Fly fishing is about growth. Not just as an angler, but also as a person. It follows you along in your travels, and camps out with you when you decide to plant your roots. Every fish has its challenge and every fish has something new to teach you. So far, by chasing redfish on the fly I have learned countless lessons about life and how to measure success. These flies were the tools that helped me along the way.
First up is a realistic, shrimp gurgler pattern that I developed for sight fishing spooky redfish in Central Florida. The name of this one is the Poppin’ Flats Shrimp. This fly is not only fantastic on redfish, but works very well for snook and baby tarpon as well.
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This next fly made the the list for obvious reasons, and needs little to no introduction. I am pretty sure that it is a staple with most anglers that are in pursuit of redfish. I like to tie my clousers fairly sparse and in a high tie style. The black clouser in this picture below is tied in a tradtional pattern and the other two are tied in a high tie style. My largest redfish was 46 inches and was caught on a Fl. green and white clouser minnow similar to the one pictured below.
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Next up is a killer pattern for obvious reasons. Candy Corn Crawler is a great choice when targeting redfish. Redfish in the lagoon and Indian River systems of Florida’s space coast have an obsession with this type of fly. It is a mix of a number of different patterns and works great as a shrimp, crab or even a baitfish.
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Ok, another classic pattern I love chasing reds with is the Straight-Up Gurgler. This pattern here is tweaked from the classic pattern and is in the color scheme I tend to fish most. Using bucktail and EP Fibers for the tail and chenille/EP Brush for the belly makes this fly quite visible and pushes a good amount of water. This fly is great as both a search pattern and for sight fishing. Over the years I have had some big gator trout slam this fly as well.
So there they are guys. My top 4 fly patterns for fishing Central Florida redfish. If you have any comments or patterns to share please comment in the space below. Also remember to follow this blog and like Backwater Fly Fishing on Facebook.