Need some advice for a Beginner
I have been fly fishing off and on for 20 years or so now. It is not the main tackle I use though, mostly i fish artificial lures with a spinning outfit. I have a trip I take to Matlacha twice a year coming up, and a good buddy that organizes the trip just discovered fly fishing in Colorado, and bought a saltwater outfit when he got home to Central Florida. He's is looking to get a fish on a fly this trip and I'd like to help him succeed as much as I can.
I've caught ladyfish and trout on fly there before, but most of the time we fish there, I fish the mangroves shorelines. I can put a fly in the neighborhood of a good cast, but I am nowhere near as accurate as I am with a spinning outfit, and I also often have two (or sometimes three) people fishing off of my 18' Hewes. Fly fishing is not an option with a boat that crowded, and as a result, I don't get much practice.
Basically I would like to get him out on my boat, and put him in the best situation for success, and I feel like Mangroves shorelines will be frustrating for a beginner.
So my questions are, can we fish the flats for trout with Clouser Minnows like I would in the Mosquito & Indian River Lagoons and have at least a shot at catching fish? Or maybe blind cast channel edges for trout?
What are some good patterns? And is there a shop near Matlacha (Like in Pine Island or Cape Coral) I could stop by to pick up some flies and general info.
Can we scent the flies to increase his chances of hooking up?
For the record, I am not asking for good spots or anything, just what what in your all's experience is the best situation for a beginner to get a Trout or Ladyfish on a fly in that area.
Thanks in advance for any guidance you all can provide.