Friday, December 4, 2015

Louisiana fly fishing guide November 2015 report

The winds of El Nino have reeked havoc on the season in November. Massive storms have made for tough fly fishing conditions. None the less any day with decent weather is producing good numbers of shots. If you can cast well you will catch these monster fish.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Louisiana fly fishing report Mid October 2015

Well this has been an amazing week for fly fishing in the Louisiana marsh. Perfect weather and good tides have produced some an abundance of shots on bull redfish. The winds are now at 20 knots and the easy days are over for the foreseeable future.
I am confident the first calm day after this stretch will once again produced massive quantities of hungry crawling redfish. Even in poor conditions I will find fish. They just are not on every bank and in every nook and cranny.
The brief rest is not entirely unwelcome. My body aches and some down time is required to catch up on daily chores. A couple of days rest will do me good.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Louisiana fly fishing report October 2015

Now the fishing is easy. Everywhere  you go you can find giant redfish on the banks. The schools have broken into singles and swim deep banks searching for food. It really does not take much to find good quantities of fish.
I am really not impressed with my new Beavertail Strike skiff. My old boat was superior. The customer service I received from Will and Liz at Beavertail is unacceptable at best. I have and affinity for antiques. Perhaps I should have just stayed with the Morejohn skiff.
There are still openings in November if you want to book the trip of a lifetime. Any day I can get out there is producing.
 Call 504-452-0550 for more information


Monday, September 21, 2015

Louisiana redfish fly fishing report September 2015

The redfish are abundant and huge in the marsh around New Orleans. This is a spectacular time of year. Big redfish are crawling the banks with their backs exposed. This really makes them easy to see at distance. A well placed fly is the key to encourage a massive strike.
Low wind days with sunshine are abundant now. Cool fronts are moving in knocking down the water temperatures. Any fishable day has tremendous potential for plenty of fly fishing shots.
I am also finding the schools of redfish that all anglers enjoy. If the tide is ripping around a bank on the outside large groups of redfish are on patrol. There are still open days in October and November so contact me for availability.
Captain John Iverson 504-452-0550

Monday, February 23, 2015

Louisiana fly fishing report January February 2015

Ah the month's of January and February in Louisiana. Winter is in full swing for our neck of the woods. As usual the tail end of artic fronts sweep our state. Tough conditions for sight fishing to say the least. On special days, generally when a High pressure system floats over New Orleans way, the fishing is easy. Warmer stable weather patterns also produce great days for a fly. The big fish are still here until the winds of spring blow out our clear waters of the inside marsh.

 Rocky and I loaded up and went to the Beavertail Skiffs factory. I saw the unsung hero's of our passion. They toil for our enjoyment producing the tools of the trade.

The bays and ponds on the inside marsh that are not directly connected to the outside waters hold fish. The big fronts bring big winds which can blow out even the most protected areas. Sometimes I have retreated to small duck ponds in order to find big fish in clean water. Ponds may be small so patience is key. Silent entry, quiet polling, and please don't shake the skiff when you cast. Pond fish don't move constantly and spotting them motionless on the bottom does require a bit of skill.

Banks of the inside bays are worth a look see. Most days we have an incoming tide. Keep this in mind when searching. The fish are generally in the same area but may prefer a different bank for incoming tides. Certain flats are always good. If the water is blown out on the flat I idle across with the Yamaha instead of polling. If the fish are there you will see them move.  

Happy hunting:
Captain John Iverson

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Louisiana fly fishing report December 2014

December fly fishing in Louisiana is probably my favorite month. The Florida guides have left leaving the fish unmolested for the native fly fishermen. I can not tell you how many times I have seen these interlopers run over big fish to fish the slot fish near the banks. Big fish do not like to be disturbed. It does not take much pressure and the bulls run for cover out of sight fishing reach.
The bigger fish have moved into the ponds at the edge of the marsh. They are basically in shallow areas where you normally find slot fish. There is one in almost every pond so patients is key. Poll slowly and wait. These fish are cold and don't move very much. A calm slow approach the area is much more effective than the run and gun attitude of warmer months.
Peanut butter patters are working well. The fish want to look up and see a big meal. Right now they are lethargic and conserve energy where they can. Large flies on the surface are producing heart pounding slow motion eats. Fish slow and poll silent on sallow flats and work the mud ponds for best results.