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Weekly Fishing Report

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Montana Fly Fishing Trip Report for 8/13/2022

I hosted a group of friends and clients on my annual destination fly fishing trip to southwest Montana recently. I traveled from Sarasota to Bozeman and met up with Kirk Grassett, from DE and made the 2-1/2 hour drive to Medicine Lodge, on a 100,000 acre working ranch near the Beaverhead River, outside of Dillon, MT. We met up there with Mike Perez and Dennis Kinley, from IN, who drove and met us at the lodge.KirkGrassettMTrainbowMikePerezMTbrown

Despite some fishing restrictions due to heat and low water, we caught and released some quality trout. We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and his talented group of guides. I’ve fished with Dave for more than 20-years, his guides do a great job and know their fishery well. We fished 5 and 6-weight fly tackle and caught and released brown and rainbow trout to more than 20” on streamers, dry flies, dry/dropper and nymph rigs. The dry fly action was with a variety of dry flies, sometimes with a nymph dropper, or with a smaller dry fly and a few other bugs. Like fishing everywhere, there were good days and slower days but overall it was a great trip!CaptRickBeaverheadbrownDennisKinleyBeaverheadrainbow

Equipped with an industrial size kitchen and a large dining room with ranch style seating, it is a great place for a group. Chef Annie spoiled us with hearty Montana meals and desserts! The weather and scenery were outstanding with temperatures ranging from a very comfortable high 40’s in the morning to the mid 80’s in the afternoon with only 10% -15% humidity, a welcome relief from southwest Florida’s heat and humidity in August! In addition to beautiful valleys surrounded by rugged mountains, the wildlife is amazing! We saw lots of deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, moose, a bear, hawks, eagles, ducks, geese and sand hill cranes. This is an annual trip for me, so feel free to let me know if you have an interest in this or other destination fly fishing trips.RanchlifeBig Hole

Back in Sarasota catch and release snook fishing around dock lights and bridges should be a good option now. There should be tarpon in areas of upper Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. Juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks may also be a good option. You might also find them in a few places mixed with snook around dock lights. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by residential, industrial and agricultural runoff, toxic spills and intentional releases, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide and Casting Instructor/CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
www.snookfin-addict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us
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(941) 923-7799 (office/landline)

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 7/2/2022

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing tarpon in the coastal gulf recently. A couple of Sarasota Bay trips also produced a few trout and bluefish on Clouser flies.DennisOndercinSarasotaDOAShrimpcobiaBillMorrisonSBClouserflybluefish

Fly anglers had good action with tarpon, hooking and jumping several. Clark Keator, from Orlando, fly fished with me, jumping 2 tarpon and fighting one to the boat. Mike Storey, from Bradenton, also had some tarpon action, jumping one on a fly.CliffOndercinSarasotatarponfightMasonOndercinSarasotatarponfightDennisOndercinSarasotatarponjumpCaptRickleaderingMasonOndercintarpon

Dennis, Cliff and Mason Ondercin, from Sarasota, also tarpon fished a couple of days with me. They had good action, jumping several tarpon and fighting one to the boat on live crabs with spinning tackle. They also caught and released a bonus cobia that was sight-fished off the back of a spotted eagle ray with a DOA Shrimp! A great job, not bad for by-catch!

Tarpon fishing should be a good option in the coastal gulf depending on conditions. Look for snook in the surf and reds and larger trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a usually a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, blues and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills and discharges, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide & Fly Casting Instructor at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
www.snookfin-addict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us
E-mail snookfin@aol.com
(941) 923-7799 (office/land line)

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 6/11/2022

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing tarpon in the coastal gulf recently. Sea conditions were tough but fish were hungry when Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA and Dan Reinhart, from VT, fished a couple of days with me. Despite the tough conditions they jumped multiple tarpon and caught and released 3, including Dan’s first tarpon. Great job!DanReinhartSarasotafirsttarponDanReinhartSarasotatarponjumpDanReinhartSarasotatarponfightDaveReinhartSarasotatarponfightDaveReinhartSarasotatarpon

Tarpon fishing should be a good option in the coastal gulf depending on conditions. Look for snook in the surf and reds and larger trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a usually a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, blues and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills and discharges, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide & Fly Casting Instructor at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
www.snookfin-addict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us
E-mail snookfin@aol.com
(941) 923-7799 (office/land line)

Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota Fishing Report for 4/10/2022

Anglers fishing with me, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, had good action catching and releasing numerous snook in Gasparilla Sound and trout in Sarasota Bay on DOA Lures recently. Fly anglers also scored with trout on Clouser flies on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay and Little Sarasota Bay.DanReinhartCHCALshadsnookDaveReinhartCHCALgrubsnook

Dave Reinhart, from Pittsfield, MA and Dan Reinhart, from VT, fished backcountry areas of Gasparilla Sound with me recently and had good action catching and releasing numerous snook, trout and a couple of reds on CAL jigs with grub and shad tails. My brother, Joey Grassett, from Seaford, DE, fished Sarasota and Little Sarasota Bay with me for a few days and had some action with trout on CAL jigs. Pat Beckwith, from Sarasota, and Lyle Beckwith, from VA, also had some trout action on Clouser flies in Little Sarasota Bay.JoeyGrassettSBCALshadtroutDanReinhartCHCALshadred

Look for reds, snook and larger trout in shallow water. Fishing deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay is a usually a good choice for action with a variety of species including trout, pompano, Spanish mackerel and more. Our natural resources are under constant pressure from red tides fueled by industrial, agricultural and residential runoff, toxic spills and discharges, freezes, increasing fishing pressure and habitat loss and degradation, please limit your kill, don’t kill your limit!

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide & Fly Casting Instructor at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
www.snookfin-addict.com and www.flyfishingflorida.us
E-mail snookfin@aol.com
(941) 923-7799 (office/land line)