Fishing Reports

The fishing reports page has been a favorite for a while now, and we try to keep it updated regularly. For the most part, it’s a blog of Nathaniel Linville and the fishing he does with guides that he’s lucky enough to fish with though occasionally we’ll post a guest report from one of our friends on a trip they took. Good days, bad days, success and failure, they’re all here. Photos accompany the report when they’re available, but if you want straight photos the best place to look is the photo gallery.

A Day with Day with Doug Kilpatrick + one with Ian Slater + a Giant Cold Front

January 5, 2018 Comments Off on A Day with Day with Doug Kilpatrick + one with Ian Slater + a Giant Cold Front

So this is report will get me current on these pages, especially since I’m not turning around to pick up the Bahamas trip that flew off during my winter break from writing these reports with constant regularity. I leave Sunday with Ian for a three day trip with Chad Huff in the Everglades, and the…

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Fishing with Chad and Steve

January 3, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Chad and Steve

I’ve been a bad blogger recently, and have skipped over the Bahamas trip I took with my parents and cousins three weeks ago. I’m going to use the excuse of keeping these reports Flo-grown to get the party back on track with my recent trip to the Everglades with Steve and Chad Huff. I promised…

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Fishing with Ian Slater, Michael Hetzel and Simon Becker

November 23, 2017 Comments Off on Fishing with Ian Slater, Michael Hetzel and Simon Becker

Last week I fished two separate days, one alone with Ian Slater and one with my good friend Michael Hetzel and Simon Becker. Ian and I enjoyed some typical fall fishing–too warm for the barracuda to be as playful as we needed, and too cold for the permit to be around in great supply. Had…

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Sugarloaf Showdown Results + Our Fishing

November 20, 2017 Comments Off on Sugarloaf Showdown Results + Our Fishing

At the beginning of the month, Kat and I fished the Sugarloaf Showdown with Doug Kilpatrick. Over the last few years this tournament has become a fun way for the LKGA to benefit the Guides Trust Foundation, and with Irma’s recent taxation of both organizations it was a great way to get back to normal…

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Fishing on 2 lb with John O’Hearn and Chad Huff

November 1, 2017 Comments Off on Fishing on 2 lb with John O’Hearn and Chad Huff

Chad drove down late last Sunday evening, and we tucked back directly in to our pursuit of the 2 lb tippet permit record. The last time I’d fished with 2# was with John O’Hearn a few weeks back, when a torrent of bad luck afflicted us on the four bites we were able to squeak…

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Fishing with Ian Slater and Joe Skrumbellos

October 22, 2017 Comments Off on Fishing with Ian Slater and Joe Skrumbellos

Earlier in the week I fished for a day with Ian Slater and Joe Skrumbellos. We took my boat, which was slightly overkill for permit fishing, though we had to let the beast stretch its legs since it’s been idle since before Irma. I was looking forward to the day fishing with Joe, who has…

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Fishing with Doug Kilpatrick

October 14, 2017 Comments Off on Fishing with Doug Kilpatrick

Earlier in the week I got out on the water for a day with Doug Kilpatrick–the number at the bottom of a complicated receipt. There was an eating competition involved, and a pick gaff, and somehow it ended up that Doug was going to take me fishing and that’s how it happened. We set out…

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Fishing with John earlier in the week

October 8, 2017 Comments Off on Fishing with John earlier in the week

On Monday and Tuesday, I fished with John O’Hearn. It was our first day back on the water together since the days in August with Chad, when we had come perilously close to the 2lb permit record with a fish that was 4 ounces shy of the current record. Between then and now much has…

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After Irma

October 1, 2017 Comments Off on After Irma

I’m sure everyone has heard about Irma and the damage that was done to the Keys. In places it’s worse than you can imagine, and in others it’s less than you’d think. Key West did incredibly well, without much of a storm surge, and while there are a lot of trees down it’s on the…

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Fishing with John and Chad with the light line, A day with Ian Slater

August 15, 2017 Comments Off on Fishing with John and Chad with the light line, A day with Ian Slater

Last week I fished for a few days with Chad Huff and John O’Hearn, part of Chad’s now annual trip down to Key West to chase permit. As part of our ongoing effort to make things harder than they should be, our intention was to throw 2 pound tippet at permit exclusively with John. We…

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Catching up….

