Louisiana Marsh to Florida Flats and Back - Southern Fly Expeditions LLC

I LOVE my home waters here in Southeast Louisiana just outside of New Orleans.  There is great fishing to be had year-round!  Every now and then, like most others, guides like to go to other places to fish.  Whether it be to guide anglers or to do some fishing for themselves.  Whether it be in their home country or somewhere across the globe.  I always recommend, time and again, Florida during the tarpon migration, joining thousands of others that flock to Florida at the same time for the same thing... To have a chance at a battle with the Silver King on a fly rod! I took this trip during the summer of 2015.

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When Is The Best Time To Fly Fish in Louisiana - New Orleans

When is the best time for fly fishing in Louisiana near New Orleans?

This still may be the most asked question by anglers around the world.  The answer can be pretty long-winded, but that's mainly because there are so many different situations and I have to explain how great the fishing can be each and every month of the year.  I've given a very quick and very general summary for EACH MONTH below!

New Orleans, Louisiana Fly Fishing in January

January can be a great time to fly fish in Louisiana.  Like any month, Mother Nature may have something to say about it.  But if you shy away from reserving your dates, someone else will get them and most likely have an incredible time you could've been having.  January commonly offers very low tides and beautifully clean water.  The big bull redfish, black drum, and even sheepshead pile into the shallows and roam the flats hunting for their next meal.  You could encounter fish in singles, double, small groups, or even large schools occasionally.  January 2018 was fantastic.  The first week or so was a little rough with extremely abnormal cold weather, but as soon as the water temps increased the fish went nuts.  Here are just a few photos.

New Orleans, Louisiana Fly Fishing in February

February can be another great month to fly fish in Louisiana.  February is usually very similar to January in terms of weather and great fishing.  We even could see more large schools in the shallows if the conditions are right. Here are some of the photos from last February.  February 2018 was off to a great start and I'm looking forward to the rest of the month!  This month usually marks the beginning of crawfish and carnival season here in New Orleans.  Can be fun time to be in the city as well as on the water!

New Orleans, Louisiana Fly Fishing in March

March is another great time to fish in Louisiana.  It can be similar to January and February and begins our transition to spring.  Sometimes Mother Nature can get a little thrown off and make it a little more challenging for fly fishing, but the opportunities are still there especially on the calmer days.  And if the conditions just aren't that good for fly fishing and you're willing to cast a spinning rod, the results could be insane!  Each year is a little different in terms of weather for March, but you just have to go for it.  It could be some of the best fishing you've ever experienced!

New Orleans, Louisiana Fly Fishing in April

As the temps heat up in April so does the fishing!  April often offers a little higher tides than we've seen through winter and we can get into the back-waters where we target large numbers of beautiful redfish cruising and tailing in the shallow clear water.  Some of them are so orange/copper that they look almost like koi swimming around in the marsh!  And we can even still get out and target some of the monster bull redfish and black drum.  Often with their tails and backs out of the water.  Topwater action often starts to heat up around this time.  The marsh is coming to life with all sorts of wildlife including alligators.  Crawfish season is in full swing too so you can get a true Louisiana experience.  Maybe you'll even make it to Jazz Fest!

New Orleans, Louisiana Fly Fishing in May

You guessed it... May is another great month to fly fish in Louisiana.  Similar to April we target redfish, black drum, etc. in the backwaters as well as the exterior marsh.  Tailing bull redfish and black drum often become a more common sight.  There are lots of shrimp, crabs, and baitfish around and the fish are chowing down!  Some of my most memorable days have been around this time.

New Orleans, Louisiana Fly Fishing in June

Are you starting to see a trend here..?  June is a great month here in the Louisiana marsh!  It's getting pretty warm, but so is the fishing.  June is similar to May, but often on steroids.  The winds are often calm, the redfish are on the prowl sometimes in schools and small groups as well as big singles hunting shore lines and flats.  Redfish, black drum, alligator gar, tripletail, and jack crevalle are targets.  The topwater action starts to heat up a little more too!  What a month it can be here in the Louisiana marsh!

