|Redfish, black drum, and seatrout will eat a wide variety of flies. Their diet
ranges from crabs, shrimp, and other crustaceans to many types of
baitfish. Fly fishing anglers have the advantage of being able to present the
fish with small baits that mimic much of their natural prey. Below are
pictured some of the flies I use on a regular basis. Most are simple to tie
but very effective. Color is mostly a matter of personal preference. Proper
presentation is much more important.
The redfish flies I like the best, and use the most often, do not really
resemble anything I have seen in the water. I tie most of mine in black but
brown and olive work very well also. You can watch a video on tying a
simple redfish fly on my Youtube channel.
Crab style flies can be made with many different materials and should be a
staple of any inshore saltwater fly angler. Redfish and drum feed heavily on
crabs and seatrout will eat them as well. Most of my crab flies are tied on
Mustad 34007 hooks in size 4. Body materials can include yarn, EP
streamer brush, or chenille. Tails can be made from various types of hair,
rubber legs, or marabou.
Another pattern that is effective year round is shrimp style flies. While you
can purchase some extremely realistic shrimp, the patterns pictured below
are simple and quick to tie.
This baitfish imitation is simple to make, is weedless, and lands softly.
When fishing spooky fish in very shallow water, this is my go to fly. They
can be tied in various sizes on #4 through #1 hooks. A favorite of large
seatrout, it is also very effective on redfish. They can be tied with bucktail
or synthetic fibers. Copper, gold, or holographic flash is commonly used.
These flies can also include a rattle for added fish attraction. See how to
tie a bendback fly here.
If you need more details on any of these flies, contact me for more
information. Smashing the barbs down on all your fly patterns will have
several advantages. Not only will the hook more easily penetrate the fish, it
is easier to remove without tools and prevents the fly from being damaged.
I provide all the flies you will need on a fishing charter with no additional
Capt. Chris Myers is a Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide specializing in sight
fishing the flats for redfish, trout, and drum. He is an FFF certified casting
instructor and full time charter guide. If you would like to book a trip fly fishing in
east central Florida, call him at 321-229-2848
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