Tides and time of day have been the two factors most mentioned by posts on this forum, mag articles, fly shop people I've queried, and books I've thumbed through as important for deciding when to go out for SRCs. Specifically I've heard that I should time it based on the "most active time in change of tidal level." So I find tide info on the web: For example: Day High Tide Height Sunrise Low Time Feet Sunset 6 High 1:03 AM 11.5 5:21 AM 6 Low 8:38 AM 0.5 9:08 PM 6 High 4:32 PM 10.1 6 Low 8:28 PM 7.8 Low tide being at 8:38AM, based on what I've read and been told by fly shop folks, I would plan to get there around 7AM, since the time of @ 1 hr before and after hi or low tide point would be the most active in terms of tidal mvt (I think....). Am I correct here? IS this how I should use the hi or lo tide time info? I am not sure. Once the tide hits a low @ 8:38AM does it stay low for a while and then come up, and if so how long in general? or is it a constant process: it hits a low and then immediately starts to come back up again? And then, time of day: darker the better, right? Does tide trump time of day, since not all hi or lo tides occur at night time? Because I do work long hours and have kid and wife at home and have to time my trip to the beach judiciously, I would really want to figure out when to go out, even though I would LOVE to spend all day and night and take detailed records. Thanks for any help on this, and perhaps you could share how YOU decide when to go out based on tidal info and time of day.