Yesterday I had the good fortune to spend some time with friend, photographer, fly tyer and angler extraordinaire Walker Golder. Some of you have seen his photos in the Aug/Sept issue of Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine that we did on fly fishing Wilmington Redfish. We hit the water early yesterday and I had high hopes of locating some fish on the low tide that require wading, I had not been to visit these fish in over a year. Much to both of our surprise they were, as expected, living out the tide in a small tidal creek busting shrimp, tailing on crabs and cruising so shallow up the banks for a meal they really did need sunscreen! The subsurface flies I had tried just weren't getting any attention so I tied on a Hell's Bay Hopper to imitate the shrimp these redfish were chasing and eating so aggressively. On the first cast to a fish the fly landed dangerously close and not only did the fish not spook but it tailed! I had to gently slide the fly a few inches away or risk bumping the fishes back... Once in the clear I gave the fly a short "pop" and the red literally pounced on the fly, what a rush. Sadly the hook point must have been barely plunged in and the fish pulled free in the first 3 seconds of the fight.