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Remember that fly rod I won in the CCA STAR raffle?  Well I finally received it this past week and put it to work over the weekend. I initially thought the rod would be a BVK, but I learned from Catch Cormier that I could order any rod from TFO that I would like. Catch was instrumental in providing CCA with the fly rod for raffle and went out of his way to get the rod that I requested, a 7wt TiCr. I originally requested it out of jest, but Catch said he may be able to actually get one, and went to work. The TiCr was, without a doubt, my favorite rod series that TFO had produced and then they went and discontinued it. My old 8 wt was a TiCr and it really bummed me out when I broke it and TFO had to replace it with a different series. I’ll have to be extra careful with this TiCr, because should I break this one, I’m sure it will have to be replaced with a different series. That doesn’t mean I won’t fish it hard though, after all, that’s what fly rods are for.

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Conditions were pretty good early to fly fish, but got worse as the day went on. The tide was rising and the wind was increasing throughout the day. It didn’t matter though because the redfish are still thick in the marsh and water clarity is excellent. I had a blast catching them with the new TiCr. All were caught on that same jack hammer minnow Blake tied I used last time out, this fly is really durable. I explored a bit more of the spot Blake and I have been fishing lately, making a big 6-7 mile loop this past time out. Biggest red on the day went 27.5″, but I did see bigger. I just couldn’t put a good cast out in front of the fish. I’ve got some video to edit, but until then enjoy the GoPro stills.

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Who doesn’t love that video/song? Kind of fitting today, we got rained on a bit, but somehow managed to dodge the heavy stuff. I think I have the same reaction that little girl has when she sees all the other bees every time I see a redfish; pure joy.

Today was a bit of a challenge, but a lot of fun, and very rewarding. Hit a new spot for Blake and his dad, but I’ve fished it before with success. The tide was up, and the skies were overcast for the majority of the day. Sightfishing was tough, but I made the most of it and caught redfish, sheepshead, and black drum on the fly, the cajun fly slam. The fly was an experiment, much like last week. I used an intruder style fly that Blake tied up. Something like you would see swung for steelhead in the Pacific NW, but the colors on this fly were drab and I was tossing it in the marshes of South Louisiana. It worked pretty well when I was able to react in time and lay out an accurate cast though I did pull it away from a few fish. Any fly that catches multiple sheepshead is a winner in my book and I hooked a handful today, landing two.

Still digging the 2 second camera mode on the GoPro, what a great way to capture a catch:

A Redfish sequence

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Drum sequence

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Intruder fly hook placement

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Made a trip to the marsh this past weekend with Blake and his dad. Conditions were excellent for kayak fishing and the redfish were hitting lures very aggressively. I caught a few over slot reds on the day including one that was pushing 30″. Catching larger fish gave me a chance to try out the camera feature on the GoPro and I’m pretty happy with the result. That little camera is sweet.

Sightfishing conditions weren’t the best, water levels were high, clarity wasn’t great, but I still managed to land a red on the fly and on a woolly bugger no less. I’ve got a little personal experiment to see how many fish species I can catch on the woolly bugger. Arguably the most versatile fly out there.

We also chased down a popping cork that had what we thought was a redfish under it. Turns out it was about a three foot long blacktip shark that managed to finally pop the line before I could land it. Probably a good thing. Just another reminder that there ARE sharks in the marsh.

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