East Cut Redfish Popper
January and February is redfish time in the many sheltered potholes and ponds of the Biloxi, Mississippi, marsh. The water is air-clear. The redfish run from average, 4 to 7 pounds, to big, 12 to 15 pounds. It's all sight fishing from small kayaks, canoes and flats skiffs, and the fish go crazy for popping bugs, according to Wesley Parks, avid fly rodder and manager of McCoy Outdoors Fly Shop (334-432-3006) in nearby Mobile.
Parks fishes the vast marshes around the town of Chalmette, Louisiana and uses a couple of poppers he says redfish go absolutely bonkers over. His favorite is the East-Cut Redfish Popper, made commercially by T.J. Neal of East Cut Saltwater Flies in Driftwood, Texas (512-461-4473). The bug is copper-colored, traditional bass-bug size, with a stainless hook and a Flashabou tail.