Last night at the Matlacha Community Center Park, The Pine Island Fly Fishers held their first meeting of the season. It was advertised as a general fly-fishing “Tune-up” with demonstrations on fly tying, fly casting, knots, and leaders. And it went off well. In fact the parking lot was full.
Captain Joe Harley whipped up a few Tarpon Toads in small sizes that he recommends for redfish. The fly is tied entirely with EP fibers. Meanwhile, nearby Dan Ferraris tied up his good looking Maribou Marauder, and Forrest Bolebruch showed us his intricate little Redfish Giblet. All of them great flies.
Gulfside Marine came by too, and displayed two full tricked out Nucanoe kayaks. These puppies had it all from soup to nuts – casting braces, electric trolling motor, outboards, power poles, you name it. The sky is the limit with kayaks these days. What’s next. A head perhaps? Ask and you shall receive!
Also in attendance was Captain Scott Swartz, a Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Casting Instructor. Scott talked a bit about his Florida Fly Fishing School. If you’re new to fly-fishing or simply wanted to improve your skills, check out his school.