Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Report for Middle Florida Keys from Islamorada to
Marathon, Florida

03/02/10 Fishing Report: (See Fishing Report Archive at bottom of page)
The baracuda fishing has been excellent. There have been a few bonefish caught on
calm days. There have been a few resident tarpon caught near the bridges. The water
is getting a little warmer and it should explode with fish very soon.

Description of the Inshore waters:
With temperatures in the high 70’s, and only slightly increased wind, fishing is highly
recommended at this time. Also, within sight of Marathon is Seven Mile Bridge, where
water moves between Florida Bay and the Atlantic. This results in the movement back
and forth of lots of Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish as the seasons change. It includes the
Duck Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Long Key, and Grassy Key,

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

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

Tide Charts:
Vaca Key

Marathon Florida

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 The waters from Islamorada to Marathon are so emerald and blue that
they seem to go on forever. There are miles of flats that are three feet or less
deep, and the light bottom allows you to see the fish coming at a long distance.
There's also a lot of back country water in this area around the numerous
islands. The flats are home to some of the best Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish
fishing found anywhere.