New Orleans, Louisiana Fly Fishing in July

July...  It's hot, but you could be in for some insane action and the fight of your life.  Redfish of course are still on the target menu as well as black drum, etc.  But the star of the show becomes the Jack Crevalle!  July is usually when they really start to show up in large numbers often in big schools that get into feeding frenzies.  We can even sight-fish them on the shallow flats very similar to fishing for GTs (giant trevally) on the other side of the world where anglers spend upwards of tens of thousands of dollars to target them.  I've done it and it can be great, but why not do it here in your own back yard especially if you only have a few days to spare?  I'm a huge fan of targeting jack crevalle. I won't go into too much detail here, but feel free to check out some of my other blog posts about these incredible fish.  Oh and did I mention we almost exclusively use topwater around this time?  OH YEAH!

New Orleans, Louisiana Fly Fishing in August

August is yet another fantastic month to fly fish in the Louisiana marsh.  Very similar to July and is one of my favorite times to be on the water.  A typical day is hot and calm, but that often makes it easier to find the fish!  Jack crevalle are a mojor specie to target as well as redfish, black drum, tripletail, etc.  Topwater action is still peaking.  We'll have plenty of ice cold water on the boat and you're welcome to bring beer.  You may want it to celebrate a great day!  I always look forward to August fishing as it can be incredible for true giants.

New Orleans, Louisiana Fly Fishing in September

For September, you should re-read August and July above.  What an incredible time to be here!  Jack Crevalle of course is a favorite target for this month.  It can get pretty insane!  This is also another great time to visit the backwaters and target large numbers of glowing redfish in clear water.  We've had some record numbers during this month.  Another specie not mentioned are sharks.  We could target them in these summer months too.  And I'm not talking about little baby sharks...  Often much too large to bring in the boat.

New Orleans, Louisiana Fly Fishing in October

October begins the fall season and redfish, black drum, and jack crevalle are the main targets.  The marsh is beginning to get much busier with recreational anglers as well as transient guides.  The days of not seeing another boat all day may be coming to an end for a few months.  Don't get me wrong though, it can still be a fantastic time in the marsh.  This is usually when redfish get in the full swing of their spawn.  The boat rides are often long and we look for large schools of fish.  It's relatively common to throw topwater this month as well.

New Orleans, Louisiana Fly Fishing in November

Similar to October, November is a great time.  Still a very busy time though.  The temperatures are dropping and the redfish are loving it.  We find them in schools, small groups, and also singles in the shallows.  Sometimes you won't see another boat all day, but we could also be within view of many boats as we are all out there looking for the same thing.

New Orleans, Louisiana Fly Fishing in December

December... We are wrapping up another great year and going out with a bang!  Many of the big schools have broken up and moved into the shallows.  Our winter low tides are becoming more common and can make it easier to find the redfish on the flats.  Besides spring and summer months, this may be my favorite.  

The Best Time for Fly Fishing in Louisiana near New Orleans - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

To summarize these very generalized summaries even further, every month of the year can be a fantastic time to fly fish in Louisiana.  Each month offers something a little different.  Each month has its own challenges and great opportunities.  What I have mentioned for each month above are very general descriptions and you never truly know what you'll experience.  As a guide, I will put you in the best opportunities available.  I'd love to spend time on the water with you so reach out to me and let's get your days reserved before someone else gets them!

A common sight in spring and summer:  Tailing black drum and redfish waving you over to make your cast.  Are you up for it?

Capt. Brandon Keck, owner of Southern Fly Expeditions, is based in New Orleans, Louisiana and fishes much of the surrounding area.  Typically launching his poling skiff out of New Orleans, Hopedale, Delacroix, Slidell, and more.  It's very easy to get to the fishing waters and usually only a 45min drive from your hotel.

Capt. Brandon Keck

Southern Fly Expeditions

156 Millaudon St.

New Orleans, LA  70118

 

Louisiana Fly Fishing Video - Southern Fly Expeditions

Great Time to Fly Fish in Louisiana!

