"Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn"


Early Winter 2014, November and December

Fishing in St. Simons

Capt David Edens is an Orvis Endorsed
Fly Fishing Guide, a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers Professional Guide Association.
This assures you of a quality trip, by a professional and experienced guide as well as quality
casting instruction.  These credentials have been earned by honesty, integrity, commitment to
customer service and decades of fly fishing experience.
Winter Time Fishin' Forecast for St. Simons
November and December lived up to their reputation to have clear water and lots of fish. In November we saw hundreds of big red fish moving around some unpressured flats. Last week, we found some big trout, as you can see in Sallie's Big Trout.
January, February and March promise to bring some of the best sight fishing of the year.  The weather remains mild, and right now, in mid-December, the water temperature is in the mid to high 50's.  This means the fish remain active and give a great fight.  As long as we have clear skies and light winds, we should have some great days fly fishing red fish.  Be sure to give me a call or email for information about some of the best days for fishing this winter.  
Capt. David Edens
706-540-1276 cell (best)
912-289-1061 home
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Capt. David Edens
706-540-1276  Cell (best)
912-289-1061 Home
Winter Time Red Fishing:  Can You Be Flexible??

Winter can offer some of the best sight fishing of the year. The best fishing is weather dependent. 
Let me know if you can come on short notice.  When I see a window of nice weather and good tides, I will send out a quick email or give you a call to let you know.  
I  can normally be very flexible in the winter.  If you can be too, send me an email and let me know.  You could experience one of those epic sight fishing days of clear water, hungry fish and fast action.
Please email or call me to let me know you can be available on short notice.  I will put you on a first call list.
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Sallie's Big Trout
I don't get a chance to go fishing very often, but when one of my daughters wants to go, I drop everything and off we go.  Around mid December, I went with a friend who put me on a good trout bite in deep water around structure. 
When Sallie wanted to go, I knew exactly where. Sallie still hasn't mastered the fly rod, but she has mastered the spinning rod.  She got lucky that day and landed one of the largest trout caught from my boat this year.  
Now, it is time for a fish fry.  
Way to go Sallie!!
Capt. David Edens
St. Simons Island, GA
706-540-1276 cell, best
Sallie's Big Trout
Last Newsletter of 2014
I take this time of year to thank everyone who has fished with me over the last twelve months. There have been so many memories you have made.  Julie laughing with delight as she fought her first red fish.  Danny chasing one tail after another and finally connecting.  Kenichi and how well he casts and how hard he worked to catch that first red fish. Clem and Susie coming down from Hilton Head and having Hawg Heaven pay off for them.  Doug fishing with his sons. Jenny fishing with Graham and catching Slimey. Frayne catching a nice triple tail, and my falling overboard trying to net it.  Charles calling from Africa to set up the trip.   Chris and Megan, with her great smile, from Colorado. Michael fishing with his Dad Bob, who happens to be a neighbor. Jamey and his Dad Jim.  Margot, a friend from 43 years ago, fishing with her husband Jim.  Richard, Clay, Kent, Kevin, Amanda, Jim, Tim, Derek, Bill, Michael, Terry and George, Henry, Pistol totin' Brittney, Carter, My great friend and client Ed N, Michael and Kelly, Rich, Terry, Steve, Damian, Tripp, Chandler, Dean, Hank, Josh, Gary, Fred and Carolyn, Tom, Jeff, Jed, Staci, David, Judge Paul, Craig, Curt, Wayne, Tim.
There are many more that I know I have left out.
But to all of you, thank you for a great 2014. I hope your memories are as great as mine, and I hope to see you again in 2015.
Tight lines, strip strike and practice the double haul.
Capt. David Edens
706-540-1276 cell (best)
912-289-1061 home
November/December Fishing Report

November brought some great fishing to the Golden Isles of Georgia.  We had clear water, bright skies, mild weather and lots of big fish.

While  I am concerned about the total numbers of red fish in the Golden Isles, and flats that once contained hundreds of reds are now empty. I believe the combination of poor spawns several years in a row and increased pressure, particularly last winter, have severely impacted the number of fish. I can still find unmolested fish, but  I find myself running farther and farther to find fish.  Especially fish that haven't been pressured so much that the slightest noise in the boat doesn't send the fish fleeing.

Fortunately, there are a few flats left that fish very well. These fish were caught on them.

I met Julie at a First Coast Fly Fishers meeting earlier this summer. I knew when I met her she would be a great angler.  You have to love a lady with a knife clipped to her pocket.   She had been red fishing with a fly rod several times, with no luck. 
In early November, we ran to a flat I regularly fish in the winter.  We had red fish pushing water all over.  We had perfect conditions:  clear skies, clear water and calm winds.  We could see schools of 10-20 red fish pushing water and chasing small shrimp over 100 yards away.  Birds were diving on the schools waiting to pick up the scraps.
Julie has been working on her casting, and managed to land two 13 lb red fish.  Her first reds on a fly.  She came back later in December, and we faced much different conditions.  We had fog, windy weather, dirty water and chilly conditions.  We had a great time, but didn't get any fish in the boat.  She will be back in January when we will chase these fish again.
Michael is a college student in Macon.  His Mom gave him a trip for his birthday. He is from Texas, and is a good fly angler.  We had another of those magical days on the flats where the fish are pushing water, chasing bait and moving all around.  When we are fishing, I never give up. After a few hours of casting to fish, and not getting any strikes and when it was almost time to leave, I looked down the flats and saw a nice school of red fish pushing toward us.  All morning these fish had been pushing across the flat, then hugging the shore moving West.  I set up the boat so Michael could send a long cast to the school before it got too close.  He put the cast out and let the fly sink.  As the school approached, he started feeding the fly to the fish.  All of a sudden the line went tight to a 10+ lb  red fish.  after a few minutes, we landed the fish, tagged him for the DNR and performed CPR (Catch, Photograph, Release) on him.  
Tim from Tampa fishes with me several times each year.  We normally fish the flood tides in late summer, but this year, he wasn't able to make it.  In late November, we had super clear water, bright skies and light wind.  As the tide went out, we noticed school after school of red fish working from the from shallow water to deeper water.  One of the schools we saw was a school of Puppy Drum.  Tim put the fly in front of one of the fish and landed one of the smallest reds my clients have ever caught on a fly---it was probably 12" long.  Later in the day, as the water came in, we found some fish tailing on oyster banks.  Tim cast to a fish I had seen and was rewarded with this nice slot red.  He is planning on returning in January or February.
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The fly that has been working so well for me on the flats so far this winter is the Prawn's Revenge.  ​It isn't a new fly, and I have had this link several times in the newsletter.  It is a great fly.  Tie one, and see for yourself.  Here is the link:  Prawn's Revenge.  I am playing with a variation of the SC favorite, the Red Fish Crack.  I will fish my variation over the next few weeks.  If it is a good as I think it will be, I will put the pattern up on the next newsletter.
St. Simons Outfitters, the Orvis Store in St. Simons, located at 3405 Frederica Rd., just North of the Sea Island Causeway.   Ellen has some great gifts for Christmas.  They are the only distributor in the area of the classic, English outerwear, Barbour.  Give Ellen a call at 912-638-5454 to see what is new. Or visit their web site: St. Simons Outfitters
I will be spending some time in the shop  when I am not on the water.  If I am there, feel free to ask for some impromptu casting or fly tying instruction.  I am always ready to teach and talk fly fishing.
This is the back window of my silver Toyota Tacoma.  If you see me around St. Simons or anywhere, stop me, introduce yourself and let's talk fly fishing

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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
308 Wild Heron Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA  31522
706-540-1276 cell (best), 912-289-1061 home