglers in the 757 primarily throw intermediate or sinking line and blind cast to structure/holes depending on the time of year and the tides. That’s not to say you can’t sight fish. That’s really just what I’ve observed from others. I still throw floating line most of the time though when it’s warm because I’m stubborn and I enjoy sight fishing more than blind casting.
 

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I’ve heard of people occasionally a seeing tailers in the marsh on the eastern shore, but they don’t really start tailing until you get down at the southern tip or just below the Outer Banks. It seems like most successful fly anglers in the 757 primarily throw intermediate or sinking line and blind cast to structure/holes depending on the time of year and the tides. That’s not to say you can’t sight fish. That’s really just what I’ve observed from others. I still throw floating line most of the time though when it’s warm because I’m stubborn and I enjoy sight fishing more than blind casting.
I agree. 2012 and 2013 they were thick all the way up to Chincoteague. Even close to DC on the Potomac where I fish most. But most years more common in the lower Bay, Rudee, and lower eastern shore. I’ve caught most of mine blind casting but there are some good marshes on western side of bay where you can find tailers at times.
 
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