South Florida on Fly

Chris Lewis, a kayaker from Key Largo, takes us on a tour of South Florida's inshore waters.

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Chris Lewis has only been fly fishing for about a year and a half. But he's in prime waters of South Florida and the Florida Keys to learn. Click through this gallery of his top catches, scenic shots and other photos he's captured during his fishing adventures. This photo features a sight-fished permit, sometimes called "Mr. Rubber Lips" for obvious reasons.
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Don't get too close to this American crocodile. South Florida and Key Largo are home to increasing number of these giant lizards.
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A big bonefish on a beautiful morning in Biscayne Bay.
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Summer sunrise on Biscayne Bay.
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Flat calm morning before a daybreak run to the fishing flats.
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This unusual catch on fly is called a boxfish.
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This Content Key crab is looking for a battle.
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Grab smaller permit by the lips, just like a freshwater bass. Keep them in the water or support them with both hands.
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Another boxfish.
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Don't flub the cast when a tailing redfish pops up within close range.
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Redfish!
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The sun sets in Florida Bay.
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This bull red was caught during a full moon.
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Derek Rust caught this Keys bonefish.
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Permit will tail at the surface, similar to a redfish or black drum.
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Bonefish!
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Permit break the surface without much commotion, so be on the look out for those sickle tails.
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Permit!
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Picturesque run back to the docks on a glassy surface.
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Bonefish from the kayak.
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Key Largo sunrise.
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Lower Keys bonefish.
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One last fish before sundown.
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Big reds hang close to the mangroves, as Chris Lewis can attest.
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A solo trip to Biscayne Bay landed Chris Lewis his first-ever bonefish.
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Skiffs that get "skinny" are tops on the flats of the Keys and South Florida.
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This redfish was tailing on a flat in the Everglades.
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This bull redfish was caught in the Everglades, a unique catch for the area. Most reds are much smaller in this region.
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Everglades flamingoes.
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One last redfish on a solo trip to end the day for Chris Lewis.