The clock struck midnight and fireworks lit up the dark skies in Key Largo. The usual Florida Keys crowd welcomed a new year in toasts, noise makers, and well wishes.
I started my first fishing trip of 2012 the following morning. Another year passed and we are now settled into 2012 looking forward to the next string of tarpon to flush down our coast line in the Florida Keys. The small windows that allowed for some pooning gave us a small tease of what is to come when the full swing comes around. As I sit in front of this iMac tying away, I stare up at my wall of fly rods and my 12wt immediately catches my eyes. I continue to become anxious as I get flashbacks of January 1st 2012. The miraculous even that took place that day still has me in awe as Tim and I experienced a taste of 2012′s laid up tarpon fishery. We hooked a bunch of fish that day and brought 3 to the glove. The cold fronts have since pushed the fish away as they await their turn to slide into spring time migration mode.
With tarpon fishing tactics constantly evolving, both my arsenal, ammunition, and vehicle had to keep up with these changes as well. So I advance forward this tarpon season with new Nautilus Monster Fly reels, improved versions of last year’s flies, and more power at my stern.
I have been jamming tying up lose ends for the Salty Fly tournament the last 3 weeks. This week with the IF4 fly fishing film showing/party Friday day night I’ve been burning the candles at both end.
What started off as a Fly Only tournament has grown by leaps and bounds.
With 65 fly only teams and 25 more teams on the waiting list it is the largest fly tournament in Florida.
First day is the Fly fishing film showing down in Ybor City 6-9pm(Open to everyone, tickets is $5.00 and includes Hooters wings)
2nd Day is the tournament(sold out but weigh in is at 3:30pm)
3rd Day is the G.Loomis skiff casting challenge. (free entry, free food, free raffle, come to compete or to watch. Open to everyone)
More information can be found at: http://www.saltyflytournament.com
If you can’t make it to the weight in we well doing a live feed.
Here is the flier I have been working on for the event.