I had to take a bit of a vacation after a long and hot summer. This past summer was the best yet for tarpon on the fly, Total count 17 in the air and 5 to the boat. Let’s hope next summer brings the poon in a bit earlier. I had run a couple of trips as soon as I returned and decided to do some trout fishing due to the blustery conditions and in 2 days I would venture to say we caught at least 150 trout. Plenty of these fish were good size fish 15-18 inches and had a couple in the 4 lbs range. We would start off using top water and just getting some insane strikes! Top dog minis or a popper on the fly would produce great results. After the sun came up we began using DOA shrimps under a popping cork and you couldn’t hardly keep the trout off the bait. I don’t know if you just get confidence in one color ,but it seemed white with the gold flake was the ticket. This falls run of trout is certainly the best we have seen in a couple of years, and I have they couldn’t have come soon enough! After Sandy passes thru we should be seeing a major eat. Nothing better than fishing the post storm conditions. The fish have not been able to feed well during the stormy conditions, but as soon as things clear ,hold on!!
Capt. Scott Wagner
I have been fishing the Georgia and South Carolina Coast for 30 years and guiding full time for 20 plus years. What you will get from me is a quality fishing trip, whether with fly rod or spinning tackle that is always a long time on the water for the rate. My half days run more like 5-6 hours and full days are over 8 hours. 4 hours on a half day just isn't long enough to fish. What you will not get from me is a quick trip to spots 5 minutes away that are fished heavily so can make it back to the dock in time for my next trip. I have guided through out the southeast as well as Alaska and the Bahamas. I have been instrumental in developing shallow water sight casting in Georgia and South Carolina and have been the first to introduce Tarpon fishing on fly rod to South Carolina and Georgia!! View all posts by Capt. Scott Wagner