Knowing what flies to use on a mullet fishing trip is crucial to achieving success. While dry flies are an excellent choice for this species, fishing for mullet with a floating fly is often less exciting. It’s more work and requires a better understanding of fish behavior than fishing with a dry fly. For the best results, select a slow-sinking fly that is slow enough to sink and be unnoticed by mullet. In addition, try to focus on stealth and sight fishing.
Mullet are often overlooked by fly fishers in the UK or US. Mullet have a fighting ability that is unique to the Caribbean. But that’s not to say they can’t be caught using a fly. Fly fishers should try the classic Enrico’s Mullet pattern. This fly has a classic dark-over-light color pattern and is a great choice for targeting this species.
Aside from choosing a good fly pattern, anglers should also choose a reel that has a good drag system and at least 100 metres of backing-line. Another important accessory is a landing net and an unhooking mat. These will ensure that mullet are safely landed on your line and also offer you the chance to take photographs of your catch.
Because mullet feed by sifting through the bottom ooze and grabbing leaves when it’s dark, you need to match the right type of fly for each type of waterway they inhabit. The right size of fly will make a big difference in your success with mullet.