Sabine success depends on water clarity, sunlight and wind speed

This beautiful redfish could not resist the temptation to eat a shrimp slider cast just in front of his nose.

The southerly winds have really beat us up through March and April. When you mix in decent cool fronts here and there with a strong north wind your hands are really tied on where you are able to fish.

As we get on in to May and the mercury continues to climb on the thermometer, we will see those calmer, more fisherman-friendly days more frequently.

If you have spent much time on the front of a poling skiff with a fly rod in your hands you will be elated to have some calm days to fish. Likewise, if you are the one responsible for push-poling a skiff you may be doubly appreciative of calmer days on the water!

On multiple occasions I have mentioned my fondness for fishing the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge. Early spring is my choice as it has been undisturbed for several months, but also due to the amazing water clarity during this time period.

Three important factors

As a self proclaimed sight-fishing fanatic there are three main pieces of the puzzle that greatly influence your chances of success with the buggy whip. In no particular order they are: water clarity, sunlight and wind speed.

To have a successful trip, you really need at least two of the three to cooperate. When all three pieces of the puzzle line up, well then, I hope you brought your lunch. It will be a while before we are heading back to the dock.

I credit my dad for getting me into fly fishing.

His dad, my PaPaw, used to paddle him around in a jon boat around Bluebirds off of the Sabine River to catch bass and bream when he was younger. Dad later introduced me to fly fishing and then we bought a Yellowfin 17’ poling skiff together. The memories we have chasing redfish in that boat are irreplaceable! He also taught me how to tie my own flies. Catching a redfish that you sight casted to with your own fly that you tied brings the gratification to another level.

My favorite fly to catch those tailing redfish on is a shrimp slider. I prefer to tie mine weightless for a couple of reasons. By tying weightless it helps me to keep the fly out of the grass that is just beneath the surface while simultaneously allowing me to fish it slower.

It also provides for some impressive “eats” right on the surface or near the surface by some hungry redfish. If you enjoy bow hunting or you are ready to take your fishing to the next level, then I would highly recommend giving fly fishing a shot.

Capt. Adam Jaynes can be reached at (409) 988-3901 and on Facebook at Just Fish Guide Service.