The Broad Cast
As the weather cools in central Florida, anglers eagerly await the arrival of schools of a certain silvery fish that eats flies, fights hard, and often jumps clear of the water when trying to escape. No, it’s not tarpon. Those won’t show up for another few months. The fish I’m referring to is the American shad.
If you hit the run right, these fish are incredibly abundant, easy to locate, and often very easy to catch. All you need is a 5 weight fly rod, a handful of flies, and a way to get out on the water.
If you’ve ever fished the stretch of river from the upstream end of Lake Harney upstream (south), you know what a difference water levels make. To help bridge the gap between numbers on a table and what you will see on the water, we’ve put together a series of satellite images at different water levels for the areas around two of the most common boat launches.
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.
South Florida exotic fish behavior that leads to a strike and hooked fish can be broken down into two distinct categories:
- The fish sees something that looks like food and must eat it.
- 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.