Monday, October 28, 2013

Snooking In The Mangroves

Every SW Florida angler knows that snook love to dwell in areas of deep cover.  Our thick mangrove shorelines are the perfect habitat for these ambush predators and fly fishing for them is very effective but a bit labor intensive.  It requires a lot of accurate casting right at the roots, which also means more than a few flies tangled in the upper branches, too.  The payoff is more than worth it.  A big snook blasting a fly is one of the coolest things you'll ever see and yanking them out of their cover is a real challenge on light tippets.  Even mid size snook, like the 23 incher that local angler Steve Krystyniac landed yesterday, put up a great fight on an 8 weight fly rod.  As you can see in the last photo, bulky white flies are really effective on these fish, especially in darker water.