What's hot: Cooler water temperatures have some popular species changing feeding activity as well as locations. During a fly-fishing trip to a river that empties into Tampa Bay, our clients caught a variety of fish. Snook were willing to chase baitfish imitations initially and, when the water warmed, poppers produced surface action.
Tides critical: Small creeks and bays, where constricted, funnel baitfish into the mouths of predators who prefer not to expend much energy to feed. Most guides prefer outgoing tides in rivers for this reason.
Practice casting for accuracy: Placing a fly within a few inches of the shoreline or under an overhanging limb into a productive pocket requires practice. Practice away from the water, in a back yard or park, casting to targets at practical ranges. A few pie plates on the grass at varying distances should be hit with minimum false casting.
Fly fisherman Pat Damico charters lower Tampa Bay and can be reached at captpat.com and (727) 504-8649.