Article by David Young
There’s nothing better than a warm beach with sand between your toes as the surf rolls towards you. And even though it’s already April, the snow is seemingly never ending this spring. Stalking trophy fish on the flats with a fly rod in hand and the sun shining down beats ice fishing any day. There are plenty of fantastic warm waters destinations to check out this spring for fly fishing. We have combed through some of the top fly fishing hot spots too compile this list. Here are six locations to consider escaping to this spring.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Located along the southern tip of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas is home to some of the best fishing in the world. This is a great coastal destination year-round, but in the colder months, the waters are still nice and warm – just waiting to be fished. Marlin is the trophy fish around Cabo San Lucas, but there are also tuna, jacks, and roosterfish.
Charleston, South Carolina
The southern coastal port city of Charleston is filled with history and great fishing. In addition to finding a mild winter here, you are sure to find some fantastic fly fishing. Charleston is known for its redfish, which can be caught on a fly all year. From the salt marshes to flats, the fishing will ebb and flow with the coastal tides. Other species found in the region include speckled trout, tarpon, and amberjack.
Key West, Florida
The Florida Keys offer some of the best fishing in the United States year-round. It’s no secret that colder months in Florida are still quite mild, making for great boating and fishing. You can fish from sandy beaches or head out on a boat to target barracudas, big tarpon, permit, and bonefish.
San Diego, California
Spring in Southern California can be downright pleasant; put a fly rod in your hand and you will forget cold even exists. San Diego Bay offers great saltwater fishing year-round for anglers. Mission Bay also offers some excellent fishing options – the Pacific Ocean is full of fun fish to catch. With a plethora of manko sharks, yellowfin tuna, bonefish, and bay bass, you are sure to find something that will put up a fight.
Sierpe, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a great place to visit in general, but make sure to bring along your fly rod for some of the best fishing in South America. Sierpe is a great place for both freshwater and saltwater fishing all in one place. Located at the mouth of the Sierpe River, the region offers an array of species to target from roosters, mackerels, and groupers to dorados, snook, and blue marlin.
South Padre Island, Texas
Texas is home to some of the mildest winters in the country and South Padre is no exception. The barrier island off the southern coast of the Lone Star state is known for world-class fishing with sandy shores to extended flats. You can always charter a boat and head out into the Gulf to try your hand at catching tarpon, jacks some redfish, or speckled trout.