Fly fishing on the Texas coast can be tricky in the middle of winter. Low tides, cold water, and strong winds make sight fishing and navigating pretty tough. But nobody ever said it would be easy. After all, isn’t that why we choose to fly fish? Because it’s a challenge?
Making the most of good weather windows is the name of the game. Over the past few days, I’ve been able to poke around some of my favorite flats- scouting areas where I generally find redfish willing to eat a well presented fly. Certain areas have high concentrations of fish, while other flats seem lifeless and stale. Water temperatures are key in the winter. Areas with thick grass and soft mud tend to retain heat from the sun, while hard sand and shell stay cold. Lately, the redfish have been feeding in those soft mud areas.
We should see these fish spread out as February approaches and warmer weather from the south becomes the norm. Fly fishing around Rockport really kicks into gear in the spring. I still have some dates (both weekdays and weekends) in February and March, but they won’t last long.
Lodging in Rockport
If you’re searching for lodging in the Rockport/Fulton area, there are a couple of new options that have come available. Blue Lagoon Lodge offers an all-inclusive fly fishing lodge experience as well as your standard vacation rental option. Give their site a visit! https://bluelagoonrockport.com
The Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay is also back after rebuilding from Hurricane Harvey in 2017. This is a beautiful waterfront hotel right next to some of the best restaurants on the Texas coast. http://www.lighthousetexas.com