Take a mix of weighted and unweighted flies that YOU like in the 1-4" range; the fish aren't that picky. Many local guices recommend small 4's and 6's, al la Banana Lagoon, but my average flies are about 3" long and I catch plenty of fish. I've probably caught as many fish down there on an all white #2 Clouser as anything else.
I'm headed down to Clearwater next Saturday and I'll post a report when I get back. In addition to specks and reds, I also plan to target some juvinile tarpon in the rivers.
The small Puglisi flies work good on reds in fall/winter. The best book around down here on flies is Aaron Adams "Saltwater Prey" Aaron is from Md. and works for Mote Marine in SW Fl, as a fisheries biologist, and has researched heavily on snook. The book looks at the bait in the area and matches the flies that will work. BTW the shrimp fly discussed is one of my favorites on snook.
Thanks guys, I'll let you kow how I make out. With the snow coming down today, I'm ready to go now. The only thing I'm concerned about is that it's a little difficult to practice throwing my fly line around when it's been so cold outside. I'm hoping to get the chance to sneek into a local indoor gym this weekend.
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