More Learning on the Flats - a day out with the 'Flyrod'
Words by Dave Little, Pics by Dave and Rod Collings
Sometimes you just luck out. And that's how I felt when I recently got a chance to fish with Rod out of his boat on some of the local flats. I'm well and truly a flats novice, having only ever really caught a stout longtom, and briefly hooked up to a couple of 'Bastards' on a trip over the Summer just gone.
The tides were right, and it was with some great expectation and nervousness that I arrived at Rod's in the morning to head out. What I didn't realise that his whole plan for the day was to push me round, sighting fishing and trying to get me shots! I still feel privileged for the experience.
It was a great day, even with only a few sightings, though it started off well. Second cast of the day, just getting myself into the groove, netted an eat from what we picked as a small reef fish. It didn't last long before a 10 to 15kg GT materialised and ate the reefie. It was fun while it lasted, with my 16lb tippet exploding quite soon after.
We made a bit of a detour to have a look around, and we soon found a school of tarpon working in a deeper hole. I got the cast out, strip, strip, and I was on! Was great watching these fish chase down the fly, even though we only landed one because I was a bit tardy in releasing the fish, as it was a new pb and we needed a couple of pics.
It was a great day, and we spent a lot of it chasing tails and bow waves. It took some persistence and good boat work by Rod to get me close enough for casting though. And a lot of patience on his part too. I missed a golden early, and a nice one at that. So it was a great relief when I finally got my first bonefide flats golden to the boat.
Rod did manage about half a dozen shots at tusk fish for the day. We even thought we had an eat there at one point, but he didn't come up tight.
Thanks again for a great day out, and for putting me on to some top fish. It's days like that, that will keep me coming back for more!