May 2015 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Welcome to this months Native Fly fishing report for the Space Coast of Florida. In the last few weeks, we have been blessed with light winds and sunny skies which is a fly fisherman’s dream… especially when there are an abundance of fish present. That was the case for many of my customers this month. Anglers from all over the U.S. got to experience some very good sight fishing opportunities that the Space Coast has to offer.

Redfishing has been pretty good in all 3 Lagoons(Mosquito, Indian, and Banana). Water has been high so fish can be found way in the back bays, and tight to the mangroves. Baitfish patterns have been working well for Reds and Sea Trout in areas where baitfish are present.

Schools of Tarpon are littered on the flats smashing bait fish and eating well placed flies. They can be pretty tricky to feed and land on any kind of tackle, but once you have finally landed that one fish…please handle them with care. These fish can be extra stressed during the fight by the airshow that they will put on for you. After I get one boat side, I Do Not lift them out of the water. I like to keep them in the water at all times, that goes for any size big or small. A quick photo with a little lift above the water and back in it goes for the revival and release. This technique is good because Tarpon are strong and floppy fish, if you lift one in the boat, chances are they will kick out of your hands and flop all over the deck causing more harm to the fish and your boat/equipment. I’ve been seeing way too many photos on social media of mishandled Tarpon being held up that look beat up and missing most of their scales, which most likely didn’t make it. That goes for all fish I plan to release, handle them as if they were one of your babies so they can live on to give you another air show in the future.

Tim from Texas had some fun sight fishing little tarpon on the flats.
Mosquito Lagoon Tarpon on fly

Steele from Longwood, FL. feeding Redfish D.O.A. 3″ Shadtails in the Mosquito Lagoon on a 4 hour trip.
Moquito Lagoon redfish
Banana River Redfish

Brandon from Texas managed to feed a handful of Tarpon laid up and cruising in schools.
Mosquito Lagoon Tarpon guide
Tarpon on fly
Cocoa Beach tarpon on fly
Fly fishing for tarpon
Indian River tarpon guide
Indian River tarpon on fly

Chip from Vero Beach, FL. got some eats and some jumps but none came to the boat. It was one of the slower and windier days so it was tough.
Tarpon on fly

Chip and Jason from Orlando, FL. had some fun with redfish on D.O.A. 3″ Shadtails, Sea Trout on Topwater lures along with big lady fish and Jacks keeping the rods bent and topwater action exciting.
Mosquito Lagoon Redfish
Redfish

Mike and Mark from South Carolina experienced some schools of tarpon surrounding the boat but were being pretty picky. There were a few hungry ones along with a hungry redfish.
redfish on fly
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cocoa beach tarpon on fly

My buddy Billy visiting for some baby tarpon action and some up close and personal photos…
Billy Rotne tarpon
Mosquito Lagoon Black Drum on fly
Mosquito Lagoon Redfish guide
Orlando tarpon guide
saltwater fly fishing guide
Tarpon on fly

Thanks for reading the Native Fly blog, stay tuned for next months entry.

– Capt. Willy Le
nativeflycharters@gmail.com
321-303-7805
www.NativeFlyCharters.com

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April 2015 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

The month of April really felt like June with nice calm westerly winds in the morning and a easterly sea breeze in the afternoon.  Seasonal fish seem to think the same, like Tarpon for instance.  They have been showing up a little early this year in some areas in the back country where they don’t normally show until early Summer.  These are the smaller fish ranging anywhere from 10-30lbs.  I’ve been finding them in schools cruising the flats or single fish laid up and they have been eating flies very well.

Redfish has been hit or miss, one day we will see a bunch, and the next day only a few which makes it tough for fly fishing. Spin guys can blind cast into fishy areas and catch them regularly.

With the massive amount of mullet and glass minnows around in the lagoon systems, big Sea Trout can be found nearby the baitfish.  Very tough to sight cast to, but it is possible with a stealthy approach and the right fly/lure.

