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Fly Fishing Report for Middle Florida Keys from Islamorada to
12/31/18 Fishing Report: (See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of page)
The waters from Islamorada to Marathon are so emerald and blue that they seem to go
on forever. There are miles of flats that are three feet or less deep, and the light bottom
allows you to see the fish coming at a long distance. There's also a lot of back country
water in this area around the numerous islands. The flats are home to some of the best
Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish fishing found anywhere.
Description of the Inshore waters:
With temperatures in the high 70’s, and only slightly increased wind, fishing is highly
recommended at this time. Also, within sight of Marathon is Seven Mile Bridge, where
water moves between Florida Bay and the Atlantic. This results in the movement back
and forth of lots of Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish as the seasons change. It includes the
Duck Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Long Key, and Grassy Key,
Speckled trout (Sea Trout),
The fishing season is year-round.
The Spring provides some of the best Tarpon fishing found anywhere, Barracuda,
Bonefish, Bonito, Jack Crevalle, Snook, and Tarpon
Barracuda, Bonito, Permit, Snook, and Tarpon
Bluefish, Bonefish, Bonito, Spanish Mackerel, Permit, Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon
Barracuda, Bonito, Bluefish, Bonefish, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, King and Spanish
Mackerel, Permit, Redfish, Sea Trout, Tarpon Trout, Grey Snapper, and Mutton
Recommended Flies For :
Redfish, Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout), Snook Tarpon
Coral Marabou Shrimp
White Marabou Shrimp
Inland water Flies:
Green Tarpon Baitfish
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