Hike to 7 Palms scheduled for this Saturday 02-06-2021

Join Philippe Richen and I on Saturday for a hike to 7 Palms to do some fly fishing for shad. This is the first of a series (we hope) of hikes that the Orlando Kayak Fishing Community and the Shad on the Fly group will be co-hosting together this season.

We are limiting this hike to a maximum of 10 people (in addition to Philippe and I.) First to mark themselves as Going in the Facebook event, first served.

We will meet at the Canaveral Marshes Trailhead at 8:00am and make a leisurely hour long 2.5 mile walk to the river. Most of this is on an easy service road that is generally dry (as long as we have not had significant rain,) but as we approach the river, there can be some mud and water to cross to get to the 7 Palms shelter. From there we have access to quite a bit of shoreline on a section of the St. Johns River where shad congregate, and we will spend the day fishing until late afternoon, then hike back to the trailhead before dark.

To join us you will need:
Waders, sunscreen, a hat, protective but comfortable clothing depending on weather and temperature, first-aid kit, water/ beverages, lunch, snacks, fly rod and shad flies.

The fee: shad conversation during the walk & posting great pictures and reports on the Group pages.

Disclaimer: This is a wilderness area where you can expect to see, and potentially fish along side of alligators. In addition there can be snakes, feral pigs, cattle and other wildlife in this area. Cooler temperatures usually minimize our chance of an encounter, however they may occur. This hike is being offered “as is” and if you sign up, you agree that you recognize the inherent risk potentially involved and are responsible for your own actions & safety. You also agree to practice catch & release, leave nature as is, and to pack out what you pack in.

Shad Show-and-Tell Presentation

Philippe Richen from the Orlando Kayak Fishing Club (OKFC) Facebook Group was nice enough to invite me to be the guest speaker for their Facebook Live Fishing Seminar #3 on December 5, 2019. This is a High Definition recording of my presentation. Topics include:

1. Equipment
What types of rods, reels, and lines do you need to fish for shad?

2. Flies/ Lures
What types of flies and lures are effective for catching shad?

3. Tactics
How to find fish and what to do to catch them

4. Preparing for the Season
What I do to get ready for the shad season

5. Where will I fish this year???
The places I plan to visit to fish for shad this year

Fly Tying at Orlando Outfitters

I just wanted to say thank you to all of you that came out to Orlando Outfitters to tie some shad flies with me last night. I had a great time! Here are some pictures from the event…

Save the Date 10/22/2019: Tying Shad Flies at Orlando Outfitters

Hello to all of my fellow shad fanatics! T.J Bettis was kind enough to invite me to teach a fly tying class for shad flies at Orlando Outfitters on 10/22/2019 at 5:45pm. This is perfect timing, as I usually start to get the bug in late October and sit down at the vice to replace what I lost the prior year! If you live in the Central Florida area, come on out and join us for a fun evening!