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Saltwater Fly Fishing Comfortably Close

Saltwater Fly Fishing Comfortably Close
A classic sequence in saltwater fly fishing starts with a fish moving across the flat at a distance. The captain slides the skiff into position as the angler lays out a long, perfectly placed overhand cast. These are the casts fly anglers prepare for, practicing accurate fly presentation at the edge of their range with minimal false casts. We should all be ready for this type of shot but, just as important, are the close-in shots, often just a few feet from the boat.

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Using Google Maps/Google Earth to Locate Your Next Fishing Spot

Using Google Maps/Google Earth to Locate Your Next Fishing Spot

Every year it gets harder to find out of the way fishing and hunting locations. We’d all like to get the most from the limited time we spend afield, so our scouting efforts need to be effective and efficient. Scouting a location is a necessary part of being successful, but sometimes we’re limited by what we can see from the road, time constraints, access limitations, and physical ability. I’m sure we’d all like to know what’s on the other side of the mountain without having to physically go there.

Fairly recent technical advances provide us with opportunities to do some very in depth exploring from the comfort of our own homes. Becoming acquainted with them will greatly increase your chances of finding that next honey hole.

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Mullet Runnings

Mullet Runnings
Fall as we know it is here and many anglers have turned their attention to the nearshore waters along the east coast in anticipation of the fall mullet run.  Despite what the name implies, the mullet aren’t actually “running,” nor are they the species people are trying to catch. Rather it’s about the fall baitfish migration and the predators that follow them south.

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X Marks the Spot (Or Does it?)

X Marks the Spot (Or Does it?)
How many times have you heard “Where’s your favorite spot to catch big (insert fish name here)?” I’m willing to bet it happens regularly if you’ve been fishing for any length of time or have a reputation of being a somewhat “fishy” angler. How do you handle these questions?

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Why I Fly Fish

Why I Fly Fish
At one point in the not-too-distant past I assumed that others who fly fished were doing so largely for the same reasons I was and that their values related to fly fishing would be similar to mine. This assumption has since been dispelled, primarily by fellow fly anglers who clearly have different ideas about what fly fishing is and what they want out of it.

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South Florida Exotics: Part 4 - The Tactics

South Florida Exotics: Part 4 - The Tactics

South Florida exotic fish behavior that leads to a strike and hooked fish can be broken down into two distinct categories:

  1. The fish sees something that looks like food and must eat it.
  2. The fish sees an enemy that may be a threat and must destroy it.

Pretty simple if you ask me.  The trick is being able to tell the difference, selecting the appropriate fly, and presenting it in a manner that will trigger a strike. 

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South Florida Exotics: Part 3 - The Equipment and Flies

South Florida Exotics: Part 3 - The Equipment and Flies
We’ve talked about the fish and the places you can find them in previous blog posts so now we’re going to dive into the equipment and flies you might want to have on hand when chasing some of our resident exotics.  They can be fished with a wide variety of gear, so it’s likely that most freshwater and saltwater anglers already have equipment that will function perfectly well.

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Hero Catches

Hero Catches
I have several friends who are firefighters. They have done some pretty amazing things, including prying apart upside down vehicles to rescue the passengers and pulling people out of burning buildings. What they don’t do is start fires. 

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Leverage

Leverage
 Levers are basic tools that have been in use for millennia. They are important to fly fishing, specifically in playing and landing fish, in ways that many anglers don’t fully grasp. By understanding how levers act when fighting fish, in relation to your fly rod and the hooks you use, you will become a more effective angler.

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Kayak Fishing Part 6 - Going Fishing

Kayak Fishing Part 6 - Going Fishing
Kayak fishing is something that takes a little while to learn and perfect. Once you find the fish you will need to learn how to control your boat while you cast, play and land your fish. And you will need to do this quietly. You will also need to figure out the best place for you to put your rod, paddle and other items so you can get what you need when you need it. You will develop your own technique as you paddle and fish but here are some general ideas to get you started.

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