July and August in South Florida is very hot, both in terms of weather and fishing and Everglades National Park is the epicenter of the best fishing in the world.
This is the time of the year when you can catch almost every species everywhere in the Park.
Schools of finger Mullet and Mojarra are plentiful and behind these are the fish we want to catch and you can use the method you want be it live bait, cut bait, lures and flies.
If you are a fly fisherman any mullet-y looking fly about 3" long is the ticket to catch fish consistently. I usually tie my F Mullet and Bleeding mullet patterns with deer hair tails, saddle or arctic fox collar and Ep fibers dubbed for the head.
For lures I usually buy Charlie's big dipper and super shads in pearl white and watermellon.
There are lots of opportunities for sight fishing the turtle grass flats, sandy flats on the edges of the keys, muddy banks at the lower stages of the tide and tarpon rolling, especially during low light conditions.
If you are prospecting water as opposed to sight fishing I usually prefer to fish under branches, tight to the mangroves or covering well marked cuts with a good current where I know the fish are hanging.
While blind casting for the more desired species we will also catch Snapper, Lady fish, Topsails and more.
This excellent fishing conditions will remain for the next couple of months and I look forward to put my clients into consistent action lots of fish.
Early summer in SoFlo is the best time of the year to fly fish. There are fish everywhere and they are on the bite!
This is also the height of our Tarpon season.
Weather has been very windy during the first two weeks but no it seems to have returned to low to moderate which is a plus when you are fly fishing.
Redfish are steadily tailing in grass and muddy beds on the lower stages of the tides. We have noticed some large schools of 50 + fish in Florida Bay. We found snook on the sandy beaches and in large groups moving fast over sea grass flats. And speckled trout seem to be everywhere and hungry.
I have fished a lot all winter long the GREAT Everglades National Park. Weather has been very cooperative all winter despite some wind but as you know, you can always find a lee almost everywhere in the park.
Peter and Thayr, two great buddies and anglers having fun with snook, trout and redfish!
Mike Smith guide in Virginia with a large snook.
Check Mike's web page. http://www.newriverflyfish.com/
We even had time to fish and film the next episode for FORD OUTFITTERS with my buddy Conway Bowman.
Check Conway's web page: www.bowmanbluewater.com
Two of my best fishing friends, Capt. Danny Ortiz and Capt Conway Bowman
Joe and Wayne, two very accomplished anglers that also fished with me in Argentina for Trout and Golden Dorado. Joe caught a hog Dorado about 20 lbs.
For all these fishing we used 8 wt. fly rods, Rio Redfish fly lines and Rio Intermediate saltwater fly lines.
I will keep you posted with more fishing information soon.