Jon snuck away from the Disney Parks for a day of fishing, he ended up getting slam on fly and spin.
mosquito lagoon tarpon on fly
mosquito lagoon redfish
mosquito lagoon fly fishing
mosquito lagoon sea trout

Steven and Steve from Texas got into some good sight fishing action in the Mosquito Lagoon using D.O.A. 3″ Shadtails.
Mosquito Lagoon fishing
Mosquito Lagoon fishing guides
Indian River fishing
indian river fishing guides

Ashley from Orlando, FL. loves to fish. She did not stop casting her D.O.A. Shadtail the entire day!
girls who fish
redfish girl
mosquito lagoon redfish

Regular client Brad from Colorado jumped numerous Tarpon in the backcountry ranging from 15-30lbs but could not get one to the boat. That’s tarpon fishing..but he did land a nice redfish on a 7wt and surface fly while the sun was rising.
Redfish on fly
Tarpon on fly

Scott form California had some fun sight casting to small tarpon that were laid up on the flats.
mosquito lagoon tarpon guide
mosquito lagoon tarpon on fly
Tarpon on fly

Rob and Mike from Orlando, FL. experienced on of the slower days this month, but that didn’t keep them from catching a few.
cocoa beach fishing guides
orlando fishing guides

Starting now thru Fall will be a good time to try for a Grand Slam on the fly. Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Sea Trout is what you need and from what I’ve seen lately, it is possible. Definitely will not be easy, but possible. Are you up for the challenge? If so, that would make a good little video.
Tarpon on fly
redfish on fly
Snook on fly
sea trout on fly

Speaking of videos, this is my latest one about my passion for Black Drum. This is a short film I put together with all the footage of friends and client from this past season. Enjoy!

Pursuit of Black Drum from Willy Le on Vimeo.

Capt. Willy Le
nativeflycharters@gmail.com
321-303-7805
NativeFlyCharters.com

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March 2015 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

March was a pretty good month of fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, and Banana River….that’s if the winds were lighter than 20mph. The water and air temps have risen up a good amount, almost like as if we never had a Spring and jumped right into Summer. Black Drum were schooled up in big numbers and happily taking flies at the beginning of the month. Sea Trout were also schooled up but very alert of their surroundings. Redfish have been plentiful but it seems like they have gotten a lot smarter this year and can tell what a fake is when you present a fly or lure.  Presentations have to be near perfect to get the bite most of the time.

Craig from Chicago was born missing a few fingers, but that does not stop him from fly fishing. Here’s a nice Sea Trout he got on a 1/2 day trip to the Mosquito Lagoon.
Sea Trout on fly

Tim from Panama City, FL. had a great day catching a handful of Black Drum on fly which was his first time targeting them.
Cocoa Beach Black Drum on fly
Mosquito Lagoon Black Drum on fly

Tyler from Virginia with a Mosquito Lagoon Redfish caught on a 3″ D.O.A. Shadtail.
Mosquito Lagoon Redfish

Regular client, Rudy from South Florida made a perfect cast to a small pod of tailing fish which resulted in his first ever Black Drum on fly.
Black Drum on fly

Carlos from S. Carolina with a snook on fly while the Tarpon were not being cooperative.
Mosquito Lagoon Snook
Mosquito Lagoon Snook on fly

Rob and Norm had some fun times catching Black Drum and Redfish using the D.O.A. Soft shell crab and 3″ Shadtails.
Mosquito Lagoon Redfish
Indian River Black Drum

And some photos of fishing with friends…
Cocoa Beach fly fishing guide
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide
black Drum
Black Drum on fly
Fly fishing for Black Drum
Capt. Chris Meyers redfish
Capt. Chris Meyers Mosquito Lagoon

Thanks for visiting NativeFlyCharters.com!

-Capt. Willy Le
nativeflycharters@gmail.com
321-303-7805
www.NativeFlyCharters.com

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February 2015 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Greetings everyone! Welcome to Native Fly’s monthly blog/fishing report. This month has been very funky with weather. One day it’s 50 degrees for a high and the next is in the 80’s, add some howling winds blasting at 25mph during and after fronts and you have typical Florida Winters.

