Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Report


This week a cold front moved in and brought us some overnight air temps in the 40's. This really brought the water temps down significantly. The quick change put the fish off for a day or two but the last 2 sunny days have the bite back on track. I am in the middle of a 9 day run of being on the water with clients so I have been adjusting tactics to the changing weather.

With the cooler weather Trout are a good choice to target. Redfish are also pretty indifferent to the type of varying weather that we've been having. Right now afternoons are the best time to be on the water especially if you are planning to fish the flats.

In the morning the Trout have been laid up in the deeper cuts, channels and in the deeper water just off the flats. 8' to 10' with grass or adjacent grass holds them best. In the afternoons they have been pushing up the flats to feed. There are still a good amount of tiny baitfish on the flats.

The last 2 days most of the fish have been in 4' of water. I have found very few in the thin water. Despite the fact that you have to search around for them a bit, my guests have been running the numbers up most every day.