Do redfish “tail” in the fog? Absolutely. In fact foggy mornings with low water are some of my best opportunities to find “tailing” reds. Why? Fog typically mean no wind. That’s a good thing. Fog also means no boat traffic. Another good thing. And last, but not least, fog delays the sun reaching the water. And that extends the fishing.You gotta love that too.
Well, well, this morning we had a wicked low tide and thick fog. Paddled out in the pea soup around 7 AM to one of my favorite spots, hoping to find some “tailing” reds. Bingo they were there. Don’t you love it when a plan works? Unfortunately the first two “tailers” totally ignored my fly, preferring to keep their heads buried in the turtle grass. Okay I get it. Why chase a fly when you have a real blue crab in your sights? Makes more sense to stick with the food in front of you. The tasty stuff Mother Nature provided. Damn. Hate when that happens. And believe me, it happens a fair bit. But the third “tailer” was a hungry young lad and gobbled my crab fly with gusto.
It wasn’t a huge red, about 25 inches. Which is average for these waters. Still it put up a great scrap on a 6-weight fly rod. Why am I using a 6-weight? In shin deep water you don’t need a rod with lifting power. You need a rod that delivers a fly with stealth. A 6-weight does that in spades. The rest of the rig was a floating line, a 12 foot leader tapered to 12 pound test, a size 4# crab fly. The same fly we looked at few posts back.