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fishcast

I posted this question in the open water forum too.

I think I'll have an awesome oppourtunity to fish the keys for a few days in the middle of March, but I am almost clueless about fishing down there.

I am wondering what islands anyone would recomend staying on to fish nearby. I plan to bring spinning and casting tackle, but would primarily like to fly fish. I have a 7 and 9 wt. and would enjoy fishing for anything that pulls good, especially ones easier for beginners to catch. I will have a boat to get around on down there.

Any recomendations on islands? Fish to target, especially on the fly? A few go to flies for them?

Thanks for any help.........

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mhedlund

I tried to wing it last winter for a couple days down there and I would suggest if the budget allows, get a guide at least for a day or part of a day. I think they would be a great help to learn the how's, where's and what's.

I was trying to save some bucks and ended up not catching much. It was still great fun, but not many fish hooked. I hit up the local fly shops for info, got some good tips but with such a short trip it was hard to put it all together.

Have a great trip! Post pics!!!

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Nate McVey

I fished the Key's a few times and agree that a guide can be very beneficial. We took a guide for a half day the first year we went and then never again after that. Key West itself is a very hard area to fish as there are so many tourists and so little access. We began renting a car and driving up a few Keys to avoid the crowds. Ramrod Key became our favorite. Lots of flats that could be waded and very little competition. Your 9 wt. will be fine for both bonefish and tarpon. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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fishcast

Hey Shiner, do you know offhand if there is much for camping on Ramrod?

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NoWiser

I would ask around and see if there are any spots where you can target some jacks. I have caught these a few times in different parts of Florida, and they are about the fightingest fish there is. I used light spinning gear and got my butt whooped, I can't imagine catching one on a flyrod. They are considered a junk fish by most, so you may get laughed at, but trust me, they are a hoot.

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Nate McVey

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Hey Shiner, do you know offhand if there is much for camping on Ramrod?

Fishcast, we day tripped it each time. The group we were with included girlfriends and wives so camping or staying closer wasn't much of an option. If I remember right, we would leave Key West around 6, be fishing by 8ish and stay all day......during the heat of the day we would find a place to have a cocktail and then fish again once it cooled off. When we were there (6-7 years ago) there wasn't a ton of development so camping was probably an option. I have an acquaintance that used to live on Ramrod, if I can get a hold of him I'll let you know.

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