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#11825813 - 09/12/16 10:28 PM Surfside Beach Surf
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 404
Loc: Brazoria County
Most years, I try to get in several wade fishing sessions in the Surf during the summer around Freeport. This year it has been tough to find the time, but I did a get little window this afternoon. Water was super clear, 3 feet plus of visiblity, and the wind was light out of the southeast but it didn't stay light for long. I waded out to the second bar and fished the 5 foot deep gut inland from the bar.

Casting in the waist deep surf is a little bit of a chore, especially with the 7'6" 7-8wt Cabelas CGR, but that what I had at the ready and the breakers didn't bother me until later when the wind got up. A little rip current had formed and that is where I found some trout feeding. For a time, almost every cast got an eat. I tossed a chartreuse over white Steve Farrar baitfish at them. This one was lightly weighted to ride point up, sort of a test for this variation on a tried and true pattern. Several trout, nothing big, plus a small jack and a couple of ladyfish came to hand. After a while, the increasing wind and surf drove me in. I'm happy I got out even if it wasn't for long. Wading the surf has long been a favorite and wading with a fly rod has made it even more enjoyable.


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#11826466 - 09/13/16 10:33 AM Re: Surfside Beach Surf [Re: karstopo]
Linecaster Offline
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Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 1173
Loc: Richardson TX
Like your flies and your fish pictures. Nice report wade fishing is enjoyable especially when the fish cooperate.
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#11826555 - 09/13/16 11:16 AM Re: Surfside Beach Surf [Re: Linecaster]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
Posts: 404
Loc: Brazoria County
Originally Posted By: Linecaster
Like your flies and your fish pictures. Nice report wade fishing is enjoyable especially when the fish cooperate.


Thank you, Linecaster. One of the eyes on the fly got partially ripped off by a fish. I'll super glue it back on and put a little layer of UV over that. The Steve Farrar holds up much better in the saltwater vs bucktail, craft fur or yak, although yak is pretty tough vs bucktail. Seems like the trick for me is to get the fly to be as sparse as possible, but still hold its shape. I try not to do too much trimming after I tie it but work on getting the Steve Farrar brush the right density from the get go. Steve Farrar material doesn't make good brushes like EP, but if I mess with it long enough most of the baitfish come out alright.

EP makes good brushes, but baitfish made this way with EP don't come out with the same translucent, almost transparent aspect. EP baitfish tend to puff up in the water, unless you trim them severely.

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