|Mangrove lined channels|
|Gulf of Mexico|
Paul is a very experienced saltwater guide, and he gave me some great tips. As a trout fisherman, it can be easier to get away with some casting flaws, but when you are slinging big flies quite a distance, it is important to pay attention to the mechanics.
A suggestion that Paul gave me was to try and stop my back cast around 12 o'clock, and the forward cast at around 11 o'clock. Although you probably won't be able to do it, this thought process really helped me with casting fast action rods on the saltwater. Another thing that we don't do much on trout streams is the strip set. Lifting the rod tip to set the hook on a saltwater fish is a problem due to their hard mouths. Paul recommended the strip set (holding your rod tip down, or in the water while you strip the line to set the hook).
If you are planning to fish this area of Florida, I would highly recommend Capt. Paul Nocifora. His boat was well maintained and comfortable for fishing, and his knowledge of the area was great. He was patient, fun to spend time with, and put me on fish. You can't ask for more from a guide!
Check out his website at http://www.gladesflyfishing.com/guideservices