2021 Golden Fly, Results + Our Fishing

Last week the 2021 Golden Fly tournament took place, and while it was a hard week of fishing for the entire field the competition was fierce as always. With wind in the high 20’s and a population of fish that has seemed to take its time in arriving, this year’s tournament was difficult for all…

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Fishing Lately

Over the last few weeks, Ian Slater and I have been getting out a lot. We’re deep in preparation for the upcoming Golden Fly tournament, which is in two weeks and has felt much longer than that away for some time. We’ve been giving our attention exclusively to tarpon, which is normal for May, and…

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Fishing last week

Last week I had a pair of days scheduled, one with Nick Labadie and one with Scott Collins. After that I fished with Ian Slater and John O’Hearn. The weather has been cold, colder than we anticipated when we booked the days in the fall, and on each of the first two we decided to…

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Fishing Last Week

This past week has been full of fishing with a fair amount of wind mixed in. A front moved through today, bringing with it a fair amount of chill–in April, we hit temperatures in the high 60’s. Before the front arrived I had a number of days on the books, the first of these with…

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Fishing last week

After the March Merkin I had the chance to fish a pair of days with Brian Helms in Islamorada. While driving that far to fish for a couple days bears its own gummy grin, it was worth it to see some new water and spend some time with Brian. Once again my booked days coincided…

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March Merkin 2021 Results + Our Fishing

A few weeks ago the 2021 March Merkin came to a close. Once again, it was marked by some of the toughest weather we can have this time of year. This came as no surprise, as this marks the seventh year that we’ve been on the defensive for this tournament. As such it felt normal,…

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Fishing this week

This week I fished a pair of days, one each with Brandon Cyr and Nick Labadie. Given Ian’s and my total concentration on tarpon fishing, it’s been hard to find time to devote to the thing that usually holds my attention until the end of March: the March Merkin. The tournament starts on Tuesday, and…

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Fishing last week with Ian Slater

Last week Ian and I again went out, again in search of tarpon. We had a tough two days, though the high point on each day was a bite from what we were after. Our focus totally on the Gold Cup, we had high hopes of trying some new fight angles on some large fish,…

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Fishing last week

After the redfish extravaganza, Ian Slater and I had a pair of days scheduled to get into shape for our upcoming tournament efforts. We’ve been totally focused on tarpon, at the expense of permit, both feeling that our energy is best spent in that direction. Our first day of fishing was hard–there were but a…

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Sugarloaf Showdown 2021, Results + Our Fishing

After the three days of being beaten down by the January permit, I had an opportunity to fish with Captains Brandon Cyr and Nick Labadie in the Sugarloaf Showdown, the now-annual tournament to benefit the Guides Trust Foundation that the Lower Keys Guides Association puts on. The tournament had been moved to January after a…

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