Fly Fishing in Georgetown's Winyah Bay and North Inlet Reserve ( South Carolina) for the past few week we have been confronted with silty fresh water and heavy winds. In the warmer months Redfish Schools can be seen cruising the banks searching out an easy meal.
We have been seeing small pods on early morning low tides casing up shrimp and small bait fish. Redfish in Winyah Bay tend to move around a lot so we have had to cover a lot of ground to locate them. Fly fishing can be challenging anytime of the year but in the warmer months it’s on a totally different level. Spring , Summer and Early Fall equals boat traffic, fishing pressure , afternoon wind, and dirty water; not to mention all the live bait that’s pouring into our bays.
Redfish really key in on the live bait like menhaden and mullet in the summer so we have been throwing big bait fish patterns. Once a fish is located, the key is to cast into the schools of bait. The fly must land as soon as or immediately after the fish blows up hopeful landing between his eyes. Heres a few photos of the past few weeks.