Captain Ron Ratliff is a native born Louisianan fly fishing guide. He has guided the Louisiana marsh and the remote rivers of Alaska. Ron has been fly fishing for most of his life, and over the years he has gained the experience to provide you with the trip to remember. So come experience the wonders of the muddy flats and delicious cajun cuisine! You might even catch a fish of a lifetime with Capt. Ron!
Redfish on fly is a great opportunity for seasoned anglers or beginners. Much of the time the cast can be made at thirty feet or shorter, and the fish are sometimes very patient which can offer up multiple shots.
Redfish aren’t the only species around. I also target extremely large black drum, sheepshead, and jack crevalle. If we run across a school of speckled trout we may slide surface flies across them. Spring and/or early fall is a great time to catch fish ranging from 5 to 15 pounds, and sometimes shots at larger fish present themselves. On low wind days we may find ourselves in a bay looking for giant schools of jack crevalle. These are fast and hard fighting fish that rival some of the worlds top sport fish. Wintertime increases your shots at large fish in very shallow water, they sometimes have their backs showing with the water just covering the gills. The fish in shallow water present very exciting fishing situations. The 5 to15 pound red fish are still abundant, and some of the most fun fish to target on light rods.
I recommend bringing 7wt or 8wt rods for marsh fishing, and 9wt or 10wt rods for bay fishing. Weight forward floating lines are also recommended. I provide leaders and flies for all situations, but you are welcomed to bring your own flies.
For summertime fishing with me, Capt. Ron Ratliff, please visit the Goodnews River Lodge website for info.
South Louisiana is a year round world class fishery, come and experience the amazing fishing, bird life, food, and local communities.
Thank you and I hope to see you here!!