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You can get away with heavy monofilament or fluorocarbon for smaller toothy fish, such as Spanish macks and little blues (not ‘cudas!) but if the macks are “max” or you’re on some kingfish, wire is a must. When a sizeable toothy fish clenches its teeth, your fly is gone. Now I make it habit to carry both singlestrand and braided wire leader, and there are new products that make it easier to rig up for flies.
Much of Florida fly fishing takes place in waters that have abundant surface and subsurface vegetation, oyster shell, shoreline cover and manmade structure. Fish love all of this habitat—the kinds of places where you will hang your flies. So you need to protect your hook point.
Trosset fishes over wrecks and reef edges and might run 40 miles or more to underwater ridges off Key West to find blackfins. His clients usually catch a few blackfins on spinning rods while he pitches out live pilchards to work the tuna into a steady feeding pattern near his boat, Reel Fly.
Well, I hope you don’t work a fly rod like a whip, and some of the fly rods out there aren’t so long. They can be pretty short in fact. And short can be better, in some situations. I fish a variety of short rods, from 7-foot to 8-foot, 4 inches.
Heart-stopping topwater strikes don’t have to be followed by casting fatigue or an aching elbow or wrist. Fly casting, if your mechanics are poor, can cause physical pain. Throw a big ol’ popper into the mix and it can get worse. But that is avoidable—all it takes is some adjustments in both the construction of a popper and in the way you cast it.
False albie. Bonito. Football. Hardhead. Bomber. These are only a few of the nicknames for the little tunny. All around the Florida coastline, from the northern Gulf of Mexico to the Florida-Georgia line, this small member of the tuna family can be caught in good numbers on fly tackle.
I have long used tandem rigs, both in fresh and salt water. If you’ve ever fished topwater poppers and bugs and dealt with half-hearted strikes, it may have been during cold weather or when the surface was flat-calm under a high sun. That’s when a dropper fly can seal the deal for you.
This “current-countering” cast is ideal whether you’re casting from the opposite bank on a narrow creek, or from a stationary boat on bigger water. It helps around docks, and is useful when surf fly fishing, too, where waves or longshore current tends to sweep your fly down the beach too quickly.
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