Thank you MC that is a good list to research. I have been studying the Orvis site and look up flies by species. Has been very helpful and leads to videos of how to tie them. I also listen to the Orvis podcasts.
I would choose something that stays on top like a gurgler or close like a seaducer. I really like those Pomeranians for working oyster bars, they look like they will not sink too fast and will have tons of movement on a slow strip through tailing water.
Post by mangrovecuckoo on Aug 23, 2015 10:53:13 GMT -5
Over oyster bars, you want to minimize hangups, so a pattern based on the Bendback is good choice - if you want to get below the surface. A favorite of some of the old school guys was the "Prince of Tides"... essentially a Bendback tied in good colors for around mangrove waters.
A Seaducer in orange and brown will stay up in the water column, and the classic Seaducer with a red head and yellow grizzly saddles is, well... a classic.
A Seaducer is one of my favorite flies... it is one of the very few that you can tease a fish into eating after they have looked and refused at first.
Your recent discover that old school things like Reflecto spoons still really work well might just be true for flies too. But then again, I'm just old school anyway, so...
BTW... Chico Fernandez might be the last remaining "fly fishing near and around the mangroves" pioneers still alive and kicking. He will be a presenter at the upcoming FFF conclave at the IGFA in October. You might want to catch one of his talks.
And speaking of pioneers... Google up "Charlie Waterman" and read any and everything he wrote about fly fishing the 'Glades... that will be time well spent.
My favorite redfish fly is the copper lizzie, but it is recent enough that it may well be based off of something earlier I'm not familiar with...
Oh yes, the copper Liz (Liz Steele) . Liz taught me to tie that fly when Frank and her owned the two flyshops The Fly Fisherman ( Titusville and WinterPark). You can make a lot of interesting variations to that fly for different water and light conditions.
Dang, I wish I had some time to try and tie a few. Those look really good to my uneducated eye but if I was a fish would eat one especially the copper colored fly. That would be great for the backcountry with some more orange mixed in somewhere.