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Florida with Native Fly Charters

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A.L.Poland

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   This past April I had a chance to book one day for a flats trip while in Florida.  Usually every spring we visit family in the Orlando area and enjoy the warm air.  Well, after doing some research and talking to Captain Willy Le, owner/operator at Native Fly Charters I booked a trip.  Just so happens to be, that my friend Brandon was headed to Miami and we met up for the day.  Unfortunately for us, the one day we were able to coordinate schedules, it was windy.  Like, a constant 25mph wind!  

    So with super low expectations we met up for our day of fishing.  We hopped in Willy's super clean Maverick and off we went.  After getting a bit wet breaking thru some big chop we made it to a somewhat protected area from the wind.  It was along this area that we were able to site fish all day to Reds, Sea Trout, Jack, Bonnethead Sharks, a few Snook, and the difficult to eat sheepshead!  It really turned out to be an awesome day.  Which all can be accounted to great guiding!

   Brandon managed a very nice Jack, which was a straight up bruiser to get in on a fly rod!  I took to sight fishing for Reds.  I had fished on foot in the area in past years and had missed opportunities and lost Reds in the past but had yet to land one.  I was put on more Reds than I can count and I screwed up most of my opportunities, but I did have some success.  I will blame it on all my bling striper fishing I do at night!  Having the ability to watch the fish take interest in your fly I thought would make things easy!  Wow was I wrong, my excitement got the better of me and Willy did a great job of calming down my retrieve so I could better feed the fish

  All in all, it was a great trip and if you want to Flats fish the east coast of Florida check out Willy at www.nativeflycharters.com   Stay tuned I will be painting some Florida salt species in the future!

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