Podcast: Selecting Flies for Saltwater, with Capt. Tuck Scott

This week’s podcast is a discussion with Capt. Tuck Scott, head guide at Bay Street Outfitters of Beaufort, South Carolina. Tuck gives us solid tips on choosing flies for saltwater inshore species, concentrating on redfish and speckled sea trout. Of course we would be remiss to discuss fly selection without some advice on how to present them, and Tuck also shares his advice on how to fish various types of baitfish and crustacean imitations.

Tuck is also going on the road this spring. He is bringing his Maverick flats boat to various Orvis retail stores and giving free seminars on how to fish from a flats boat—how and when to take your shots, how to adjust to changing conditions, and most importantly, how to build a team with your guide. You can see Tuck in person based on the schedule below:

Orvis Greenville, SC
Friday, March 22
11:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Orvis Charlotte, NC
Saturday, March 23
12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Orvis Asheville, NC
Sunday, March 24
12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Orvis Atlanta, GA
Saturday, April 13
11:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Orvis Alpharetta, GA
Sunday, April 14
11:00 p.m.–12:00 p.m.

Orvis Richmond, VA
Thursday, May 23
11:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Orvis Manchester, VT
Saturday, May 25
11:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.

Orvis Manchester, VT
Sunday, May 26
11:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Capt. Tuck Scott shares his secrets for catching Low Country redfish.

In the Fly Box this week, we cover the following questions (and suggestions):

  • Should I tie my dries and nymphs in every size, or every other size?
  • What fly rod do I need to fish from shore and from a kayak in the Florida Keys?
  • Can I fish for steelhead with a sink-tip line?
  • How much line do I leave out before making a roll cast?
  • Can I overline or underline a rod when using something like a Depth Charge sinking line?  Should I use recommended line weights or grain weights when picking a sinking line?
  • Do you have any tips on throwing weighted flies?
  • Can I fish for larger species with a click-and-pawl reel?
  • How do I keep my Thingamabobber from slipping down my leader?
  • I’m from Wyoming and can read trout streams.  How do I read ocean beaches?
  • Can I catch yellow perch on a fly rod?
  • A listener adds some great tips on swinging flies for steelhead from a previous question
  • If I use a 20-pound leader, will the core of my fly line break first?
  • A listener takes me to task for not washing my waders and gives tips on how to properly wash them and why you should.

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