Chassahowitzka Fly Fishing Report
The last couple of weeks the fishing has been fantastic. This is my favorite time of year to target Red Drum and Gator Trout. The east winds and low/weak winter tides create a perfect scenario for fly fishing. Two things happen, it compacts the fish and the tides are so minimal it allows the sediments to sink and the water to get crystal clear. Some of our waters stay crystal clear year round but others do not. This time of year even deep in the backcountry it's gin clear. For fly fishing or sight fishing with a spinning rod this is what we want. The Reds are in there usual spots but will get pushed around day to day depending on water depth. Remember Reds like getting shallow but never get to far from deeper water where they can run and hide if spooked. Ive been finding trout in their backcountry winter time holes on overcast days and up in the shallows mixed in with the Reds when its sunny. I always say Redfish are not picky eaters and a good presentation triumphs the "perfect" bait/lure. That being said I've been throwing Gurgler and Kwan Shrimp in sizes 2-6 along with some different small crab patterns too. For Trout I've been throwing a pink or chartreuse Clouser when casting in the deeper holes. When throwing spinning rods i almost only throw a weighted, weedless worm hook with various 3-4" soft plastics as shown in one of the photos.