August 6, 2017 Comments Off on Catching up….

The longer Del Brown report pushed me back a bit on the timeline, and while I had a few tough days of fishing after the tournament with Ian I’m oddly grateful that I don’t have loads to report from them. Basically, we had two days that were without many shots and certainly without a capture.…

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Del Brown Results + Our Fishing

July 29, 2017 Comments Off on Del Brown Results + Our Fishing

A few weeks ago the Del Brown Tournament happened. It’s the last of the majors for the year, and with the exception of the Superfly in September the last of the tournaments I’ll fish in 2017. As such it’s bittersweet, and I’m already plotting our approach for 2018 in both the permit and the tarpon…

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Current Conditions/Standby for reports coming soon

July 20, 2017 Comments Off on Current Conditions/Standby for reports coming soon

I haven’t updates these pages recently, for a few reasons. After the Del Brown I drove up to Orlando for ICast, which was OK but not fishing. Plus there are a lot of Instagram try hards up there (you know who you are) and I’m always bored by them.  There was some cool new stuff,…

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Fishing Yesterday/Current Conditions

July 6, 2017 Comments Off on Fishing Yesterday/Current Conditions

Yesterday I fished with Ian Slater, on the last of our three scheduled days to get in to permit shape after the Gold Cup. I touched on this in the Gold Cup report posted yesterday, though it’s worth repeating: the permit fishing has been tough for us, and yesterday was no exception. The weather has…

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Gold Cup Results + Our Fishing

July 4, 2017 Comments Off on Gold Cup Results + Our Fishing

Last week the Gold Cup happened, and it was a dynamic five days of tough fishing. Captain Dustin Huff and Thane Morgan bested the competition with three weight fish, and second place was closely secured by last year’s champions Joe Rodriguez and Julian Robertson. Third was taken by Captain Doug Kilpatrick and Steve Ward, and…

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Two Days with John O’Hearn

June 12, 2017 Comments Off on Two Days with John O’Hearn

After the pair of days with Ian, I went out with John for a pair last week. After the Golden Fly we had taken a little time off, and were ready to get back at it before we start in earnest for the Gold Cup. Instead of going hard in tournament prep mode we opted…

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Getting current/Hawley Results

June 10, 2017 Comments Off on Getting current/Hawley Results

I’ve been a bad blogger recently, and have a fair amount to make up on these pages. Between the shop being busier than usual and the upcoming Gold Cup, I’m stretched as thin as usual in June. That said I haven’t been stretched too thin to get out on the water, and in addition to…

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Goldenfly 2017 Results + our fishing

May 29, 2017 Comments Off on Goldenfly 2017 Results + our fishing

The Golden Fly came to an end this past Wednesday, and it turned out to be a challenging few days for us. The fishing was at times good but never easy, and I’d like to congratulate Julian Robertson and Rich Campiola for their first place finish. Herewith, the details of our fishing: Day One (prefish…

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Two days with John O’Hearn

May 20, 2017 Comments Off on Two days with John O’Hearn

In the beginning of the week, I fished with John O’Hearn for two days. Weather has since moved in, and while it looks like things are going to turn around in time for the Golden Fly this Monday the wind at the moment is howling its way into all of our faces. Monday was a…

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Fishing with Kat and Simon Becker/Ian Slater and Jake Brownscombe the “Science Man”

May 14, 2017 Comments Off on Fishing with Kat and Simon Becker/Ian Slater and Jake Brownscombe the “Science Man”

Last Saturday I fished with Kat and Simon Becker. Another (sigh) cold front had rolled through the day before, and while the fishing wasn’t completely shut down the fish were clearly going to be unhappy with the recent turn for the worse. We started early under some heavy cloud cover and heavy wind, and Simon…

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