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Tarpon Tips

 The air is muggy and US1 is packed with Michigan plates, which means that big tarpon are swimming on the ocean. Anglers from all over the country and the world join in tarpon worship in the couple of months they make their migration south, and for the lucky few that get a chance to intercept them, lifelong memories await. The Florida Keys is a place like no other, and shooting your shot at oceanside tarpon is one of those things every angler should try their hand at, at some point in their angling career. From conversations with some guide friends, I have compiled a list of three major tips that will improve your tarpon fishing this Spring. Don’t worry, there’s still...

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Cleaning The Beach

After hosting an event to unveil the artwork of Frederick Stivers, the Seven Mile crew decided to attend a local beach clean up in the Big Pine Key area put on by Surfrider. Many of you who fish in the Keys are attentive enough to know that there are serious issues with micro plastic pollution and single use plastics that end up on the highway, which end up in the water, which eventually deeply effect the health of our ecosystems, namely the fish that we care about. Joe Dahut, Sydney Loew, Jillian Tisdale, and Leota Davis at the Surfrider tent   Balloons, rope, plastic cutlery, styrofoam, tires, crab and lobster traps, bottle caps, plastic bottles, and other micro plastics littered...

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Five Baby Tarpon Flies You Need For The Florida Keys!

Catching your first tarpon on fly is an essential rite of passage for a first time angler here in the Keys. Often times, visitors' first tarpon on fly is not a mega fish on the ocean, but a baby tarpon hidden deep in the mangroves. They offer great fun for anyone, and can be found in a variety of situations that will sharpen your skills to prepare for the big ones. Baby tarpon are acrobatic, fierce, and beautiful regardless of size! The flies listed below might help you find some willing tarpon.

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Get The Most Out Of Fly Tying: Fish The Fly!

A lot of commercial saltwater fly tying is done by people who do not live anywhere near tropical flats, or any ocean, which can be problematic when they are trying to sell you flies, gear, line, or any other piece of gear engineered and designed for saltwater flats. The Abaco Shrimp, as pictured above, is a pattern I have been working on for several months now. Although the fly works, there are instances where it could work better, thus my constant process of developing new flies! Guiding and photograph by Kenny Adkisson of Summerland Key. I am inherently suspicious of fly tyers who do not tie the flies that they intend to fish. Like the old adage, “practice what you...

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Top 5 Florida Keys Bonefish Flies

As summer comes to a close for us here in the Keys, we can reflect on a productive bonefishing season that allowed us some time here at the shop to test some new patterns on our favorite belly crawling fish.

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