Florida Keys Outfitters
20 Apr 2018

South Florida Fly Shops: Fly-Fishing & Fly-Tying Supplies

Over the last few years I have frequented quite a few South Florida fly shops. I wanted to share my observations on what each shop had to offer. Keeping things simple, I am using Excellent, Good, Fair, and Limited as a scale for rating their available in-store selection. In order

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Wired Bendback Charlie: Chartreuse
07 Mar 2018

Fly Fishing Florida: Top 10 Fly Patterns for 2018

2018 Top 10 Saltwater Flies for South Florida and the Keys This is an awfully big topic to cover, for starters. South Florida is the sport fishing capital of the world for a reason. In a relatively small amount of square miles, there are numerous types of environments yielding an

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International Fly Tackle Dealer Show (IFTD)
16 Jun 2015

Florida Fly-Fishing Trade Shows for 2015

Florida is fortunate enough to host two major fly-fishing trade shows each year. This year the ICAST IFTD Show will be held in Orlando and the IFFF Expo in Fort Lauderdale. Both shows are loaded with all the best fly-fishing gear exhibits, casting pools, demonstrations, fly-tying, technical classes, and more.

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Crazy Charlies: Tying Effective Flies Quickly
12 Jun 2015

Crazy Charlies: Tying Effective Flies Quickly

A fish takes only a split second to decide whether to hit your fly or not. In other words, if it doesn’t take advantage of the immediate feeding opportunity, the next fish will. This means if your fly looks like the food they typically eat, acts like the typical food

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Flycycle: Fly Tying Material Exchange
08 Jun 2015

Flycycle: Fly-Tying Material Exchange

A not-for-profit re-purposing program created to exchange surplus fly-tying material Fly Mastery has received an amount of comments from readers regarding the excess of fly-tying materials at the bench. An excess in relative terms I suppose – not enough to sell, but enough trade or donate to other fly-tying enthusiasts.

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License-Free Fishing Days in Florida for 2015
01 Jun 2015

Florida License-Free Fishing Days

Many of you may have been waiting for a perfect time to get out and try your hand at fly-fishing. Well, the state of Florida offers several days each year where all of you can fish license-free. In other words, the state of Florida has given you free days to

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Captain Your Own Fishing Charters
30 May 2015

Obtaining a USCG Captain’s License

Over this past year, I have been asked several times what is involved with obtaining a US Coast Guard (USCG) Captain’s License. After some formal fact-finding and the recollection of my own experiences, I will share some of the basic requirements and offer additional tips on the process. The USCG

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Fly-Tying Classes
09 Mar 2015

Fly-Tying Classes

Come spend some time with Fly Mastery and tie some creative fly patterns for your next fly-fishing trip! Our classes set aside time for learning new techniques, sharing design creativity, and telling fish stories over a good cup of coffee. We welcome kids of all ages and would gladly bring

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Bonefish
13 Jan 2015

Top 10 Fly Patterns for Bonefish

2015 FAVORITES: FLY PATTERNS FOR BONEFISH I’m sure we all agree, Bonefish will take a variety of fly patterns when hungry. If you happen to miss feeding time, well, let’s just say you’ll have to be more crafty with your approach. When Bonefish are more selective, you will need a

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Surgeon's Knot with Monofilament
20 Dec 2014

Fly-Fishing Knots: Rigging Your Rod & Reel

Many resources are available on the net these days, all advising which knots are best for rigging a fly-line and leader. A majority of these knots have a similar breaking strength, especially when you look at all the loose variables in tying them. For example, how many wraps were used,

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