Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Report for Upper Florida Keys from Key Largo to
Islamorada, Florida

12/26/18 Fishing Report: (See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of page)
Even though winter has arrived and cold fronts are moving through on a regular basis,
the fishing remains excellent. On the Gulf side the Spanish Mackerel are biting as well
as Trout, Snapper, Redfish, and Cobia. Then, if you get tired of these, you can slip
through one of the numerous channels to the Atlantic side and fish for Yellowtail
Snapper as they will be getting hotter in January and February. Whatever you do, make
sure you save some time to fish the back country for Bonefish.

Description of the Inshore waters:
The green and blue waters of the Florida Keys consist of a chain of islands that runs
about 150 miles south and west forming the upper, middle, and lower keys. The upper
keys run from Key Largo to Islamorada, and the waters in this area provide a habitat for
many types of fish. On the Gulf side there are shallow grass flats for miles, while on the
Atlantic side you can go a short distance offshore and be in deep water, due to the
many channels and water flowing back and forth from the Gulf to the Atlantic, water
temperatures change daily and keep fish active.

Speckled trout (Sea Trout),
Jack Crevelle,
Spanish Mackerel
King Mackerel

he 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, Bluefish, Bonefish, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, King and Spanish Mackerel,
Permit, Redfish, Sea Trout, Tarpon

Tide Charts
Upper Matecumbe Key


Recommended Flies For :
Redfish, Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout), Snook Tarpon, Ladyfish:

Flats Flies:
Baby Crab
Brown Crab
White Shrimp
Yellow Shrimp
Coral Marabou Shrimp
White Marabou Shrimp
Backcounty Baitfish

Inland water Flies:
Olive Baitfish:
White Minnow

Green Tarpon Baitfish
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 5 to 10 weight, depending on species

Saltwater Hand-tied Leaders

Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly SS Series: 7 through 10 weight
(depending on species)

Fly Reels:

Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses

Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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