Some days I’ve been lucky to have great weather while on the water, and some days I have no choice but the get out and brave the winds looking for protected areas in order for customers to be able to cast a fly rod.

Finding fish has not been a problem in all 3 Lagoon systems(Banana River, Indian River, Mosquito Lagoon). North winds and cooler temps this month have cleaned up the water quite a bit making it top notch for sight fishing. I’ve been seeing a lot of Sea Trout ranging from 20″-30″+ in shallow water, a few schools of Redfish, and a good number of Black Drum. Although there are plenty of fish to be found, they can be extremely spooky and picky eaters. I’ve scaled down to 10lb test tippet at times and also scaled the size of the flies in order to present it to laid up fish without them taking off in the other direction at warp speed. Same goes to spin fishing, increase the length of your fluorocarbon leader, scale it down to 10-15lb test and use small lures in a natural color for better presentation in crystal clear water.

This has been a busy month for me with new and repeat customers. It’s always good to see repeats back on the skiff and see their progress in the sight fishing game.

Bud, who is one of my regulars from Georgia joined me on one of the colder days, fish didn’t seem to mind the cold air temps.
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide
Cocoa Beach fly fishing guide

Chad from Ohio had a banner day with me catching 3 very nice sized Black Drum on fly along with a good Sea Trout. What’s cool about Chad is that he agreed to leave the Drum alone after catching 3. These fish were grouped up and happily tailing, we didn’t want to beat them up all day, instead we left them happy for my guys the next day.
Banana River Black Drum
Indian River Black Drum
Mosquito Lagoon Black Drum
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout on fly

Since we left them alone the day before, the fish were still at the same spot still tailing away for Argentina angler Alejandro. We had enough time to catch 1 before the winds picked up big time and chased us off the water early. This was Alejandro’s largest fish on fly.
Black Drum on fly

Paul from Indiana made it happen this day. Fish were very spooky, but one fell for the fly.
redfish on fly

Nicole from Calgary, Canada had a pretty good day. Lots of happy fish in very clear water. Nicole is also a fishing guide up in the Bow River in Calgary. If you are ever up that way and looking to do some fly fishing, her site is: www.castawayfloattrips.com.
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing
cocoa beach fly fishing guide
orlando fly fishing guide
sea trout on fly
The fish were being so cooperative that we decided to film a little bit of the action:

Native Fly Kwik Klips with Nicole Goerlitz from Willy Le on Vimeo.

Fishing was really slow for the 1st half of the trip for Josh and Josh from Orlando, FL. but towards the end of the day, they started whacking them on D.O.A. Shadtails. Colder water temps had the bite starting later in the day when the sun warmed things up.
Mosquito Lagoon redfishing
Cocoa Beach redfishing

Jason also from Calgary, Canada had to deal with some picky redfish this day. He fed a few but only 1 came boatside.
Cocoa Beach fly fishing

Freshwater anglers Christian and Kevin from Pennsylvania joined me on their first trip in saltwater. They did very well for being the first time.
sea trout on fly
mosquito lagoon fly fishing
indian river fly fishing guide

This is a day neither John from Oregon or I will forget. It was the roughest I’ve ever seen the Mosquito Lagoon, some boats could not make it through the channel and had to head back in to the ramp. John and I decided to charge it and head for an area that I have found fish the day before. Luckily my Maverick HPX-V can handle some big waters and we made it to the spots high and dry. John ended up catching his first ever Sea Trout which he was hoping for, and it was a good one! He also got a couple small redfish which was impressive for such a windy day.
Big sea trout on fly

Fun day with regular customer Martin and his buddy Ed from S. Carolina. Redfish, Sea Trout and Mullet, yes mullet caught on artificial lures. (That mullet was really hooked inside the mouth as seen in the pic, not sure if it really ate the lure or if it was just dumb luck to foul hook it in the mouth.)
speckled sea trout
fishing for mullet
Zman baits
mosquito Lagoon sea trout

Chip is another regular from Vero Beach, this day he caught his very 1st Black Drum on fly along with another.
Black Drum on fly

Of course I get to play sometimes. My buddy Billy and I were doing some looking around, when we came across a happy group pf Black Drum.
Black drum on fly
Willy Le Black Drum on fly

The Black Drum fishing has been very good and still going strong. These fish have been a favorite of mine to specifically target on the fly. I think mainly because they can be very tricky to feed, and sometimes hard to find. I like that challenge and the pursuit.

