Orvis Helios 3

I’ve had the opportunity to get my hands in 2 of the new Orvis H3 8 weight. I have the D which stands for distance and the F which is Feel. Both are incredible Ross and a pleasure to cast. They both live up to their name very well. The D is a cannon while still retaining enough feel to make very accurate presentations. The F is much softer and a real pleasure to cast. At closer ranges and tight quarters it is amazing. It is a more relaxed taper but by no means is it not a high performance rod. I wouldn’t hesitate using either in any situation. Get your hands on them and cast both. You will be very pleased. 
 

Fall Fishing

Fall fishing is in full effect. Fish are bursting shrimp and are the happiest they will be all year. This is my favorite time to be shallow on the South Carolina coast. On calm days we spend our time looking for fish that are pushing headwakes, busting bait, or tailing. The water cleaning up is making for some great sight fishing. Shrimp patterns in pink and tan Combe are the ticket. If you want to experience some great red fishing from now until Christmas is the time to be here and if you want to tarpon fish this summer get in touch soon. I have very few dates left. 
 

 

 

South Carolina Fishing Report

October is usually one of our best months for fishing but the last two years have been floods and hurricanes that really make it difficult. This year is much better but we have still had a lot of windy and rainy days. When we can make it on the water the fishing is as excellent as it should be. Reds are happy and crushing bait. We are expecting a cooler weather next week which should really get things firing. The end of October into November and December should be incredible fishing in the marsh.

 

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Summer is over and it’s time to break out the 8 weights for the rest of the year. I have a few new Orvis H3 rods that I am very excited to get in my clients hands. Redfishing is good and is going to continually get better over the next few months. Shrimp will be thick in the marshes and the weather will make for very enjoyable days on the water. Shrimp patterns are a go to this time of year and it is the best time of year to get reds on poppers and gurglers. My Hells Bay whipray is the ultimate boat for the shallow water fishing we have coming up. We can sneak in on the fish in the shallowest of water.

 

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Summer in South Carolina

At Blue Wing Guide Service we have just wrapped up our summer season. We had some excellent days with great clients. We have some incredible tarpon fishing in July and August and spilling into September. This year was a little different than usual. It was quite a bit cooler than usual and we had way more rain than we needed. Most of the rain came from the tropical systems that grazed the coast. This made for some challenging conditions with dirty water and high seas. The cooler weather made it very comfortable on the water But caused the the fish to show up a little later. Once they got in it was on fire during the right tides. During the summer we dedicate the majority of our time to tarpon fishing but we did do some redfishing.  We caught some extremely large bull reds while tarpon fishing and also had some good days on the tailing flats and at low tide. It’s time to put up my 18 Maverick tarpon skiff and get my whipray and enjoy some fall redfishing. Summer dates for tarpon in 2018 are filling up fast. Email me if you are interested in experiencing fishing in the lowcountry.

 

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Spring South Carolina Redfishing

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Spring is very much a transition time here in South Carolina. We have some good days and some days that are the most frustrating of the year. The bait is just starting to show up and the redfish are coming out of there winter patterns. The good thing is that the water is still pretty clear which allows us to take our time and put in the best shot on a fish. Another plus to spring for the spin fisher is that other species begin to show up. Trout and flounder push back into the marsh and make for great tarplgets on soft plastics and live bait. 

A memorable fish.

