(Paralichthys albigutta)

*State Record:Approx. 15 Lbs.

These striped fish get their name from the sheep like teeth that fill small mouths.  These strange dentures are perfect for crushing the crustaceans that make up almost all of the Sheepshead diet.  One of the more difficult fish to fool on a fly, a Sheepshead is a welcome challenge for any fly angler.

Tips on Catching Sheepshead

Best Tide: Last of the incoming flood and High tide.  Water Temps. 60s-70s degree range

Best Time: Late Summer through Fall season

Best Fly Rod: 6wt. – 7wt.

Best Fly: Fiddler Crab, spoon fly

Best Fly Line: Floating

Best Leader: 7’–9’ long with min. 15 lb. Fluorocarbon tippet

Where:  Tailing on the flooded grass flats

Method: Sight fished with slow retrieve