South Carolina Coastal Waterfowl by Jay Nelson

South Carolina Coastal Waterfowl

The water temp in the South Carolina marsh dropped to an icy 39 degrees last week. Redfish don’t have a lot of spunk to them when the water gets that cold. We decided to take the weekend off from fishing to do a little duck hunting before the season closes. South Carolina has an abundant population of wood ducks (aka summer ducks) so we decided to go capitalize. Not only are these ducks beautiful, but they make excellent table fare as well. We had a great weekend and took home a good number of birds from the local freshwater marshes. After a killer meal, I used some of the flank feathers from one of the birds to tie a new redfish fly called the “summer duck” – can’t wait to get it wet!

By: Jay Nelson