Flats Skiff vs Technical Poling Skiff

Scott DealScott Deal of Maverick Boat Company talks about the differences between flats skiffs and technical poling skiffs.

Poling Basics

poling_basicsA new IGFA video features South Florida guide Joe Gonzales offering some good tips on the basics of moving a boat with a pushpole.

How to Tie the Slim Beauty Knot

Slim Beauty KnotWe first started tying an early version of the Slim Beauty back in the early 1990s in the Key West area. The idea for the knot began in the 1970s with a desire to develop a knot similar to the jam knot that was quicker to tie but just as strong as Bimini-to-Huffnagle or Bimini-to-Albright knots.  Versions of this knot had been used before, of course.  Captain Tom Pierce, one of the top light tackle guides of his era, used a similar knot to tie mono to wire, which was his favorite bite tippet for tarpon when he pioneered fishing in Key West harbor.

The name of the knot comes from a comment made by the lunch counter lady at Five Brothers sandwich shop in Key West, who called Tom Rowland a “Slim Beauty” while he was in the shop with Simon Becker.  Simon took the name and applied it to the knot, which he had a large role in developing and testing. [Read more…]

Video Profile: Harry Spear

Harry Spear

Harry Spear

David Mangum just produced this engaging video profile of Harry Spear, one of the legends of Keys guiding and now a custom skiff builder.  Some great personal and historical detail here.  “The best boat is the simplest boat that you can have to do the job,” says Spear. [Read more…]

Putting on the Heat

Tarpon FishingKyle Giampaoli and friend put some serious heat on a deep-bodied tarpon in the backcountry. [Read more…]

Tying a DJ Special Bonefish Fly

dj-specialMaarten Bruinenberg, who besides being an expert fly tier is a fine photographer, whips up a DJ Special. [Read more…]

Cracked Crab Bonefish Fly

cracked_crabA Cracked Crab bonefish, redfish and permit pattern, tied by IntheRiffle.com.  [Read more…]

Permit Fishing in the Lower Florida Keys

benson_permitCaptain Will Benson produced this film short on permit fishing in Florida’s Lower Keys. [Read more…]

“Riders on the Storm”

Bonefishing Riders on the StormC1 Films captures the mood while filming on a recent trip to Andros. [Read more…]

Charles Edison’s Tarpon

edisons_tarponA guide working at the Thomas Edison house in Fort Myers shares the story of Charles Edison’s tarpon, which he caught at the age of 12 and is hanging on a wall at the estate.

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