Letter From The Owner, Travis Katski
Fishing was given to me at an early age. Both Grandads and my Dad showed me the Chesapeake Bay, and there was little I could do to refuse the beauty and magic of fishing. It wasn’t with a fly rod, but soon enough, Flip Pallot was on my TV every Saturday morning on The Walkers Cay Chronicles. Watching Flip’s sense of adventure and devotion to the water subsequently ignited the fire that fueled me to spend much of the 90’s tying flies and fly fishing whenever and wherever I could. From trailering a friend’s 16’ jon boat built with a plywood deck, astro turf interior, and a pine dowel push pole to Fiesta Key, all the way back to Maryland to fly fish the same waters I grew up with. I fished every chance I could, but work took over, and I lost fly fishing for about twenty years.
In 2017, my family and I took a vacation to the Keys - a reunion of longer than 17 years for me. Every memory from youth flooded back to me, and I felt a calling to the area; this time, not just the water and the fish that swim in the water. This time around, I felt a connection to the people. And as I spent more time in the Keys with my family, I learned and saw what our environment needs from us - stewardship, community, and protection.
After Hurricane Irma, I felt a reinforced connection to the people of the Keys. The City of Marathon showed me compassion after my house, and so many other houses, were destroyed in the storm. It is at a city’s lowest points when its true character is shown. This is what led to the evolution of Seven Mile Fly Shop. I wanted to create a place where everyone could come after a trip and recollect the day’s adventures, where beginners and advanced anglers alike could collect as one community, a fly shop that would represent the amazing people of Marathon, and the Florida Keys in general. The Florida Keys are close to my heart, and I want to share that with the world.
JOE DAHUT, MANAGER
Joe discovered fishing with a fly rod in his home state of Maryland, trekking small mountain creeks for native brook trout and wild browns. After guiding in Kodiak, Alaska, Joe found a home on the flats of the Keys, and is a passionate advocate for conservation. Joe is a former collegiate pitcher, and holds his MFA in Poetry from New York University, his writing & photography appearing in The Drake, The FlyFish Journal, and Tail Magazine, among others. Having fly fished Mexico, Costa Rica, and every inch of the Eastern United States, Joe is a wealth of knowledge on everything from travel, tackle, and technical fishing situations. A devote permit addict and fly tyer, he is excited to talk about fishing with you, and can't wait to help you get your next big fish story.
TYLER BOWMAN, MEDIA
Tyler Bowman found fly fishing at the ripe age of ten years old, fishing for redfish in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. A wild passion for fly fishing mixed with curiosity and an artistic eye lead Tyler to the Keys, working and filming for Seven Mile Fly Shop. While being on the bow of a skiff brings Tyler immense joy, capturing the beauty of fly fishing through his lens brings him even closer to the sport. Fly fishing has had a profound impact of Tyler thusfar, and he is excited to see where it takes him.