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The Weather Up North is Frightful…But the Bonefish Bite is Delightful

Posted on December 29th, 2017 by Captain Kris

The Holiday Season is in full swing and so is the BONEFISH BITE here in the beautiful Florida Keys! Islamorada Fly Fishing Charters can guide you to stocking stuffers such as Bonefish and Tarpon on the flats as well as Snook and Redfish in the backcountry.

Santa isn’t the only family favorite making the rounds right now. The “Gray Ghost of the Flats” has been seen on our trips but we’re not offering milk and cookies. Our anglers are casting my special “Scared Shrimp” patterns on 8/9 weight outfits and catching Bonefish in the 5-10-pound weight class. Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen have nothing on a Bonefish peeling off line once hooked and screaming across the flat.

While most of the country is digging out from record snowfalls, our Islamorada and Lower Keys bonefish are enjoying water temps in the mid-70s, which makes them quite frisky…and hungry. Even when the wind picks up, we’ve carved out spots on the leeward side to connect our anglers with one of the most challenging species to target on fly.

Bonefish Fishing Islamorada

Since the water temps are favorable, we’ve also been catching late-season Tarpon along with the Bonefish to make for a great one-two punch on the flats. Oftentimes, the Tarpon are eating the very same patterns that we’re presenting to Bonefish. This makes for more shots…and more hookups.

We’ve also been catching a good number of Snook and Redfish up in Florida Bay and Flamingo.  This is the time of year when these fish make their way into shallower and darker bottoms in search of warmer water as cold fronts move through the estuaries. Our anglers are able to work 6- and 7- weight outfits for these fish and use a myriad of flies that mimic the small baitfish that also seek the warmer water.

There is no better time to escape the cold and join us for an experience that will warm your heart…and burn up your drag. Call us now to book your trip!

Happy Holidays!

Captain Kris

Summer Bonefish & Permit

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by Captain Kris

The flats fishing in Islamorada has been really good this month and I think it is going to get better.  I am really watching the tides and planning my fishing spots completely around the flood tide as well as low tide to give my customers the best shots at fish.  This means I am running from spot to spot to get there at just the right time to find bonefish tailing or permit entering the flats in search of crab and shrimp.

Here is a nice bonefish we got on fly as she had a face in the mud looking for shrimp.  With a perfect cast, we got lucky on this beautiful Islamorada bonefish.

The permit have been cooperating and being where they should be in the passes and channels.  I always have a pitch rod with a crab on it ready to go as well as a crab pattern fly for those that want to catch one on fly.

Here is a nice one we got:

As for the tarpon, they have been on the bridges pretty good. The mullet run should get going here in September and bring a lot of tarpon to the area.  If you want to get on some great tarpon action, give me a call to discuss the best days.

As we make our transition into the fall, we will be switching up things a bit.

That’s it for now.

Tight Lines

Captain Kris