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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!" 
Hello from the U.P.!
Welcome from Florida! You must be joining at just about the same time the first snow is coming down.
Shoutout from Utah!
I wandered out of Zion in 1996, and finally ended up in Florida, still have relatives, and friends in Utah.  I still get out to visit and fish often.
Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout...
It's funny, up north people call them false albacore and treat them like a game fish, down here in Florida they're called bonita (aka bonies or boneheads) and often viewed as a trash fish and a nuisa
4 wt Monocore fly line
My advice would be to look at any of the lines (by various manufacturers) out there that are marketed specifically as "tropical/saltwater" lines, although you probably won't have much luck finding one
Spray for neoprene waders to make them easier to put on?
I used to wear Hodgman breathables when wading inshore, paired with felt boots. I have not done that for a while now, but... If I recall correctly, air squeezed out of the wader as I was getting in th
Back from a long break
Welcome back to the active side of the site, Ron.  Point of focus for me is sunfish and bass.  No trout in Central Florida and no interest in salt water.   Looking forward to your contr
Any snake ID out there?
Great stuff here. I've lived in Florida since I was 15 months old ( now 63 ) and used catch snakes of all kinds except venomous and only killed one cottonmouth and two rattlesnakes, both of which got
Best Retailer for Materials
I tie a lot of flies, and I order 95 % of everything from either J Stockard or Ole Florida fly shop...
Need some info on this Sage rod
The RPL+ designation says it all....  When I came back to guiding (and was going to be a full time guide...) back at the end of 1995 one of the gear type things I did was to hook up with Sage and
DO NOT absentmindedly.....
I've been a garage operator for some years now (after me and all my materials got chased out of the house...).  My tying desk is right next to the side door of my  two car garage (and my gar
New Guy From Florida But Moving
Right now, at this moment I am located in central Florida in the Lakeland area. For the past couple of months we have been in the process of moving to Townsend, Tennessee in the beautiful Smoky Mounta
Mop Fly Variant
Gasparilla   Name taken from a mythical Spanish pirate captain.          According to Florida folklore, Gasparilla Island gets its name from the legendary pirate captain
Stay Safe
As a Texan that just went through Harvey, I feel your pain Florida.  Best of luck to you all.  Stay strong and safe, you'll get through it.
Fishing for grass carp aka amur
I know many now target common carp on the fly, but how about amurs? There are lots of them down here in south Florida, but are they a target species or just an accidental bycatch?
Hurricane Irma
The NHC path line for Irma's eye keeps moving West.  A day or so back it was almost straight up along the East coast of Florida.  Now it is almost straight up along the West coast of Florida
OT Eclipse viewing
Saw it through the clouds.  Pin hole and magnifying glass images showed the partial eclipse wonderfully.  I hope I am still alive and active when Florida gets a total eclipse in 2045 !!!
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