What weight fly rod is best for redfish?

October 23, 2019 Off By idswater

What weight fly rod is best for redfish?

8 weight
An 8 weight is arguably the most common fly rod used while targeting redfish, as well as a host of other species. An 8 weight is also probably the best to have rigged and ready in a boat or car should an opportunity arise to cast a fly to a hungry fish, especially here in the Cape Fear region.

How long should the tippet be on a fly rod?

2 to 4 feet
Normally the tippet is 2 to 4 feet in length and matches, or is smaller than, the diameter of the leader’s tip. The biggest advantage to using tippet is that it extends the life of the leader. Leaders can be expensive and if you change flies often, little by little the taper of the leader is cut away.

How big of a fly rod do you need to catch Redfish?

Ultimately, close to 90% of Redfish are caught in shallow, murky water close to marshes or flats. An 8wt or 9wt rod with a floating line caters to fish in Florida and along the coast of the eastern US and covers the vast majority of Redfish scenarios.

Do you need good gear for redfish fishing?

The saltwater environment is tough on tackle so you need good gear, but redfish aren’t known for blistering runs, high-flying tarpon leaps, or uncommon stamina. I like to overload my rod by one line weight when I’m redfishing and use a 10-weight line on a 9-weight rod to help me load the rod quickly for close casts in bad weather.

What makes fly fishing for redfish so fun?

A local captain knows where the fish were yesterday and runs a proper skiff designed to navigate the target waters. That expert also comes with a trained pair of eyes to help spot the fish before they spot you. However, once the guide finds fish, the rest is up to you. Flats-fishing equals sight-fishing, which is what makes it fun.

Where to go fly fishing for redfish in Florida?

In the southern parts of Florida and Texas, redfish generally run smaller than their cousins in other regions, and they spend most of their time on the flats. Unless you know the area and own a flats boat, you’ll need a guide. To find the best guides, contact a local fly shop.