Q. On one tidal stream I know, I have seen large swirls by the bank as well as dorsal fins and tails, but was not able to identify the fish. The stream has killies, so I thought it might be redfish. This stream is 5 miles from the ocean. Any thoughts?
There are many redfish, locally called red drum, in that area. If the tails were a pale blue, that’s probably what it was. If the tails were pale green or rather transparent, however, it might have been striped bass. Without more description, it’s hard to tell, but if I were to guess, I’d choose redfish. One way to find out: Throw a fly at them. If they are drum, you’ll find out quickly enough because they will take a fly when they are acting this way.