Friday, March 19, 2010

Sanibel: Birding and Flyfishing

Sanibel: Birding and Flyfishing from Vladan Milenkovic on Vimeo.

We spent a couple of days birding and fishing around Sanibel Island, FL. While the weather and water temperatures were much cooler than usual, we had a great time. The fishing was slow, but we were able to catch some fish and take many bird photos in Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

I fished the Refuge a bit, trying to cover most accessible spots, timing my back casts between groups of bird watchers. The spring snook season is closed this year, due to the fish kills caused by the cold weather. While I had not much luck in the back country, it was a lot of fun throwing the fly around overhanging mangroves, and letting it drift through the deep holes in the channels.

Sanibel Causeway proved to be the best bet, since the surf was up, the wind was howling, and our second morning was drenched in rain. I had to scout the best casting spots, while avoiding the sheepshead fishing crowd around bridge pilings. In the afternoon, I concentrated my efforts under the Causeway, throwing long casts around schools of bait, which were swept with the outgoing tide. Amy was patiently reading her novel, and snapping pictures. After a missed strike from a Spanish mackerel, I switched to a wire leader. Spanish mackerel are fast swimmers, and often strike your fly while running towards you… Several casts later, I had a solid hookup, and landed a nice mack. I continued fishing, but with the ebbing tide, the show was pretty much over.

The variety of water around Sanibel is mind boggling, and I can only imagine how incredible the fishing can be later in the season. I am already planning a trip for beach snook next year!


kolobflyfishing said...

That is a great video, looks like your getting up for those instructional tying videos you've been telling me about;) Seriously though, stellar video, looks like a great trip.

flyfishingunlimited said...

Thanks man, glad you liked it!


Wow... Vlad,

Amazing photos! You guys are shooting like pros! : ) love those bird photos...great works!

What a great report too! It make me feel like to plan another trip to the coast... great report!


flyfishingunlimited said...


Thank you...coming from you, I really appreciate the compliments.

I only wish we had another day or is an incredible place.

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