FLORIDA

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Good People - Good Water - Good Fish

After spending three weeks in Marco Island, Florida, catching saltwater varieties on spin and fly rod, it was time to move up north. Florida is unique as there is no stream in the state. This pond is stocked by a plantation owner every winter. I’ve been reading about this place for a long, long, long time. I finally got a chance to be in the area and the right time to make it happen. 

The pond temp was running warm almost no one was catching trout. I had a strike after about two hours but lost him. Losing fish happens to me a lot. This time, I grabbed the net, and the camera caused a little slack in the line, and he was off. It took another two hours and my last five casts of the day to land a giant rainbow for my dinner. I was exhausted; I didn’t take a break for four hours. 

During my time, I met two veterans of the pond, which confirmed my fishing approach was correct. You question yourself if you are doing things correctly after fishing for so long while catching nothing. One of the gentlemen tied the most beautiful trout and salmon flies.  Everyone I met supported my quest and kept encouraging me.

Veteran of the Pond

Veteran of the Pond

Arrival at the Pond

Large Rainbow

Large Rainbow

Large Rainbow

Veteran on the Pond's Handmade Flies!

Another Great Fisherman I met!

Pond

Pond

Pond

Road to the Pond