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Specks on the Fly With Capt. Joe Sneed

Texas Coast Fishing | Bay Flats Lodge Texas | Texas Fishing

When it comes to saltwater fly fishing in Texas, sight fishing for redfish is what most people think of. There are compelling reasons for that, but today I want to tell you about fly fishing for big speckled trout.


Worthy Target

Speckled trout are the most popular inshore saltwater game fish in Texas, and their willingness to hit flies makes them a worthy target. They often strike hard and bring the fight to the surface, shaking their head in an attempt to escape. This is especially true of the bigger trout, who will also add to that some very impressive drag-ripping runs.

Wading or Drifting

Specks can be targeted with a fly rod in much the same way they are with a conventional rod. Wading or drifting areas with bottom structure are all possibilities when targeting specks with fly fishing gear. Working edges of canals, bayous, and channels with a trolling motor (bass fishing style) is a good way to catch specks on fly gear. You can also catch many other species, as well – redfish, flounder, and even black drum.



There are some things to take into consideration when fly fishing for speckled trout:

Many people try to select a fly rod based upon the size of the fish they are targeting. Instead, select a fly rod based on the size of the fly you’ll be delivering, and the wind conditions. I typically use 8wt or 10wt fly rods with a weight-forward floating fly line when fishing for big speckled trout.

When wading, I limit myself to going no deeper than thigh deep. I prefer a floating textured line when wading, and I don’t use a stripping basket on my waist when wading. I always try to set up my casts to be perpendicular to the wind, or quartering it. This takes the wind out of play to a degree when reaching for distance. A stripping basket attached to your side may help you wade a bit deeper, but then casting can become problematic. Any deeper than thigh deep, and I will typically opt to work the area by boat. When working an area from a boat, I utilize a stripping basket that sits on the deck of the boat.

The distance one can cast a fly line will not be as far as conventional tackle, so keep some distance from other fishermen when wading, and move slowly with as little noise in the water as possible. When drifting, use a drift anchor and try to position it such that the boat drifts as quietly as possible.

Don’t rule out sinking tip or intermediate sinking fly lines. These lines can get flies deeper in the water column, and will often be easier to cast in windy conditions.

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