Thanks for reading and see ya in March!


Capt. Willy Le
nativeflycharters@gmail.com
321-303-7805
www.NativeFlyCharters.com

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Happy New Year! January 2015 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Happy New Year friends! I’d like to thank all of my customers, supporters, and readers for a fantastic year last year. I really appreciate everyone’s kind words about my photography, and the way I run my company. With that said, I plan on upgrading my camera equipment this year to give you even better images for future posts, publications, and “hero shots”. Ok, enough with the mushy stuff, on to the report.

Fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon, and Banana River Lagoon has been like a roller coaster ride, good one day and slow the next. A lot has to do with the weather conditions we’ve been having lately…also like a roller coaster, cold for a few days and Summertime hot the next. I think it’s getting the fish confused a little bit. On colder days when the wind isn’t blowing 100mph, the Sea Trout and Black Drum fishing has been good. On the hotter days it has been tough to find Sea Trout, but the Black Drum still stuck around along with reds. Fish have been hard to find in most cases, but when you do find them, make every shot count because who knows how many shots you will get or when the next one will be. I’m hoping this weather will be more consistent soon so these fish will be in a better feeding pattern.

John and Kevin from New Jersey joined me for a day in the Mosquito Lagoon. John was on the bow armed with a fly rod while Kevin was back up with the spinning rod. John had some shots at fish but didn’t connect, while Kevin was plucking off a few here and there.
Mosquito lagoon fishing guide
The next day, Kevin flew home and John had to bow all to himself. All he needed was a little alone time, jumping some tarpon in the morning(Tarpon in January?? Yes!), and casting at redfish when the sun was nice and high.
Tarpon on fly
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing

Lyle from Alberta, Canada is new to fly fishing. He joined me for a 1/2 while his family is on a Disney vacation mainly for a lesson on casting, fly presentation, and what to do when you get a bite. As a bonus, he caught a few little redfish.
cocoa beach fly fishing

Shawn from Virginia is also new to fly fishing, he learned very quickly and fed multiple redfish and sea trout this day.
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide
Orlando fly fishing

Mark from Jacksonville shows off a nice Mosquito Lagoon redfish that was belly crawling in inches of water.
cocoa beach flats fishing guide

Justin got his drum fix on this day, landing a redfish, black drum, and several sea trout which are also in the drum family.
redfish on fly
black drum on fly

As always on my time off, I’m on the water looking for new areas and new fish. Here are photos of my days off with friends:

Some great tailing Black Drum action
tailing black drum
black drum tails
tailing black drum
mosquito lagoon black drum
nautilus reels
mosquito lagoon fly fishing guide
cocoa beach fly fishing guide

Here are a couple photos from talented photographer Patrick Ruddy of New Smyrna Beach. These photos along with a few others are featured in Fluid Magazine “The Fishing Issue”. One of my photos actually made the cover of this issue, you can check it out here Fluid Magazine Online “The Fishing Issue”
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Fluid Magazine

Thanks for reading, and hope everyone has a great 2015!

Capt. Willy Le
nativeflycharters@gmail.com
(321)303-7805

www.NativeFlyCharters.com

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December 2014 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Well, 2014 is coming to an end, and what a fantastic year it was for fishing! This month has been very good for sight fishing in all 3 lagoon systems(Indian River, Banana River, Mosquito). The water still remains high but is slowly dropping to normal Winter time levels . Water temperature is in the low 60’s causing fish to be a little lethargic in the mornings, then they start moving around more mid day when that sun warms things up a bit.

