Flats Fishing – New Smyrna Beach, Florida

New Smyrna is one of my favorite fly fishing hangouts. The fishery starts at the north end of the Mosquito Lagoon and reaches to the South Causeway bridge.  New Smyrna has excellent fishing for Redfish and Seatrout. Fish are hunted in these waters. Boats that draft inches of water are used to navigate the creeks and indentify signs of a fishes location.  Quiet pursuit and accurate casts can produce all sizes of fish and even a once in a lifetime monster.

Cas' Redfish - New Smyrna Beach, Florida

The area is unique due to the diversity of the habitat. The Intracoastal waterway that passes thru New Smyrna was carved out of the ground. This created  a need to relocate the sediment and was used to build a unique maze of spoil islands. Tide, weather, wind and man continually reshape the area.  The product of these factors has produced a fishery that Redfish and Seatrout thrive in.

I like the area because it works well for my fly fishing habit and I can take advantage of the stealth that my canoe offers. The area can also provide a break from the wind as it lies between the barriers created by the beach and the mainland. The spoil islands provide plenty of opportunities to see my favorite local “Mr. Redfish” cruising down a shoreline. Photographers and naturalists also gravitate to the area because of the birds, sea life, small animals and Old Florida scenery. This is a one of a kind fishery. I think you will like it.


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