Sunday, January 07, 2007

Fly Fishing the Everglades

I spent the New Years holiday in Florida with my wife's folks who live not too far from Everglades National Park and we managed to get out and fish in the park a few days by flats boat. The park is incredibly large and very difficult (at least for me) to navigate. We were somewhere back in the creeks in here.

This creek is actually an off-shoot of the creek running north-south in the lower part of the aerial photograph above. We bashed our way through these narrow mangrove choked creeks holding less than a foot of water that ultimately led to larger lakes.

Once we were sufficiently deep in the glades, we began poling through the shallow water and sightfishing to snook that were holding on the edge of the mangroves. Like this one.

And this 25 inch snook that my father in law Roger landed.

A couple more nice snook were landed.

All in all we spent two days fishing in the Everglades landing about 15 snook each day, mostly juveniles with 4 to 5 larger adults thrown in.


  1. Dave,
    I just read all of your archived blogs and I really enjoy your site! Thank you!

    I will be cruising across the country in August on my way out to Berkeley, CA. I may stop in Rocky Mountain National Park to track down some greenback cutthroat, and if I do, I let you know how it goes - hopefully with pictures.


  2. Thanks Will. I am hoping to get out to RMNP this summer myself to go after some greenbacks. Hopefully we'll both have good luck.

    Dave B

  3. Dave, Just read your article on The Wyoming cutt slam. Sounds like an awesome trip. I am planning to do the same thing this summer. I have been doing alot of research on the smiths fork and thomas fork. I know its the end of Feb but I am jonesing from some small stream dry fly fishing!! I might head up towards cokeville to check things out and just finish up fishing the Hams Fork for some awesome streamer fishing. If you can give me any info on the streams you fished it would be sweet. But if not I totally understand. Also heading to Seaside, Oregon this summer for coastal cutts. Any Help? If your ever in SLC and need to fish let me know Late Charlie

  4. Anonymous07 June, 2007

    Dave, I am heading up to do the cutt slam this summer. I'm going up from Salt Lake City. I've been researching the net trying to get tips on the best streams to hit and came across your blog. I know all of the streams that you mentioned except of course for the river with the Colorado Cutts. If you wouldn't mind shooting me some information on this and anything else you learned that might be helpful it would be much appreciated. Your blog looked great. thanks. Brent J: