Marsh in Nassau
River of North Florida

Welcome to a quick encounter with tying flies, the artificial bait used in fly-fishing. Whether you’re a fan of fishing or can’t bare the thought of stepping into a boat, fly tying has appealed to the artistic and fanatic fisherman alike. This site shows how a bunch of feathers, fur and tinsel can be tied into a realistic bait that makes the fish of Northeast Florida bite. This site breaks down the tools needed to tie flies, offers guidelines to tying the effective Clouser fly and hooks you up with some of Florida’s fishing hotspots.

Marsh in Nassau
River of North Florida
Birth of fly fishing

Fly-fishing originally thrived in North American areas where clunky spinning rods failed to catch the small rainbow trout of clear, narrow mountain streams. The whipping motion of the fly rod’s cast and the feather-light artificial flies used as bait mimicked falling insects or hatching larvae dotting the clear water. But in the past 30 years or so, fly-fishing has moved south, and into the hands of saltwater fisherman, And while fly-rods have thickened to support the weight of heavier saltwater species, the artificial flies were also enlarged. Saltwater flies mimic larger and more colorful bait, namely minnows, crabs and shrimp.

Fishing areas along Northeast and Central Florida offers challenges that northern streams cannot. Fish stocking Florida’s rivers and coasts are typically larger and more wary. River water is often murky, making it difficult to spot schools of fish. Tying the right fly can make a big difference in whether or not the fish bite during a Floridian fishing excursion. In addition, tying your own flies can bring new connections to a sport you love or even just artistic fulfillment, if fishing isn’t your thing. This site offer insider tips from fly fishing experts and guides to start tying your own flies in cost-efficient and effective ways.

Did you know fly tying techniques were fine tuned in Macedonia? This timeline offers a look at the devlopment of flies in the hunting technique and sport of fly fishing.