Fly Cast Charters

July 24, 2013

Fly Cast Charters Newsletter

Mid Summer Fishin' in St. Simons

In This Issue
Ultra Hair Shrimp pattern
Stop me and say hello
Fishing Report
Orvis Feedback

Capt. Dave's Ultra Hair Shrimp

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Gamakatsu #2 B10S Stinger Hook

Lead or non-toxic wire

Mono thread

White Ultra hair

Krystal Flash

Mono Eyes

Clear Rubber Legs

Tan dubbing

Thin and Thick Loon Outdoors UV cure acrylic.


Step1:  Place hook in vise, lay down a thread base and wrap wire around hook shank. 


Step 2.  Use a piece of Ultra hair about ½ the thickness of a pencil.  Mix with six or seven strands of Krystal Flash; cut into two pieces, one 2/3 length and the other 1/3 length.   Tie in the longer piece ultra hair, K Flash mix on top of hook shank/wire to form the tail.



Step 3.  Move thread to 2/3 way up hook shank and tie in eyes.  I prefer Puglissi crab/shrimp eyes, but you can make your own.  Position eyes so they are facing forward and up.  Secure in position with a small dab of thin UV cure acrylic. 



Step 4:   Dub body with a small amount of tan dry fly dubbing.  Tie in rubber legs on the underside of the fly.



Step 5.  Wind thread to rear of shank where the hook bend begins.  Tie in the shorter piece of Ultra Hair/K flash mix on top of the shank so there is one to two inches of hair blend extending beyond the hook eye and a short section extending back over the tail.  Tie off at hook bend, whip finish and cut thread. 

Step 4:  Take piece of hair blend extending beyond the hook eye, lift it up, and coat the underside of the hair blend and the top and side of the dubbed body with thin UV cure acrylic.  Place and hold hair blend on top of the body and cure.


Step 5:  Building horn and body:  Take thick acrylic and coat the top of the body and the top of the material extending over the hook eye.  Cure.  Trim hair blend extending over hook eye to imitate the horn.  Continue building body by adding and curing successive layers of thick acrylic to the top and sides of the fly until you are satisfied it accurately represents a shrimp.  As you add the acrylic, you can rotate and move the fly in your hand to distribute the acrylic evenly before curing it.



Step 6.  Determine the length of tail you want.  Hold tail in one hand and wrap mono thread around where you want the flared part of the tail to begin.  After wrapping, continue holding the hair blend. Fan out the hair blend to make a tail.   Dab a little thin acrylic on the thread and cure.  Color tips of tail with chartreuse or black magic marger.  Cut evenly to size.


Step 7.  Rub fly with alcohol to take away sticky residue.   This is optional, but I like to do it, put the fly in the sun for 30 minutes to complete curing. 


Completed Capt. Dave's Ultra Hair Shrimp. 


Note:  When tying this fly for triple tail, I do not add the wire, and I add a stinger hook in the tail by tying a smaller stinger hook to 20 lb mono and lashing the mono to the main hook shank with tying thread, then coating and curing it with UV acrylic.


Capt. David Edens
"Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn"  
Tailing Tide Dates
Several of my clients have expressed interest in the dates of the tailing tides this summer.  Here they are again.

Call soon to reserve you dates.
August;  16-24 (18th - 24th are morning tides, best)
September: 9/4,  14-22 (18-22 morning tides) (9/17, 20 and 22 already booked) These should be the best days of the year.
October: 4-10 16, 18-22.  Oct 4,5,6 and 7 are booked.  The first of the month should be better.  Water tends to get a little too cool the end of October.
 Capt. David Edens
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Father/Son Trip   
Keith and Colin have a tradition where Father and Son take a trip together each year.  With Mom's help, Colin plans the trip, and he and his Dad go together for some quality time.  This year, Colin planned a trip to St. Simons to go fishing.  When I asked him why, he said, "I love to fish."  He is a young man after my own heart.  Colin is one of the most polite and enthusiastic young people I have ever met.  Both he and Keith had a blast.

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.