In all 3 lagoons I’ve been finding a good number of large to extra large Sea Trout laying around in the shallows. They have been tough to catch and very spooky so i advise anglers to leave the trolling motors at home and get on the push pole for a stealthy approach. Redfish can be found in the same areas as the Sea Trout, again, spooky and being very picky. Black Drum have been popping up here and there in the 3 lagoons as well which is on of my favorite fish to target. Soon they should be schooled up in the hundreds and ready to take a fly.

Dave from North Carolina joined me for a 1/2 day to try and get his first Tarpon. At first, we tried the fly rod with a few bites and no hook ups, then switched a D.O.A. 3″ Shadtail on a light tackle spin rod where he jumped several and finally landing what he came down for.
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Jack, a 14 Year old angler from Jacksonville came down with his dad Mike. Mike has booked me a few times but never brought Jack along until this day. This was Jacks day and he was on the bow the whole trip while dad sat on the sidelines armed with a video camera. Jack had a great day and caught his first tarpon on fly.
Cocoa Beach Sea Trout
Mosquito Lagoon Tarpon

Buck from Orlando travels for work too much. When he gets the chance, he gives me a buzz to bend a rod.
Mosquito Lagoon redfish

Matthias from Austria was in Orlando for a conference. While in Florida, he wanted to sneak out for a fly fishing trip in the Mosquito Lagoon for his first time. Took him a while to adapt to the style of fishing and making the right presentations. He had lots of shots at redfish and trout but only landing a smaller trout, which he was pretty happy about.
Mosquito Lagoon sea trout

Marcia from South Florida was given a gift certificate to fish a full day with me last Christmas. She had a great sight fishing experience.
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout on fly
Mosquito Lagoon guides

On my off time, I like to enjoy it back on the water with friends.
Mosquito Lagoon tarpon
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Black Drum on fly
Mosquito Lagoon black drum

I hope every one has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hoping for another great year in 2015, thanks to all of you readers, anglers, and companies that support Native Fly Charters keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table for my family. Much love to each and every one of you!

Capt. Willy Le
www.NativeFlyCharters.com
321-303-7805

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November 2014 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report & News

This month was a special one for me and my business. As most of you may already know, I have been waiting patiently for my new custom skiff to be be built by the masterminds at Maverick Boat Company. Well the time had come earlier this month and I got to take home my brand new 2015 Maverick 17 HPX-V! Here’s what I have to say about it:

I’ve ridden in a few 17HPX-V’s so I kinda knew what I was getting into. I fish and guide in waters anywhere from Mosquito Lagoon down to Fort Pierce and occasionally the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay. So I needed a skiff that can handle crossing some bigger waters and fishing oceanside as well as getting skinny in the Lagoons and backcountry.

This 2015 Maverick Mirage 17 HPX-V is the skiff of choice for me. It rides incredibly soft and dry in big waters, can handle fishing off the beaches and Oceanside and will get skinny enough to chase those tailing fish on the shallow flats. The thing I love most about the 17- HPX-V is its performance on the pushpole. The skiff is dead quiet poling in the wind, tracks very well, and spins quick and effortlessly which are all the traits you need to stalk those spooky fish and position your anglers for that “perfect shot”.
Maverick HPX-V
Maverick HPX-V

I rigged my skiff as simple as can be. No trolling motor or power poles. I like to keep them as light as possible, which is the reason I opted for the Yamaha F70 instead of the F90. The hull and console is a custom color (Castle Tan) with and all Wheat colored deck and non skid. I got the removable cooler/seat option and added a removable casting platform that I can interchange with a platform with a cage for rough Oceanside waters.
FLats boat
edson wheels
flats skiff
tnt custom boat works

Performance wise, this skiff how it is rigged will run 40mph and drafts shallow enough for me and the waters I fish in the Mosquito Lagoon. I’d say around 8″ give or take with me on the platform and an angler on the bow.
maverick HPX-V

The trailer is set up for dry launch by Ameratrail trailers. That means i do not have to submerge the trailer to launch or load the skiff, that will keep from saltwater corrosion and rust to form on the trailer and should make it last a lot longer.
Ameratrail trailers
Maverick boats
Ameratrail trailers

