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Florida Redfish 2014
By Mark Bachmann

Spring is a great season for fly fishing in the Florida Everglades.  Many fisheries get more active as the water starts to warm.  Florida Redfish are no exception. The weather is mellow in the time between winter Northers and Summer Hurricanes.  Red Drum or Redfish as they are called throughout much of their range, are one of the most popular fly rod sport fish throughout their natural range, which is the Gulf Coast states from Mexico to Florida, then up the Atlantic Seaboard into the Carolinas.  They are found in very shallow water where fly fishing is most productive. Shallow water Reds average 6-9 pounds, but can reach over 15 pounds.

Along the Texas coast  we found Redfish feeding in tight schools of up to two dozen individuals.  This action was easy to spot because there was a lot of water surface disturbance.  When a fly was dropped two feet in front of the lead fish and stripped darting through the grass several fish often attacked the fly at once.  The quickest one got a hook for his trouble. 
During our trip to the Everglades, we encountered most of our Reds travelling as singles or in pods up to three fish. They travelled very slowly creating less nervous water, so were harder to spot, but when hooked, seemed much stronger than their Texas counterparts. The bottom structure in the Everglades is much more barren than the Texas Coast, which is usually covered with vegetation. This makes the Everglades easier to retrieve your fly without fear of it getting hung on the bottom. My first Everglades Redfish actually took a foam slider fly from the surface of the water.

Site fishing is the rule. Once a Redfish is spotted, very accurate casting is required to put your fly directly in front of them. This was much like stalking Bonefish.  As a matter of fact Redfish are sometimes called "Poor man's Bonefish".  I find nothing poor about them.  Reds are beautiful to look at in their own right.  They are also challenging enough.  Reds feed on critters that live in or on the bottom. Sometime the water can be off color. Your best bet is to put the fly as close to the fish's nose as possible.  Your fly needs to be weedless.  Very long casts aren't the rule. If you can cast 50' and place your fly in a two foot circle, you are in the game most of the time. 

Most Redfish guides like a nine foot, seven to nine weight rods.  We concurred that these are the best size outfits for the fish and fishing conditions.  In the Everglades, we found nine weight oufits to be most comfortable, because Glades Reds like larger flies, and because they are in water that are also inhabited by Snook and Tarpon, which can be larger. For that reason, we used leaders equipped with 35-pound bite-tippets.  Leaders of about ten feet long seem to be about right for all the species of fish we encoutered in the Everglades. 

When hooked Redfish are sluggers, not often long distance runners.  The fight is more dogged than spectacular.  Don't worry, Reds pull hard enough to be a lot of fun.  Landing rates are high.  Redfish have lippy cartilaginous mouths that are specifically designed to hold a fly hook.  Once hooked they usually come to the hand.  

That of course doesn't guarantee that you will be able to find Redfish on your own.  The Everglades National Park is called The Ten Thousand Islands, and is a mighty big place covering several hundred square miles.  A professional guide with a specialized shallow draft boat is indispensable. The rivers and tidal creeks treading through the mangrove covered islands creates a maze that takes time to learn. there is always a real chance of getting lost.
Redfish are a lot of fun.  You should try them.

G. Loomis 9-Weight Saltwater Rods
Nine-weight rods have always been popular with the in-shore saltwater anglers fishing for Striped Bass, Permit, Small Tarpon, and Large Bonefish. Knowing how to fine tune any rods to fit your fishing conditions is a key to succes in any angling arena. The 9-foot 9-weight G. Loomis Rods are very fast action, whether 4-piece, or 1-piece PRO-1 models. These rods are designed to deliver maximum accuracy and line speed in the hands of skilled anglers. When we used these rods in the Bahamas and Belize for Bonefish during windy periods, a 9-weight RIO Redfish line (330-grains) was ideal for casting lightly weighted size 2 or 4 size flies. When casting heavily weighted crab flies, or 4-inch long bulky flies in Florida for redfish and Snook, these same rods were more comfortable with a 10-weight RIO Redfish line(390-grains). Anglers using 9-weight G. Loomis rods for East Coast Sriped Bass perfer RIO's Coldwater OutBound Short Line 9-weight (375-grain).

NRX 1069-1 PRO-1 Length: 9' Line: #9 Pieces: 4
This is the ultimate 9-weight. It is designed for larger flies, bigger fish and wind. The one-piece rod configuration makes it light, yet incredibly powerful and it will handle a number of larger fish, including permit, striped bass, false albacore and cobia. Whether you're fishing the open flats or the mangroves, this 9-weight will give feel like a feather in your hand. This is the epitome of extreme performance!
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
12095-01 NRX PRO-1
9 Fast $750 Sale Ended
12107-01 NRX PRO-1
9 Fast $750 Sale Ended

NRX 1089-4 FLY Length: 9'     Line: #9     Pieces: 4

When you need power in a lightweight package, especially to cast bigger flies, make longer casts and handle bigger fish, this is the new standard by which all 9-weights will be measured. It's a great rod for casting big flies in the wind and will handle most of the larger saltwater species, except for maybe giant tarpon and the G. Loomis field testers are having so much fun we haven't heard back from them on that one yet. Permit, barracuda, jacks, big reds, stripers, blues, false albies... you name it. It's got the range as well as the power to handle large, wind-resistant freshwater bass flies and the biggest bass on the planet.

