Three Great Spots to Go Fly Fishing in Florida

Looking for some super fly fishing? Check out this list of three great spots to go fly fishing in Florida before putting together your next trip.

Florida has no shortage of incredible fly fishing locations. Whether you’re planning a trip for next weekend or next winter, searching for the perfect fishing spot can be daunting. To narrow down your search, check out these three great spots to go fly fishing in Florida.

Mosquito Lagoon
Mosquito Lagoon is less than an hour outside Orlando, Florida, is a perfect spot to watch the sunset. And, beyond the view, Mosquito Lagoon is worth visiting for the fishing. Fly fishing enthusiasts flock to Mosquito Lagoon for tarpon, redfish, and snook. Nestled within the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore, Mosquito Lagoon offers some excellent flats fishing. Redfish can be caught all year, but the conditions vary month to month. In the winter and spring, the water is clear, cool, and low and makes for easy sight fishing throughout the day. Come the warmer months, the lagoon gets foggy and its best to get your time in very early or later in the afternoon. Whatever time of year you choose, you’ll find some great fly fishing.

Naples & Vicinity
Naples is gorgeous town on its own, and it is particularly great for fly fishing during the summer and fall months. While visiting the city, you can use Naples as your home base as you visit renowned fly fishing spots such as the Everglades and Ten-Thousand Islands. Sitting on the southwest coast of Florida, Naples’ has backcountry mangrove shorelines and creeks where you’ll find redfish, snook, tarpon, and barracudas. On the other hand, offshore fish near Naples includes some big game like mako sharks, grouper, tuna, and marlin – always a real challenge to catch ‘on the fly’.

Florida Keys
We’re saved the best for last – the Keys, home to some of the best saltwater fly fishing in the world. Besides the warm weather, the wide-ranging variety of prey – most notably permit, bonefish, and tarpon – makes the Keys one of the great spots to go fly fishing in Florida, or anywhere else, for that matter. Any time of the year you head to the Keys, you’ll find fish to catch. Expect a healthy supply of bonefish in the summer months. September brings calm conditions, warm water, and fewer people and is one of the top months for Florida Keys fly fishing.

Whichever one of these hotspots speaks to you the most, be sure to grab your essential gear, like these fly tying supplies, before planning your trip. As with the Keys, you can visit Naples and Mosquito Lagoon great fly fishing now and later in the fall season.

Rotary vs. Stationary: Tips for Choosing a Fly-Tying Vise

As many fly-tyers know, when choosing your equipment, there are multiple viable options from which to choose. For instance, when buying a vise, considering the difference between rotary and stationary options is important. If you’re new to the subject, don’t worry; we’ll detail exactly how each of these options function. Our rotary vs. stationary tips for choosing a fly-tying vise will help you determine the best tool for meeting your personal preference.

Rotary
As the name suggests, a rotary vise’s jaws rotate 360 degrees. In fact, certain rotary devices ensure your hook’s axis of rotation aligns with the vise. So, if you hear the term “true rotary,” then you’re dealing with a vise that can deliver that consistent axis alignment. Not only does the rotation offer you ample viewpoints of the hook, but it also provides more accuracy when preparing and applying materials such as hackle or ribbing. Because of the impressive rotation abilities of rotary vises, they are vise of choice for most advanced tyers and those who tie regularly.

Stationary
Once again, the name isn’t deceptive; stationary vises earn that moniker because they don’t have the same vise head mobility of their rotary counterpart. Although that might sound like a small difference, it makes a big difference in your tying experience. For instance, because the device doesn’t rotate, more labor goes into physically wrapping the materials onto your fly. And, there is less accuracy in the placement of materials like hackle and chenille. Whether you’re willing to take on that labor is a key deciding factor for your purchase.

Making Your Choice
As you can see, when it comes to choosing rotary vs. stationary options, one of the top tips for choosing a fly-tying vise is seeking one that suits your personal preference. Of course, not every fly-fisher takes the same approach, but those who want impeccable accuracy, and are willing to pay the price, should look toward rotary options.
For this reason, rotary vises are typically the preferred choice among fly-tying enthusiasts and experts. However, if you prefer putting in a bit more extra work into fly-tying with a stationary model, that’s absolutely a viable route to take. That said, always be sure you’re buying from reputable brands and vendors. For instance, at JS Fly Fishing, we carry fly-fishing vise options from top brands such as Peak Fishing, Regal, and more.
Once you settle on a vise type and find a reliable brand that provides them, you can begin seeing its performance in action. Remember, at the end of the day, if one vise type doesn’t offer the performance you were looking for, trying another option can open your eyes to surprisingly different techniques. MANY of our customers own multiple vises for different fly types!

Meet Our New Pro Tyer – Scott Fisher, Somerville, NJ

Scott Fisher has been fly fishing and tying for 10+ years. Like many fly fishers, he was previously an avid spin fisherman until one day a friend brought a fly rod along on a fishing trip. Scott says he didn’t think much of it until his buddy cast out his line, his fly landed on the water surface and a fish exploded onto his fly moments later. Scott bought a fly rod the very next day!
Fly tying came shortly after. Scott is an experienced artist and has the advantage of a trained eye and knowledge of sculpting. Fly tying was another opportunity to create, and he fell in love with it and its direct connection to fly fishing. Two passions all in one.
During the pandemic, Scott did Live Facebook videos demonstrating beginner as well as advanced fly tying techniques to a following that eventually grew to a few thousand people. He loved making connections with people and saw how much of an impact he made with many of the viewers. He got wonderful feedback about how much his teaching helped them. Scott has a passion for helping people learn the beautiful art of fly tying, and the benefits that come with this incredibly special sport of fly fishing.
Scott annually ties at The Fly Fishing Show in Edison, NJ as well as The International Fly Tying Symposium in Parsippany, NJ. representing The Catskills Fly Tyers Guild where he is featured member and co-secretary for social media.
Find Scott @: www.etsy.com/shop/fisherflyworks, www.Facebook.com/Fisherflyworks, Instagram:@TroutJouster, www.scottfisher.weebly.com
Scott’s Favorite Flies: Scott is at heart a Catskill dry fly tyer, since he lives two hours from the Catskills. Nevertheless, Scott is a very versatile tyer, proficient in many other styles of flies.