Poling the Flooded Flats, Kayak Fly Fishing for Redfish, By Kevin Eastman

Well, thanks to the north east winds we had some unscheduled flood tides this weekend.
I could see that the evening high tide would flood one of my favorite spots though it would be after dark.
I decided to go just before sunset and see if the winds were bringing the waters up faster and as luck would have it the flood was in early.
After hustling to the first flat I only saw one tail and got a couple of unsuccessful shots at it.
With the sun setting fast I poled to another flat and was about to give up when some tails popped up but not for long. Fortunately, the water was shallow enough that I could follow the wakes. I missed the first one but stuck the second one I saw. It was a solid 24″ and put up a nice fight.
When I got that one landed and unhooked the sun had set and I figured the show was over. I scanned the flat and could still see some fish feeding as the light was fading. I got another nice shot at a cruising wake and the fish inhaled the fly. This one fought a lot harder and longer, laying out at 26.”
I was hoping to get a crack at another fish as the dark settled in but they pretty much disappeared by the time I got the fish unhooked.
There were still fish there, just not tailing as the lights went out. I ran over a few while poling back home in the dark but didn’t see any tails. I noticed the same thing a few weeks ago with the evening flood and full moon when I was hoping to fish the flat in the moon light. As soon as darkness settled in, the tailing stopped and fish activity decreased, even with the light of the full moon. Poling home off the flats in the dark is a hoot and almost as enjoyable as the fishing.
I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end Father’s Day.
Kevin

The stand up fly fishing kayak at sunset Florida
Kevin's fly fishing kayak rigged with a high platform for sight fishing, and poling - no outriggers

kayak fly fisherman showing big redfish caught in flood tide shallow water at night FL

kayak fly fisherman showing big redfish caught in flood tide shallow water FL

Red fish caught by fly fisherman in stand up kayak FL June 2012

fly and fly rod on stand up fly fishing kayak

fly rod at dusk on stand up kayak FL

4 thoughts on “Poling the Flooded Flats, Kayak Fly Fishing for Redfish, By Kevin Eastman”

  1. Kevin thats a real beauty! Look forward to running into you one of these days, I recognize the bridge in the background. Tight lines. Gene

  2. Congrats on a Great Fathers Day in the W500 Fly Fishing. 🙂

    Beautiful reds, and all caught with flies that you tied, how Awesome is that. 🙂

    Tight lines and MoPaddle Safe all.
    Rox

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