The hardest fish to catch on fly, in the marshes of Louisiana, is by far the sheepshead! I compare them to permit, and anyone who has fly fished for permit knows how finicky, and skittish they can be. The anglers that choose to chase sheepshead with a fly rod have to have keen eyesight, be able to cast heavy weighted flies into strong winds accurately from all angles, and most importantly you have to strip the fly into position, and be able to read the fishes reaction in order to entice the bite. A sheepshead, or permit angler is cut from a different mold. It is not catching numbers of fish that excites us, it's the stalk, the overall shot, and all of the information that runs through your mind in a nano second leading up to the shot that really gets our juices flowing! I'm my opinion the anglers that fish for sheepshead, and permit on a consistent basis are by far the best anglers in the world! If any of you permit junkies out there are looking for a fish that requires the same skill set to catch as a permit. Look no further! The sheepshead will bring you to your knees in agony just like the famous black tailed devil! The advantages that sheepshead offer as opposed to permit is that you get a hell of a lot more shots per day, and you can fish for them year round! If you are an aspiring permit angler, you should take some time sheepshead fishing before you jump into a permit skiff. You can prepare yourself for every aspect of permit fishing that will arise by doing some sheepshead fishing before hand. To all you seasoned permit anglers out there. Sheepshead fishing can be done in the cold months that you can't permit fish. Sheepshead will keep your skills sharp year round! There is no need to show up on a permit trip rusty, when you can fish for sheepshead all winter. Oh yea, did I mention we fish out of New Orleans. Everyone loves the Big Easy!
The transition between winter, to spring fishing patterns are in full swing in the the Louisiana marshes. The fish are coming out of the deep holes, and channels up onto the flats to feed. Ever since the five strait days of rain ended the dynasty boys have all been reporting an increase in big reds tailing everywhere. The water is warming fast, and so is the fishing!!!
I took the time with all that rain, and flew up to Columbus , Ohio to get a new F150 from my longtime friend and, client Rhett Ricart. Needless to say I froze my butt off up there, and couldn't wait to get back south. Thank god I live where I do, and here's to leaving the snow, and two days later poling around in 78 degree weather, with tailing reds everywhere.
We have plenty of open spots through April. Come spend the day on the bow with one of the dynasty boys, and take your shots at bull reds tailing shallow!
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