Fly Fishing the 10K Islands

Week ending 7/18/2009

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Fishing Report - week ending 7/18/2009

The wind has subsided and the water is much clearer than in the past few weeks. There are small glass minnows on the outside and snook both on the beaches and back bays. Tarpon are around; fish in the 30-60 pound range can be found rolling early and late. This is a great time to fish the Everglades at first light before the heat slows the fishing down. The Green Lantern is just the ticket for these early morning rolling fish - see it in the picture above"
It is dry, really dry. The water table is very low for this time of the year. We have received some localized storms but not the usual afternoon storms that give us the water that carries us through the rest of the year. The folks at NOAA are saying we are in an "El Nino" period where the Pacific is warmer than the Atlantic. The good news is they expect a less severe hurricane season for the Atlantic coast but drier summer conditions and a wetter winter. They expect this pattern to last about 12 months.
When not fishing this week I spent some time at the Rookery Bay Estuarine Research Center learning about the anthropology of the 10,000 Islands along with the flora and fauna of the islands. These guys do a great job. Whether you live here or are just visiting, it is worth stopping in and learning about all the research they do here in the 10,000 Islands.
All the best,
Capt. Bill