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  • Was tying flies yesterday getting ready for reds on top. Made a little video. If you haven't fished with crease flies before I highly recommend it. Fun to tie as well.


    August 19, 2013 at 11:05am

    A new video by Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort showing a day out casting and blasting in the Lowcountry. For more details on casting and blasting check out the November Sound & Sea column in SC Sportsman.

    October 24, 2012 at 9:23am

    No doubt about it, the Edisto River is running low right now. So low it is very difficult to navigate with an outboard motor, but for those who leave the outboard at home and instead bring along paddles or oars fishing is as good as it gets. Just yesterday and friend and I drifted the low and clear water from Springtown to Colleton State park. The results; well over thirty big Edisto panfish with a few crappy and bass added to the mix. In Fall the fish in the Edisto really turn the feed on in preparation for winter, so no need for live bait. Beetle-spins and small crankbaits are all it takes to get the job done. Just search out deeper water and shade along the edges of the river. Another bonus of low and clear is the ability to see larger fish moving accross the sand and I got a good look at an Edisto rarity yesterday; a sturgeon over three feet in length. The fishing action will remain good on the Edisto for several more weeks so there is still plenty of time to get out there!

    October 15, 2012 at 9:47am

    Martin Bowers came up from Jupiter, Fl to give Lowcountry tailing reds a shot and caught a 32 incher in the grass. I'd say he's hooked even deeper than the fish was.

    August 19, 2012 at 5:12pm

    A short video of Captain Owen Plair and myself stalking reds on a tailing tide.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:51pm

    Absolutely the most thrilling way to catch a cobia. Thanks to Captain Owen Plair for a great day on the water.

    May 04, 2012 at 5:05pm

    Sometimes a little brim fishing is just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy!

    April 18, 2012 at 2:24pm

    Size 4 fly that is deadly on redfish, especially if the sun is out.

    February 25, 2012 at 6:37pm

    My Buddy Joe catches his first redfish. Shallow running crankbaits like the yo-zuri crystal minnow have been the ticket lately.

    January 08, 2012 at 9:14pm

    A video profile of Captain Tuck Scott of Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort. One of the best guides I know and an all around good guy. One trait that all great fisherman seem to have is that they are drawn to the water, and Tuck definately fits the profile.

    January 05, 2012 at 2:57pm

    New fly for redfish called the Coon Crab. 'Claws' are made from Finnish Raccoon.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:51am

    Captain Owen Plair talks about why he loves being an inshore fishing guide in this video by Bay Street Outfitters.

    November 18, 2011 at 8:01pm

    A new video by Captain Owen Plair of Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort, SC. Reds and Rails. No better way to finish up a hunting trip than with a little fishing!

    October 28, 2011 at 1:06pm

    A new video by Captain Owen Plair of Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort, SC. Reds and Rails. No better way to finish up a hunting trip than with a little fishing!

    October 28, 2011 at 1:04pm

    Could not work yesterday because of a broken water main. What to do? Went fly-fishing and met up with this lovely creature on the flats. Just love fishing with a little rain coming down.

    October 19, 2011 at 6:55pm

    A simple shrimp fly that rattles. Great fly for fishing dirty water or in low light - the rattle will call them in. Also, great when reds are keyed in on shrimp and pushing hard on the low.

    September 17, 2011 at 4:32pm

    Big tides late in the day and on a dark moon have always been my favorite ones for stalking reds in the grass by foot, especially during the warmer months. On the drive to my favorite wade fishing flat near Beaufort Friday I knew that the next two days would be exciting, but had no idea just how much so.

    Anticipating good fishing, I stepped out on the flat early. Spotted tails working the thicker grass, grass too thick to allow a fly to get down, gave promise for good things to come. Three fish worked towards an opening with the rising tide. Two grouped close together on the left, one twenty foot to the right. Textbook cast made into an open pocket that should intersect with the right fishes path. Barely a twitch and I am hooked up with a top of the slot red who was nice enough to run in the opposite direction of the other two tailers, leaving me with more opportunities for later.

    As I am bringing my fish into the shallow water to land my friend, who is fishing with me, walks over to get a picture. We hear a couple of gunshots from a nearby island on the flat and an instant later a couple of bullets coming whizzing by in close proximity to us. We hit the dirt, or in this case the water. The next several minutes are spent with little crabs nibbling on skin and a barrage of bullets flying overhead; it was a horrifying experience. Finally, the shots slowed to a point we could get the hell out of dodge.

    Back on dry land we were able to get the owner of the small island on the phone and discovered that his grandson and some friends were camping on the island. The offenders were contacted by phone and dealt with. The long and the short of it was the shooters brought along a 380 pistol and were shooting at targets placed on a hard sandy patch at a low angle. The bullets were ricocheting off the hard sand, through a brushy patch of island, and straight at the area we are fishing. Irresponsibility, stupidity, and a total lack of understanding of how firearms work could have cost my friend or myself our lives. As it was no damage was done, except to the redfish that was kept out of water for too long to possibly be revived and released.

    After all of the excitement was over I walked back on the flat to see if there were any more tailers about, but the tide was too high to afford any real opportunities. As I was walking back to the truck a girl, who looked to be in her late teens or early twenties, walked off the small island and approached me, told me what happened, claimed to be the one doing the shooting, and gave me a tearful apology which was so sincere I had no choice but to accept. What I could not understand was how the owner of the gun, who in my opinion bears complete responsibility for how it is used, did not man up and take the responsibility for what had happened. Instead, he allows a young girl in his party to take the blame and apologize for his ignorance, lacking the character to do it himself. Evidently, chivalry can be difficult to find in this day and age.

