Copyright 2019 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Report for Lower Florida Keys from Marathon to
Key West, Florida

03/02/19 Fishing Report: (See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of page)
The barracuda fishing has been excellent. Schools of tarpon are showing up and some
are being caught. Wind has been the problem most days. There are permit in the
shallows and some big tarpon for a change.

Description of the Inshore waters:
The lower Keys boast a variety of colors when the skies are clear and blue. The lower
Keys consist of a series of islands that run from Marathon, just below the Seven Mile
bridge, to Key West, Florida. The area features some of the best flats and shallow water
fishing in the world, as well as first class reef fishing. The lower Keys are a must for all
serious anglers.

Speckled trout (Sea Trout),
Jack Crevelle,
Spanish Mackerel
King Mackerel

he fishing season is year-round.
Spring provides some of the best fishing found anywhere, Barracuda, Bonefish, Bonito,
Jack, Grey Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Snook, and Tarpon
Barracuda, Bonito, Permit, Grey Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Snook,
Tarpon, and Wahoo
Bonefish, Bonito, Spanish Mackerel, Permit, Redfish, Grey Snapper, Mutton Snapper,
Snook, and Tarpon
Amberjack, Barracuda, Bluefish, Bonefish, Bonito, Cobia, King and Spanish Mackerel,
Redfish, Sea Trout, Grey and Mutton Snapper, and Tarpon

Tide Charts:
Key West

Key West

Recommended Flies For :
Redfish, Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout), Snook Tarpon

Flats Flies:
Baby Crab
Brown Crab
White Shrimp
Yellow Shrimp
Coral Marabou Shrimp
White Marabou Shrimp
Backcounty Baitfish

Inland water Flies:
Olive Baitfish:
White Minnow

Green Tarpon Baitfish
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 5 to 10 weight, depending on species

Saltwater Hand-tied Leaders

Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly SS Series: 7 through 10 weight
(depending on species)

Fly Reels:

Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses

Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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Fishing Report Archives:
12/31/18 With colder air and water temperatures, barracuda will take over the
flats. Sea Trout and Jacks are on the move and Tarpon can be found in the
mangroves and channels. Yellowtail Snapper and Mutton Snapper are biting
very well along with Wahoo as cold fronts move through. Just be sure to keep
an eye on water temperatures.