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.
A bridge does more than connect land over water; it is an identity that fuels movement, adventure, and growth from one place to another. Seven Mile Fly Shop was born and built on the strong foundations of the Florida Keys fly fishing community. We are a premier outfitter and full service fly shop, but moreso, we are passionate anglers, conservationists, and stewards of our environment. We are artists, guides, and everyday people of the Florida Keys community.
Our promise is to provide the best customer service, top notch products, and an environment for you to celebrate Florida Keys fly fishing. From the flats to the backcountry and beyond, we can’t wait to share our home waters with you. It is our pledge to answer your questions, keep you updated, and on the water as much as possible. Stay a while and wet your line, everyone is welcome at the shop before the bridge.
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 much of the Eastern United States, Joe is a wealth of knowledge on everything from travel, tackle, and technical fishing situations. A permit fanatic 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.
JILLIAN TISDALE, MANAGER
Born and raised in Florida, Jillian's passion for the Everglades and all things outdoors dates back to her childhood, where she fell in love with fishing and later, hunting. In the Keys, Jillian is an obsessive tarpon angler, her favorite part of fly fishing being the physical and mental challenge. Jillian is a meticulous rigging expert, with experience and knowledge on all things knots to keep everything connected for you in the chaos of the fight. You can find Jillian in the shop, wrangling a tarpon, and even working as Keys Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for Captains For Clean Water. Keeping Florida's water pristine is important to Jillian, and she is always working towards positive conservation efforts.
LEOTA DAVIS, SALES ASSOCIATE
As a child, Leota would ditch her homework just to go out and cast. Growing up in the Bahamas had its challenges, but fishing has always been a huge part of her life, and continues to be a driving force for her. Leota caught her first bonefish at age 9 alongside her father, Terrance Davis, and the majesty of the bonefish has always stuck with her. She is a phenomenal caster to spooky fish, and happens to be certified marine motor mechanic. We are so lucky to have Leota on the team!
SUEDE, SHOP DOG
Suede is a two year old Lab/Red Heeler mix that loves a good belly rub. When he is not getting into trouble around the shop, you can find him enjoying a bone, running on the beach, or taking a swim.
Call us at 305-440-3406 or come see the shop at 1638 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL 33050!
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