After a weeks get away with my wife to the Smokey Mountain National Park to catch fresh water trout.on our 4wt fly rods I found a correlation between the fast flowing streams and our waters here on the Nature Coast. With no leaves on the tall mountains it was an impressive view and the creeks we fished looked larger than times we have fished with the forest full of leaves. Though the scenery was different the fishing was the same, looking for small spots in the creek where the water flow was right was the places our dry flys were taken.

Fishing small area’s on the Citrus County coastline can pay off at the end of the day. A small pool on a mountain stream that can be the size of someones living room can yield many fish just the same as a 50 foot stretch of a mangrove shoreline here on the Gulf. The key is tidal flow, presentation and patience. Some things I clue in on is moon phase, wind direction, previous knowledge and jumping mullet.

The trout bite continues to be good around the Foul Area using water melon redflake MirrOlure Lil Johns. Inshore snook are hitting D.O.A. glow jerk baits with a chartreuse jig head in sandy pot holes around the outside keys. Redfish are eating large shrimp and cut pinfish during the last hour of incoming tide around keys with jumping mullet. High incoming tide will be late afternoon this weekend.

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