Try a fly rod for sea trout

I call it a “sea trout sunrise,” not so much that it looks any different than bonefish or tarpon, bass or billfish fishing. It’s just the feeling of dawn in a sea trout spot that makes it different from other fishing for other fish.

It’s mostly a small boat game, usually in clear, shallow water, and if given a half a chance in good weather in good water, you’re sure to catch a lot of fish. Sea trout are like that. They are not fly snobs like snook or permit, and there are a lot of trout compared to other sport fish. They don’t jump and separate heads like the ladybug or the blue fish. They don’t have working speed or endurance like mackerel or bonefish (certainly, not bonefish).

But, aesthetically, there is something special about a “sea trout sunrise”.

Normally the day is young and the temperature cool. It’s a look reminiscent of bone fishing, but not that bad because trout aren’t like that. You’re not particularly concerned about impact-resistant bits and Bimini Twists, classy bits, and razor-sharp hooks. You can allow yourself to be a little more relaxed, to have more fun when the trout are the target.

Trout are also a more democratic fish, willing to share their water with hardier thugs like rockfish and flounder, and bottom brawlers like black drum and sheep’s head. They thrive in more diverse neighborhoods than some of the other fish in the pecking order, choosing not to be arrogant where they roam and who they play “catch” with.

I love sea trout for all of these reasons, and that’s why a “sea trout sunrise” is such a special time. And right now, it’s time for First Coast Trout, as some of the biggest fish of the year should be caught. 5-10 pound fish are available when growing in rivers at low tide for spawning.

The spotted sea trout is one of the most abundant and sought after hunting fish along the South Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and it is the most popular fish in Florida. And while the most common methods of catching trout are jigs, plugs, and live shrimp, the point is that sea trout easily take streamers and poppers.

The fly rod makes sea trout fishing more sporty, and this is the main reason for using the long rod. This is also another reason why a “sea trout sunrise” is a cut above the rest.

Frequently catching trout is so easy that providing more sport is the key consideration for many anglers. Additionally, when trout are in water less than six feet deep (which they often are), flies and poppers often produce at least as many trout as other types of artificial ones.

It should come as no surprise to savvy saltwater anglers that streamers and poppers poison trout. Fish feed primarily on shrimp and small baitfish, and no lure looks better like real fish food than a streamer or a glowing insect.

Streamers and poppers are versatile and can be tied up in so many different ways that they can look like any natural trout feed. Flies and insects can be linked to resemble shrimp, glass minnow, needlefish, mullet, or whatever else trout prefer to dine on in various locations.

Streamers are the usual best trout remedy for fly fish. Almost any model of 2 to 4 inch long sea streamers will accept spotted sea trout. Those made from bucktail, marabou, saddle, and synthetic materials such as “FisHair” all produce, and it’s a good idea to switch from one type of streamer to another until the right product is fine for. this particular day.

Trout have a well-known preference for shrimp, and almost all good saltwater patterns that mimic brown or white shrimp perform well on trout. Many bonefish, rockfish and license models also catch trout. Both weighed and unweighted models must be carried by anglers, as sometimes a fly must be cast several feet to be in the “trout zone”. Additionally, sea shrimp love the bottom, and this is where sea trout are used to finding and feeding on crustaceans with the eyes of insects.

Epoxy flies can also be great for trout, especially full-body models with foil or other flashy molded materials, as they attract trout from a great distance. These flies are dead ringers for glass minnows, which are sometimes important fodder for sea trout.

When the trout are in shallow water not whipped by the wind, fly rod poppers are an exciting and deadly lure. Most quality saltwater bugs work well for trout, and some of the better made freshwater bass bugs are repairable. Experienced anglers insist that poppers be made on large hooks 3X long, 1/0 to 3/0. Poppers painted all in white, pink, yellow, red or combinations of these colors are preferred.

Light to medium saltwater fly fishing gear is perfect for trout. Rods 7 1/2 to 9 feet long capable of handling lines in the 7-9 weight range are good.

Floating fly lines are naturally used with poppers or streamers in shallow water. The lines at the end of the sink are useful when the trout descend a few feet. The boom in the development of fast-sinking fly lines in recent years has made it possible to lower sea trout streamers 10 to 20 feet almost as easily as jigs or spoons, although a fish as well deep is rarely needed for trout, and I have not found it particularly productive.

Fluorocarbon leaders 6-10 feet long, tapered to 10 pounds (length and weight depending on water clarity) work well for most trout fishing.

Many experienced saltwater anglers consider sea trout fishing to be a fairly tame sport. And while trout can never be compared to bonefish, tarpon, snook, rockfish, dolphin, cobia, etc., they are great fun to fly fishing.

In addition, any fish that takes flies and poppers as avidly as trout deserves special mention and proper attention from all saltwater fly-walkers.

And don’t forget that “Sea Trout Sunrise,” which pretty much arranges everything with everyone at the start of the day.

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