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Why You should Wade While Fly Fishing the Flats

Wading the flats on a flood tide can be productive.    (Photo: Tim Boothe)

My story for Hatch Magazine on wading. Enjoy.

When I first started saltwater fly fishing, I waded the flats out of necessity. I had no choice, because I had no boat. Now I have a boat. But I still wade because I want to, not because I have to. Here’s why.

Convenience

 There’s no easier way to fish. It doesn’t matter of if you live in Florida, Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, New Jersey or Massachusetts. Wadeable water is nearby—particularly up and down the East Coast and Gulf Coast. And you can be on the water in a matter of minutes. Have an hour to spare on your lunch break? Or after work before heading home? You can fish. Gone are the days when you need an entire day off from work to fish.

You will fish more, and as a result, you will become a better angler.

http://www.hatchmag.com/articles/wading-flats-no-boat-required/7714399

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How to Catch Redfish in the Surf on Fly

James Ferguson battles a beach red. (Photo: Andrew Mizell)

I admit it. I love redfish. Pictures of them adorn my living room wall and kitchen. It doesn’t matter where or when, I will try to find them.

I’ve caught them on the flats and in the river; on high tide and low tide; in spartina grass and turtle grass. Last summer, the surf became my focus.

I heard rumors of reds in the Northeast Florida surf for years, but most of my buddies scoffed at the notion of fishing for reds on the beach. But as it turns out, redfish do indeed make their way to the surf and yes you can catch them on fly.

It’s not easy, but, if the conditions are right and the stars align, it’s very doable. Here’s how:

 What You Need for Redfish in the Surf

Break out your heavier fly rod, at least an 8-weight; a 9 or 10-weight is better. You will have to throw heavier flies, and the redfish in the surf can be bruisers. Given that the current can be swift, landing one is not as easy as on the flats. Even though reds are the primary target, big jacks can show up and take you into your backing in the blink of an eye.

For more go to http://www.hatchmag.com/articles/redfish-surf/7714387

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