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Gone to Carolina

The singular pleasures of fall fly-fishing in Charleston
A Spartina-grass flat along the Kiawah River

“It was one of those moments,” says Scott Davis, “where everything lined up perfectly.” A veteran fly-fishing guide and fly-shop owner in Charleston, S.C., he was headed out last September with a first-time client just as the sun was beginning to set. The tide had crested, bringing hungry redfish up onto the Spartina-grass flats in 6-inch-deep water.

Redfish subsist largely on shrimp and small crabs they root up from the sandy bottom of the ocean. When they feed, their tails sometimes poke out of the water, telegraphing their position and making a seductive target.

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