Everglades/ Flamingo Fishing Report

I have been fishing out of Flamingo in Everglades National Parkall week and the fishing remains outstanding. There has been lots of snook caught this week on both fly and plugs. The key to finding these fish is moving water around structure. It is not uncommon to find those two variables and catch 15-20 snook out of that one area. They have been eating white flies and baitfish pattern flies. On the spin side, can’t go wrong with a MirroDine from Mirror-Lure. One day this week, we decided to do a little sightfishing in the backcountry when the tide was low. We had some great shots at big snook and ended up getting a 31 inch snook on fly. This is a good sign for things to come for fishing the...

Orvis Helios 3

The much anticipated fly rod has finally become available to the public. I was fortunate enough to my hands on one and put it to the test in the Everglades. There are two different style rods. One is the F (feel) and the other is D (distance). The F is a little bit faster rod and perfect for quick shots and flipping under the mangroves. The D has a little more power to shoot longer distances and into the wind. I have fished with the F over the last month and absolutely love the rod. It is a perefect Everglades rod, as I have a lot of short, quick shots on fish and I fish mangrove shorelines a bunch. The F has enough backbone for being such a light rod, as we landed tarpon in the 50lb class. So far, I am really impressed with what Orvis has done with the...

Tarpon Fishing

This is the time of year that we have some pretty goodtarpon fishingin the backcountry as long as the weather allows. When the we have these warm days in between the fronts, the tarpon come into the backcountry to feed. These are big fish ranging from 60lbs-120lbs. On the slick days, a fly is about the only thing you can get them to eat because they can be spooky. This is definitely some of the best tarpon fishing of the year. The snook fishing continues to be excellent. A lot of little fish mixed with also some redfish. The backcountry is...

Everglades Fishing

I hope everyone had a great Holiday weekend with friends and family! We have had some great weather in the Everglades with some even better fishing. The snook fishing in the backcountry has been absolutely outstanding. There are lots of smaller fish around and some bigger ones mixed in. It is not uncommon to catch 30-40 in a day throw plugs or flies. There is still a lot of freshwater in the backcountry which is great for the fishery. There has also been some pretty good baby tarpon fishing. These fish are in the 5-10lb range and pretty aggressive. The big ones are slowly starting to show up and once we have some light winds and warm mornings, we will definitely be chasing them. We usually get a good push of big tarpon about mid-December. Just keep an eye on the...

Flamingo has been on Fire!

This fall has been some of the best fishing that I can remember. The snook are everywhere and the baby tarpon are just as abundant. It has been extremely refreshing to see. I have been spending a lot of time deep in the Everglades looking for these guys and they not to hard to find. It has been pretty warm so far this fall, but we have had a north wind almost everyday. That makes it tough to fish for big tarpon. They are out there, so I am just waiting for a weather window to make the run. This is a great time to fish the...