Steve Kantner’s RIVET FLY. In South Florida, never leave home without a dozen
By Skip Clement
For more than ten years, I tagged along with Steve Kantner on fly fishing adventures that covered all of what South Florida could offer an angler on foot or in a canoe. Steve, the ‘Land Captain,’ was also one of the top fishing and fly fishing guides for a half-century and activist conservationists with a big following. He was also a talk show host, fly casting instructor, and top-rated fly fishing seminar host who always featured Lefty Kreh with Diana Rudolph or Andy Mill as additions.
For those presently interested in snook or tarpon found in the backwaters or salt marshes from Mexico’s east coast, or east and west coasts of South Florida, buying Steve’s Backcountry Flies [Stackpole Books, 2019] will set you free.
Concentrate on pages covering THE EVERGLADES, 1-59 and THE SALTMARSH to page 97.
The choices for flies are specific, and each deals with receptiveness – when, sizes, shades of color, and how to swim the fly
In my years being Steve’s “Watson” I doubt there was a day out of hundreds that I didn’t fish with Steve’s Rivet Fly if there was a chance at tarpon. But, of course, the fly had many other suitors as well, including snook by the hundreds, bass in the freshwater portions of the Everglades, and jacks that chased their prey miles into the Glades from Florida Bay or the Gulf of Mexico.
The trick is in the colors and sizes, and swimming it
NOTE: This fly, recipe, and step-by-step tying instructions first appeared in Saltwater Sportsman Magazine in August of 2007.