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I was scrolling thru some old photos and came across this pic. This was probably the funnest permit I have ever seen caught on my skiff. This was during the Maverick owners tournament in September several years ago. I had the pleasure of having Charlie Johnson and Skip Lyshon in the boat. Charlie was on the bow and he is an incredible fly caster. He also knows how to feed fish which is a very rare skill. We were in the hull number one of the Maverick HPX-S and the conditions were pretty crappy. We ran north from Islamorada and sat off a flat on the Oceanside waiting for a break in the clouds. The tide was high and I knew the fish were there. I idled out in deep water because I didn't want to disturb the flat until I knew we had good visibility. When we finally got a short window of visibility we took it. I poled up on the flat and there they were over a prop scar that they love to swim in that flat. It was a group of four or five 10-12 pounders. As we were about to make the shot the big boy appeared. One cast and the Cortland full clear fly line came up off the deck in a knot as it often does if there is an opportunity. The big perm actually swims up sucks down the fly and spits it while Charlie is untangling his line. He recovers and fires a second cast to the fish and amazingly he eats it again and we are off into deep water and deep into the backing on a 10 weight G Loomis crosscurrent one piece and a Tibor Riptide Reel. The fly we were throwing was a small tan crab pattern with light weight dumbbell eyes. On permit in this scenario where they are hovering on the edge of the flat I like this fly. It sinks slower allowing the rubber legs, maribou, and feathers to pulse and look very life-like. The battle was total chaos like most permit fights. He took us way off into the rough Oceanside waters and then back onto the flat where we eventually landed him. In the last seconds of the fight the hook pulled from the fishes mouth and snagged him in the anal gun. At that moment the fish flipped and I dove after him to get my hands on him. That was a great day with the best guys in the skiff industry. 

Florida keys tarpon season.

I have had some incredible tarpon fishing this season. It has not been without its challenges with windy days and fish that wouldn't swim but there has definitely been some incredible days.  

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I have spent a lot of time close to Islamorada and in the Everglades.  

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We had some really good days on the ocean with some big groups of fish swimming. Early in May they were very tough to feed but after a while it got really good and we were getting several bites a day.  

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The end of April and the first of may the glades was very good. It hard to beat tarpon fishing on the coast of the glades. We were covered up in fish and they were very willing to eat a fly. We also had plenty of opportunity on laid up fish inside and rollers in the rivers.  

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My tarpon season in Florida is pretty much over. My focus will shift back to South Carolina for redfish and waiting on the tarpon to show up this way.   

Abaco Bahamas Bonefishing

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I had the opportunity to spend some time in the Bahamas exploring some areas on the north end of Abaco. My wife and I fly into Marsh Harbor and spent our first night on marsh harbor and worker our way north anchoring and staying at marinas up to West End.   

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The first day was tough. Wind and clouds made visibility very low. We fished out of Coopers Town on the backside of Abaco.  We covered a good bit of water and eventually made it happen on a decent bone at the end of the trip.  

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The next day we started out on the ocean side and had shots at some very nice sized bones but the slack tide made them hesitant to eat. We picked up and ran to the back immediately when we stopped we were on fish. We had shots at singles small groups and schools of 1000 plus fish. It was pretty incredible. I'm not sure how many we caught that day but we ended up way into the double digits. 

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The third day we fished with the same guide on the backside and had much the same experience as the day before. Our guide, Pedro was phenomenal and I really enjoyed fishing with him. He poked a boat like I would. It's always nice fishing with a really good guide. We finished our trip wading a flat that was covered in fish and my wife and I traded off pulling them from the schools.  

The bahamas really is an amazing fishery and I am excited to get back.  

Myrtle Beach Fly Fishing

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Myrtle beach is a destination for families from all over the United States. Many come for the beach and shopping but unknown to some is the great fishing within a short drive from Myrtle beach. Several marshes are located on the grand strand. Little River Inlet, Murrels Inlet, and Pawleys Island Inlet are among the more well known. These are small estuaries that are often very over crowded and have little to no opportunity for fly anglers. The truly great fishing in our are likes 30 to 45 minutes south of Myrtle Beach. For fly angler the main points of interest are North Inlet and Cape Romain. These are very large estuaries with tons of fly water. 

North Inlet is located on the north side of Winyah Bay. North Inlet is reached by launching at The historic seaport of Georgetown and running across the bay to the creeks and flats of North Inlet. This is a beautiful area with a lot of life.  

My favorite place and the are that I do 90% of my fishing is Cape Romain. Cape Romain is a massive marsh with endless creeks, bays, and flats. Cape Romain is the most remote marsh in our area and has very little pressure. To me the extra drive to get here is well worth it. Cape Romain is reached by launching at Buck Hall boat landing or the town of Mcclellanville. I launch at different places depending on the time of year.

Wherever you choose to fish you will have a gret time on the water.