Who's ready for warm weather and great fishing?!  I know I am!  Spring and Summer can't come soon enough as I'm over this winter weather.  As the temperatures heat up so does the fishing.  Spin fishing (light tackle) and fly fishing for redfish, black drum, jack crevalle, sheepshead, alligator gar, sharks, tripletail, etc. are many of the species we target and encounter during the months where insulating layers aren't needed and a little sweat on your brow is common.  Cold water is a must and an ice cold beer couldn't taste any better.  This is also a time when topwater action may be a good option, especially for redfish and jack crevalle.  Here's a little video put together by a client of mine that gives a glimpse into some of the action we could encounter.  I CAN'T WAIT!

Epic top-water eats by bull redfish and jacks. William Lattimore and Chad Dubose with Southern Fly Expeditions (Capt Brandon Keck).

Jack Crevalle - GT's of the Gulf of Mexico - Fly Fishing in New Orleans, Louisiana

Summer is almost here!!!  The fishing has been great this spring even though Mother Nature has been hitting us with a lot of curve balls, but I'm so ready for the summer weather patterns to finally set in and I'm sure the fish are too.  What do I look forward to the most about summer fishing...?  The JACK CREVALLE!

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Spring and Summer Light Tackle and Fly Fishing in New Orleans, Louisiana

The end of winter is just around the corner and I couldn't be more excited.  Spring and summer fishing, here we come!!!  The marsh is such a special place year-round, but there's something about the warm weather, grasses getting greener, alligators and other wildlife doing their thing, and fish chowing down!

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2016 - Fly Fishing New Orleans, Louisiana with Southern Fly Expeditions

2016 was an incredible year for Southern Fly Expeditions and our anglers from around the world!  We had some tough days with strange weather patterns, but we also had a lot of EPIC days all year long.

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Fly Fishing Alphonse Atoll, Seychelles 2016

Fly Fishing Bucket List

Seychelles is one of those saltwater fly fishing destinations that's on just about every fly fisher's bucket list.  And if it's not on one's list they either live under a boulder or... Well, they must live under a boulder.  To many, a trip of this caliber may seem simply out of reach.  Well, I'm not here to tell you to just do it because you only LIVE once, but coming from someone who came from a low-income family and is currently a fly fishing guide for a living... It can be within reach and I did it!  It was a trip of a lifetime and I'm already planning on going back.  What a trip it was!

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The Best Time to Fish Louisiana - New Orleans Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Sight Fishing

When is the best time to fish in Louisiana?

That's the most common question I get from potential clients and my preferred answer is... Well, when can you get here?  Of course that doesn't seem to be the answer they are looking for.  Because of this, I figured I'd go into a little more detail...

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29° NOLA - Fly Fishing Louisiana Redfish on Poppers

My film, 29° NOLA, has been released to the public for about 3 weeks now and has been viewed over 14,400 times as of now just on Vimeo!  I've got a lot of positive feedback from viewers and I can't thank you all enough for your kind words and support for the film and for Southern Fly Expeditions.  I hope the film continues to reach many more thousands of viewers around the world and I can't wait for the next film to do even better.

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2015

2015 has been a great year for Southern Fly Expeditions and 2016 is looking bright with big things coming!  We have had some incredible days on the water despite some curveballs Mother Nature has thrown us this year.  Drags have been screaming, smiles have stretched from ear to ear, laughter has rang out across the seemingly endless marsh often without another boat in sight, and the stress of what many call the "real world" has been lifted.  Yeah, I'd be lying if I said there weren't any tough days or sketchy weather situations.  These times make the perfect times that much sweeter, but we strive to find the sweet side of every situation.  What a year it has been!

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Red November

You never REALLY know what the conditions are going to be like in the Louisiana marsh until you're out there.  The weatherman will try to give you a prediction, but you can pretty much ignore it most of the time.  Sometimes it's very challenging and sometimes it seems as if you can do no wrong, but rest assured that your Louisiana guide will do everything within their power to give you opportunities at fish and will have fun doing it.  Getting on fish and having a blast is exactly what we have been doing and do all year long!  Here are some fly clients from the past couple weeks with some of the fish they've been landing.  Looking forward to the rest of November and heading into winter!

