May 2017 Mosquito Lagoon & Indian River Fishing Report

Greetings to all my friends and anglers.  This has been an excellent year for sight fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon.  The water has finally cleaned up very nicely and the fish seem to be pretty happy about it.

Right now, Redfish, Snook, Sea Trout, Black Drum, Tarpon and Jack Crevalle are what you can expect to catch out there with a well placed fly or artificial lure.

Here are some photos of recent trips

Martin from Oklahoma with his first ever snook that he sight fished along with a few more.

Jeff from Idaho got his first redfish and sheepshead on fly this day along with a few more.


Ed Zyak with a nice largemouth bass

Brandon making some great casts on a windy day

Hilary from England had a great day slamming it on fly


Jeff and his son enjoying a great day of sight fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon

Marine artist Brad Mcminn had a pretty good day casting at tailing redfish and laid up trout

Ed Zyak putting on a clinic usung D.O.A. Lures





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Bair’s Lodge South Andros, Bahamas

Back in March I went to the Bahamas with the crew from Maverick Boat Company to relax and catch some bonefish.  We stayed in a lodge in South Andros called Bair’s Lodge.  This was my first trip to the Bahamas and it was definitely what I expected and then some.

The staff at Bair’s Lodge were super friendly and helpful, the rooms were clean and comfortable, and the food was five star.  All the guides were hard working and knew what they were doing.  The skiffs are new 2017 Maverick 17HPX-V2 rigged simple, comfortable and clean, and the fishing was insane!  I knew I would see a bunch of bonefish, but I didn’t think there would be that many.

I wish I could think of something bad that I could say about my experience but I can’t.  I highly recommend going and staying at either Bair’s Lodge on South Andros Island or Abaco Lodge on Abaco Island.  Visit www.bairslodge.com or www.abacolodge.com for more info.

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Mosquito Lagoon Fishing Report January 2017

Happy New Year and welcome to the Native Fly blog/fishing report for the East Central region of Florida. It’s been a very busy few months and into the new year for me. Fishing has been pretty good, even in the worst weather conditions. Water clarity has been cleaning up very well since Hurricane Matthew and water levels are down the normal depths this time of year which makes great sight fishing opportunities.

Redfishing has been excellent with lots of tailing activity, shrimp and crab patterns are working well with this behavior but then again, when they are tailing, they pretty much eat anything you throw at them if they can see it.

Seatrout have been showing up in pretty good numbers. They’ve been difficult to find for the past few months, but with the cleaner water and cooler temperatures, I’m starting to see more on the flats.

Black Drum have been pretty plentiful on the flats as well, but hey are usually around for a short while until they get hammered, then they move on.

Austin and Matt started off the first day of 2017 with beautiful weather and great sight fishing opportunities!
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Ken from Stuart, FL. caught his first Redfish on fly this day, and later on caught a few more.
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Chip, a regular client from Vero Beach, FL. brought along his friend Riker for his first Mosquito Lagoon experience. Lots of good tailing action this day.
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Charlie and son Bo had perfect conditions for tailing redfish
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Another regular, Tom from Melbourne, FL. had a great day!
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Matthew from Virginia was pretty pumped about his first Seatrout and Redfish on fly.
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Steve and Joel from Canada
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Ron and Art from Virginia sight casting them using 3″ D.O.A Shadtails
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Slick conditions and tailing fish for Ed from California
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A windy day for Chad from Ohio, but that didn’t stop him from catching a few on fly.
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Regular client Martin from South Carolina battled some wind to catch a few on ultra light spin tackle
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Amazing day for Mark from Port St. Lucie, FL. Conditions were right to run the beach, and the last minute decision paid off with Marks biggest tarpon on fly and also getting some shots at big schools of black drum but they were not in the mood to eat when we got on them.
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Nate and Austin making some great casts at single and grouped up tailing fish.
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Jon on some Black Drum
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Redfish action shots…
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Capt. Willy Le
NativeFlyCharters.com
321-303-7805
NativeFlyCharters@gmail.com

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May-July Mosquito Lagoon/Indian River/Banana River

Well, I did it again and slacked on updating my monthly blogs. So here’s May, June, and July in a nut shell. Sight fishing for Redfish, Tarpon, and Sea Trout has been good to excellent! I’ll let the photos do all the talking.
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April 2016 Mosquito Lagoon/Indian River Lagoon Fishing Report

Sorry, I’ve been slacking hard on my monthly blogs.  It’s been a busy start of the year for me with charters and my 2 little ones running/crawling circles around me.  I’m back on track now and with good news and bad news.

