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.

Flats Fishing

February 15, 2011 Comments Off on Flats Fishing

Water temperatures are in the low ’60s (f) in the Lakes Passage–it seems as though we lost at least a few critical degrees in the preceding few days. This means that life might be difficult to find, but if the water temperatures are in the low ’60s in the Lakes then they should be about…

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fishing and weather

February 14, 2011 Comments Off on fishing and weather

So we are having some great weather in the Keys! We haven’t yet got back to the pre-cuda bowl weekend water temps, but the permit are on the flats en masse and giving anglers plenty of shots. Early morning is giving people shots at tarpon, and bonefish are being caught on the reg. (eastbound and…

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large cuda, weather update

February 12, 2011 Comments Off on large cuda, weather update

First, a weather update: today the temperatures are in the mid 60’s, and tomorrow is supposed to clear up and be about 10 degrees (f) warmer. The best days for the coming week are looking like Wednesday through Friday, when the water will have had a chance to warm up again and the sun is…

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Jack Ehrhardt Redfish/Skok’s Diablo Crab

February 11, 2011 Comments Off on Jack Ehrhardt Redfish/Skok’s Diablo Crab

This report was sent to us by Jack Ehrhardt, a talented young angler who visits us when he’s down. Last time he was in, he bough a few Diablo Crabs….read on: I’m Jack Ehrhardt and I live up in Orlando. I come down to Key West a few times a year with my dad (we…

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Warm again, and trout fishing 101

February 9, 2011 Comments Off on Warm again, and trout fishing 101

Now I know from a recent conversation with Thomas “Titan of Law” Rapone that the Northeast is in pretty bad shape weather-wise. The weather here, however, is very nice. We had a small front roll through yesterday, and were unable to find any tarpon in the channels (we did, however, get to jump some smaller…

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Sight fishing in New Zealand

February 9, 2011 Comments Off on Sight fishing in New Zealand

Guide: See that branch? Angler: The one right above that brown trout? Guide: Yip. See below it? Angler: Yes, right where there’s a hole in the water from a large brown? Guide: exactly. Now see that fish? He’s kinda hard to see…. Angler: Seriously? Guide: You gotta look hard, maybe cock your head to the…

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Hardy Ships Proaxis Syntrix Rods EARLY, 4 piece 6 10 wt.

February 9, 2011 Comments Off on Hardy Ships Proaxis Syntrix Rods EARLY, 4 piece 6 10 wt.

Good afternoon (really, it is). Hardy has shipped us some of it’s highly anticipated Proaxis rods more than a month early. Now I know that there are a lot of good rods on the market, but these are, in my opinion, some of the best. The best way I can describe their action is that…

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Striper of a Lifetime

February 9, 2011 Comments Off on Striper of a Lifetime

Alex Powers recently emailed me this story and photograph of an incredible catch. Thank you Alex for reminding us why we do it. Here’s the photo of the striper I caught last Memorial Day. His account is here: It took an epoxy sand eel pattern in about 2′ of water – it weighed 25lbs and…

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A bit of cold

February 8, 2011 Comments Off on A bit of cold

It’s 11:22 in the post-meridian, and I just returned from fishing. My thinking was that the water would still be warm after the light cold front that rolled throuh last night, yet most of the water temperatures we read were between 63 and 66 degrees f. We marked a few fish in the channels on…

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Tarpon

February 7, 2011 Comments Off on Tarpon

There are a lot of tarpon down here. While it’s getting cold tonight, the chill is forecasted to be brief and the temperature is slated to return to the high 70’s on Wednesday/Thursday. As the water temperatures have been in the mid to high 70’s for a few days now, there are lots (tons, many,…

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Cuda Bowl/You know the fishing is great when….

February 6, 2011 Comments Off on Cuda Bowl/You know the fishing is great when….

First a report on the Cuda Bowl, which took place over the last few days. We will have more specific information soon, as the following is from memory slightly clouded by two days of fishing which was incredible to say the least. Fly Division Champion Captain Scott Irvine took the Fishbones sculpture home, catching three…

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Cuda Bowl

February 3, 2011 Comments Off on Cuda Bowl

Today brought some incredible weather (no suprise there), and the reports are filtering in of great permit fishing, and even some tarpon laid up in the backcountry. The captains meeting for the ‘Cuda Bowl is at the shop at 5:30; the rules and measuring devices will be explained and handed out respectively. The Angling Company…

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Weather/Mola update

February 2, 2011 Comments Off on Weather/Mola update

The weather today is, to be fair, pretty near to perfect. After a few days of this, we should see some phenomenal tarpon and permit fishing. In fact, I have already heard a few reports of boats that saw tarpon in the channels this morning–the good news is that as long as the weather remains…

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A mystery

February 1, 2011 Comments Off on A mystery

On my way back through Northwest channel today, I stopped to see a large mola-mola (ocean sunfish) that seemed to be in some trouble. We pulled up alongside the fish, and grabbed it’s dorsal fin. A closer look revealed a square hole, obviously made with some sort of sharp blade, cut through the dorsal fin.…

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The Diablo Crab/Gary Jennings Sail

January 31, 2011 Comments Off on The Diablo Crab/Gary Jennings Sail

One of my favorite flies for permit is Dave Skok’s Diablo Crab. This pattern sinks well, looks like a crab or a shrimp, and “puffs” out a little bit when it sits on the bottom. This fly caught 3 bonefish, 3 tarpon, and a permit in a single day–the only modification was removing the weight…

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Thoughts on permit

January 30, 2011 Comments Off on Thoughts on permit

We all know that catching a permit on a fly rod is difficult. While this comes as no suprise and is in no way a groundbreaking piece of new information, I bring it up to illustrate a point: mention permit, and the first thing anyone thinks about is how difficult they are. I posit this:…

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A picture of a jumping tarpon/hopeful weather/also, a tuna

January 29, 2011 Comments Off on A picture of a jumping tarpon/hopeful weather/also, a tuna

I was given some photographs by an old friend, Captain Travis Rolan, who has since moved away from the Keys and is, to the best of my knowledge, catching fish elsewhere in the world. Before he left on his latest journey, he gave me some photographs that I had converted to digital files, and I…

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Flats report, New Zealand update, and a fuss puppet

January 28, 2011 Comments Off on Flats report, New Zealand update, and a fuss puppet

Fishing on the flats has been good at times, though our cold fronts have been timed in such a way that it’s felt like the best is just around the corner before the water temperatures drop as the result of a new front. That said, this year is nowhere near as cold as last year–one…

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Fishing With Steve, Part 1

January 28, 2011 Comments Off on Fishing With Steve, Part 1

On Sunday night, Aaron and I drove to Everglades City to fish with Captain Steve Huff. After hitting a wayward alligator on 41, we arrived safely at our hotel and inspected the Goose (astro van) for damage. There wasn’t much, and we retired by 11:30 for a 6:30 breakfast meeting. After a great breakfast and…

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So, will he get in?

January 11, 2011 Comments Off on So, will he get in?

From the BBC today (click on link below). Personally, I’m not sure that moving a 600 pound piano to a sandbar isn’t indicative of exactly the kind of commitment a university should be dying to have in it’s student body. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12302362

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