I've been trying to get my neighbor, Tal, on his first saltwater fish on fly for a little while now. He's had some good shots, several eats, misses, and breakoffs, but no fish to hand. We battled some tough weather (rain and lightning) and took our chances on an unfavorable tide that was running almost half a foot lower than we typically need to find fish tailing in the grass. We discovered some new flats that hold water, and more importantly fish, on a shorter high tide, and saw a few big tails in our sights. Wading wasn't a good option as these flats were pretty soft, so I polled us into position so Tal could get his shot. He made one count by placing the fly softly to the left of the tailing redfish. The fish pounced on the fly, Tal set the hook like a seasoned pro only to almost lose the fish on the initial run as he accidentally dropped the fly line and the line went slack. But fortunately, it was a good hook-set, and the fight was on! The video started rolling and we got the finally landed the fish. A 29in fish, pretty nice fish for any fly angler, especially for your first. Way to get the monkey off your back, Tal.
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