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Florida Fly Fishing

Top Places to Fish in Florida

Everglades National Park

Capt. Jason Sullivan and client fishing out of Flamingo

This is a fascinating place to fish, not only is it a great place to hook the big one in both fresh and salt water but it is also a national park that your whole family can enjoy. There is wildlife everywhere, watch out for alligators! They sunbathe right on the road. The Everglades consist of a marsh-like environment as well as the well known “ten thousand islands” in the saltwater off Florida’s coast that one can kayak amidst. These islands are a maze of mangroves that you can boat in between and try to catch some fish. Shore-fishing in this park is not as prevalent as boat fishing. You can go fishing on a variety of different boats like a kayak, an airboat, or a motorboat. You can catch snapper, sea trout, bass and more, but remember it is against the law to remove things like coral and shells from the park.

Norm’s Crystal Schminnow (Grande!)

A larger, yummier version of Norm Zeigler’s popular Schminnow

A few years ago I had a chance to visit Norm Zeigler at his Sanibel Island fly shop and by coincidence, Stuart Patterson also wrote an article for us about tying this very effective fly. I’ve been using it tied larger and have found it makes enough noise to attract fish on the flats while blind casting. So far, I’ve taken at least five species on it and expect to take even more.

A beefier, noisier Schminnow version that probably passes for whitebait.

A beefier, noisier Schminnow version that probably passes for whitebait.

My “Grande” version is tied on a size 1, long shank hook using pink thread (emulates blood supply), lead eyes tied to make the point ride up, untrimmed white marabou (the original is trimmed) and white crystal chenille wrapped in three layers to really bulk up the body (wasteful as hell, I’m afraid), and a V-shaped guard of 30# mono.

Stuart’s original article follows. The original fly is great for sight fishing, so don’t discount its effectiveness!

Ed Maurer, Publisher

Smith’s New Chroma Pop Lenses

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Sunglasses from Flying Fisherman

A Florida Keys based company, I still have a pair of Flying Fisherman sunglasses after a decade. Great quality and affordable they’re hard to beat at any price. 

We’ll be reviewing the Cali Bifocals after a few freshwater fly fishing trips this year to test out their use in the shallow “sweetwater” and how well they help us tie on size 16 nymphs!

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Cali Bifocal (Our current favorites)

Cali Bifocal (Our current favorites)

Morocco Matte Black Amber

Morocco Matte Black Amber

Falcon Bifocal

Falcon Bifocal

Nassau Bifocal

Nassau Bifocal

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Morocco Crystal GreenMirror

Material Bobbin Bottle makes using chenille, etc easier

By Ken Roy

Editor’s Note: It’s good to see innovative solutions to every day problems we face in fly fishing. An Earth shaking solution? No. End World hunger? Nuh uh. Make it a little easier to deal with that cable of crap we need to wrap on a hook? Well, yeah…and that’s enough. For now.