Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Report

Improving Conditions

The fishing in general has been off since the storm we had last week. The heavy rainfall and steady high winds really whipped the bay up. Today is one week since this storm moved on but the south bay is still showing signs from it. The normally crystal clear waters are still tannin stained. Since the storm we have also had negative low tides and not much water exchange in and out of the back country. These areas still have a lot of fresh water.

For those of you who fish the south bay often you are aware of the inverted boat hull that has been on the flats just outside of Big Pass since hurricane Irma. During last weeks blow this hull moved north east all the way to the pass at Little Cockroach Island over 3/4 of a mile in water that is normally knee deep. This is a good gauge of just how intense the storm was.

With that all said there has been steady improvement daily but we are not yet back to the type of days I was having pre-storm.

The trout bite has been off. Quite simply their preferred habitat is what got pounded. The influx of fresh water most likely pushed a lot of them out of the back bays as well. We should see the trout bite improve a bit each day. The edges of the flats are giving up some fish but the bite is far from hot.