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JohnH0802
07-06-2009, 11:50 AM
I decided since the tide was high at around 7pm at the Savannah river mouth, that I would look for some tailing reds in the short grass. Where I ended up was quite a hike, but ended up catching 4 redfish, and breaking off two others. The tide was not high until 8pm or so where I was. Hooked my best fish (that I landed) at 9pm a 31 inch fish. Took a friend and my 14 year old daughter back on Sunday even though the tide was an hour later. I caught another 3 reds, and my daughter Jessie caught her first redfish on a fly, a 20 inch fish.

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=39&pictureid=227

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=39&pictureid=225

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=39&pictureid=222

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=39&pictureid=224

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=39&pictureid=234

Flat Fly n
07-06-2009, 05:09 PM
Nice fish! I see your located in God's country. Headed that way soon. I hope to have my boat in tow for some specks and spots as well.

Want to let go with the info on the fly you were using?..

bigpopper
07-06-2009, 11:40 PM
Nice catches!

JohnH0802
07-07-2009, 08:03 AM
The fly I was using was an epoxy spoon fly that I made using a christmas bow, some crystal flash, and some maribou feathers. Having said that my daughter caught hers on a Dupree spoon fly. Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort stocks them. The spoon flies that I tie follow the basic design that I found on the web here:

http://www.nwmangum.com/spoonfly/index.html

I modified it a little based on the materials that I had available. I also caught one on a gotcha pattern that I had tied, modified to include a weed guard.

Carolina Boy
07-07-2009, 08:23 AM
Thats awesome, I think i am definetly coming to Beaufort to fish 07/24!

JohnH0802
07-07-2009, 09:01 AM
Here are a couple of the flies that I have tied and use for redfishing here in the low country.

This is the spoon fly:

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=41&pictureid=256

And a couple others:

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=41&pictureid=257

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=41&pictureid=258

JohnH0802
07-07-2009, 09:05 AM
Here are some pictures from the 4th. The pictures are not as good as the ones I have previously posted due to the fact that I was by myself, taking the pictures with one hand as I landed/handled with the other.

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=38&pictureid=221

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=38&pictureid=216

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=38&pictureid=219

JohnH0802
07-07-2009, 10:36 AM
Reading my initial post, I did not do a very good job with providing useful information and I apologize. I was wade fishing in Beaufort, SC the evenings of July 4th and 5th in the short spartina grass (this means that you can wade safely because the bottom is firm enough...tall grass indicates puff mud and you cannot wade it safely). I was using a homemade spoon fly, my daughter used a dupree spoon fly that I purchased at Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort, SC.

Flat Fly n
07-08-2009, 12:35 PM
John,
Thanks for the info and the impressive web site for those spoon flies. I am headed that way this summer again and hopefully will have my boat in tow if your interested. When I keep the slotters, I am always impressed with the number of tiny crab that are in their stomachs. Finding the right kind of wadeable grass flats in that area to me is tough. I am mostly hit or miss. Getting off in that muck is only for the birds.

Where do you put in roughly to get to the mouth of the Savannah? I normally am all over the St. Helena sound out of Sam's Point, and then Station Creek on St. Helena.

Do you guide?

Waterborn
07-08-2009, 11:17 PM
Man, as always I'm a day late....I was just there in Beaufort for the 4th as my brother in law lives there on Ladys Island. Spend most of the holiday down in Lands End off bay point rd below ft freemont and we spend the morning crabbin' in some creek and laying bout the beach. all I could think about was getting my line wet as I've not done much salt.
My brother in law is not much of a fly fisherman, he knew I was itchn so we hopped in his keywest sportsman (17ftr) and hit morse island creek way below lands end THe motor kept messin up so not much fishing to be done but I could have used your great info earlier! I did get bumped on a clouser but nothing hooked. Anyhow, thanks for sharing an I'm tying up some patterns for next time.
And will probably spending more time down there as my wife is trying to get me to move there :eek: - she loves that Coosaw Point subdivision. I can't bear to leave the mountains though!

bigpopper
07-09-2009, 10:56 PM
Here are a couple of the flies that I have tied and use for redfishing here in the low country.

This is the spoon fly:

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=41&pictureid=256

And a couple others:

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=41&pictureid=257

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=41&pictureid=258

Man, I love those flies! I'd love to see how a trout or largemouth would tear into those here in TN! Very cool! :biggrin:

JohnH0802
07-10-2009, 08:05 AM
Fat Fly n,
I actually was in the same area you go in in the same areas as you. The Savanah river mouth was just the reference that I use for the tides.

This time of year is normally best for wading on the rising tides. Most of the guys I talk to if they go out on a boat are either in the short grass with their boat, or are using their boat to get to a short grass area that can only be reached by boat to wade. If you are wading in the right location you are not in the really soft mud.

I guess the best thing about catching reds while wading in the short grass is that when they are there, they are feeding. Seeing that explosion of water when they take the fly is such a rush.

I do not guide, and as a matter of fact I am fairly new to saltwater fly fishing. I have been a freshwater trout fisherman for over 34 years (I am a CA transplant to SC courtesy of the USMC). Anyway I don't get to go up to the mountains often enough to trout fish so I had to find something here. I still prefer the mountains and freshwater trout, and go every chance I get.

My best advice is to get one of the local guides, Tuck Scott would be my recommendation, he is out of Bay Street Outfitters and is an Orvis endorsed guide. Great guy and knows oceans about the area.

John

JohnH0802
07-10-2009, 08:47 AM
Waterborn,
I know what you mean. I would love to move to the Mountains, but my wife loves it down here. If I can't live in the mountains I visit them every chance I get, and take heart in the fact that there are redfish tailing here if I can't make it up there. The fish on the 4th and 5th were caught on Lady's Island not 5 miles from where I live.

Flat Fly n
07-10-2009, 10:55 AM
John,
Nice looking "Electric Chicken" creation. I have been working on some mud minnow patterns. The reds seem to love them.

Would gladly trade you a trip here in East TN if you ever get up this way for an outing in Beaufort. We can take my boat, if it's running that day. LOL