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The Thomas & Thomas Exocett Delivers

My story on the Thomas & Thomas Exocett for the Blackfly Outfitter in Jacksonville.

Thomas & Thomas’ motto is “the rod you will eventually own.” Their belief is by the time you try other fly rods, you, the customer, will want the Thomas & Thomas brand.

T&T’s quality consistently shines brighter than the competition. After all, the Massachusetts-based company has been making fine fly rods since the late 1960s. They do so one rod at a time, with painstaking attention to handcrafted detail, from the butt section to the tip.

So it is with the Exocett saltwater series. If you want a rod that’s sensitive enough to cast well for all skill levels, but strong enough to handle everything from tarpon to tiger fish, the Exocett is for you. Trouble turning over those bushy tarpon patterns?
The Exocett can help you punch through that afternoon wind — without wear and tear on your shoulder. Furthermore, the Exocett has proven its durability world-wide, slaying giant trevally and monster tuna in the Seychelles.

The Exocett is known for its performance, but it has a sleek, sexy design as well. The 9-foot, four-piece setup features a matte blue, low-friction finish.

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A Little Time Off the Water

Winter is here in Florida, which means more wind and less time for fly fishing. All you can do is fish between the fronts. The best-case scenario is one day a week to set up a trip. Needless to say, work, family responsibilities and short winter days yield a lot of time indoors.

A few restless anglers in Northeast Florida got a welcome break from cabin fever recently when Bruce Chard spoke at the First Coast Fly Fishers banquet at the Jacksonville Marriott.  A noted guide from Key West, Chard was gracious with his time and put on a first-class presentation where he spotlighted the top places in the world for shallow-water fly fishing. It was worth the hour drive from St. Augustine.

Chard is also a fantastic caster. Fittingly, he gave a morning casting seminar. I didn’t have time to go, but the man can flat out toss a razor-sharp loop. Here’s a clip of his technique.


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Northeast Florida Reds Await

Here’s a throwback to the past: A story, presumably in Florida Sportsman, on fly fishing creeks in NE Florida in a kayak at low tide. Jerry McBride is the author. Rick Ryals is the focal point. Timing is key. You’ve got to get the right tide at the right time, preferably in the morning before the wind kicks up. Once the wind picks up, sight fishing becomes a lot more difficult. Ryals obviously has put in his time on the water. He knows where to go and when.  I’ve got a call into him for more info. Below is a link to the story, which was posted on the Snook & Gamefish Foundation’s website. Enjoy.


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NE Florida creeks and their Redfish

Good story on how to fish for reds in the creeks.

“I could fish these creeks every day for the rest of my life and never cast at the same redfish twice,” Capt. Rick Ryals told me as the rising sun lit the expanse of grass along Jacksonville’s Heckscher Drive.

“Besides Sister’s, there’s Dunn’s Creek, Brown’s Creek, Simpson, Nassau Sound, Mill Cove–mile after mile of grass laced with tidal creeks. I’ve fished here most of my life, and I still get lost from time to time.”


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