|Winter Redfish in
The Big Easy
As a Colorado fly fishing guide I am always looking for areas with good
winter fishing. Places where we can go, have a good time, and warm
up a bit. For years I have heard of the superb Redfish fishery near the
Mississippi River mouth, only a short drive from New Orleans. Captain
Greg Dini of Fly Water Expeditions www.flywaterexpeditions.com was
our host for the memorable day of fishing.
New Orleans is an easy flight from Denver and makes for a good long
weekend trip. Chris Eisenhard (a Colorado Trout Hunters guide) and
myself made the weekend trip, and we had a good time.
Time constraints allowed only one day of fly fishing, but it was a good
day. After breakfast with several Big Easy guides, we hit the marsh. In
the morning, cloud cover made spotting fish very difficult, although we
did get a few shots. In the afternoon the weather warmed up a bit and
the clouds blew off. Once we could see the fish it was game on! We
got quite a few shots at both single reds and some schools. Both Chris
and myself managed to hook and land several nice Reds on fly. The
best fish of the day was just shy of the 20lb mark and a very good
tussle on a fly rod. (This area does get reds up to 40 pounds). The
fish were quite eager to eat a well-presented fly and would
aggressively inhale flies that looked like BC steelhead patterns. Most
of the fish were in the 7-12 pound range the day we were out.
I would encourage fly fishermen looking for a break in the winter to
give this area a try. There is good year round fishing in the area, but
talking with the guides, it seems that October-March is the prime time
for big fish.
Chris with the first fish of the trip.
Tad with a very respectable Redfish on fly.