Fly Fishing the Everglades and West Palm Beach

After a long break from fishing, I kicked off my 2019 saltwater “campaign” with a trip to Florida.  It would be a quick trip:  Two days in Naples fishing the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the Everglades, and one day in West Palm Beach fly fishing for spinner sharks. The weather could not have…

Travel Fishing – Florida Everglades

In one week, I’ll be back fishing the 10,000 islands and the Everglades, south of Marco Island.  I’ve tied flies, read books, and dreamed of getting to tangle with ‘glades snook, red drum and tarpon again. Last time around, we fished on a small, shallow draft Dolphin Skiff, sliding into freshwater rivers far from the coast,…

Fly Tying – Rusty Punisher

I’m two months out from my Everglades fly fishing trip, and I’m beginning to stock my boxes with fly patterns for Snook, Tarpon, and Red Drum.  I’ve always loved Drew Chicone’s flies, and I tied up a handful of his “Peppermint Punishers” with one twist – I used a rust colored EP brush instead of…