For more info on Maverick Boats, visit their site at: www.maverickboats.com

FISHING REPORT:
Winter is now in effect with the first couple “real” cold fronts to hit Florida mid this month. With the dropping air and water temperatures, different species of fish will react a certain way in the Central East region. The Redfish and Black Drum will start to school up on the flats, Sea Trout and Snook will be up in the shallows sunbathing, while Tarpon become more elusive. The water will start to clear up making it ideal for sight fishing opportunities, but with cleaner water means spookier fish. That’s when we switch up tactics and go to stealth mode with our approach and equipment.

After I took delivery of my new skiff and got it rigged and ready to take out on the water, I was able to run my first couple trips with friends, return clients, and new clients. Here are their stories.

Brad from Colorado who is a regular customer wanted to be the first customer to slime up the new boat ever since I told him about it. Well he was and he did it good! Despite the super windy conditions, we hid in a protected area all day where Brad went 3-3 on Tarpon, 1 Snook, and 1 giant “gator” Trout all on fly. He also made a delicious Key Lime pie which was a great way to celebrate his victory!
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide
merritt island fly fishing guide
cocoa beach fly fishing guide
orlando fly fishing guide
mosquito lagoon gator trout
key lime pie

Dr. Fritz from Germany is on a 2 week vacation with his wife and son touring around every coast of Florida. He managed to sneak a 1/2 day trip in while visiting Cocoa Beach. Conditions were windy out of the north with air temperatures in mid 60’s for the high. Dr. Fritz hoped to catch his forst tarpon and redfish on fly, but his hopes dropped after seeing the weather forecast that morning so we decided to go later in the morning and let the sun heat things up a bit. The new skiff was amazing crossing the white capping open waters to get to some protected little areas where we might find a Tarpon or two. We found them. Dr. Fritz went 3-3 on Tarpon and got 2 Redfish on fly, he was a very happy camper and so was I.
Mosquito Lagoon redfish on fly
fly fishing for tarpon

While I was in between boats, I am lucky to have friends that welcome me aboard theirs. Here’s a redfish that I needed to catch or I would have gone nuts from being off the water too long(2 weeks). I was fishing with my buddy Billy Rotne on his skiff.
cocoa beach redfish

Here’s a photo of my buddy Rick Worman helping me slime up my new skiff with a Snook on fly.
snook on fly

I am very pleased with my new Maverick HPX-V, it does everything that I want it to do, for what I do. The little time that I’ve spent with her so far, I think I am in love.
florida fly fishing guide

Capt. Willy Le
nativeflycharters@gmail.com
321-303-7805

www.NativeFlyCharters.com

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October 2014 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Hello and Welcome to Native Fly’s monthly fishing report and news. October is one of my favorite months to fish. Mullet are plentiful in the Lagoons and the predators are not too far away from them. We had a great Summer this year with good weather, water conditions and good fishing, it seems like Fall is going to be just as good. Water level has still been on the high side this month due to all the rain we’ve gotten all Summer. Water clarity is fair to good in most cases depending on what area you are fishing.

With the water being so high, I’ve been able to fish further back in the backcountry hiding from society finding plenty of hungry fish, mostly redfish. Sea Trout have been a little tough and hard to find lately due to murkier water, but the Tarpon and Snook have taken their place. Since the beginning of the month was still Summer-like conditions, the tarpon bite was excellent. Towards the end of the month, we had a few fronts move in just enough to push them where ever they go hiding during the colder months. Snook are definitely showing more of themselves lately in the areas that were hit the hardest during the 2010 freeze, which is the northern part of the Indian River, the Banana River and Mosquito Lagoon, most of them in the 15-25″ range but that’s a great start.

