Skinny Water Culture unveiled an impressive video today that highlights the solo ventures of Chris Lewis in pursuit of some of the most prized saltwater species. “Long Paddle” features some sweet footage of fly fishing for tarpon, permit, bonefish, and redfish from a small solo watercraft that must be a thrill when fighting such speedy salty critters.
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The Florida Keys make up the southernmost corner of the United States and a destination unlike any other part of the U.S. On the U.S. East Coast, the Florida Keys are an exposed ancient coral reef that now attract vacationers and of course, fly anglers.
The Florida Keys are where U.S. anglers can find domestic tropical flats with the most sought after Caribbean flats fishes. There is truly no place like it in the continental U.S. The waters of the Keys inhabit some of the world’s largest bonefish, permit, and barracuda, and the tarpon migration brings some of the world’s largest tarpon. The Florida Keys also attract anglers who seek snook, redfish, snapper, and sharks in the flats as well as a wide range of offshore species from sailfish to tuna.
Anglers heading south from Miami encounter the town of Homestead. At Homestead, anglers can cut west to Everglades National Park, or continue south on U.S. Highway 1 through the Overseas Highway. From Key Largo to Islamorada to Key West, anglers have a number of towns to stay in that each offer their own charm, and one visible characteristic of each town is the pride they have for their fishing heritage. Tarpon, bonefish, sailfish, and other saltwater species are represented in mounts and artwork that are in abundance throughout the Keys.
As expected, seafood is desired eating, and local favorites include hogfish and mahi mahi. Key lime pie is an expected desert offering throughout the Keys, and you will find no shortage of locals’ favorite drinks.