I arrived on the 28th and he showed up early on the 29 for our first day on the water. The tides have been funky. Too high to be low and too low to be high. Not the best water conditions for clarity either. Oh well, we made a plan and made the 3 mile run in the Solo Skiffs and onto the flat. The depth was good but the clarity was not. There were some fish there but they were hard to see until they were spooked. I got 1 before we decided to pole off and make another run to try another spot.
The depth was great here, 1' or so but again the clarity was not so good. We poled and drifted about a mile and saw very few fish. Time to move to the third spot. Here the water was a little too deep, like almost touching my knee, and off color too. Around 3 pm we finally happened into some cleaner water and started seeing enough fish to get out and wade. I got 5 reds in about and hour to finish out this first day. Sight fishing hours are short this time of the year. From about 10 to 3:30 is the only time the sun angle is good enough to see fish.
To shorten the story on days 2-5 we searched for the elusive shallow clear water. On day 2 we found the place to fish. 6" to 1' deep and clean. Lots of reds scattered about and more than willing to eat a presented fly. They were a little spooky in this shallow water so leading them 10' was the trick and only stripping the fly as they approached. I got 12 on day 2, 12 on day 3 and 17 on day 4 all in the same square mile of water.
On day 5 my buddy had to go home so I set off to find "new to me" fish. Poling a long shoreline I began to bump fish. When I had seen enough to peak my interest I anchored the Solo and began wading. I had 1 fish, a 25 incher, from a quick stop along the route but in the next hour and a half I added 12 more to end the last day with 13.
Most fish on the trip were just under the slot but I would have managed a limit of keepers every day had I been keeping fish. It turned out to be just dang near easy when we found the right conditions. I presume there were fish in most of the spots but we just couldn't see them in the dirtier water.
I only used 3 flies. My go to was a very ugly dark brown crab tied on #4 with a black craft fur tail and no weight. Second was a gold spoon fly which I used in the more stained water that had some floating grass around and third was a clouser with a white craft fur tail and a small bunch of spun deer hair in front of that. It was tied on a #6. I used it for the shallowest of fish. It basically floats.
Until January, John