Fly Fishing : Surfside Beach Surf

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karstopo: Surfside Beach Surf

Most years, I try to get in several wade fishing sessions in the Surf during the summer around Freeport. This year it has been tough to find the time, but I did a get little window this afternoon. Water was super clear, 3 feet plus of visiblity, and the wind was light out of the southeast but it didn't stay light for long. I waded out to the second bar and fished the 5 foot deep gut inland from the bar.

Casting in the waist deep surf is a little bit of a chore, especially with the 7'6" 7-8wt Cabelas CGR, but that what I had at the ready and the breakers didn't bother me until later when the wind got up. A little rip current had formed and that is where I found some trout feeding. For a time, almost every cast got an eat. I tossed a chartreuse over white Steve Farrar baitfish at them. This one was lightly weighted to ride point up, sort of a test for this variation on a tried and true pattern. Several trout, nothing big, plus a small jack and a couple of ladyfish came to hand. After a while, the increasing wind and surf drove me in. I'm happy I got out even if it wasn't for long. Wading the surf has long been a favorite and wading with a fly rod has made it even more enjoyable.
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