Why You Should Consider Fly Fishing in the Everglades

November 25, 2019 Maxcatch Adventures Views: 1975

Everglades fly fishing provides one of the most fulfilling fishing experiences anywhere in the world. Whether you’re just in it for the sea trout, or you’re looking for a bit more thrill with tarpon or redfish, this is the one place that guarantees you that clean air, clean water, backcountry feel. Below are some tips to guide you.

What to expect 

The most notable quality of everglades fly fishing is the variety in species. If you’re planning to take a trip there, you need to have an idea of what you’re fishing for, so you don’t get startled by some of the unusual species lurking around the clear waters.

Shallow varieties like the snook and redfish are a great place to start if you’re into the more subtle sight-fishing, but if you want a bit more of a thrill, then you can move into deeper waters for groupers, snappers and more unique species like some shark species.

If you are in it for the scenery, you can always slide on downstream, where you will get quite the treat with crocodiles and alligators roaming around, some porpoises as well, and if you’re into bird watching, then you will for sure see a variety of rare species as well. Everglades fly fishing is more than just hooking some trout, it’s an experience to remember, a truly spectacular nature trail.

Important Equipment

Before you set out, ensure you evaluate the weather as even the slightest of breezes can set you back significantly. You also need to know what you’re fishing for and where to find it. If for instance, you’re sight-fishing for snook, you can go for anything from a 10 weight to a 12 weight rod. You should also throw in some weed guards and closures. 

6/8 weight fly fishing rods are generally effective, but depending on the wind patterns and ferocity, you will have to pick the appropriate one. 8 weights have a better pull when it’s breezy, and 6 weights work much better when the weather is calm. You also need to equip your line with some heavy-duty, strong steel hooks if you don’t want to lose a fight to a trout or a tarpon. 

The steel hook is recommended because fish in the everglades can grow to be pretty massive, which means they put up a hell of a fight. So if you have a hook that bends easily, then you will more than likely lose that fight, and your catch while at it.

Everglades Fly fishing tips

Fondly referred to as the “river of grass” the everglades offer an abundance of species. The beauty of this experience is the fact that you get to experience both freshwater and saltwater species varieties, from bass to ladyfish, from redfish to sharks as well as a variety of seatrout.

So what should you be aware of before going in? 

If you plan on freshwater fishing, target drier periods. This is usually when the water level recedes, and most species are pushed into water conservation areas. There are also fishing reports that specify which species is being caught more frequently, and where. These everglades reports will give you a clear indication of the most productive areas.

Saltwater fishing is a bit dodgy. This is mainly because it happens in backwater channels and shallow canals which can be dangerous if you don’t have the necessary experience needed to maneuver these areas. 

If you are hell-bent on fishing for saltwater sea trouts and tarpons, then let no one stop you. All you need to do is ensure you have an experienced guide to help you navigate these slippery mangroves. It is quite a thrilling experience, one that exposes nature at the peak of its powers! 


The Everglades, stretching across southern and central Florida offers a diverse fresh and saltwater ecosystem that is second to none. It is for this reason that you need to have a clear idea of what you are targeting because going in unprepared can be a bit overwhelming. That said, the fishing opportunities, the scenery and the diversity of its species make it worth the trip.The above information will give you all the tips you need to have,


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