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Florida Keys Fly FishingBill Baldus and I live in Naples, Florida which is 200 miles from Key West. We decided to tow Bill’s Skandy-White flats skiff to the lower Florida Keys and fly fish for Bonefish and Permit for 3 days. We were lucky to get some fly pattern suggestions and local knowledge from a respected source who also suggested a good place to stay. A gift. So, armed with 9 weight fly rods, a GPS and some faded maps we found the motel, launched The Scandy White and cast off to explore the lower Florida Keys.The Scandy White has an aluminum hull filled with foam and runs in very shallow water. It’s surprisingly quiet, has a carpeted interior and bow, helping to make it silent and while you’re casting in bare feet, the line stays on the deck. I can’t praise this skiff too much. It made our trip!Bill is a well-known and respected guide and both of us have had some experience fishing Bonefish. So, finding the fish and hoping to see Permit, was our main objective. It didn’t take very long because we had great low tides, partly cloudy, sunny days, fairly calm winds and Bill’s good navigating skill. During our time on the water we saw 4 or 5 huge solitary Bones, had shots at maybe 15 bonefish on the first full day and 30 shots at bonefish on the second day, along with shots at several four-foot Barracuda and larger Sharks. The flats where we fished were teeming with life. Bill had one 12-pounder bend a Gamakatsu hook before coming unbuttoned.The scenery and colors of the Florida Keys flats and sky were breathtaking. We caught several fat Bonefish, saw a school of Permit and cast a hail-mary at them as they said g’bye. The motel was old, but clean, the food was terrific in the bar and the breakfast was good. We parkedthe boat just outside our waterfront room. Here’s a cool part. The trip cost; gas, food, lodging, came in at less than $375 apiece. We’ll be going back, that’s for sure.