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Navigating the Waters: Understanding Charleston Redfish Fly Selection

Shocked by the soaring prices of flies and materials? It's no secret that investing in the right materials and tackle is essential, especially when planning a fly fishing trip for Charleston Redfish. In this blog post, we'll explore some practical tips for selecting the right flies, that can help your chances of success and save you a few bucks!




Match the Hatch:

Before diving into fly selection, remember the age-old principle of "match the hatch." Take a moment to observe the prevalent bait in the area. Ask fellow anglers about their observations. Keeping it simple with natural-colored patterns or opting for black and purple, depending on water color, can often yield successful results.




Go-To Fly Patterns:

In my fly box, I rely on a few trusted patterns, and variations of these patterns that have proven effective for Charleston Redfish:


  • Clouser Minnow

  • Popper

  • Different Kwan variations

  • Redfish Crack

  • Aphlexo Crab

  • Spawning Shrimp




Yes Size Does Matter:

I'm a believer in the saying "Elephants eat peanuts," I always carry 2/0 and 4/0 flies. Weather conditions can greatly impact how Redfish eat. Sometimes the biggest fish want the smallest fly, so it's great to have options to entice that strike.



Consider Depth and Weight:

Be mindful of the fishing environment. For creeks or flats, use bead chain eyes or medium dumbbell eyes based on the depth. I usually choose dumbbell eyes when fishing grass flats, allowing you to punch through surface layers of grass and reach the bottom. Since redfish on flats often feed by looking down, getting your fly near the bottom can be crucial.






Navigating Challenges:

Charleston presents various challenges, including tight spaces, oyster beds, collapsed shorelines, Spartina grass and winds. Weedless flies can't guarantee immunity, but they significantly enhance your chances of success in these conditions.


Seek Guidance:

If you're new to Charleston fly fishing, consider reaching out to a local guide. Guides are usually more than willing to share their expertise and set you in the right direction. Their insights can be invaluable for navigating the unique challenges and optimizing your fly selection.



Embarking on a Charleston fly fishing adventure requires strategic fly selection. By keeping it simple, understanding the local conditions, and seeking guidance when needed, you can enhance your chances of a successful and enjoyable experience.


Thanks for reading!


Captain Conner













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