Fly Fishing Expectations in 2017

By Tom Logan


Fly fishing has been very good around Tallahassee the past couple years, and this spring is already looking like another good year for 2017. Whether lake, pond or river, fishing was great this past year and there is every reason to expect trends to continue. Lake Talquin is already fished very well it should continue this way until the waters cooled by mid-October. We should catch the mayfly emergences just right a few times and enjoy the typical feeding frenzy in response to those big Hexs. Nice bluegill and redbreasts are typically caught along with occasional stumpknockers and black bass. But every day is different. Western Coachmans, Invictas and other patterns do well on most mornings. Size 10 Deceivers and a streamer I tied with chickabou in size 14 are very good patterns for all species of bream and bass.

Lake Miccosukee will soon begin fishing well, but this is a lake that is always changing as the tree islands move around. So, you have to do a little exploring, but we can expect to catch the big bluegills and flyers typically through fall. Local ponds always do well and the Wacissa and St Marks Rivers are fun to fish, but the upper Aucilla River is a beautiful river to fish for redbreast sunfish from a canoe.

Miccosukee is always one of my favorite lakes to fish. Fishing all lakes should be good this year, but Lake Miccosukee should be spectacular again. There’s always room in the Gheenoe for one more fisherman; so, let us know if you’d like to experience southern fishing at its best.







Wyoming Trip 2018

Pinedale, WY Fly Fishing Trip - July 2018

Plans and reservations have already been made for another great fly fishing trip to the Pinedale and upper Green River areas of Wyoming during July 2018. The trip is scheduled to arrive in Jackson Hole on July 23 for five days of guided dry fly fishing and return to Florida on July 29. The upper Green River Valley where we will spend the week in a fully equipped cabin that sits overlooking the Green River is a 90 minute drive from Jackson. One day will be reserved for wade fishing the Green from our cabin property. All guests catch plenty of large brown and rainbow trout on dry patterns in 2016. We will wade-fish local streams the other four days, experiencing some of the most classic dry fly fishing for cutthroat and brook trout that will be as good as it gets. One of those days will involve hiking into the GrosVentre Wilderness to fish dry flies to rising cutthroats in the upper GrosVentre River. The scenery will be spectacular and the fish we catch definitely will be memorable. We seldom see other fishermen on these streams; it sometimes is as though our flies are the first these fish have ever seen. All streams we fish and the surrounding landscapes are beautiful and we'll see moose, mule deer, antelope and other wildlife that includes three species of grouse, eagles and many other western birds and small mammals. The trip for 2017 is already fully booked, but I can accommodate up to four fly fishers on the trip in 2018. The trip will cost you approximately $1,600 (based on 4 rods) for 6 nights lodging, 5 days guided fishing that includes guides and boats for the float trip on the Green River, food for the week and transportation from time of arrival to departure. Give it some thought…this will be a fly fishing adventure you'll enjoy the rest of your life.

The scenery will be spectacular and the fish you will catch definitely memorable. We seldom see other fishermen on these streams; it sometimes is as though our flies are the first these fish have ever seen. All streams we will fish and the surrounding landscapes are beautiful and we'll see moose, mule deer, antelope and other wildlife that includes three species of grouse, eagles and many other western birds and small mammals. I can accommodate up to four fly fishers on the trip. The trip will cost you approximately $1,600 (based on 4 rods) for 6 nights lodging, 5 days guided fishing that includes guides and boats for the float trip on the Green River, food for the week and transportation from time of arrival to departure. Give it some thought…this will be a fly fishing adventure you'll enjoy the rest of your life.




Now is the Perfect Time for Fly Casting and Tying Lessons

May 2017

Winter has arrived and unless you've been fishing for black crappie at Lake Miccosukee, fishing for our other warm water fishes in the Tallahassee area will remain slow until temperatures warm by early spring. This is not the time to leave your fly rod in the corner thought. This is a perfect time to improve your casting skills or learn to cast a fly rod for the first time. Fly casting, like other sports activities, is best started with a few lessons to avoid developing serious bad habits and to ensure you learn and enjoy fly casting with the proper methods. So, whether you're an experienced fly caster that may have developed a problem with your fly casting or you want to learn to cast a fly rod and begin enjoying the fantastic fly fishing we have in the Tallahassee area, do consider a lesson. I can assure you that you will be more satisfied with your learning and performance. An understanding of equipment is an important factor for beginning fly casters. Therefore, fly rod, reel and other gear will be a topic of the first ,lesson. I have extra fly rods you can use; so, please wait to purchase your first fly rod until we have discussed these things.

