Was fishing the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Florida over the 4th of July week. Came across this “grassroots” movement notion for expanding our fly fishing community closer “one fly at a time”.
Thought this was a great idea and intend to start a few of these “need one, take one” “Have one, leave one” plaques around my neck of the woods.
Seems a novel way to encourage others to fly fish.
Anyone else ever seen these on their home waters? It was brand new to me. You can sign up for a free “starter kit” to start one up. Just search “flybrary”.
That’s an awesome idea! I have never encountered that myself in any waters I’ve fished. Great idea for sure. Normally I give out flies that are working to people near me that aren’t doing so well... if they are good people. I run into some people not worth my time. I like the idea starting one or a few here in Colorado like you will for your waters.
Hi Zack, Only fished from beach with poor results. Family commitments took most of my time. Tides were poor and fish were not enthusiastic. Spent more time untangling lines, baiting hooks and replacing lost gear for the younger ones than anything else. Ladyfish and trout were seen but mostly uncooperative.
Small snook here and there. Only one decent fish landed (15-16 lbs) from beach above Sanibel Fishing Pier. Not much variety. Bait fishers caught catfish and Whiting.
Only fishing excitement was a “damn fool” baby Goliath Grouper of about 4lbs. Caught in the bay side of the wildlife conservation area during one of the water flows at gate 6. Not a usual fish for these waters we were told although the “Ding” is known as a huge nursery for most species.
Other excitement came while surf fishing with granddaughter. Had some bottle nose come almost to shore and we could have reached out and touched the closest one.
All in all, not great. They still call it fishing, not catching.
Zack, just thinking I may have misunderstood your question. If you wanted a local report on Sanibel fishing in general, the locals I spoke with, including the bait and fly shop owners, all say the fishing is terrible and will not likely improve for quite a while.
Everyone blames last year’s Red Tide episode for this. Kept hearing the same mantra from locals, most breeding size fish were killed off and the red drum, snook, and sea trout are all catch and release until May 2020 due to impact on the population by red tide.
@trublubug Thanks Bill. I don’t fish the gulf side of the state much. I was in Everglades NP last January for 3 days with similar results. Small snook and trout were caught. I was also told the red tide put a hurting on the breeder size fish.
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