Fly Fishing Florida: Awaken Your Inner Fanatic

    Learn the art of fly-tying and land your own catches.

    Fly-fishing in Florida promotes gracefulness and creativity, offers the excitement of playing strong fish on light
    tackle and introduces the art of fly-tying, which you’ll use to land your own catches. The right instructor can teach you these techniques and get you casting accurately in a long weekend.

    Individual or family lessons are available, or join a larger class, where you’ll build confidence and camaraderie among fellow anglers. An added bonus: The “course work” ends with fishing adventures.

    Here are some top schools near some of the state’s most productive waters.

    Islamorada-based Florida Keys Outfitters has been offering fly-fishing schools for 22 years. Sessions include two days of classes and individual casting sessions.

    Angler/author Jon B. Cave is a fly-casting legend. Based in Oviedo, near Orlando, Jon B. Cave’s Complete Fly-Fishing School offers lessons specific to freshwater or saltwater for corporate groups, families and individuals.

    Jacksonville’s Black Fly Outfitters is owned and operated by angler/artist Capt. Vaughn Cochran, a fly-fishing legend. The shop offers casting lessons, seminars on fly-fishing northeast Florida waters and fly-tying lessons.

    Pine Island-based Florida Fly Fishing Schools offers fly-casting and fly-fishing classes, plus a school dedicated to saltwater fly-fishing. Courses run from one to three days.

    Stuart-based Capt. Mike Conner’s method blends fly-fishing techniques into one effective approach. Anglers of all skill levels will catch fish on the Indian River Lagoon with flies they’ve tied themselves after learning the loops from him.