Category: General

  • Reasons to fish the Florida Keys

     It’s the Florida Keys The birthplace of modern flats fishing. The pioneers of the sport fished here first, even going back to the early greats like Zane Gray. I figure if it was good enough for Zane Grey (read the Bonefish Brigade) and Lefty Kreh, then it’s good enough for me.   Its near by: […]

  • Don’t watch this video

    Special thanks to Scott Heywood and Bjorn Stromsness for ruining my Thursday.  As a fan of far flung tropical angling adventure, this film is certainly worth watching.  Alphonse Island is truly on the edge of the world, and these guys cover some great aspects of the fishery.  Some would say I wasted an hour watching […]

  • Chasing Tarpon from a Kayak

    Coming from New England I learned about the whaling ships and the tales of sailors in long boats being pulled across the sea by a harpooned whale. A “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” is the term the whalers used. A typical whale boat held a crew of six, one steering, one on the harpoon and four men […]

  • Stories from Big Pine Key; Going to Church

    I went to Church this morning.  Perhaps it was the nun from high school English who compelled me to go.  In this case, however, my church is the one that Tom Brokaw talks about.  “If fishing is a religion, Fly Fishing is high church”.  And so it was today.  I got up and headed to […]

  • Thomas McGuane and Bonefish from Sports Illustrated, 1972

    Here is a story by Thomas McGuane from 1972. It’s an oldie but a goodie.  This one is for bonefish what the Longest Silence is for Permit.   He really captures bonefishing in the Keys. I  like his thoughts on the mind of the fisherman who takes to the flats after bonefish, the impact of the […]

  • Cigars and bones, early morning fishing at the entrance to Pearl Harbor.

    When I think of some of my best times on the flats, more than just snap shots of fish and places come to mind.  In particular, it’s more a movie, or series of events all running in front of the backdrop of fantastic locations, sights and sounds.  Add the smoke of a good cigar carried […]

  • Good organization, doing good work

    Not chasing bones on the flats, but giving something back to some folks who gave more than their share for all of us.  This story captures what fishing is about, too bad it takes some guys going though some rough neighborhoods to put it into perspective.

  • In the beginning…

    So what’s this all about? I started out like most, a real techie gear head.  I figured the way to catch fish was to get more gear.  The more rods the better, lime green flies shaped like aliens, sure.  This went on until I could not carry my mix of kit anywhere.  As Frank Costanza […]