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Crap or Crop?
Crap-ee! Unless I'm in florida. Specks it is down there!
SGF article on the cold snap and snook
http://snookfoundation.org/content/cold-snap-2018-are-florida%E2%80%99s-snook-safe
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 https://www.takemefishing.org/florida/   When I travel to a new area, that's the website I use to find fishing spots, etc.
About musical taste?
"...do 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 !!!
Whiting feathers
I am more than twice as old a Dubs, and I can confirm that the genetic hackle we have now is the best stuff I have ever seen.  I started tying LONG before there was general availability of geneti
Any float-tubers out there?
I've float tubed in Florida and Texas, off and on, for about 20 years.  I've only had a round tube style, and it's suited me for all the places I've been with it. I've had a lot of people tell me
is tenkara catching on?
That's just yo-yoing. When I was a kid I used to watch the Cuban guys on the jetties using yo-yo rigs made out of beer bottles with a sinker and a hook. I did it a couple of times, didn't catch anythi
Surf fishing in Pensacola, FL area
Guides that won't cater to both fly and conventional anglers? That's odd. I know quite a few guides here and their main thing is to stay booked with whomever and whatever. Maybe Florida is differ
Smoked trout fish dip
Smoked fish dip is to Florida what crab cakes are to Maryland. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.garlicandzest.com/smoked-fish-dip/amp/
Newbie from Kentucky
Just starting fly tying. I retire next April and look forward to my new hobby. My main interest is saltwater flies since we are in the South Florida area a couple times a year. Have a trip planned to
Gamakatsu B10s = Allen ___?
I used allen for 12 years and their hooks are pretty decent. But those GAMAKATSU hooks are in a whole other league. I am not bad mouthing Allen as you will never hear me say one bad thing about t
howdy all
1 ... I live in Florida.  I teach classes in Chicago for a few weeks each year.  This is only the second year at the new facility, so I am not real familiar with the area, yet.  Oh, and
Got a Summer Job... quit
He stated $8.10 is minimum wage in Florida and expected to actually receive about $6 an hour after with holdings. Do people NOT read everything carefully before commenting?
Eye protection whe using uv cure resin lamps?
I'm not "forcing" you to wear anything ... nor do I think it should be made into law.  I don't agree with seat belt laws, either.       I think people should be able to make thei
Line question - Florida Gulf Coast snook in Augist
Over lining is what I would suggest.  You will get the rod loaded with less line out, and in a kayak thats a good thing.  I have been fishing both fresh and salt water in Florida for almost
Let's see your fly tying travel kits!
I don't take the 4/0 through 7/0 with me.  Those are only needed for Florida Bluegills.   Everywhere else in the Country, I just take 4 through 10 sizes.  
Looking for pelican quill
About two years ago I found a fresh dead Great Blue Heron on the side of the road. Since I keep FWC's ( Florida Wildlife Commission ) in my phone I gave them a call and inquired as to the legality of
Fly Tyer's Dungeon
Highly recommend the minnow belly color with chartreuse needlefish back. Killer down here in Florida!!
Remebering George Croonenbergs
Not really too much off topic, so here's another story about a different person that had a part in that movie, that died back in late 2010. He was the guy that played the elder Norman Maclean at the v
Snook Flies Swap
According to my wife, better than any other fish in south Florida. Grouper and snapper included.
Fly Tying Article
1. Its fun, keeps me out of trouble, I do sell them as well which has lead to some cool experiences and meeting new people, and its much more rewarding rather than just going to Basspro.. 2. Florida,
Pat Cohen seminars this weekend
Pat Cohen will be at Ole Florida Fly Shop this weekend doing fly tying seminars all day June 3rd & 4th. Coming from upstate New York, he grew to specialize in deer hair bass bugs - although he has
Snook Flies Interest?
Being new to salty stuff and Florida, I'd be game on this.  
Smallmouth On The Fly
Cool!   I miss those.  I wish we had them here in Florida!
Tenkara USA Sato and accessories
I like it, but, it seems like it'd be better for those trout streams I wish Florida had!   Plus, I kinda need the cash right now...
beginner's luck
i tried nylon rope the next day but got nothing. will try to tweak size and shape. maybe gar will be back when we get more sun after this rain. back when we used to live in florida we would go snorkli
Giant Carp on 5wt!
     As I've said before, it's one of the few things I miss from "up North". Thank you Mike...   Where up north do you live?  I thought carp lived in even colder envir
A few good...flies
Check out www.shallowwateroutfitters.com and the Ole Florida Flyshop in Watercolor. I have used and recommend both. Can tell you what is going on. Santa Rosa Beach has a cool beach lake. Check it
9ft 7wt 2pc
I will let you know! I'm glad to have the locking nuts. The last rod I had had one bit to tighten up on the reelseat and would constantly come lose during casting. The heel of my hand would rub it and
Hello From Vermont
Welcome to the site, Phat, from Central Florida. Although I've been to Vermont ... I haven't spent any "real" time there.  What's the fishing environment like?  Where do you fish and what do
Day at the beach. South Fl.
Here's how I used to handle that situation (long before I ended up with six grandkids....).  We'd stay at a place called Crescent Beach on Siesta Key (right next to Sarasota...).  With my tw
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