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…

Fly Fishing Belize (Week in Review)

I just got back from a week in Belize.  While it was a spur of the moment trip (a friend had already paid for lodging and the guide service and gave me a last-minute invite), I had the opportunity to chase the big three (tarpon, permit, and bonefish) as well as barracuda and snook. My…

Fishing Report – 10,000 Islands (Part 3)

The third and final day of fishing in the Everglades has come and gone, and while it was windy, and slow, it ended with a bang. The wind forecast was off, and a strong westerly/south-westerly breeze stirred up mud and made running the beaches impossible.  We headed inland, hitting a number of points, coves, and…

Fishing Report – 10,000 Islands (Part 2)

Another day in the books here in the 10,000 Islands.  The wind did not help our cause, but we still managed to catch some fish on fly and spin, and see some of the wildlife this area is known for. With 15 knot winds out of the southwest, the passes into the gulf were lumpy,…

Fishing Report – 10,000 Islands (Part I)

Spent today fishing with guide Aron Blaisdell in the 10,000 Islands, catching snook, red drum, ladyfish, mangrove snapper, catfish, and had one of our crew jump a tarpon (into a tree).  Not a bad first day.  Tomorrow and Friday will keep us at it, flinging flies and throwing lures and live bait under mangroves, and…

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…