Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fly Fishing Perseverance

I fished this morning with two fly fishers, Chris and Dave, meeting them down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. We ran up the Nassau River and made a quick stop to fish some flooding oyster beds on an incoming tide. One angler set up on the bow and one on the stern and they were making excellent casts to the bank as we eased along, blind casting to likely spots. Just as I thought, these fish would rather have a fresh live shrimp and fly fishing will be tough, but Chris and Dave persevered. They'd get a "bump" now and then, but had no takers. We fished down at Broward Island then back at Seymores Point. Dave took a break and switched to shrimp and spinning gear and picked up a couple of Trout - one of them of keeper size (all fish caught today were released). He also outsmarted a couple of small but feisty Mangrove Snapper. We ran down to Christopher Creek, fished it thoroughly with the fly, then made our last stop back in Alligator Creek. And wouldn't you know it, they had a good flurry of hungry Seatrout taking both of their flies! Almost all of them were at the mouth of a marsh run out, although the tide was almost at its peak of coming in. Although they had to work for them, their perseverance paid off and they succeeded in putting some fish in the boat and made it another great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.


Anonymous said...

Capt. You need to lead a fly fishing seminar camp. I was at the Ft. Clinch women's fishing seminar and your advice helped me at several spots in creeks, marshes, and inlets in and south of Amelia Island. Don't know how to replace the Ft. Clinch pier fishing experience however. Horrible hurricane damage and bad luck for fishermen in the region. People were catching Black Drum last Saturday at the little floating boat ramp south of Little Talbot across bridge on the floating boat ramp. Hard to keep floating leftover hurricane debris out of line.

Capt. Lawrence Piper said...

Thanks! I did do a flycasting presentation for the Nassau Sports Fishing Association a month or so ago. Would be happy to do one for the ladies.