Sarasota Bay

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Intermediate sink tip fly lines are my choice for fishing the coastal gulf waters.Use floating lines for reds and trout in skinny water and intermediate sink tip fly lines and weighted flies to fish deep grass flats for trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, flounder and pompano. Fish the ICW at night for snook with intermediate sink tip fly lines and Grassett Snook Minnow flies or Shrimp Gurglers on a floating line.

Seven-day forecast 

You may find trout, blues, pompano or flounder on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars.

Conditions 

Fly anglers fishing with me on my Action Craft flats skiff the Snook Fin-Addict, out of CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, caught and released trout in Sarasota Bay on flies during the past week.

Beale Ong, from St. Michaels, MD and John Mathis, from University Park, FL, fished Sarasota Bay with me on Wednesday afternoon. We worked deep grass flats on both sides of the bay where they caught and released trout on Ultra Hair Clouser flies fished on sink tip fly lines.

Orvis social media director Tucker Kimball, from VT, also fished Sarasota Bay with me on Friday. We worked deep grass flats and edges of bars on the west side of the bay where he caught and released trout and jacks on Ultra Hair Clouser and EP flies.

You may find trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, pompano or flounder on deep grass flats, particularly close to passes. Look for reds, snook and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB's Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011

Must Have Flies 
Clouser Minnow Chartreuse/white 1 or 2 Buy from Orvis.com
Grassett's Flats Minnow olive/white or brown 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Grassett's Snook Minnow white 4 Buy from Orvis.com
Captain Rick Grassett
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