Thursday, May 9, 2013

Early may

This week the fishing just keeps getting better and better. I have spotted well in excess of 500 fish on 3 trips this week. Every flat is drenched with the orange hue of shallow water redfish. Anywhere you stop seems to be the best spot of the day. Words can not explain how many fish are out there waiting for the proper presentation of a fly. The numbers literally boggle the mind.

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Early in the week the winds were brutal. High winds are definitely not a fly fisherman's friend. My novice clients casts were completely out of bounds. Still the redfish poured by the bow of my boat in the hundreds. The customers may have been frustrated by the wind but they were delighted by the number of shots. I would estimate they threw at least 75 fish on this day.

I was pleasantly surprised when another guide gave me the first day of a two day trip. This never happens because no one wants to get their head kicked in by an Iverson. I lost a ton of my gin clear water due to the gale blow yesterday. Still the fish were everywhere and looking to eat. The formula for finding fish is simple. Kill the engine and start polling. I do not know the outcome of the other guides second day trip but he had better be at the top of his game.

The winds finally laid down to a pleasant breeze. Polling was easy and the reds did not disappoint. The water has cleared a bit making the fish stand out against the dark grassy bottom. My client struggled at first but eventually started presenting the fly properly. His confidence in me grew exponentially as each flat held multiple golden eaters. I know fishing is not supposed to be this easy and will not last forever. I truly savor these days.   

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