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April 29, 2014

Fly Cast Charters Newsletter

March/April 2014
Spring Fishin' in St. Simons

In This Issue
Part 2, "Why Strip Strike"
Tailing Tides
Triple Tail are here!!!
Stop me and say hello
Fishing Report
Orvis Feedback
Past Newsletters
Strip Strike 101 
part 2 

In the last newsletter, I covered how to strip in line, and how to strip strike.  I left you with the questions, "Why do you keep your rod pointed at the line?  Why don't you raise the rod tip? Why strip strike?"
Many of us start fly fishing, me included, on trout streams.  We are fishing size 14 or smaller flies.  We are fishing tippet that will break at 2-4 pounds, and we are fishing for fish that are delicately rising to dry flies.  That is why we are told to raise the rod tip to set the hook. When you raise the rod tip to set the hook, you protect the tippet by the flex in the rod.  A small hook easily slides into a delicate trout's jaw.
There is nothing delicate about fishing for red fish or fishing in salt water in general.  When you get a strike, you need to drive a large fly deeply into a tough jaw.

You keep your rod pointed directly at the line so you can do just that. If your rod is pointed at an angle to the line, and you get a strike, and set the hook with a strip strike, your rod tip will absorb the energy of the strike.  The same thing happens if you move the rod to the side or raise it.  The tip of the rod absorbs the energy of the strike.  Combine that with the stretch of the line and leader, and you will barely pierce the fish's jaw.

Strip striking, with the rod pointed directly at the line, is the only way to move the  fly far and fast enough to drive the hook into the fish's jaw. You do not want the rod to absorb any of the energy when you set the hook.  Your line and leader have stretch in them, and that already absorbs energy.

Many people say you strip strike because the red fish's jaw is designed to eat something underneath him.  Personally, I don't believe that is why you strip strike. Think about a Tarpon.  His jaw is set to feed above him.  If you don't strip strike a Tarpon, you will lose him on the first jump.  (Ask me how I know!)

In my opinion, the only real reason to strip strike is because it is the only way you can impart enough energy to the fly to drive it into the fish's jaw or lip.

Maybe I am wrong, but it doesn't really matter why.  All that matters is that you get the hook set, and a strip strike is the best way to do it.

Tight lines, Strip Strike, and Practice the Double Haul:

Capt. David Edens

2014 Tailing Tides 

Tailing Red Fish Pitcute  


Last night a friend, Craig Stalnaker, and I went out for the last hour of daylight looking for tailing red fish in the grass. We saw three fish, but they weren't tailing hard.  Two of them were just cruising and the other barely had his tail out of the water.


This is the start of the season for chasing Red Fish in the grass.  There is no more exciting way to fish for reds with a fly rod than in the grass.


Below are dates when we will have tides high enough for "tailers."


Call soon as these dates book early.  I am already booked for the first week in October.


April 26-28
May 25-27
June 11-12
July 10-11
August 10 and 12-13 (morning tides)
September: 6-8 (evening) and 8-12 morning. Probably the best week the year.
October:  6-11 (morning tides, one of the best weeks of the year)  This week is booked.

These are tide PREDICTIONS.  I have tried to be very conservative and publish only those predictions where there is a near 100% chance the marshes will flood while there is daylight.  There will be other days where we have a strong east wind, and the marshes will flood.  There will be days where we have a west wind, and the marshes will not flood.  Most likely, there will be days on either side of these dates where we can fish in the grass.  Just remember, in fishing, there are no promises. 
Triple Tail Fishing

The Triple Tail are in front of Jekyll right now.  This is a very unique fishery where the Triple Tail free float from a few hundred yards off the beach to over five miles offshore.  There are several theories why they are free floating. Some say they are doing it to  imitate flotsam to attract bait fish, but the generally accepted reason is that they are spawning. Regardless why they are there, they offer a great sight fishing opportunity.
At this time of year, I typically try to schedule the trip around a low or high tide red fish trip and spend a few hours in the middle of the day looking for Triple Tail.
We fish for them by idling around looking for the fish, which look like floating trash bags.  When we see them, I use the trolling motor to get within fly casting distance.  If you can get the fly in front of them, many times they will grab it and be off to the races.
The typical fish is from two to four pounds, but there are fish out there up to 20+ pounds.  
It is a great opportunity to give your casting skills a test and fish for a very unique fish in a very unusual way.

This is the back window of my Silver Toyota Tacoma truck.  It is pretty much unmistakable.

If you see me riding around St. Simons or anywhere else, stop me, say hello and let's talk about Fly Fishing.
Gay's Big Trout                      Gay's Big Trout
Capt. David Edens is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing guide as well as a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers Professional Guides Association.  This assures you of a quality trip and instruction.

Contact me through my website: Fly Cast Charters or call:
Capt. David Edens
706-540-1276 cell (best)
912-289-1061 home
 March/April Fishing, 2014
This year, fishing in March was off the charts.  Unlike last year, when I cancelled more charters than I completed, the weather cooperated. The second week in March was the only week we had really bad weather. Most of March offered clear skies, clear water and light wind.  The water was warming and the fish were responding.  The big red fish were still in the big winter time schools, and were prowling the flats, looking for something to eat. We managed to bring a lot of nice fish to the boat.  Here are just a few:
13 lb Red Fish
10 lb Red Fish
First Red Fish on the fly
April brought more nice weather and great fishing.  While there were a few down days, most of the month saw charters with multiple fish to the boat.  I have been fishing a few flats where we have been consistently catching fish of more than ten pounds.  The flies of choice the last few months are the Purple Passion, Chernobyl Flash Bang and the Black toad.  I really had a surprise with the Flash Bang a few weeks ago.  I developed this fly to be easy to cast and to provide the flash of a gold spoon fly.  Because it is so flashy, I normally fish this fly in stained water.  However, one day in late March when we had clear water, we had fish after fish pound the fly. It was the only fly we fished that day and it was responsible for four fish to the boat and several missed strikes. These are a few of the fish Dean caught that day:
We have been fortunate to catch a bunch of 7-8 lb fish, several 10-11 lb fish and 3 or 4 13 lb fish.  Here is a 32" 13 lb fish caught just a few days ago:

We recently had flooding rains, and that has pushed in a lot of fresh water and muddied our water.  However, the water is clearing and should be back to normal by the first full week in May.
If you find yourself coming to the Golden Isles of Georgia this Spring or Summer, be sure to give me a call and let's go, "Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn."

Until next time, 
Tight lines, strip strike and practice the double haul, 
Capt. David Edens
308 Wild Heron Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA  31522
706-540-1276  Cell-best
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If you come to St. Simons, be sure to visit St. Simons Outfitters.  Ellen has vastly expanded the fly tying area.  She is fully stocked for summer with Columbia, Patagonia, Marmot and Orvis brand merchandise.  She is also expanding the line of local fly patterns and will soon begin carrying some innovative patterns from Chris Webber of Brack n' Brine products.   If you are going to fly fish in St. Simons, go by St. Simons Outfitters, pick up a few of these flies and catch some fish. 


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Capt. David Edens

Endorsed Orvis Fly Fishing Guide
Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor
Federation of Fly Fishers Professional Guide Association
Fly Cast Charters
803D Mallery St.
St. Simons Island, GA  31522
706-540-1276 cell
912-289-1061 home