Fly Cast Charters

October 1, 2013

Fly Cast Charters Newsletter

August/September Fishin' in St. Simons and Fall Forecast

In This Issue
Ultra Realistic Shrimp patterns
Stop me and say hello
Orvis Feedback
Fishing Report

Ultra Realistic Shrimp Flies


I recently had an experience that shows sometimes red fish can be very particular about what flies they bite.  I had a low tide charter recently where we made presentation after presentation with attractor type flies like the Purple Passion and the Chernobyl Flash Bang with no strikes.  I switched my client's fly to a UV acrylic type shrimp fly.  We immediately started hooking up.  I don't know if it was the tide changing or the fly change.  All I know is we began catching fish when I changed flies.  


In the last few issues I have given tying instructions for the Capt. Daves version of the Ultra Hair Shrimp


 and the Crystal Shrimp.


  I also featured a fly tied by a client that works well.  

  (Next month I hope to have a better example of this fly and complete tying instructions.)



These flies are paying off for sight fishing to red fish and triple tail.  As you all know, I am not a fan of blind casting, but I can't wait to try them this fall on trout.  It should be a killer. 


Take a look at these flies again, invest in some UV acrylic fly tying material, and give these flies a try.  I think you will be impressed.



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.

OOctober is the last month when we see tailing fish consistently. The water gets too cold in November.  Most of the days in October are booked, but here are the dates and when I am available.
October: 4-10 16, 18-22.  Oct 4,5,6, 7, 18 and 19 are booked.  The first of the month should be better.  Water tends to get a little too cool the end of October.  Let's hope the water stays up in the 70's through October.
 Capt. David Edens
706-540-1276 cell best
912-289-1061 home
More Father/Son Trips   
I don't know of a better way to spend time with your child than while fishing.  Everyone enjoys a tug on the line, great weather and time on the water.
Tim, who is a friend and great fly fishing client, and Conner, his son, joined me for a father/son trip.  We caught lots of trout a few black drum and a few real nice trout.  Conner had a great time, and can't wait until next summer when he can come do it again.
When we have the time and are in the area, I like to show my clients some of the barrier islands and things that make the Golden Isles so special.  One of them is the wild horses on Cumberland Island.  Everyone gets a kick out of seeing these wild ponies.
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.
Orvis Feedback

As an Orvis endorsed Guide, Orvis encourages my clients to leave feedback on the Orvis web site.  I pride myself on doing everything I can to make your trip successful.  If you ever are not satisfied or feel you cannot rate every part of our trip a 5 out of 5, please let me know and I will do everything in my power to make it right.

Check out the latest feedback at: Capt. David Edens

Past Newsletters on my Web site.
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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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 Late Summer Report, Fall Forecast
It is hard to believe it is already October.  So much has gone on since the last newsletter.  The red fish have been tailing, eating fiddlers, they have been active on the low tide, trout fishing is heating up as the water cools, the jacks have been in front of St. Simons, and the Georgia Bulldogs just beat LSU in one of the most exciting football games I have ever been to.

Back to the fishing.  August and September brought some of the best fishing for tailing red fish you will find on the East Coast.  Big fish were landed, and lots of fish were seen and caught while tailing on the grass flats. I had a chance to go fishing, and landed this 11 lb red fish one evening in August.  Note how his belly is bloated.  I am sure it is full of fiddler crabs.

He nailed a surface/diving foam fly invented by Kent Edmunds, called the Stealth Bomber.  It was great fun to see him nail this fly on top of the water.

Tim and his wife Terri visited St. Simons for a weekend away from home and fishing for tailers. They had great weather.  We had bright skies and light winds.  Tim had shots at lots of reds and a few sheepshead.  On one occasion, Tim's leader was hanging on the grass, pulling the black toad fly up and out of the water.  He aggravated one red fish so badly, that the fish cleared the water to snatch the fly off of the grass.  Neither he nor I have ever seen that.  We all thought "redfish don't jump." 

Jerry and his wife visited the Golden Isles from Kansas.  I had spoken to him earlier about the importance of casting in fishing in Salt Water.  He took a lesson at home and practiced before he arrived. We had an early morning charter in late July.  We arrived on the flat just as it was getting light.  We looked up, and saw fish after fish slashing, pushing bait and water.  It took Jerry a few shots before he regained his composure, when he made a good presentation and hooked up with a nice eight pound St. Simons red fish.

There were so many more great trips, I can't cover them all.  Thank you all to my old and new friends/clients for making August and September great.

As we move into October and November, the trout fishing will go into over-drive.  The water starts to clear as it cools and the red fish start gathering in larger schools.  The reds seem to know they need to eat before the winter, and they readily eat flies. Fishing will simply get better for the next few months and then we move into the winter fishing stage of huge schools of red fish in shallow clear water.

The weather is getting cooler, but the fishing is heating up 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 back in Brooks re-hab in Jacksonville 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.  One thing is for sure, he is a fighter and a survivor.  He should be a role model for us all.
Ellen is working hard to keep the shop well stocked.  She has a good selection of the latest Fall offerings by Orvis, Patagonia, Columbia, Ugg boots, Barbour, Rainbow Sandals and other top brands. She also has the hard to find chartreuse/gold Dupree's spoon fly in stock.  You should pick up a few for the last set of tailing tides coming up this month.
Ellen has had Larry's Semper Fi fly tyer  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. 
Visit their web site to see what is new:  St. Simons Outfitters
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.  

For the latest fishing reports, please go to my web site:  Not only are there up to date fishing reports, I am constantly adding new photos, information and videos. Fish the Golden Isles, and call me to enjoy, "Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn".


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
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