    All was not lost on this weekend though, and it will take more than a close call to keep me off the flats on a tailing tide. A little too late and a little too big, most fisherman would not have bothered with Saturday nights tide, but I am not most fisherman. My obsession makes me take almost any opportunity, even if the chances are remote. Fruitless through the rush of the incoming tide and quickly approaching dark, I waded back to my truck, defeated. Once there I took one last look at special area of nearby flat, and there at the very last light I saw the silhouette of a tail working slowly in two feet of water. Walking back onto the flat I cast to the fish several times, but he either did not want or could not find my crafty shrimp in the dark. In frustration I made one more cast and twitched the fly rapidly, imparting as much action in one spot as possible; it worked. Fighting a red in the dark is exciting, but even more so after you hear the junction of fly line and backing tick through the guides over a screaming reel. The red measured 31” and as of yet is the second largest I have taken on fly, and possibly the most exciting.

    Tight lines,


    July 31, 2011 at 12:25pm

    A great afternoon fishing a flat on late Thursday afternoon with my good Friend, Captain Owen Plair

    July 03, 2011 at 5:56pm

    Fishing is hot on the Edisto! Rebel Crickhoppers, Beetle Spins, and live crickets are all producing as well as BH Wooly Buggers and foam body spiders on the fly.

    May 24, 2011 at 8:53am

    Fly Fishing with friends last weekend on the South Holston River, TN. WARNING: Some of the language is PG13 if you listen close.

    May 03, 2011 at 9:36pm
    A comment titled: Nice Gator Trout in response to a report titled: Hammering the Trout in Charleston

    Nice trout in that pic! Seems like the trout bite this year has really improved all over the coast. Good to see numbers rebounding nicely from the dreaded winter kills a few years back.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:39pm
    A comment titled: Common Octopus in response to a report titled: OCTOPUS ~

    To my knowledge there are no regs on the Common Atlantic Octopus. Probably for the same reasons that there aren't any on oyster-toadfish...

    Interesting article here on octopus preparation if you do decide to give it a go.

    January 12, 2012 at 7:38pm
    A comment titled: Schooling Reds in response to a report titled: How's Edisto in the winter

    The fishing around Edisto can be phenomenal during the winter. What you need is low wind and a low tide. Check out the Sound and Sea column in the January issue for details on winter redfish action. Also, if you search the site for winter redfish you can find other articles that can help you find winter reds on the SC coast.

    December 27, 2011 at 9:53pm
    A comment titled: new materials in response to a report titled: Coon Crab Redfish Fly

    Setting the speed of the vid to 2x helps the tie go much faster than usual...

    That is actcually only the second one of those I have ever tied. Finnish Raccoon and EP Streamer Brush are two materials I have never tied with before but wanted to try out. Got them in the mail a few days ago and this is the fly pattern I came up with. I'll try it out next time I'm on the water but that fly is more for tailing reds than cold reds. It has all the characteristics reds like so no reason it shouldn't be a hum dinger.

    December 21, 2011 at 8:26am
    A comment titled: Great Vid in response to a report titled: Fishing Video

    Great vid - Makes me want to load the canoes and head to the river. Just might have to hit the Edisto tomorrow.

    September 17, 2011 at 4:38pm
    A comment titled: clarification - spincast in response to a report titled: Edisto Redbreast

    Sorry - Posted in a rush this morning. The Rebel Crickhoppers and live crickets were on spincasting tackle. The river is a little low, but not too low yet!

    May 24, 2011 at 5:56pm
    A comment titled: fat browns in response to a report titled: South Holston Trout

    Those are some seriously fat brownies! Glad to hear you did well.

    May 09, 2011 at 9:36pm
    A comment titled: Hazel in response to a report titled: South Holston Trout

    Hazel creek is a beautiful piece of water - read 'On the Spine of Time' by Harry Middleton if you haven't already for some great writing on Hazel and other area rivers. You need to get to the SoHo when you get a chance. In my opinion the best trout fishing this side of the Mississippi.

    May 05, 2011 at 5:50pm
    A comment titled: sulphur in response to a report titled: South Holston Trout

    The fish are pretty much keyed in on midges. Size 22 in black or with a little color are producing the best. I did not see any sulphurs, but they should be coming off soon, especially if you can get no generation in the late afternoons. I took over 20 on Saturday in less than three hours with the midge - the fishing is hot. A split tailed midge was also working well for a friend.

    May 05, 2011 at 5:47pm
    A comment titled: Cobia Spotted in response to a report titled: New Cobia Fly

    Captain Owen Plair spotted three cobia today! Had two follows and no takes - told him he needs a Magnum BSB. The full moon is early next week and the cobia will come in full force then.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:51pm
    A comment titled: Crappie a plenty in response to a report titled: Pond Fishing

    We ended up catching a little over 30 crappie in just a few hours. A few bass & brim as well. The trout image was freehand painted by my sister in law last year after I finished building the boat. Always gets a lot of good comments.

    March 21, 2011 at 7:18pm
    A comment titled: 6 - 8wt in response to a report titled: An articulated fly for bass

    I use a 9' 7wt rod for that fly. It can be cast on a 6wt fairly easily and an 8wt isn't too much. The main thing is when fishing rivers, like the Edisto, that whatever fly rod you use has enough backbone to keep the fish out of stuff.

    I tie for fun in my spare time. Keeps my friends and me pretty stocked up with flies. Just finished tying for this weekend. With all of this warm weather Reds should be tailing in the grass during the upcoming 'tailing' tides. The fiddlers have become active, so food is there.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:08pm
    A comment titled: too windy on Saturday in response to a report titled: Bay Street Bunny Fly

    Too windy for me on Saturday and decided not to go to the event. But sometime after Saturday I did manage to pull a hat trick on the fly. Talk about an early spring.

    March 03, 2011 at 2:21pm
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