Redfish (Red Drum) Flies
Redfish are actually more accurately called Red Drum. They are very popular for fly
anglers simply because they can sight cast to them. It's a lot more fun casting to a fish
you can see, than blind casting hoping your fly gets near a fish. Redfish love to feed on
shallow flats and are easy to spot on low tides because of their tails. When redfish nose
along the bottom searches for crabs and shrimp, the top portion of their tails are often
out of the water. When this is occurring the fish are said to be tailing.
The redfish, or red drum, which ever name you prefer, exist from about the Virginia
coastline down to the Florida Keys and all the way around the Gulf of Mexico to Mexico.
Redfish usually remain in their estuaries and tidal creeks and rivers until they are about
four year old. The small ones are called "rat reds". When they reach that age they are
usually about twelve pounds in size. They will begin to move out of inlets into the Gulf or
Atlantic but they return to feed in the inlets, rivers and bays. Its during the times that they
are in the shallow water that they are prime fly fishing game. When they are in the deep
water of the Atlantic or Gulf or deep inlets, they are almost impossible to catch on a fly.
When they move into the shallow flats to feed, they become targets for fly fishers.
The main diet of a redfish consist of small crabs and shrimp. They will also eat a variety
of small baitfish. The preferred food varies with the location. Those along the Virginia and
North Carolina coastline can be caught at times in the surf feeding on crabs and baitfish.
Those in the South Carolina and Georgia bays, creeks and rivers eat mostly shrimp and
small bay crabs.
They exist in the estuaries all along the Atlantic Florida coastline. The guides and anglers
that fish Banana River, Indian Rivers and Mosquito Lagoon claim they have the best
fishing for redfish. It's also a very popular species for fly fishing all along the western
coast of Florida from the Everglades all the way around to the Panhandle of Florida.
Every inlet and bay area along the West Coast of Florida has plenty of redfish. In the
Northern Panhandle of Florida, and along the Alabama and Mississippi coastlines, redfish
can be taken on the fly. All of the bays have excellent, shallow water fishing for redfish.
In the state of Louisiana, redfish are considered the king of all inshore gamefish and for
good reasons. They grow them huge and they exist in large numbers everywhere along
the state's coastline. Anglers are able to catch huge redfish in very shallow water on the
When you move on around to Texas, everyone knows things get bigger if you listen to
the Texans and their redfish are no exception. The entire Gulf Coastline of Texas has a
huge redfish population. You will find them in all the rivers, creeks and bays at certain
times of the year as well as the inshore Gulf waters.
Wherever you fish for redfish or red drum if you prefer, you will find fish eat the same
basic food. Flies that imitate crabs and shrimp will work anywhere redfish exist. At
"Perfect Fly" we have a large variety of redfish flies. You will find they have been proven
to work successfully at any of the locations that I have mentioned above. They all have
been tested and proven by local guides and anglers in every state that has redfish.
Here are some of the best "Perfect Fly" redfish flies:
Marabou Shrimp (4 Colors)
Mantis Shrimp (3 Colors)
Baby Brown Crab
These all can be found under our Flats Fly Section:
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