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Capt. David Edens
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June/July Report, Late Summer Outlook
div style="text-align: left; font-size: 14pt;" align="left">Even though the shrimpers have been pulling tight to the beach in front of Jekyll, a few triple tail are still floating around out there.  The bulk of the triple tail fishing is now around markers when the tide is either dead high or dead low.  Some excellent catches are reported with live shrimp beneath float rigs.  You can catch some on fly by stripping a well placed clouser or Capt. Dave's Ultra Hair shrimp close to the markers.   If you hook one, hang on and have your buddy pull you away from the pole, or the TT will immediately wrap around the pole or chain and break you off.  These fish are particularly good to eat, but only eat a few, and throw the REALLY big ones back.  Catches of fish over 20 lbs are being reported daily.

Flounder fishing is exceptionally good right now. Nice catches are being reported around docks and rip raps.  I took my daughter fishing last week.  We fished spinning tackle and grubs, and caught dinner.  If you are lucky enough to catch a few of these fish, many restaurants in St. Simons will prepare it for you.

Whole Fried Flounder from Catch 228 in St. Simons

Trout fishing has been good on the half moon with clear water. with a lot of short fish.  Trout fishing really begins to pick up in August as the bait shrimp become larger and more active. 

The sight fishing for red fish is good on the low tide when the tides are early in the morning.  Last week, I fished Rashada on an early morning low tide trip, and we were treated to nice schools finning and tailing on the low tide.  Rashada connected with a nice 22" low tide red fish.  He had never had red fish, so this slot fish turned into blackened red fish.  
     The flood tide fishing in July was tough.  With SW and Westerly winds, the tides never got high enough for morning tailing red fish fishing. We had great tides in the evening, but thunderstorms cancelled several trips.  When we could go, the winds were whipping making casting difficult.  Nevertheless, my clients had the opportunity to cast to seven to twelve fish on a tide. August 20-24 offer the best days for shot at tailing red fish in August.  Try to get down here and enjoy some classic summer fly fishing for red fish.  

The big new is the big Jack Crevalle showed up in the sound.   These are world class fish, averaging 25-30 lbs.  The fish push into our sound when the water is clear on mid and higher incoming tides. I went out with my new Orvis 11 wt. Helios 2 w/ Mirage reel and cast to a few schools.  I hooked  up with a nice 30 lbr.  I put the heat on him, and whipped him in 15 minutes. These fish come and go.  If you want to try for one, let me know, and the next time they are here, I will call, but you need to come within a day.  There is a legitimate chance to catch a new state record this summer.  Let's do it on the fly!!! 

The Altamaha River has been at flood stage for the last week or so.  The river has pushed tons of fresh, tannin stained, red muddy water into our area.  The combination of big tides, muddy water and low salinity seem to have pushed the Jacks back out to sea.  Hopefully, they will return in a week when we have neap tides and our water returns to more normal conditions for this time of year.  

The weather is getting hotter and so is the fishing  so if you are coming to St. Simons, Jekyll or Sea Island, Give me a call, and come, "Hunt Fish in the Marshes of Glynn."  Until next time, 
Tight Lines, strip strike and practice the Double Haul
Capt. David Edens
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Capt. Larry is continuing re-hab in an effort to regain some use of his left side.  When he is able, he comes into the shop to help the fly fishers.
Ellen is working hard to keep the shop well stocked.  She has a good selection of the latest Columbia Omni Freeze Zero clothing.  This amazing technical fabric enhances the cooling characteristics of evaporating sweat.  It is great for August in St. Simons.  She has a good selection of Hatch reels, Yeti coolers and Stick-it pins.  She also has beginner fly fishing combos by Redington, Rio Lines as well as rods and reels by Orvis and TFO.
Ellen and Larry's Semper Fi fly tyer has started tying some of my patterns.  Ellen is having a hard time keeping the Purple Passion and the Chartreuse Passion in stock.  The Purple Passion works on the flood tides and the low tides.  If you are going to fly fish in St. Simons, go by St. Simons Outfitters, pick up a few and catch some fish.
St. Simons Ouftitters has expanded its selection of fly tying supplies with Gamakatsu hooks, greater range of bucktails and synthetic fly tying materials. You need give Ellen and Larry a visit the next time you are in St. Simons.  

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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
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