Ming and Don from Canada had a great day fly fishing. It was their first time fly fishing in saltwater so it took a while to adjust, but once they did, the juvenile tarpon kept them busy through out the day as well as a couple redfish.
mosquito lagoon tarpon on fly
cocoa beach tarpon on fly
mosquito lagoon redfish on fly
mosquito lagoon fly fishing guide
cocoa beach fly fishing guide
orlando fly fishing guide
tarpon
babay tarpon on fly

Jack from South Carolina got his first tarpon and snook on fly this day.
snook on fly
baby tarpon on fly
mosquito lagoon fly guides
cocoa beach fly guides

Don and Greg came up from South Florida and also got into some Space Coast snook and tarpon action. Don got his first tarpon on fly.
mosquito lagoon snook on fly
mosquito lagoon tarpon on fly
tarpon on fly
fly fishing for tarpon

Francis from British Columbia joined me for two consecutive days for his first time fishing in Saltwater. He slammed out 3 different species on fly, tarpon, snook, redfish, but we could not get the sea trout to bite. Out of all of those species, he said Tarpon is his favorite to target.
tarpon on fly guide
fly fishing for tarpon
fly fishing for snook
cocoa beach snook on fly
fly fishing for redfish
mosquito lagoon redfish on flyguide

Jesse from North Carolina came down at one of the weirder moments in the Mosquito Lagoon. We found lots of tailing fish, but were very hard to feed using artificial lures. Smaller redfish and sea trout came to the boat, and of course the bigger ones got away. That’s fishing!
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Justin from Titusville joined me on a quick trip in the way backcountry to find some hungry shoreline redfish.
cocoa beach fly fishing guide

Well, I am sad to announce that I have sold my 2014 Maverick HPX-S…but happy to announce that I have a new Maverick being built at the moment. Before the new owner came down from South Carolina to pick it up, we made a quick trip for a wet test/fishing test. Carlos is very happy with what the HPX-S can do, and I know he will be taking good care of it.
maverick hpx-s
merritt island fly fishing guide
space coast redfishing guide

Of course I had to let him pole his new boat around while I get a chance to catch a few.
mosquito lagoon guide

Stay tuned to next months report when I have my new 2015 Maverick 17’HPX-V and see how I customized her.

Capt. Willy Le
nativeflycharters@gmail.com
321-303-7805

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September 2014 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Welcome to Native Fly’s monthly fishing report and news.  This month has started out great in the Indian River, Banana River, and Mosquito Lagoon.  I’ve been spending time in all 3 lagoons and have been finding plenty of fish activity.  Luckily we have not had any bad signs of algae blooms this year in the Space Coast area.  Water clarity remains fair to good in most areas and excellent closer to the inlets.  Water level is high due to the wet Summer that we had.

The Tarpon action still remains very good.  They are happily taking well placed flies if they are presented right.

Redfishing is good and getting better as Fall approaches.  The big fish are starting to get aggressive and smashing any lure or fly in sight.

Sea Trout have been plentiful but acting like Sea Trout.  They are very aware of their surroundings, stealth is the key to catching those big laid up fish.

Regular customer Brad Wherry from Colorado has only been fly fishing for 11 months now.  I have watched him progress since the 1st day he has fished with me.  This day he got a Redfish/Tarpon/Sea Trout Slam on fly which was pretty exciting.  Sea Trout was small, but it completed the slam!

Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guides
fly fishing tarpon
Mosquito Lagoon tarpon
mosquito lagoon sea trout

Hunter from Tallahassee, FL. does not get to do much sight fishing back home. On this day he had a great top water bite early in the morning and later when the sun was high, sight fished several Redfish and Sea Trout using D.O.A. 3″ Shadtails.
Banana River redfish guide
Cocoa Beach fishing guide
mosquito lagoon sea trout

Corey and his dad Ed from New Jersey joined me on a 1/2 day trip in the Mosquito Lagoon. This was Ed’s 1st time fishing the flats. Both Corey and Ed caught Redfish and Sea Trout using D.O.A. 3″ Shadtails.
Mosquito lagoon redfishIndian River guide
Mosquito Lagoon redfish

Daniel from Norway is very new to fly fishing. While staying in Cocoa Beach, FL. on vacation, he snuck away for a 1/2 day to learn some basics and better his technique. Daniel was a great listener, therefore learned very quickly. He managed to go 1 for 2 on small Tarpon and hooked a very nice Redfish but popped off after a short battle. We will see more of Daniel for years to come.
Tarpon on fly