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
11920-01 NRX
9 Fast   $815 Sale Ended
12037-01 NRX
9 Fast   $815 Sale Ended

FR 1069-1 CC PRO-1

Length: 8' 10"    Line: #9     Pieces:1   

When it's time to use bigger flies, make long, searching casts and battle bigger fish, this is one 9-weight you'll appreciate very much. It's unique, one-piece configuration makes it an excellent rod for a variety of big fish applications. It's light, yet unbelievably powerful and will handle a number of different species, ranging from permit to striped bass to false albacore. If you're one of those anglers that never takes your multi-piece fly rod apart, this is just what you've been looking for. Extreme performance from tip to butt!
Item Series Line Wt Power Taper Handle Price To Top
11617 Cross Current 9 Stiff Fast A $475.00 Sale Ended


Length: 9'    Line: #9     Pieces: 4   

When you need to use larger flies, longer casts and the fish get bigger, this is the rod of choice. Permit, barracuda, jacks, big reds, stripers, blues, you name it. A great rod in the wind.
Item Series Line Wt Power Taper Handle Price To Top
11289 Cross Current GLX 9 Stiff Fast 130 $710.00 Sale Ended

Redfish Fly Directory

Mini Corona Toad, Copper

Mini Corona Toad, Gold

Foxy Chicken, Chartreuse

Foxy Chicken, Yellow

Blind Chicken

Trilobal Crab, Root Beer

Super Spoon, Copper

Redfish are one of the favorite inshore targets from the Carolinas to the Florida Gulf Coast,  Louisiana, and to the Rio Grand at South Padre Island, Texas.  Reds like very shallow water until they reach about ten pounds, then they migrate to close-in offshore areas.  It is while they are in their shallow water phase that they are most attractive to fly fishers.  Sight fishing is the rule. Redfish like to muck around for prey, often with their backs sticking out of the water.  The flies below take Redfish.

Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line
Don't head for the flats without several!

RIO’s Redfish line has a short back taper for fast casts and a mid length front taper that will present a fly without spooking back country Reds. The taper features an increase in weight towards the front of the line to make it easy to load rods at close range and to cope with typical saltwater winds. A hard, saltwater coating over a medium stiff core results in a fly line that will not wilt in most conditions and retains good loop control. The line is built with RIO's XS Technology that ensures the slickest of finishes and an AgentX undercoat to keep the running line and tip floating high.  Includes a welded loop at both ends for easy rigging.
WF6F – WF10F
Length: 100 ft (30.5 m)
Color: Aqua Blue
Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line
We got a full compliment of Rio Lines before our recent Belize trip. They came in various colors, tapers and finishes. We pounded them against hard winds and many times strong fish strung them through barnacle coated mangroves. We fished for bonefish, permit, snook and tarpon. We used lines in WF6F, WF8F, WF9F, WF10F. We had Rio Redfish Lines in all those sizes. And even though we also had a variety of other lines in the same sizes, the Redfish Line quickly became our go-to floating line. It casts long, it casts short, and does everything with great predictability.
Rio Redfish Lines works well for bonefish, permit, snook, and baby tarpon too!
Item Description Size Price To Top
20779 Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line WF6F $79.95 Sale Ended
20780 Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line WF7F $79.95 Sale Ended
20781 Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line WF8F $79.95 Sale Ended
20782 Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line WF9F $79.95 Sale Ended
20783 Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line WF10F $79.95 Sale Ended

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Sandy River Spey Clave Theater Agenda 2014

May 16 May 17 May 18
9:00am- 10:00am Deschutes River Alliance, Situation on the Deschutes River 9:00am- 10:00am Scott Howell "Tying Inovative Steelhead Flies" 9:00am- 10:00am Deschutes River Alliance, Situation on the Deschutes River
10:00am- 11:00am "Tying Tube Flies" Bruce Berry 10:00am- 11:00am "Sorting out Spey Lines of the Modern Era" George Cook 10:00am- 11:00am "Local Patterns" Brian Silvey
11:00am- 12:00am "Modern Flies for the Northwest" Tevor Covich 11:00am- 12:00am Jon Covich Destinatioin Theater  11:00am- 12:00am "Tying Tube Flies" Bruce Berry
 Lunch NOON-1:00
Lunch NOON-1:00
Lunch NOON-1:00
1:00pm- 2:00pm Jon Covich Destination Theater 1:00pm- 2:00pm "Flies For the O.P." Jerry French 1:00pm- 2:00pm Jon Covich Destination Theater
2:00pm- 3:00pm "Free Casting School - No Program" 2:00pm- 3:00pm "Tying Tube Flies" Bruce Berry 2:00pm- 3:00pm Scott Howell "Tying Inovative Steelhead Flies"
3:00pm- 4:00pm  "Free Casting School - No Program" 3:00pm- 4:00pm "Clackamas River Wild Steelhead Recovery" Jeff Hickman 3:00pm- 4:00pm Anounce Raffle Winners
Dinner and Movie Entertainment By Catch Magazine and Costa Glasses Dinner and Movie Entertainment By Catch Magazine and Costa Glasses Clave Over See You Next Year.


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