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How to tie the RBH Minky. A killer Striped Bass fly.

How to Tie a RBH Minky. A fly adapted from David (roly poly) Barkers Minky, first made out his wife’s old mink coat and fished at Grafham Water Cambridgeshire. Try this fly in pink, greens, black etc. Tight Lines

Take a kid Camping and Fishing

Camping season in the Everglades is sadly quickly coming to a close for this winter as temperatures warm and the days lengthen both of which contribute to the resurgence of the mosquito, no-see-um and deer fly populations that nearly disappear during cold snaps but once summer temperatures arrive the bug numbers quickly spike along with their pestilence factor reaching levels of biblical proportions. Whereas camping is as I know and understand a summer time recreation in other parts of the country here in South Florida it is a winter activity starting from about the end of November up through the end of March.Camping and fishing with my youngest son on the right is one of my favorite things to do and for him as well. We started camping when he was 5-years old and have not missed a season in 10-years.

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Camping in the Everglades

Can you see him? The morning visitor - the nights sentinel? Lurking just at the waters surface - with only eyes and nose exposed? Many people would be freaked out about the fact they had spent the night sleeping just a few yards from an alligator separated from a relic of the dinosaur age only by the thin near shear walls of a nylon tent. This gator chose to stay in the water during the night when I camped in the Everglades several weekends ago or at least I didn’t hear or sense his presence in our camp. But once in while a gator makes the effort to come on land while we sleep and patrol the campground as we slumber - Why not?  It’s his territory in his world. Snoring campers sound not too dissimilar from a gator growl and the noise quite possibly calls a resident gator into a camp to challenge and protect their territory from a supposed intruding gator -  or so we have surmised when sitting around the campfire at night musing about such things. I love camping in the Everglades.

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Snook on the Move

Here’s the latest snook activity report as of right now. While snook were being caught 6-and 8-weeks ago deep in the  Everglades in the nearly fresh waters of the backcountry as is traditional for the winter months of December, January and February, the fish are on the move towards their spring and summer pattern. Now that the weather is warming up a bit and the days are beginning to lengthen, the fish have now moved down to the the lower bays of the backcountry that are fed by the great tidal rivers like Lostmans, Chathamm, Houston and Broad Rivers as well as the mouths of these river. Snook have also taken up ambush positions during the falling tide at a number of small creeks found along the banks of any of these rivers. We recently boated 4-bruisers in the 15-to 20-pound range the old fashioned way using both live bait and shrimp tipped bucktail jigs. There were three fish that we couldn’t turn as they freight trained their way back in the safety of the mangrove roots we hooked them under and broke us off.

Photo by Jody Moore - all rights reserved