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snook and reds...

Thanks to a friends reccommendation, I've had a chance to fish the 10,000 Islands with Ned on two occassions at different times of the year. The first trip was in January, a difficult time by any measure, the conditions were bright and windy. Ned told us that snook would be tough, but if things went right, we had a chance for a great day. Well, things went right for my aforementioned friend. After watching me blow multiple shots at several nice redfish, he got his turn on the bow. Ned poled him into some calm, shallow water, and pointed out two snook laid up next to each other, about 40 feet away. My friend put the fly in the right spot, both snook reacted, but the bigger one was quicker, and a few minutes later Ned was taking a couple of quick photo's of a 34 inch snook before she was released. Several more fish were caught that day and I even managed to get a couple in the boat.

My next trip with Ned was in November, again we had a great day. We found snook and redfish in almost every location. My best memory of that day will be trying to shake off a ten inch snook, while Ned pointed to a snook well over thirty inches swimming slowly away from the mangroves in front of us. I got the fly to her, the snook turned and opened it's huge mouth as it sucked in the fly. As Ned calmly said, "Hit 'em," I must have been a little late on the strike, because the fly came away clean and the snook swam away. Sure it was dissapointing, but a great memory nonetheless.

On both occassions I've fished with Ned he has worked like a dog to put us on fish in windy conditions. I also think, with Ned's coaching and guidance, I've come away from both trips a better fly fisherman. What more can you ask of your guide?

Kevin Chase


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Everglades Snook Fishing
Everglades National Park, FL

Snook are an ambush predator, they love shallow water and structure of all sorts, but their specialty is lurking in the shadows of the mangrove roots, lieing in wait for the unsuspecting angler to cast his fly.

Centropomus Undecimalis, the "common snook," feeds almost entirely on small baitfish, glass minnows, whitebait and mullet, sometimes shrimp or small crabs, so the flies we use are primarily streamers. As I work on the site I'll make a page about the flies I use.

They move with the seasons like all the others, from the Gulf Coast beaches in the summer to the warm water and baitfish in the backcountry during the Everglades Snook Fishingwinter. Snook love shallow water and they can be found throughout the Everglades in areas that are ideal for the fly rod angler and light tackle enthusiast. Snook are most active during the warmer months and during the coldest months they seek shelter in the backcountry in some of the thinnest water they ever occupy, often only a few inches deep. They are difficult to approach at times like these but a deliberate angler can get close enough for a cast. Some of the best fishing for snook, and everything else for that matter, is in July. I'd add September, October and November to that too, and August if it doesn't get too hot.

We use six to nine weight fly rods and conventional gear from eight to sixteen pound test.

That's Terry Rusthoven in the photo' above.



the fall migration...

I recently enjoyed a very pleasant and successful fly fishing trip with Captain Ned, out of Everglades City. It was my first trip to this area in the fall, and I was anxious to try for snook as they are starting their fall migration to the backcountry.

I could not have been more pleased, both with the fishing and the company of Captain Ned. Ned had spot after spot for us to try and we did not linger if there was no action. We caught snook every day with a beautiful thirty three incher as the topper. I plan on being back there next fall.

Terry Rusthoven


I'm up to eight days a year with Captain Ned and wish I could find time for more days on one of the most beautiful and rewarding bodies of water I have ever fished, especially with a first class guide like Ned.

Mike Colt


This is Kevin's friend, Chris Hamilton with the snook described in the sidebar.