Revive - A Quarterly Fly Fishing Journal - Page 97

With the speed, power, and focus of a killer, the redfish smashes the foam-body popper, and Greg makes one of the hardest, most aggressive hook sets we’ve witnessed.rod, returns to the casting platform at the front of skiff, and resumes his redfish search. Instantly, slack fly line is jumping around his feet as he controls its retreat from the deck through the guides of the rod, and into the mud-filled water as the fish works its way into the backing and away from the skiff. Greg calmly turn his head over his left shoulder, his reel spitting line as fast as the fish takes it, and says, “Please tell me you got that. I told you we could get anything you wanted.” Yes, yes we got that. Eventually the battle-weary fish is hoisted from the water, its unique tail markings admired, the popper removed from deep in the corner of its mouth, and it sends a plume of saltwater back into the boat with its wide, blue-tipped tail as it shamelessly retreats, thoroughly soaking the camera gear. The Captain picks up his rod, returns to the casting platform at the front of skiff, and resumes his redfish search.His fly makes an intentionally noisy splash ahead of his target and with a few strips the fish turns and has clearly decided this is the day this particular fly will die.