On an off day, i fished with a good friend and great photographer Dominic Agostini. visit his work at www.dominicphoto.com
Maverick HPXS
Mosquito Lagoon fly fishing guide
Cocoa Beach fly fishing guide
Orlando fly fishing guide

Here are some random photos from fishing with friends.
Banana River tarpon
indian river snook
fly fishing for triple tail
triple tail on fly
indian river sea trout

I also got to fish the flood tides for the first time up in St. Augustine with my buddy Billy, I made a little video of the action. It’s always nice to see different areas once in a while.
To watch in HD quality please click on this link: Florida Flood Fly Fishing from Willy Le on Vimeo.

Thanks for visiting NativeFlyCharters.com. Until next time…

– Capt. Willy Le
NativeFlyCharters@gmail.com
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August 2014 Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report

Welcome to this months Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon and Banana River Lagoon fishing report. HOT is one word to describe the month of August, not just the temperatures but the Tarpon fishing all throughout the Central East region of FL. I’ve notice a huge comeback with the Snook and Tarpon since the freeze back in 2010 that wiped out almost every tarpon and snook in the estuaries state wide. I’m seeing good numbers of them almost everywhere that I’ve been looking and that is a great sign for the future!

The Redfish and Sea Trout are also happy and spread out in all 3 Lagoons. Redfish can be found tailing super early in the morning at first light in shallow grass flats waiting for a well placed fly or D.O.A. Shrimp or 3″ Shadtail. You can find Sea Trout around the mullet pods and are happy to take topwater plugs like MirrOLures Top Dog or Top Dog Jr.

Here are the stories and photos of this months anglers:

Carlos and Jennifer from South Carolina came down to fish for 5 days. It was a pleasure having them on the boat and they will fish non stop sun up to sun down rain or shine! Within the week, we ventured off to 3 different bodies of water doing everything from sight fishing tailing redfish, casting mangrove shorelines for snook, chasing tarpon big and small, and chasing Jacks when they would bust bait on the surface. Lots of fish were caught during the week, but the most memorable ones were Jennifer’s big Sea Trout that ate right next to the boat and Carlos’s 1st Tarpon on fly. We even witnessed an Alligator sneaking up to a laid up Sea Trout in shallow water that was pushing 10lbs and snatching it right from the grass. Like National Geographic style!
Mosquito Lagoon Sea Trout
Mosquito Lagoon redfish
Mosquito Lagoon Redfish guide
snook on fly
Tarpon on fly
Mosquito lagoon tarpon
Mosquito Lagoon alligator
Indian River alligator
Banana River Alligator
Florida Alligator
Alligator vs sea trout

Brad from Colorodo has only fly fished for 10 months now, he went 2 for 6 on Juvenile Tarpon with me this day.
Tarpon on fly
fly fishing for tarpon
mosquito lagoon tarpon guide
baby tarpon

Walt from Pennsylvania got his first taste of saltwater fly fishing this day, he also went 2 for 6 on juvenile Tarpon making the Tarpon his first saltwater species on fly. Not a bad way to start the addiction!
cocoa beach tarpon guide
cocoa beach tarpon fishing
indian river tarpon guide

As always, I like to sneak out with friends as much as possible on my down time. Exploring new areas and finding new fish is a never ending hunt for me.
Tarpon on fly
fly fishing for tarpon
nautilus reels
false albacore on fly
tarpon
redfish on fly
WLE_3767
cocoa beach fly fishing guide

And a video of myself and buddy Capt. Rick Worman in the search of untouched Tarpon.

The search for Tarpon on the fly from Willy Le on Vimeo.

Even though the fishing is hot, don’t forget about the temperatures so take some breaks and drink some water or Gatoraid if you are gonna be out all day, there have been a couple times where I almost got to the point of feeling very light headed and passing out while poling the boat mid day these past couple weeks, heat stroke can happen to anyone so be safe!

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