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(@thefosterfarm)
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We are returning to St. Thomas for the 3rd time the end of June, and on this trip my husband and son want to bring their fly fishing gear. Could someone give me some tips on areas of St. Thomas and St. John where they can fly fish? Previously we have gone off shore fishing with a charter and enjoy that too. Since this will be a little longer stay, we want to spend more time on St. John doing things, preferably fly fishing! Thanks!

 
Posted : February 18, 2010 11:16 am
(@patrick)
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Sorry for the extremely late reply but I tend to float in and out of this forum like I do to STT/STJ. The closer we get to a trip down there the more I tend to monitor the forum. So since we will be going in July, here I am again! Lol!

There is a book titled "Fly Fish St. John" compiled by Aaron Adams. Might be hard to find now but if your Google-fu is good you might be able to find one out there.

Basically any beach is fishable. Just pay attention to time of day and tide. Current phase of moon will also help (or so it is said). Beaches with structure are best. Believe it or not but I have hooked into tarpon at Magens Bay. Even seen bonefish and permit there among other species. Thing is, you can't fish from the beach there so you will have to work the rocks on either side.

When we go down to STT/STJ I hit a beach and just 'probe' for fish here and there in a fanning motion early morning or late afternoon. It's basically hit or miss. If I get skunked it's no big deal.... at least I was out fishing. Just like a golfer going out and not breaking 90. He's not upset because at least he was out golfing.

The flats on STJ are at Mary's Creek but I have read several posts stating that the Bones there are 'educated' and are harder to entice not to mention the presence of an occasional shark.

So just bring your gear down, 'hunt' for fish and have a good time. No worries!

 
Posted : June 15, 2010 12:27 am
(@east-ender)
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Be aware of the rules and regs within the park: http://www.nps.gov/archive/viis/rules.htm You may not fish in roped off swim areas, Trunk or Jumbie Bay.

 
Posted : June 15, 2010 7:12 am
(@patrick)
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Fishing within national park waters is allowed as long as it is NOT within marked swimming areas as pointed out by EastEnder above. Also, catch and release only within park waters.

Tight lines!

 
Posted : June 17, 2010 9:20 pm
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