Now the fun begins!

Now the fun begins!

Gary Meyer | Tuesday, 27 June 2017

One of the difficulties a fly angler faces in South Florida is deciding which species to target. We really do have a smorgasbord of premium game fish that can be taken on fly, especially in the salt. Of course there are seasonal variations but summer presents the most delicious menu although it can be downright tough to choose which main course to enjoy.

It really can be a tough decision since big tarpon remain in the area throughout the summer. But, also to be considered, the warm flats will invite permit and large schools of redfish for fantastic sight fishing, one more challenging but the other a potential fish fest. Bonefish are available too, early and late. Snook will gather in large schools in the inlets and river mouths to spawn.

There is even an unusual fish called a Tripletail that also becomes more available. They offer a unique open water sight-fishing opportunity as they often lie on the surface, on their sides, almost like a confused floating flounder. Besides being strong fighters, prehistoric looking and quite willing to take a fly, they are also one of the most delectable fish locally available!

Decisions, decisions…

 For me, it is a no-brainer: summer means baby tarpon time.


I spend most of my summer playing with juvenile tarpon. I cannot imagine a more enjoyable target for the fly angler. These fish reveal their location by “rolling” at the surface as if they are sipping cool air. They are very agreeable to accepting a fly, and since they school, are often quite competitive. They smash a popper with enthusiasm, frequently hurling themselves airborne in the process. And, when they realize they are attached to an angler they jump wildly. Now add in the fact that they are famously tough to hook and truly one of the most athletic game fish and you will realize what a handful of fun they can be on a light fly rod.


To those reasons above add in the fact that they prefer the remote reaches of the Everglade’s wilderness. Therefor they get little pressure and seldom will you encounter another angler. In fact that is a requirement. If they get pressured they will simply move somewhere else, seemingly never to return.  Famous “tarpon holes” of the past that are accessible by boat are now devoid of fish as if they got fed up with being harassed. But if you know where they are you will find more fish than you can stand. They will simply wear you out, as they are usually willing to play longer than you are able to bear the heat, bugs, and muscle cramps.


Of course, the fish must be managed carefully and never over-worked or they will move on. I am sure you will understand if I am not explicit as to their locations.


This summer I hope to make use of my new video equipment and get some of this hilarity captured “on film”(?), or however it is called these days. If so, l will try to post it on Sexyloops!


Stay tuned.

Airborne juvi poon RSFSL