The bad news is that we had a massive fish kill in the Indian/Banana River Lagoon a few weeks ago due to Brown tide/Algae Blooms.  It was a major one stretching from Port Canaveral down to Melbourne area killing millions of fish including our favorite game fish like Redfish, Sea Trout, Black Drum, Snook, and Tarpon.
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This video by Dylan Hansen explains it best, please take a look at it if you have the time:

The good news is that this brown tide/algae bloom did not effect the Mosquito Lagoon or northern parts of the Indian River. Fishing up there remains good and water quality is improving a bit but we are not out of the woods yet. This massive fish kill got the attention of the media nationwide and is an eye opener for recreational fisherman, guides, residents, and visitors. Hopefully things will be done to help prevent this from happening again. If you watched the video above, it has some good information on where to start and what we can do to help prevent another massive fish kill.

Moving on to the fishing report. This month has been EXCELLENT for sight fishing. I have been fishing an area in the Indian River with clean sand flats that hold big Sea Trout, Redfish cruising shorelines, snook in the mangroves, big jacks busting in the deeper water, and bonnethead sharks that are willing to take a fly.

Mosquito Lagoon has also been good this month. Lots of shots at redfish in very shallow water putting your finesse casting skills to the test.

Scouting days are always fun with friends..
photo credit: Dominic Agostini www.dominicphoto.com
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Dominic can catch fish on fly too:
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Zach from Georgia got to feel the real power from a Jack Crevalle on his 8wt.
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Regulars Brian and his wife Allison from Connecticut joined me for 2 days of perfect sight fishing conditions. Always fun having these two on the skiff.
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Alex and Brandon from Maine chose a day where the winds were blowing a stiff 20-25mph. We had to hide behind high trees where we were greeted with plenty of shots at fish.
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…and here are some flying spinner sharks just for fun.
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I’ll try to stay on top of my blog game from now on, again I apologize for slacking. In the meantime, get out there and enjoy the outdoors!

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

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March 2016 Mosquito Lagoon/Indian River Lagoon

Almost caught up on the office work, so this is the last quick photo recap of this months catch, next month will be a full report.  Thanks for bearing with me!

Rob decided he wanted to take his chance on Cobia fishing off the beach in the Atlantic Ocean. It was a slow day, only had 1 shot at Cobia and 1 triple tail, was super nice out there so we had to try it.
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Dave from Palm Bay, FL. picked a tough day to fish the Mosquito lagoon with bad water clarity. Few fish were caught.
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I’d say that Bob had a great day this day considering that it was his first time fishing in saltwater. He got a nice redfish on spin tackle and a giant black drum on fly.
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Christer from Sweden wanted to catch his first Tarpon on fly while in FL. He landed 2 out of 6 on Tarpon and got a few Sea trout.
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Jack from Stuart, FL. with a nice sight fished snook on fly
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Tom from Oregon didn’t get any tarpon to the boat but jacks kept him busy.
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Nicole from Canada had Tarpon on her mind, she landed her tarpon and got a nice snook as well.
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Nick from D.C. with a healthy Mosquito Lagoon Redfish.
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February 2016 Mosquito Lagoon/Indian River Lagoon

Trying to catch up on office work so this is just a quick photo recap of this months catches.

Joe from Connecticut with some beautiful Mosquito Lagoon redfish caught on D.O.A. Lures and Fly.
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Martin from South Carolina
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Mike had a great day on the Mosquito Lagoon, he was even greeted by a Bald Eagle.
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January 2016 Mosquito Lagoon/Indian River Lagoon

Been backed up on the office work lately, so this is a just a photo report of this months action.