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Fall Is In The Air - Fly Fishing The Louisiana Marsh!

Well, we finally got our first significant cold front of the season and the big bull redfish are fired up!  We had some great days in September and now 5 days into October we can tell it's going to be something to write home about.  I still have some days available so if you want in on this action you better secure your spots now.

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Underrated

When it comes to saltwater fly fishing or light tackle sport fishing in shallow water, what fish do most anglers think of targeting and catching?  I'd guess here in America and the Caribbean they would be redfish, bonefish, tarpon, permit, and snook.  Each of these have their great qualities and challenges that cause us to seek them out, but there's another fish (among others) that many don't think of or choose not to target because it's a "trash fish", etc.  Honestly, I don't really know what most people say about them because I'm usually too busy thinking about how awesome they are.  That fish is the Jack Crevalle!

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New Orleans Summer Bull Redfish Action is HOT!

Fall is coming, but the bull redfish don't care what season it is.  They have been around all summer and August has been on fire!  Took Eric and Scott from Florida out for some hot Louisiana marsh redfish and black drum fly fishing action.  There were tons of both bull redfish and black drum missed, a few hooks pulled, lines break, and so on, but we got lots of shots and plenty of fish to the boat.  Scott even got his largest redfish on fly that day.  It was a fun day as usual!  I even got to spend a little time on the bow of the skiff.  Thanks for the bow time, guys.

I LOVE my job!

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Fly Fishing Spring & Summer - New Orleans, Louisiana

When you think of fly fishing near New Orleans, Louisiana, what is it that comes to mind?  Based on what I hear from most anglers around the country, you would probably think of the cool air of fall and winter on your face as you hunt for giant bull redfish.  We definitely have some great weather days accompanied by some fantastic fishing in the fall and winter, but you're shooting yourself in the foot if you think that's the only good time to fish the Louisiana marsh!  Spring and summer can produce INCREDIBLE fishing opportunities!  The temperatures may be hot, but so is the fishing!

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Louisiana Backcountry Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Charters

Here in southeast Louisiana just outside of New Orleans, we have been having some pretty nasty weather for weeks.  It has either been raining, windy, or both almost non-stop.  Much of the water toward to outermost part of the marsh has been churned up into what looks like chocolate milk.  That doesn't stop us from finding fish though!  Spring and summer are great times to spend in the interior or backcountry marsh and that's exactly what we have been doing lately.  Here are some of the beautifully colored redfish caught in and around the grass flats of the backcountry just about an hour outside of New Orleans.  I even got to take a break and do a little fishing myself today!  So much fun fly fishing or light tackle fishing the clear shallow waters of the interior Louisiana marsh.  

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"Passing the Torch" - Protect the Present and Ensure the Future!

I don't think I've seen a video that has hit me so close to home than this one.  Whether you decide to join BTT and provide a financial form of conservation or not I urge everyone to provide a physical form of conservation.  This can be done in SO many small and easy ways.  Things like not littering the land and water with cigarettes, plastic bags, cans, bottles, food wrappers, fishing lures, fishing lines, other trash, oil, other chemicals, etc.  Things like not keeping more fish than you need or will use in the near future.  Things like handling fish with care in order to minimize the amount of damage done to the fish before releasing them.  Things like not killing a fish in order to get your name in a "record book".  Things like picking up trash, etc. that others have thrown out.  And so many more!  Eventually it will become second nature and you'll be teaching others to follow.  It doesn't matter where in the world you are, what type of fish or game you target, or how strong you think your fishery is...  Please do your part to protect it.  Spend some time on my boat with me anywhere I go and you'll see the things I do as if there is no other option. It's just what I do. Great work, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.  

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2014

Well, folks… Like many others I’m writing to somewhat summarize my 2014 year. It has been great. I’ve had many ups, downs, successes, and failures . That’s life and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

We have been having great days on the water with clients from around the continent. They have come from California to Pennsylvania, from Florida to western Canada, and everywhere in between.

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