Louisiana Fly Fishing
If it’s Louisiana fly fishing that you’re interested in, you’ve come to the right place!
The combination of a seemingly unlimited supply of hungry fish and miles and miles of shallow water, make coastal SE Louisiana one of the best kept secrets in the fly fishing world. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s probably because a lot of people don’t want you to know about it so that they can have it all to themselves. As with any fly fishing trip, we don’t normally catch as many fish as we would on conventional tackle; however, multiple hook-ups are almost a certainty on every Louisiana guided fishing trip. On a good day you can expect to catch 5-10 fish per angler, on an exceptional day the numbers can reach 20+ fish per angler or more. There are also plenty of black drum and sheepshead, both of which will readily take a fly. Trust me, this truly is a place that fly fishermen fall in love with.
Although we can provide fly rods and reels for your use, we would rather our fly fishing clients bring their own equipment. The reason for this is because we want you to be as comfortable as possible when making that cast to what may be the fish of a lifetime. Like much of the saltwater fly fishing along the Gulf Coast, our Louisiana Fly fishing trips focus on sight fishing. We will do everything we can to find fish that you can actually see and cast your fly to. When you get within easy casting distance of a 30-lb. redfish that is tailing in inches of water, you want to be as comfortable with your equipment as possible. I recommend 8-9 wt. rods and drag equipped reels with weight forward floating line and the capacity to hold at least 60 yards of 20 lb. backing. This particular rod and reel combination will allow you to accurately cast a variety of saltwater flies in varying wind conditions and will also allow you to absorb the line stripping run that many of these fish will make when you set the hook. It is also a good idea to bring along a 10 wt. rod and reel combination. The 10 wt. will do a better job handling big (20-30 lb.) redfish or some of the other bigger species such as jack crevalle.
As for flies, crab patterns, shrimp patterns, clousers, spoon flies, and poppers, will all do the trick. It just depends on the conditions.
Don’t forget to bring the following:
- check Fly Rod and Reel
- check Sun Block
- check Sunglasses (Polarized lenses are preferred)
- check Hat
- check Rain Gear
- check Food and Drink
Fly Fishing Patterns
Here are fly fishing patterns that work for us.