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Old 05-29-2013, 08:54 PM
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I've just ordered my first fly fishing combo. I purchased the Scientific Angler's Panfish kit.

I've been fishing for 30 years that I can remember and have wanted to try fly fishing for a long time. I fish both fresh and saltwater and have a 13' Gheenoe that I use out in the mangroves and in some of the freshwater canals and lakes around here.

I also have a farm pond on my property that has Bream, Speck, Bass, Tilapia and Mayan Cichlids. I will mainly be targeting the panfish. Later I'll probably add more combos and hit the mangroves for Reds and Snook.

Some of my recent catches on traditional spinning gear.


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My biggest red to date 9lb 30".

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I've enjoyed reading all the posts and hopefully a lot of the information is soaking in!!

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Forgot to mention I'm located in Southwest Florida!!
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:16 PM
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Welcome to fly fishing......the addiction will only get worse, there is no known cure!

Great looking fish, congrats!
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:59 PM
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Thanks for the welcome. My biggest fear is the addiction factor!!!
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:46 AM
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Welcome to the forum.........you are going to really enjoy catching those fat bream on a flyrod!!!!!
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:09 AM
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Welcome to the forum and this wonderful sport, eh obsession
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:45 AM
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Sounds like a great set up you have with your own pond, etc., Been studying those Gheenoes, not sure they would serve my needs or not, but like 'em.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:24 PM
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Man I can't wait for my combo to get here. I went today to one of the local shops not much selection and what they did have was geared more towards salt understandably since we are on the coast. So I went to Bass Pro and picked up some flies and a fly box. I also ordered some dry flies online.

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Sounds like a great set up you have with your own pond, etc., Been studying those Gheenoes, not sure they would serve my needs or not, but like 'em.
Yeah it's nice to be able to walk out back and get in some reel time without having to drive anywhere. I also have within 500' of my pond my neighbor's much larger pond that I've had great success in, I've only ever seen 1 other person fish the neighbor's pond in the last 4 years!!

The Gheenoe is great. Shallow draft so I can cruise the flats pretty good and very stable. It's unfortunate I haven't had it out 4 years or so been real busy with my business but now I'm getting more free time so I'll have to get it back out.

I had a Hobie Quest Fisherman series kayak and really liked that but the gators down here would start tailing me when I'd get a decent stringer so I sold it and got the Gheenoe!!
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:52 PM
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Got my combo today. Went out around noon to practice casting on my little pond. I didn't expect to catch anything. Caught a nice little Bluegill and a pretty good size Mayan Cichlid on a foam spider!!

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Gerg, welcome to this awesome site & fly flinging from a fellow Gheenoe owner! I have an older 16'. Love it for the tidal creeks I fish here in MD!

It will take some time learning the casting, so any help you need feel free to ask! There's a lot of knowledgeable folks here who will be more than willing to help you!

Hopefully you'll post more fish porn!

Great variety you have down there!
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:18 PM
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Gerg, welcome to this awesome site & fly flinging from a fellow Gheenoe owner! I have an older 16'. Love it for the tidal creeks I fish here in MD!

It will take some time learning the casting, so any help you need feel free to ask! There's a lot of knowledgeable folks here who will be more than willing to help you!

Hopefully you'll post more fish porn!

Great variety you have down there!
Thanks for the welcome!!!! My Gheenoe is an older 13' camouflage, I really like it a lot.

Overall I think I was casting pretty good for my first time out, had a couple hang ups but just keep repeating in my head all the tips I've gotten off this site and videos on youtube!!

We do have variety down here for sure even more so now that the non-native species are becoming more common. Good thing about some of the non-natives like Tilapia and Mayan Cichlids is they are a really nice tasting fish!!
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