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Orlando Kayak Fly Fishing Report This is the Orlando Kayak Fly Fishing Report. With a kayak fishing charter coming up on Saturday, all my fishing this week was paddle-based fly fishing.... more
Tuesday's trip was on the Mosquito Lagoon. Yes, it sounds like a broken record. High, dirty water makes fishing tough there. I found one redfish all day. Remarkably, I had a good shot at it and caught it. Not a very sustainable way to catch fish, though.
Wednesday Mike Conneen and I went to the Banana River Lagoon. All the grass there is gone. I ran over a small school of fish and set up camp while Mike kept going. A couple hours of casting a wool crab netted me three bites that resulted in a black drum, a redfish, and a hooked and lost fish of unknown specie. Unfortunately Mike did not get a fish. There wasn't a lot of cheese around for us.
In spite of that I went back to the Banana River Lagoon the next day, to a different spot. The good news was the water, although of course still quite high, was clean. Like it's supposed to be. There was no grass at all, though. Only a handful of fish were seen all day, resulting in a single shot and a small redfish that took the wool crab.
It is painful to see what's happened to that fishery.
Saturday fly fisher Steve Marsden, from the wilds of northern Wisconsin, joined me for a day's kayak fly fishing. He had a few shots at tailing reds. Sadly there were no conversions. He did get what was by far the largest pinfish I have ever seen, and a handful of trout that probably would not have "held batter." The weather was awesome, the birds spectacular, and we enjoyed the day.
And that is the Orlando Kayak Fly Fishing Report!
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Tuesday, 15 Nov, 2016
We are in a transition period for the upper Madison. It doesn't know if it is still summer or if fall has really arrived. The upper mad does this every year. Fishin looses it consistency ... moreone day it is good next fishing falls through the floor. The bugs available to the fish are becoming more and more scarce. They are making to the transition back to a fish based diet. Sculpins and juvenile whitefish are fast moving to the top of the menu Streamers of all sorts are beginning to work, but it still pays to put a bead behind it. I think fishing is going to continue to get more and more sketchy The upper Madison becomes a river of extremes in the fall, offering some of the best fishing of the season. But also some of the worst. Every time one door closes another opens. See ya on the lower. E shores
Tuesday, 20 Sep, 2016
The Madison is still play in well despite the in increased pressure due to recent recent closures on the Jefferson bighole and Yellowstone rivers. Looks like they are going to open ... moremost of the Yellowstone back up and one section of the bighole remains open. Cooler temps have really taken the pressure off surrounding waters. If your going to fish the Madison sleep in have a big breakfast and hit the water around 11:00 AM the River has been crowded but everyone is on the same program. Get on the water around 9:00 then off around 3:00. The trick to avoid the trafic is go late get I behind everyone. Last night we had great fishing on ants between 3:00 and 7:00pm. Fish have obviously been seeing some ants. But the real show has yet to happen. For me it has been buggars and beads in the morning with limited success then hoppers and ants most of the afternoon Lots of small fish but good action. Every once in a while something in the 16 to 18 inch range shows up. Fish are sketchy on hoppers they want to get a close look. Takes nerves of steel to leave the fly while they check it out. Ant not so much. If they come for a look they will probably eat it. But you will miss fish because your too fast not because your too slow. Upcoming cool weather could change everything thinks. This upper River doesn't like cold nasty weather could be time to head down stream the the lower.
Sunday, 11 Sep, 2016
Lower Madison is comming alive temps last week were in the low to middle 70's now they are peaking out in the low 60's. Prime for Browns and rainbows. There have been some free floating ... moremoss issues, you need to have a good repitoir of moss removal techniques. There are still some hoppers out which seem to playing pretty well in the afternoon other than that it has bee the usuall array of streamers and nymphs. I like the crawfish looking stuff. Lots of daddy's down there. Fish early and Late to avoid the Bozeman crowd. Tight lines
Sunday, 11 Sep, 2016
Calibates hatch still going strong on ennis lake. Good numbers of fish still working on the surface , but are getting smarter. Last week a size 16 pheasant tail couldn't miss. Now ... morenot so much. Actually did better on a size 18 blond parachute Adams. On the surface. Seems like less people lately. Thoughts are turning to shotguns and bows. The hatch usually starts around 9:00 or 9:30. Bugs peak around. 12:00. Then the wind usually comes up by 2:00 and shuts the whole thing down. Upcoming cold weather could Change thing s mayflies don't like cold weather. We will see.
Wednesday, 31 Aug, 2016
Upper Madison isn't sure whether it is still summer or fall. Everything semis to be working Kind of. Nothing is really killing them. Still if your willing to stay with a streamer. ... moreYou'll end up with a few shots at good fish. Hoppers and ants after it warms up in the afternoon are still getting good action. But not seeing much in the size department.
Wednesday, 31 Aug, 2016
Fishing turned out to be super fun with my friend Julia. We did Palisades to McAtee bridge to stay in front of the windy point traffic and behind the Ruby Creek crowd. I had her start ... morewith a half downed hopper and a flying ant. We never took 'em off. Whether they were eating the half downed for a moth or a hopper, I don't know. Since there weren't too many pine tree's around and they started eating it more regularly in the afternoon, it makes me think that they were eating the half downed hopper as a moth in the morning and a hopper in the afternoon. Red flying ant caught fish all day. Saw smaller black naturals but felt no need to switch. Fished dries, stayed out of the crowds, beautiful day--wonderful float. Thanks Julia
Tuesday, 16 Aug, 2016
20 fish or more
Upper Madison is holding up great this year. The bad news for the pine trees is that it is a big year for the spruce moth. Good news for anglers and fish is hat it is a good year for ... morethe spruce moths. Hot weather has the powers that be flush flowing the beartrraps to keep water temps down that takes a lot of water so they have raised the upper. Higher water seems to cooled off the dry fly fishing a bit the big daddy's are starting to hunt sculpins. So streamer season is beginning. Tight lines everyone E
Saturday, 6 Aug, 2016
Upper ruby on the forest service is fishing well on nymphs a few hoppers starting to show up. A small bead under hopper seems to do the trick ... more
below the dam has been good on small dries especially late
Wednesday, 13 Jul, 2016
Madison is holding up well. Streamers dries , and nymphs are all still working. Streamers in the morning close to the bank. 6in is not close enough. Dries start up later when the bug ... morelife wakes up. We've had good caddis mixed in with some PMDs. Caddis fishing has been good in the evening. Chasing bobbers down middle is still going on with lots of big whitefish, always good for getting a few rods bent
Wednesday, 13 Jul, 2016