Fly Fishing Florida!

There was a 15 knot wind as I drove the 30 minutes north from Jupiter, Florida to Stuart at 4:30am. It was a bit chilly for an October morning (it would get nice and warm later, after day break); and the anticipation was building to chase after what some would call Florida’s premier game fish, Snook.
Fly FIshing Florida!

Fly FIshing Florida!

When we arrived to the spot we could see 20+ Snook under the dock lights feeding on mullet. I was nervous, my casting ability was a bit un-tested, especially since I had never casted in the dead of night.  As a new fly fisherman, my casting relied on by able to observe my back cast, and since I had not practiced this scenario, my timing way way off. But you know what they say… you gotta try and keep on trying. Finally, I put the minnow pattern right between the pilings and a decent Snook slammed the fly. It was a fight I will never forget!
Snook On The Fly!

Snook On The Fly!

After what feels like 1000 casts and 3 days later, I had 3 fish to show:  1 Snook, 1 Lookdown fish, and a Jack Crevalle. What I learned about Salt Water fly fishing will last a lifetime and cannot wait to go back (perhaps though not during a most epic mullet run where the fish were so gorged that my fly looked like a fast food meal rather than the fogo de chao buffet they were having)!
Jack Crevalle On The Fly!

Jack Crevalle On The Fly!

Lookdown Fish On The Fly!

Lookdown Fish On The Fly!

Until you see a Snook, Tarpon or Jack slam a bait and watch 20+ mullet jump out of the water in a  violent clash (this was happening all around us every minute for hours on end) you have not seen much … unless you have seen a Tuna frenzy and that’s a whole other post…

Phil Chorney Keying In On A Jack Crevalle!

Phil Chorney Keying In On A Jack Crevalle!

Cheeky Fly Reels!

Cheeky Fly Reels!

“Tight Lines Ya’ll!”  -Phil Chorney

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