Monday, June 12, 2017

Squeezed In Some Fly Fishing

Wayne Lynn and I exchanged texts and phone calls yesterday and this morning, trying to determine if it was feasible to fish with the forecasted thunderstorms heading our way. We saw a window and took it, meeting up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp.

Myself, Wayne, and his brother-in-law Ernie headed over to Tiger Island to fish the logs on an incoming tide with 8w outfits and my "Live Shrimp Fly" - a weighted version made to resemble the color of a live shrimp. The two anglers traded off, tossing that fly  up and
down the bank, making excellent casts, getting a bump here and there, but no takers. We did see a huge Osprey hanging out in the trees above us.

We ran around to the Jolley River and fished a large marsh run out, switching to a black "Troy James Fly". This did the trick. In short order Wayne had a bump and a bite. He strip set the hook and patiently hauled in a small Flounder.  People seem surprised when I tell them we caught a flounder on a fly but it happens more often
than  you'd expect. I guess they  will eat anything!

I wanted to continue on up the Jolley but there was a huge thunderstorm heading our way so we headed back and when we came out of the mouth of the Jolley we were met by a Coast Guard gun boat who advised us to wait until a passing submarine had passed through. We headed their advice! We made one more stop over in Bell River but the thunderstorms were inching closer, so we called it a day, another great, albeit short, day on the water here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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