Fly Fishing Trips

Beaufort & Hilton Head Guided Fly Fishing Charters

saltwater fly fishingThe flats and backwaters of South Carolina are plentiful and provide the perfect habitat for world class saltwater fly fishing for species such as redfish, speckled trout, blues, mackerel and cobia. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or an old salt, seeing and casting to fish in mere inches of water never gets old! Much of our fly fishing is done in shallow water where we can see the fish before we cast to them “AKA sight fishing”, this style of fishing lends itself well to fly fisherman because you won’t need to cast over and over wearing yourself out in search of fish. Moreover, sight fishing is the ultimate hunt with a fishing rod. In many cases we will be looking for and stalking a single fish or even a school of fish looking to get our best shot. When not searching for fish in shallow water we look for fish on the surface out in deeper water such as cruising cobia and triple tail or blitzing blues and mackerel. So, whether you are a seasoned saltwater fly fisherman or a trout fly fisherman who has never fished the saltwater; we can and will customize a fishing trip to meet your objectives. We very much look forward to guiding you on a Lowcountry fly fishing trip that you won’t soon forget.

Sight Fishing with the Fly Rod

fly casting instruction - redfish on the fly rodBeaufort has some great inshore fly fishing, especially for redfish. During the winter months as the water cools down most of the algae and plankton that would normally give the water its “dirty” look will die off leaving us with gin clear water… with this kind of visibility fly fishing is the way to go! What I like to do during the winter is sight fish the shallow flats in search of huge schools of redfish (some schools will be in excess of 1000 reds). Once we find the fish the key is to pole the boat into position looking for that perfect shot without spooking the school. During the summer months I spend most of my time fly fishing for tailing redfish on the grass flats. This game is a bit different than chasing the big schools as we are generally going to pick out an individual fish and stalk him as he feeds along the bottom. Its what I like to call “hunting with a fly rod”. There really is nothing quite like going one-on-one with a redfish in skinny water! In the shallows accuracy is key and having a decent long cast goes a long way too. Outside of redfish we also have good inshore fly fishing options to catch speckled sea trout, ladyfish, bluefish and jacks. For most of our inshore fly fishing I use 7-9 weight fly rods.

Inshore Fly Fishing Charters

cobia on the fly rodNot all fly fishing is done in shallow water. Here in the Lowcountry we have some excellent deep water fly fishing. Lets start with the cobia. As spring approaches Beaufort has a great run of cobia, many of these fish will come into the Port Royal Sound and even travel well inland. The nice thing about cobia is that they like to cruise on the surface thus giving us a chance to sight fish for them and of course take shots with the fly rod. When a cobia takes your fly it happens fast and hard, but not as hard as the fight! These fish will flat ware you out and put you well into the backing with their long powerful runs. During the summer months we will also have the chance to chase schools of Spanish mackerel, blue fish and jacks. To find these fish we look for them as they crash small bait fish on the surface. When you get into a school of these guys get ready because the action is fast and furious. For these fish a good 40-50 foot cast cast works well and accuracy isn’t as important because the fish are generally blitzing the surface in huge schools.  On the nearshore waters I generally use fly rods that range from 9 to 10 weight as these fish tend to be pretty big.

Saltwater Fly Casting

Federation of Fly Fishers Casting InstructorCompared to traditional fly fishing, saltwater fly fishing is almost an entirely different sport… we use heavier equipment, make longer casts, use heavy flies and in many cases have some sort of wind to deal with. The basic principles of fly casting stay the same, but we add extra components such as double hauling and quick casting. Having a good cast will make the difference between catching fish and not catching fish on many days. For the fly fishing that we do here in the Lowcountry an accurate 40-60 foot cast using and 8 or 9 weight rod will work fine. It also helps to be proficient with the saltwater quick cast to get flies out to moving fish before they get out of casting range. I do offer Fly Casting Lessons  so if you need a refresher before we head out on the water please let me know.

Saltwater Fly Fishing Equipment

Saltwater Fly Fishing TackleYou are more than welcome to bring and use your own fly fishing gear but if you would like to use our fly fishing gear that’s fine too! We provide top of the line St. Croix Elite fly rods and Sage 6000 fly reels. In a tough saltwater environment the elements and powerful fish can really take a toll on the equipment this is why I use only quality tackle My saltwater fly rods range from 7-10 weight depending on the species that we are fishing for. We will generally use the 7-8 weight rods for species such as redfish, sea trout and Spanish mackerel and the 9-10 weight rods for larger species such as cobia and jacks. I use quite a number of different fly pattens depending on the fish that we are targeting. For redfish we will be using various crab and baitfish patterns such as the deceiver, clouser and flats rat. For cobia and jacks I like to use large colorful deceivers and topwater patterns.

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