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The new kid on the block
I fish for bass and sunfish.  I have a 14# test mono leader and a 6# or 10# test tippet.  The combined total length is approximately equal to the rod, with about 2 feet of it tippet. You mig
Letís talk decals
A few thoughts about thefts from vehicles... Plenty to argue about as to whether decals get you targeted or not (if we were talking about weapons - I'd say differently - a lot of evidence on the side
Boca Surf
Now is a good time to hit the beach snook. Just make sure it's a calm day and the conditions are suitable for sight-fishing. If not, then do some research on Google Maps and look for some canal/inland
Trouble with rod
Metal ferrules are definitely a different proposition.  When I first started fishing down here in paradise (south Florida) there were many, many rods with metal ferrules (this was about five year
July Flies From the Vise
What the heck are you doing, Caloosa ??? We don't have perch in Florida!  Nothing will hit that. If you tied up a bunch of them, you can just send them to me for proper disposal.
Sink hole in the Spring
Phewy!  Sinkholes don't make no whirlpools !!!  Sinkholes make things go boom !!!  
Fishing freshwater south Orlando FL
Along with getting lucky enough to fish with a local... most fishing guides here in Florida buy licenses that cover their customers.  You can come from anywhere and simply step on my skiff withou
Dale Clemens Fly Rod and UltraLite Spinning Rod (Collectables)
Dale Clemens 5/8 Flyrod and UltraLite Spinning Rod and extra inexpensive fly reels.  Price for 5/8 Flyrod is $200 and UltraLite Spinning Rod is $100. plus handling and shipping unless you are com
Static electricity
I've learned over the years that a few different techniques work with materials and static.. The first is quite simple - instead of using that dryer sheet on the material - I simply "dry-wash" my hand
Cooling shirts
I have several shirts of various brands. Some of my favs are Reel Legends that I picked up in Florida. As said earlier if there is a breeze they are all great. If no breeze they are all stinking hot.
Bushcraft and self reliance
I really like the swampy areas of Florida. I never go out with out a big ass knife though!First time I went out with Caloosa bug he thought I was a little nuts lol
Places to find Good Bucktail?
Vicrider, I prefer Florida whitetail for just the reasons you mentioned. I can use the hair nearly at the base without it flaring as opposed to the northern ones where, like you said, you ned to stick
Carrying two rods
I have a telescoping 3 piece 12 fiberglass "cane pole" that was designed for Crappie fishing.  There were (maybe still are,) parts of the south, where you could fish without a license if you we
Bull Reds
"... 17,000 snook from Florida alone die from mishandling techniques ..."   Not doubting you, Flats ... but where'd you get this statistic?  I can't find reference to this number.
I really DO hate people.
No, you're right, Bimini.  Florida drivers are terrible ... but then, most of them are from Michigan and other Northern States.
Tampa Fl Area
I think Florida is a fantastic place to try saltwater fly fishing. Beaches and wadable  grass flats are readily available and don't require to much equipment to get going. Good Luck, hope the sec
Any other Michiganders doing the Trout Opener this weekend?
Move to Central Florida ... we'll go "pert near" every weekend !!!
Steve, with the exception of Peacock Bass all of the exotics were either dumped or are escapees.  Lots of theories on if it was little Tommy aquarium owner or some fish farm/aqua culture entity p
A tip of the hat to members of this Forum. I made good use of tips, information, and fly patterns found here. They added positively to my trip to Florida. I managed to catch Ladyfish, Spotted sea trou
Anyone Fish Out of a Float Tube
Since '92 ... wading and tubing Florida.  Did some North Carolina and around Houston, TX, too.   I've had 'gators swim after my top water lures, but never got closer than 6 to 10 feet away.
Big Boys are Coming
Thanks guys. It feels great to be tying again - it's been a couple of years. I've been tying that pattern for 20+ years in various sizes and colors; originally for stripers in the Rhode Island surf, b
Dragon Fly Wings
Hard to cast ... but perfect for Florida Bluegill !!!
Is the FF Industry Sacrificing Ethics for the Hero Shot
I have hired guides in the Smokie Mountins and in Florida. Those guides were all excellent. They all helped with different techniques and learning the areas for when I returned. Now when I was in Maui
Casting with tippet rings/swivels
  Are the rings any kind of improvement for this set up?   No.     for years, decades,  I used loop-to-loop connection for my tippet to the leader.   I stil
Yearly trips
CaloosaB, here's a site might help finding bank fishing ops! Shore envy youse SouthFla guys!!!
Traded rods for camera today...
You're correct ... it's Anhingas we have here.   Here in Central Florida, fishing can be fantastic in small ponds and lakes.  Then arrives large population of the birds.  You can still
RIP Lefty Kreh
I was lucky enough to be introduced to Lefty in the spring of 1972 by a young man named John Emery...  At that time Lefty was the outdoor writer for the Miami Herald (this was a few years before
Lefty Kreh passes....
Rest in peace Lefty.  You had such a profound affect on me that I can't even pretend to know the totality of it.  It was all over when I read Fly Fishing in Saltwater. I was hooked. That boo
House of Hardy Documentary
My wife is from London so I have some family connections there... Back in the eighties, my last visit across, I made a point of visiting Hardy's.  I had hoped to make a connection or two there si
Hey Bimini or anyone else in that area!
It's that time of year again where I get twitchy because can just taste fishing The Alley.  That would be Alligator Alley aka I-75 in South Florida for folks not from the area.  How is the w
March Flies From The Vise
 A mountain stream rainbow, to be served to a Florida saltwater fish in freshwater.
