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For the guy who has everything, this is the Christmas gift!

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]orge Martinez is a prize winning artist, qualified angler and part time assistant to David Olson (Managing Partner of The Fly Shop of Miami). Jorge hand paints these fly boxes (one additional style available  – tarpon) for $50.00. Currently, he styles out the Cliff Bugger Beast (49.95) fly boxes. A perfect gift for the fly angler who has it all.




Send your husband to Sandy Moret’s world famous Florida Keys Outfitters fly fishing school in the Florida Keys for the weekend. You enjoy the sun, sand and Atlantic views of at The Islander Oceanfront Resort and Hotel in Islamorada, Florida

He’ll learn saltwater fly fishing from expert instructors (Sandy Moret, Chico Fernandez, Diana Rudolph, Jerry Siem) and acquire the skills, knowledge, and confidence that would take months or years of trial and error to accumulate! Limited space – call now (305) 664-5423.

Next School is in February 22 -24 / Friday to Sunday, 2013 – $695. Any fly angler at any skill level walks away a better fisherman. Go to  Florida Keys Outfitters for complete details.


Pat Ford‘s FLY-FISHING DAYDREAMS follows his first book THE BEST FLY-FISHING TRIPS MONEY CAN BUY. Both books are eye-candy to an angler of any tackle preference. Pat is an IGFA record holder,  an accomplished fly angler, world traveler and fly tyer so you’re getting the best of all world’s.

NOTE: The copy or text in either book is worth reading because of Pat’s knowledge and experience.

Either book would be a welcomed gift to the angler/s in your life.

Your local fly shop may have it in stock or they can order it for you. Also, the big online book operations will have it as well.

The Marsh Hen

The Marsh Hen is a well thought out and relatively inexpensive boat built by Dragonfly‘s Mark Castlow. It’s  easily the best calm water skinny water skiff ever made and several builders have tried and failed. With a flawless finish, a signature of the entire Dragonfly skiffs line (Silvershadow, Dragonfly 17, Grandslam 17 and Emerger 16), as well as their stand up paddle boards called SUP’s (two models – go to dragonfly website and watch 1st annual Charleston Watersport, Dragonfly Paddle Boards, Haddrells tackle fishing tournament).

The Marsh Hen is 15-feet long, with a 50-inch beam and can easily accommodate two with a 9.9HP. It only weighs 140-pounds so two guys or gals could pick it up and put it in a pick up and forget going to a ramp – get in where you want to. Fish where nobody has ever fished! The draft is measurable in spit terms. At $13,000 for boat, motor and aluminum trailer, it’s pretty tough to say no to the trailer, which will still let you back in where others dare to tread.

Easy access to rugged but simple drain plug.

This isn’t something you can expect to find under the Christmas tree so just order one for yourself.

NOTE: We’ll have a feature story, review and sea trial report on the Marsh Hen in the coming months.


You can go to your local fly shop, Amazon or Barnes & Noble and view his other for his website blog.

Aaron J. Adams has been fascinated since boyhood with coastal fishing and fisheries. He turned his passion into the science of it all by becoming an expert fly angler, fly tyer and earned a Ph.d in marine biology. Currently, Aaron is Senior Scientist and Program Manager, Fisheries Habitat Ecology Program, Center for Fisheries Enhancement, Mote Marine Laboratory; Director of Operations at the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (previously Bonefish & Tarpon Unlimited); Courtesy Faculty, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida; Affiliate Member, Coastal Watershed Institute, Florida Gulf Coast University and Adjunct Graduate Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University.

His assiduousness has become his signature.

This book, his third, has the value of a lifetime of fishing the surf, mangroves, salt marshes, oyster bars and rubble and sand flats of the tropics from Saint Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands – West Indies), Bahamas, the Atlantic coast to the Gulf Coast of Florida and all the way to Texas. He also delivers a strong message about the value of stewardship – all told by a single chronicler. If you’re a serious coastal fly angler this book will become an indispensable reference.

You can purchase the book at your local fly shop or at the usual online mega book sellers.


