Islamorada, Florida, United States
10 Weight Floyd Skiff Co. powered with a Mercury 115 Pro XS
Picture yourself holding a carefully selected fly as you hold it and the lighter-than-air 9-weight fly rod selected for today’s battle. The Florida Bay, teaming with life, for a while seems deserted. And then, a fin suddenly pops up from the water and carves the still water’s surface – a prized fish grazes below.
Whether you’re after redfish, bonefish, snook, tarpon or permit; snapper, grouper, cobia, sea trout or sharks – fly fishing brings the thrill of the hunt to the bow of the boat. If the rivers out west are where you usually wet your line, then you and Capt. Steve have something in common. He guided in Colorado for trout before seeking out Florida’s year-round fishing 13 years ago.
The techniques and tools used in saltwater fly fishing can be a bit different, but no matter. Capt. Steve will bring all the required tackle, and help you grow your angling abilities to include the demands of the ocean and its bounty. Never floated a fly before? Capt. Steve can schedule some pre-charter instruction, or coach as you dabble on board.
Islamorada, Florida, United States • 20+ years of experience
Capt. Steve Friedman grew up spending his summers playing in the waters near his grandparents’ house in central Illinois. The small lake was home to various species of aquatic life like bluegill, bass, crappie, catfish and carp. His initial curiosity for the freshwater fish grew as he did. As his angling skills increased, so did his desire to spend as much time fishing as possible.
Several years later, while completing graduate classes in New Mexico, he spent many days along the banks of the famed San Juan River in pursuit of rainbow and brown trout. When he returned to his hometown, Chicago, he continued to fish the waters of Lake Michigan and spent his vacations fishing all over Florida where his love for the saltwater fish blossomed.
His zeal for fishing took him next to Vail, Colorado, where he guided anglers down the white waters of the Colorado, Eagle and Roaring Fork Rivers, hot on the trail of brown, rainbow and brook trout. Wanting to fish year round, Capt. Steve soon made the decision to permanently relocate to South Florida and guide full time in the Florida Keys where he now lives with his wife Kristine and two children—Benjamin and Sidney.
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