One of the many reason I love fishing the Everglades backcountry is because it's different everyday. You can fish in the same spot two days in a row, and it can be hot one day and ghost town the next. Whether it is the wind direction, water clarity, bait, or salinity levels the fish are always moving around, so it forces us as anglers to adjust with them. What you saw yesterday might be completely different the next and that's what it so intriguing about being lucky enough to fish the Glades


The last few days found us deep in the backcountry out of Everglades City looking for snook and redfish. After we located bait and found the right water clarity, snook started being released. I fished with Jim Wrightfrom Davie, Fl and he did a number on some snook up to 32 inches with the fly rod. We threw one fly all day up into mangroves and also sight fished a bunch of laid up snook on some mudflats near Lostmans River. We had some extremely violent bites from these laid up snook, which in my opinion is the most exciting way to fish for snook.  We also found a hungry school of snook stacked up in a pocket and it was one after another post freeze snooklets.  


The fly that I have been using a lot of recently is the Backcountry Sweeper.  It is a fairly well known fly developed by one of the greats, Capt. Steve Huff.  It was originally tied for fishing down in the everglades for big snook and baby tarpon.  It rides high in the water column and is perfect for fishing along mangrove shorelines where snook, tarpon, and redfish are looking to ambush baits.  I have also fished it extensively on the flats around Flamingo for redfish and have had some great success with it.