Spawning season
I can remember filleting a ~4lber from a central Florida farm pond. Thought she was fat on shad but nope. Slap full of eggs ready to pop. :(
Catfish on the fly
I've gotten into the sail cays plenty of times in SW Florida. Funny how your perspective changes. Here in SW PA if I had a day on channel catfish like I've had with those pesky sail cats I wouldn't qu
Greetings from Austin
Welcome to the site, Garroyo.    I'm a warm water angler, too, here in Florida.  Sunfish of all species, a few bass here and there and a few Crappie when they're hitting. But I am a lit
Nice Steve, yes sexing turtles can be difficult. I used to keep a RES as well as a Florida softshell. Will look for pics. Nice Mike! The snapper was fully grown. About as long as my boot (a little ov
I have browsed thru a few salt water patterns. It seems that pink is a legit color for Florida saltwater patterns. I noticed a u tube video touting bubble gum pink, paddle tail soft plastic as a top c
For guys who tie a Tarpon Fly
Thanks Capt Bob and others, great history lesson and information. I regret not spending the time to fish when I was at NAS Key West but plan on spending some time down in Florida in the next few years
2018 has not been.....
Figures.  Just so everyone knows ... I LIVE in Florida.  I am not FROM Florida.
Mono Eyes
Sick and tired of the Wapsi/Ole Florida mono eyes breaking/not lasting long. Especially since I sell some flies I should be using the best products possible, and these are definitely not it.   An
Hook Size for false albie flies
Have you checked with a fly shop in the area you'll be fishing?  The "gulf" is a big area and the patterns may vary from Florida to Texas.   I would imagine that you could use the same
February Flies from the Vise
Cream, you certainly have my attention!  Have you fished it? Does it keel right side up?  I'm assuming (and you know what they say about that) it is an articulated pattern?  Inquiring m
Big stuff
If those bugs don't catch you fish in Florida please come see me in Saskatchewan Canada and I'Lloyd take you fishing for perch, walleye and pike if you share some with me! Great bugs!
Crap or Crop?
Crap-ee! Unless I'm in florida. Specks it is down there!
Dragons tails?
You're right, Denduke, sort of. 1)  I've always had a bit of a peeve about tying flies that look like lures.  Just seems ... wrong ... to me.   2)  Fishing in Florida is, often, no
SGF article on the cold snap and snook
Expo in Crystal River, Florida
I don't know.  Only lived here for about 1.5 years.  This salt fishing is pretty new to me so I enjoy it because I have a lot to learn about Florida and the fishing here.  This Expo is
Question about hens and rosters.
did the same thing back in the early 70's for pike and musky. learned from the tarpon guys in florida
Polarized Eye Glasses - need help in buying a new pair
Here, in Florida, we have water that's the color of a good cup of coffee.  Dark brown, but clear.  My yellow paddle is visible to about 2 feet in direct sunlight. Because of the darkness, an
Wade fishing awareness cautionary tale
I used to run 20 plus miles offshore Canaveral by myself looking for fish. I always check the weather to avoid unexpected hazards but never wore a pfd...until after have been married a while and the w
HEY KIMO! It's here, It's here!
It's here, It's here!!! Original maybe early 90s Renzetti Presentation 4000. Pre cam lever, no ball bearings in back half of jaw. It has definitely been exposed to saltwater air - the brass would give
Brrrrr...! How low can you go?
Hate to do this, but... Hey! Give me my South Florida weather back...! :D
New years fly fishing
More photos please, Zip.   Right now sunny Florida ( space coast ) is raining, 45 degrees with 95% humidity and gusting to 36kts. Very crappy start to the new year. Might as well be up north.
Question for any familiar with Renzetti
I bought it (eBay). Will have to be stripped down and cleaned, and there is a little bit of surface rust on the jaws. The brass is tarnished, but the seller is from Florida. On the oring, how tight do
Using google earth to scout wading areas
Compare your info from Google Earth with information   When I travel to a new area, that's the website I use to find fishing spots, etc.
About musical taste?
" not want to hijack the Song of the day thread..." No worries on that one Bim, Mike West beat you to it.... and I mean that in the most sincere and flattering way. He really dished out some ol
best time of year to fish South FL
This recommendation comes from previous discussions.  I'm not a salt water angler, but I used to do some in North Carolina, and Florida isn't much different.   Tie up some light, quarter siz
Howdy from Deep East Texas, Sam Rayburn Lake country
Hi Mike and thank you for the welcome. I have done a lot of saltwater fishing in Florida many years ago. I also lived on the St. Johns river for a while and experienced some excellent fishing there. &
New Arrow in the Quiver
"Named for pirate Jose Gaspar, who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries ..."   Gasparilla was his nickname.  Florida history ... and I
Tye v Tie
We do not have any problems with drugs in schools down here in Florida. We have as many drugs in schools as you could ever want. No problem.
New to the forum
Welcome to the site, BigRed. Here, in Florida, we don't have trout.  But there's plenty of fish in almost every body of water.
hello all from ohio
Welcome from South Florida. You are in good company here.
Crappie fly fishing
Clousers to match local prey fish.  In our case here in S Florida, olive/white, chart/white, tan/white, brown/white, olive/orange/yellow....  I've caught many specks on top when fish get sha
Destin, FL and environs in December/January?
I hear you, Mike -- North Florida was my mom's idea (this has been proposed as a family Christmas gathering). According to Weather Underground it only gets up into the 60's for the daytime highs in De
Fall Au Sable pike
Yeah ... I'm agreeing with Dave here.  I saw the pictures last night.  I was actually on the phone with Steve when I clicked onto the page.  My first impression was ... "Nice fish!" 
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