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Old 10-14-17, 11:10 AM   #1
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Putting together gear for redfish in the appilachicola area. Need info on tippet and leader sizes and fly patterns. Any info would be greatly appreciated
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Old 10-14-17, 11:15 AM   #2
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Oh and fly line recommendations
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Old 10-14-17, 01:40 PM   #3
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7 WT line.....tapered redfish/sea trout leader in 12 lb test should be good. Clousers and crab and shrimp patterns....

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Old 10-14-17, 02:53 PM   #4
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Old 10-14-17, 05:28 PM   #5
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I wouldn't go out without a Dupree Spoon Fly. I like the pearl gold and copper orange.
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Old 10-15-17, 09:07 AM   #6
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Just returned from a red Fishing trip to Chauvin, LA. Guide tied a leader of 6 feet of 30lb mono to 3 feet of 20lb mono. That was it. He also said that if you use spoon flies, you need to tie a barrel swivel between the 30lb and 20lb...otherwise the action of the spoon may cause serious twisting of your leader and fly line.

We used Rio Redfish Winter Fly Lines in 8wt. I wouldn't go any smaller than that. You need the backbone strength of an 8wt rod to turn a regular sized Red fish and if you hook a "Bull" there would be no way with a 7wt.

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Old 10-15-17, 09:33 AM   #7
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Lots of ways to fish for reds. I personally would go with an 8 weight rod, a floating line and an 8-9' leader ending in 20 lb. tippet. The Dupree spoon is a great recommendation for searching or sight fishing. I would add some deer hair sliders for calm days in skinny water over grass flats. You might need weed guards on your flies. In the salt there are 3 foods - shrimp, crabs and bait fish. Work your fly like these prey would act. Baitfish and shrimp patterns work well for stripping flies but I would save the crab patterns for sight fishing where you can drop it and barely move it to get attention. Crabs do not try to outrun fish. They drop to the bottom and try to hide. Also be ready for opportunities like sea trout or schools of spanish mackerel and ladyfish blitzing bait that can give you a bent rod. Small silvery baitfish patterns for the blitzing schools and closers for the trout. If you wind up fishing depths of 4' or greater you might have more success with an intermediate sinking line or at least a sink tip line to get your fly down. Have fun and remember the stingray shuffle if you get out wading.
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Bait fish are working good right now in the Choctawhatchee. I've had very good luck with Henry Cowan's Menhaden pattern. Reds, Trout and few of the smaller Jack Crevalle really anything that's around eats it.
It's my go to fly in the bay right now, easy tie too.
I like Dupree spoons a lot and fish them often, very easy to cast. Never had an issue with them twisting my line, other spoons maybe. It's going to be high in the water though unless your using intermediate line. Great for the flats. The Menhaden pattern has done much better here of late.
It retrieves hook up and weighted, makes it very versatile.

PS around here Gold Dupree is the color, Pearl is also a good one
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Thanks to everyone for all the info. Have fished bays in the panhandle area a lot but never on a fly rod. Lots of experience with trout on the fly but never salt water. Canít wait to see if I can make it happen
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8wt with floating line, preferably something with a heavy head for casting in wind. I run 6 feet of 20lb straight from the line, no need for a fancy or complicated leader. In that area I have had success with Cowen's Coyote, wiggle minnows, and Clouser minnows. Target transition zones and keep moving. Have fun, I love that fishery.
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