With John Mathews
– With water temperatures rising, fiddler crabs have emerged from hibernation. The tailing red/wading season is here. Sign up now for the 2022 season and secure your place in this very popular program! The registration form can be completed at the bottom of this page.
Along the Atlantic coast of the United States, there are salt marshes and tidal creeks from Maine to Florida. South Carolina has approximately 400,000 acres of salt marsh, 200,000 acres of that total are in Beaufort County. The marshes of Beaufort County and elsewhere in the Lowcountry are unique from most others in that the tidal range averages between 7 and 9 feet. Wading most of the marshes of the Lowcountry can leave you stuck knee deep in “pluff mud” and can only be accessed by shallow draft boats. But some are “hard bottom” flats that can be accessed on foot and safely waded. Knowing the difference can lead to a rewarding and enjoyable time sight fishing red fish. Not knowing the difference can lead to needing a rescue crew to get you out.
Marsh Sense is a clinic being offered by long time Sea Island Fly Fishers (SIFF) member, John Mathews. John has made close to 500 wading trips into our local marshes and is well positioned to educate club members in the basics of successfully wading and fishing in the tidal marsh environment and, above all, doing it safely.
Each clinic is limited to four (4) participants and a minimum $30 donation to the club is requested. The clinics are open only to SIFF members in good standing. When determined, the dates, times, and locations of the clinics will be announced to registered participants by e-mail. If there are over 30 participants registered, a waiting list will be established. A registration form is located at the bottom of this page.
Requirements to participate:
- Must be a SIFF member in good standing
- Must have a valid SC saltwater fishing permit if you plan to fish.
- Must be able to walk for 3 miles at about 1/2 pace with occasional stops.
- Must have proper footwear !!! Examples: Orvis Andros Hiker, Simms Ziplt Bootie, or Simms Flats Sneaker or similar footwear. These are available at Bay Street or search online.
- Must have an equipment pack: fanny pack, small back pack, or sling pack.
- Two bottles of water (8 or 12 oz.)
- Food (Granola type bar or favorite snack)
- Sun glasses
- Sun screen protection (sun screen, quick dry long sleeves or long pants, wide brim hat, gloves)
- Fly rod(optional)
- Emergency contact information.
- Did we mention that you must have proper footwear !!!
- You will be required to sign a Liability Release prior to participating in the clinic.
- When you arrive at your scheduled session, we are suggesting a minimum $30.00 donation to the club to cover supplies and educational materials.
- At this point in the season, registrations will be capped at 30 participants in an effort to ensure all those on the list have an opportunity to participate. If the 30 limit is reached, a waiting list will be established.