Florida Keys

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Be able to side cast and comfortable with the "double haul". This will help you punch into the wind and lay your leader out better.

Seven-day forecast 

Hot days with chance of thunder showers.

Conditions 

Hello Anglers!
We welcome everyone a warm Island greeting from the Saltwater Angler! Weather conditions are a big concern this time of year. so pick and choose your days carefully. Young Tarpon are being found laid up on the flats leading us to they are our resident fish. So pick your favorite Tarpon fly and give them a try. Purple is the best color for early morning or late afternoon Tarpon. Casting an artificial, such as Hogies will really give you a better chance of enticing a bite. Also try live pilchards or crabs in the deeper basins or channels when the wind is up. We are happy to see a nice showing of Snook this year too. Look for them around beaches, inlets and lights from docks. great fight on fly and not too bad table far as well. Don't count out all the other great species on the flats...Barracuda, Jacks, Lady Fish, and sharks can all offer a great day in the back country too!!! Look for Permit and Bonefish to be more plentiful on the flats around grass beds this time of year. The Bonefish bite has been on fire this year. Crab patterns are still the best choice for Permit. Shrimp patterns and smaller crab patterns work best for bone fish. The big Lemon, Bull, and Black are being found in deeper channels between flats. These sharks will give any angler there moneys worth of fight on a fly rod. There is no shortage of these bruisers. Also while polling around, big Jack Crevalles are following stingrays waiting for bait fish to scurry from under their wings. Use any top water lure or fly will bring out their aggressive bite. Reef fishing has been popping with mangrove and yellow tail snapper. One of the best in many years!
Offshore fishing has been good too! Many Dolphin are being found everywhere offshore, but keep and eye out for Frigate birds circling overhead. They are the best fish finders. Sail fishing has slowed, but still keep a look out for flying fish and other baits moving along the color change. If you travel out to some of the deeper wrecks, there have been some nice sized mutton snappers. Throwing live pilchards at these guys will give you a great opportunity of landing a prized fish... ! Nice size grouper are being caught on deep ledges off the reef and any wrecks that offer good bottom structure. Its always a great fight from these brutes and excellent table fair too.

Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. West winds near 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Friday thru Sunday...Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs near 90. Lows near 80. Chance of rain 40 percent both periods.

Must Have Flies 
Premium Bonefish Selection tan 2 Buy from Orvis.com
Clouser Minnow Chart/white 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Orvis Tarpon Bunny tan, olive 3/0,5/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Cowen's Ghost white, chart 2/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Grassett's Snook Minnow various colors 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Avalon Keel Crab tan 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
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