Rockin the Redfish
Fly fishing for redfish is becoming more popular by the day. Redfish are commonly found in flats, marsh, backwater creeks and all variety of shallow water habitat. This makes them a perfect target for fly fishing…..and sight fishing in particular.
Stealth is Key
Redfish have a great sense of smell and hearing. Their sight, however, is something substantially less.
While they are not blind as a bat, their eyesight is relatively poor. While stalking redfish, stealth is the key here. You bang around in the boat, they will spook, and spook easily.
Kayak Fly Fishing
Enter in the kayak. This water is perfectly suited for a kayak. The water tends to be calm and a kayak can be stealthy. Jim Teeny has come out with lines specifically engineered for Kayak fishing and for Redfish in general. There are several tournaments, also. RiverBum sponsors Capt Pat’s Kayak Fishing Classics.
Accuracy is the Second Key
When stalking these fish, accuracy becomes the second most important factor.
Mentally draw a circle around the fish’s head 10”-24” in diameter. This is your target zone. I’m telling you, these fish don’t see very well. If you don’t get your offering on their nose, they won’t see it.
This can be some challenging fishing. Stealth and accuracy are a premium here. However, it is worth it.
Redfish are big, strong fighters. They are like catching a tiger by the tail! Make sure you have strong leader and tippet folks…and a reel with a good drag system.
Tight Lines and Screaming Drags