 Scientific Anglers New Tippets for both saltwater and fresh water

Scientific Anglers new tippets include two saltwater and two freshwater versions ($4.99). The mono versions have unequal break strengths. The fluorocarbon versions are equal in break strengths. Nothing new there, but here’s the whamo!

The hubs free wheel – the tippet spool to spins freely when joined together. The hub can be retracted to become flush with the spool body when used alone, or with other tippet spools on the market.

The spools are color coded to correspond to the tippet material type. Green for freshwater nylon, blue for saltwater hard mono, and orange for fluorocarbon.

UV inhibitors are impregnated in the chemistry of the spools – so after a season on the water they’re still operable.

Here’s the biggy. Each spool rim has a razor built-in to cut the material right where you want it and tippet material is managed by a color coded tippet retainer band with the size of the material printed on it. Label resistant  to cracking and peeling.

These new tippets by Scientific Anglers have approximately 9% more than competitors.

You can purchase from your local fly shop.

ORVIS sling pack

ORVIS came out with a new so called sling pack, which looks like it would be perfect for “walk-in” fishing: small lakes, fresh water Everglades canals, spillways, short outings in the Bahamas on a DIY day, tidal canals in South Florida, Tamiami Trail, even the surf for coastal species (seasons) and paddleboards (SUP), as well as for a canoe or kayak. If you’re a minimalist, this is it. Even on a skiff, this works fine unless you’re bringing three rods and three reels and going after 100-pound tarpon or offshore on a 50-footer.

For trout lads and lasses it’s perfect beyond perfect.

NOTE: This sling pack is much larger than a previous model, far more practical than their original sling pack and friends with the earlier version/s say the new version seems more ruggedly built.

A little pricey @ $139

20″H x 12″W x 7″D; 900 cu. in. Weighs 1.6 lbs.

 Checkout these rods – they’ve went through the meat grinder this summer and got tested on real animals

We, Capt. Andrew Derr, field editor: Don Reed, fly tying editor ( and myself, Skip Clement, publisher, highly recommend any of the rods we field tested this summer as a perfect ten gift, and they’re all reasonably priced. They were tested on live animals from the Florida Keys, Everglades National Park, Everlades canals, South Florida beaches in Palm Beach County, Florida, a park lawn in Jacksonville, Florida and on Long Island Sound, Long Island, New York. They all took a two month long tour. They were all 9-weights with Scientific Anglers Textured 9- and 10- weight lines on a Nautilus NV 8-9 with a spare spool with 10-weight line.

Find out what the staff thought of Rise Fishing Company 9-weight, 4 piece; South Fork Rod Company TS9094, 9-foot, 4 piece; Sea Level Extreme 7-foot, 11-inches, 4-piece; Mystic’s Tremor T993-4 Salt Water Fly Rod and  Rajeff  Sports Echo 3S 990-4X.

For a complete review, pricing, web contact information go to

Polaroid Z2300 Camera – point and shot camera that instantly lets you print the shots you want.

The 4.7x3x1.4-inch box is a fairly basic 10-megapixel camera, but the 3-inch LCD pops open to reveal a cavity for Zink’s Zero Ink printer paper, a technology it’s used in its PoGo instant printers. The 2×3-inch paper is an advanced composite material with embedded cyan, yellow, and magenta dye crystals. The crystals are clear before printing, but change to the appropriate colors when heated by the printer. Unlike Polaroid Instant Film, there is no waiting for the picture to develop and it takes less than a minute to print a single photo. Integrated speaker and microphone, supports up to 32 GB SD Memory and prints nine major passport photo sizes.

Again, take away the printer and you have a simple point-and-shoot digital camera that stores pictures and movies on an SD card. You can set it to automatically print every photo or pick and choose the ones you want printed. The camera lets you add frames or you can print with the classic Polaroid border, and sticky-back Zink paper (albums) is available, too.

The Polaroid Z2300 is about $198 (available in black or white), but cheaper prices can be found online. Packs of 50 prints sell for $24.99 and 30-sheet packs go for $14.99.




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