Florida Keys

Tip of the week 

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 

October 12-20th...Moderate winds through the week-end and then dying down to 26 mph for the week.


Hello Anglers! We welcome everyone a warm welcome from The Saltwater Angler!
With Irma far behind us now, everything is pretty much back to normal. Key West was really spared by being on the weaker side of the storm. Don't always believe the media, Key West is still here and in great shape. Fishing has already been back to normal for a few weeks. The flats are very active early in the morning with many Bone fish and quite a few Permit being spotted moving over the back country's shallow patches. It's the time of year the water starts to cool a little and fishing from early morning to late afternoon chasing the SLAM is exiting. Start by targeting young Tarpon tight up against Mangrove patches and then moving into shallow flats for Bones and Permit. This time of year small crab patterns can sometimes work for all three species, taking up less time changing flies and more time with lines in the water. If using spin gear, try using flathead shrimp jigs for Bones and Permit. Smaller 7' Hogy lures work great for Tarpon. The large Cudas will start being seen sunning themselves over sand patches in in 3-5 feet of water too. On fly, these brutes can make your whole day! Just remember fast moving baits are the trick on what ever you chose to cast at them. Offshore there have been many boats back to fishing. Most Captains just need the tourist back in town. The Dolphin have been on fire and plentiful. Reports are coming in of consistent 20+ ponders being landed. The reefs are thick with large yellow tail Snapper. They are one of the best table fare around and plentiful. Lots of chum will bring you better success out on the reef line. For those of you who can venture down here to Key West, the roads are open and I'm sure you can find a guide for any of your fishing choices. Good Luck!

Must Have Flies 
Peterson's Spawning Shrimp tan 2 Buy from Orvis.com
Bluewater Softy Minnow Chart/white 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Floating Tarpon Toad tan, olive 3/0,5/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Barracuda Fly white, chart 3/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Grassett's Flats Minnow various colors 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
Grand Slam Crab tan 1/0 Buy from Orvis.com
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