Angler from Maine with his first redfish on fly.
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Regular client, Chip from Vero Beach, FL. with a Mosquito Lagoon redfish
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Mark got to experience a great day on the Mosquito Lagoon casting at tailing redfish and catching his first on fly.
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Guides day off
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December 2015 Mosquito Lagoon/Indian River/Banana River Fishing Report

This month’s weather has been very weird for the time of year. Hot Summer-like conditions in December doesn’t help with the water clarity in the Mosquito Lagoon, North Indian River, or Banana River Lagoons and it also has the fish all confused with their seasonal patterns…I mean, I was still seeing tarpon on the flats which is rare in December!

The fishing has been hit or miss, fish have been moving around a lot on a daily basis and not really staying put in a general area. Redfish, Sea Trout, and Black Drum made their presence this month and were excellent targets on the fly, when the wind cooperated that is. Thankfully, as I write this blog, we are finally getting some cooler temperatures which should help clean up the water and put the fish in a better mood which makes me in a better mood.

Adam from Rockledge, FL. got out on one of the better day. Slicked out conditions made it easy to spot big redfish finning on the surface from a good distance. These fish weren’t that easy to feed a fly to this day, but this fish seemed to like how Adam presented the fly. This is Adam’s biggest redfish to date.
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Ed from Atlanta, Ga. fed a few fish using topwater lures all day.
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A windy day for Tom from New York. We had to tuck way back in the islands where he caught a mess of Sea Trout, a little redfish, and a couple black drum all on fly.
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First time saltwater fly fishing for Amanda from Colorado. She had some fun with Sea Trout and sight fished a nice Black Drum that broke her off on a mangrove halfway in the battle, which was a heartbreak….but Amanda never stopped smiling.
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I always enjoy having Brad from Colorado on the bow. I’ve watched and coached as he progressed as a fly angler. This day was a good one….lots of shots, lots of refusals, and lots of laughs.
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Paul from Portland Oregon caught his first Sea Trout and his first Redfish this day. He did a great job casting in the gusty winds.
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My buddy Alex doesn’t get too much bow time…this day he did.
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Thanks to everyone who I have fished with for making 2015 a great year for Native Fly Charters! Also, thanks to all the companies that have supported me this year and I look forward to working together for years to come. I have some good stuff coming for 2016 including new camera gear that will produce some fancy images I think you all will enjoy so stay tuned for that in the next blog entry.

Also, I will be updating my website for a new look this year so keep an eye out for that…some changes have already been made in the main site.

Thanks again and Happy New Year!!!

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

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October/November 2015 Fishing Report

Welcome to the Native Fly Charters fishing report for Oct./Nov. 2015.   Water conditions remain murky except for a handful of areas which are clean enough for great sight fishing opportunities.  With the warm temperatures still lingering around, the tarpon and occasional snook have been cruising around the flats along with redfish, sea trout, and black drum.  Millions of bait on the flats has been making it tough for fish to aggressively take flies/lures, but if you put it close enough to the fish and move it how they like it, you might get lucky.

The water is expected to clean up when temperatures drop making sight fishing excellent, redfish should start to school up along with black drum, and the sea trout will lay up in the shallows making prime targets for fly anglers.

Zach drives down from Georgia a few times a year to fly fish for whatever is good at the time. This time it was Black Drum. After what felt like hours of making some good presentations to schools of drum, he finally got one hooked up which make it his first black drum on fly.
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Brad from Colorodo got into some hard fight Jack Crevalle action while in search of snook in the mangroves.
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Christoph from Germany had a great experience for his first time fishing in saltwater. Although he caught multiple species, the redfish gave him the most trouble.
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Ina from England, also his first time fishing in saltwater. Conditions were a bit windier so we hid in the backcountry where he went 2 for 8 on small tarpon.
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Paul and his son Arleigh from Montana got some redfish on a tough windy day.
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Milton from Georgia joined me for 2 days of fly fishing. Day – 1 had clean water and plenty of shots at spooky fish with a few eats. Day 2 – fewer shots, windier conditions and only a couple eats. One of those days where the baitfish were so thick, all of the predators were full from feeding and did not want to take a fly unless you make them “reaction strike” it.
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Cory from Orlando wearing out snook and redfish off the beach.
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