Turneffe Atoll (Part 1) – Permit

When I booked a week at Turneffe Flats for the end of May, I did it for one reason:  Variety.  Summer in Belize means spending a full day on the water and having dozens of shots at everything that swims.  Tarpon, permit, and bonefish, all available on most every stage of tide and time of…

Bahia Honda State Park – Florida Keys

Last Monday, after my other friends left Key West, I headed to Bahia Honda state park to hunt for bonefish.  This park is a gem – gorgeous sand, great amenities, and generally is not too crowded for fly fishers to hunt the sand and grass flats for hours.  I armed myself with my 8wt and…

Fly Fishing for Tarpon in Key Largo

Last Saturday I fished with guide Duane Baker out of Key Largo for ocean tarpon.  I have wanted to do the ocean-side tarpon fishing thing for a few years, and finally pulled the trigger.  I was very lucky to get Duane – he’s accomplished, a relaxed yet precise coach, and an all around nice guy. …

Fishing Report: Kern River and Sequoia National Forest

I traveled out to California a couple weeks ago with my girlfriend.  While we were visiting friends in LA and San Diego, I still found time to put some fishing on our schedule. We headed up into Sequoia National Forest, about 3 hours from our friends in Little Tokyo, and a totally different world from…

Fishing Report – Eastern Shore of Virginia

Summer on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is what you make of it.  Want to float pin-fish for Tarpon?  Bottom fish for croaker?  Sight cast to cobia and red drum?  It’s all possible, and depending on the conditions, available to the angler with a little knowledge (hopefully of the local variety). I spent Thursday night…

Fishing Report – Esopus Creek (Catskills)

When a wedding called me away to New York’s Catskill Mountains, I was justifiably excited – these were famous trout waters, home to the Beaverkill and the Delaware.  I fished neither of these, instead fishing Esopus Creek, a trout-filled trickle that becomes a large river within a few mile span.  Esopus flows from the peaks…

Feeding Stock Island Tarpon

If you want to see dozens of 100+ lb tarpon behaving like trained dogs, throw the scraps from your catch into the water at the Stock Island marina.  These fish know an easy meal when they see it. I was talking to one of the boaters there at the marina, and he was remarking on…

Fishing Report – Wading for Bonefish

After spending the day sailing and not seeing a single dolphin, I decided to wade the flat on the western edge of Boca Chica at sunset.  At sunrise two days earlier, I saw two fish tailing on the flat here while walking to the marina shower.  Foolishly, I did not run back to the boat,…

Fishing Report – Key West Reef Fishing

After fishing the Everglades and 10,000 Islands for the last few days, I headed down to Key West via the “Key West Express” ferry.  Once there, and after a solo lunch and a couple beers at Turtle Kraals, I was picked up by a childhood friend who now lives on a 35′ catamaran in the…

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,…