Copyright 2019 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Crystal River, Homasassa, and Tarpon Springs, Florida

02/24/19 Fishing Report: (See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of page)
Lots of big sheepshead are being caught. Fish jetties, rocks along the channels and
anywhere there is heavy cover in two to six feet of water. Trout are still being caught but the
action has slowed down just a little We expect spanish mackerel to start showing up good
very soon.


Description of the Inshore waters:
There are three fresh water, spring fed rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico in this area that
create a natural estuary, and give this area the title of Nature Coast. With crystal clear water,
large grass flats, islands, and back country coves, this water just begs to be fished and
people from all over the world take advantage of its popularity.

Species:
Tarpon
Redfish,
Shark,
Sheepshead,
King Mackerel,
Spanish Mackerel,
Red and Black Drum,
Cobia
Speckled Trout (Seatrout)
Tripletail
Pompano
Jack Cravelle
Ladyfish

Seasons:
T
he fishing season is year-round.
Spring:
Spring is the best time for fly fishing for cobia that migrate up the coast. Spanish Mackerel
also show up in the spring months. Tarpon begin to show up in the spring.
Summer:
This is a good time for night fishing for most all the species listed above.
Fall:
Fall it a great time for redfish, bluefish, black drum, tripletail, ladyfish, speckled trout.
Winter:
Winter months will still find bluefish, ladyfish, shark,  redfish, and speckled trout.

Tide Charts: Crystal River

Weather: Crystal River

Recommended Flies For :
Redfish, Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout), Ladyfish:

Flats Flies:
Baby Crab
Brown Crab
White Shrimp
Yellow Shrimp
Coral Marabou Shrimp
White Marabou Shrimp
Backcounty Baitfish

Inland water Flies:
Olive Baitfish:
White Minnow

Tarpon:
Green Tarpon Baitfish
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 5 to 10 weight, depending on species

Leaders:
Saltwater Hand-tied Leaders

Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly SS Series: 7 through 10 weight
(depending on species)

Fly Reels:

Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses

Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
Fishing Report Archives:
12/24/18 December is a great month to fish this area. The temperatures have moderated with
little to no humidity and fish are active. Redfish and Speckled Trout are two of the top fish to
fish for. You can get into the rivers and around the islands where wind does not create a
problem and do very well sight fishing in the crystal clear waters of this area.
02/24/19The cold fronts have been pushing down past the big bend area and slowed
the fishing action for January and most of February. Conditions are changing, and trout
are being caught on the flats in the 3-5 range. Sheepshead fishing has been very good.
Spanish Mackeral and Cobia are just around the corner.