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Fishing Tips

Fly Fishing St Simons Island

I’ll be the first to tell you that fly fishing St Simons Island and all the Golden Isles is a fairly hefty assignment. With huge tides and swift moving water, the windows of opportunity can be tricky. Water clarity is often one of the bigger challenges. The secret is usually timing, and picking your poison.

The upside for fly fisherman on the southeast coast of Georgia is the shear biomass of fish in the largest saltwater marsh system on the entire east coast. Combine that with the least populated coastal shoreline in this part of the country, the odds are greatly increased. There are many days you will not see another angler of any kind.

Redfish remain the top target in our area, but St Simons Island also offers excellent shots at triple tail, tarpon, sheepshead, trout, mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish, sharks and jacks. Most of these fish can be sight fished under average or better conditions.

Besides myself, there are many guides on St Simons Island and the surrounding area that offer fly fishing trips. April and May are excellent months to sight fish triple tail, and in the warmer summer months, the Golden Isles has one of the healthiest tarpon fisheries on the east coast.

For those vacationing on St Simons Island or nearby that like to head out on their own, feel free to e-mail me Also feel free to visit our website, or follow us on Instagram @captain_tim_cutting.

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