Catching fish on a fly rod is an experience for sure, but if you want to take that enjoyment to higher level, catch that fish on a fly you have tied at your own vise. Better yet, catch in on a historic pattern that was first tied perhaps 400 years ago and is now only available to fish if you tie the pattern yourself. Consider taking the fly tying lessons we offer, and learn about the vise that may best suit your needs; learn about threads, hooks and natural materials you'll need for the flies you want to tie, and learn to tie with proper methods that will make you proud of your flies.

Whether you're interested is casting or fly tying or both, give me a call at 850-212-5396 or send me an email at tomlogan@comcast.net to schedule your first lesson. We also have gift certificates that are perfect for giving a lesson to someone you know. So, schedule a lesson now and enjoy your fly fishing more, whether in north Florida or on a special fishing trip away from home.




Tom Logan Update

May 2017

Tom Logan was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for “Fly Fishers International” at its annual meeting in August 2016. Notice that the International Federation has changed its name to Fly Fishers International with corresponding new logos and website, www.flyfishersinternational.org, revisions in a major rebranding evolution for the organization. Mr. Logan continues to serve as Senior Advisor for Conservation.




Thoughts of Fishing

September 2014

Fly Fishing Lake Talquin:

Fly fishing on Lake Talquin has been very this summer once the spring storm events and high water settled into more typical patterns. The big Hexigenia mayflies have emerged several times this summer and the fishing during these events are nothing less than spectacular. Also don’t overlook the activity of those large Diptera. Both activities attract great numbers of bluegills in all sizes to feed on these easy meals of aquatic insects...and the fly imitations you present to them along the shallows and tree lines. Patterns that produce especially well are the Western Coachman, White Wulff, Talquin Sedge, Milk Gravy and Irish Invicta in size 14. These patterns can be found under the Fly Patterns tab and Articles/Flies and Tying Instructions.

Now is the time to begin preparing for fall fishing at Lake Talquin. This is the time through early November when fishing for bream and bass typically gets even better; it was absolutely great during this period last fall. The same patterns referenced above are very good, but I have found beadhead nymphs that include Prince and Pheasant Tails can do very well, especially as waters begin to cool in the shallows towards November. You also will find that numbers, species and sizes will increase. We caught large bluegills during this period last year, but we also caught many nice redbreast and redear sunfish, the latter more so with nymphs.

Fly Casting Lessons:

Fall and winter is a great time to schedule fly casting lessons for you, a family member or friend who could become a new fly fishing partner. One of the great things about Tallahassee is our mild winters and this is a pleasant time to improve your own casting or learn to cast if you’re interested and new to the sport. Fly casting is not a difficult activity, but just like many other sports, early lessons can make it a lot easier, you will become a better fly fisher and you will enjoy your efforts much more. Our lessons emphasize the fundamentals of the fly cast and build upon those principles by adding different casting methods and applications. We also spend time discussing different fly rods, reels, lines and other equipment to help with some of the first equipment selections and purchases without breaking the budget. We also discuss fishing methods to help those who may be relatively new to fly casting make the transition from casting practice to actually catching fish. One or a short series of fly casting lessons this winter will pay off in your enjoyment of fishing next season.




New Fly Patterns Descriptions

July 2014

Six new descriptions of fly patterns have been added to the “Articles/Flies and Tying Instruction” section. These are very good patterns that I fish for both trout out west and for bream and bass in the Tallahassee area. The Partridge and Orange is a spider patters that was designed for trout in northern England perhaps 400 years ago, but it is a deadly patter for big bluegill in our local waters. The Irish Invicta is one of my favorite patters on which I have taken many bluegill and redbreasts this season and it also is a very good pattern for black bass. So, check them out…tie a few and fish them.

Also, be sure to read the article by Craig Smothers on "Glues, Solvents and Chemicals" under “Articles”.




Fly Fishing Trips Planned for 2014

January 2014

Plans and reservations have already been made for another great fly fishing trip to the Pinedale and upper Green River areas of Wyoming during July/early August of 2014. The trip is scheduled to arrive in Jackson Hole on July 27 for five days of guided dry fly fishing and return to Florida on August 2. The upper Green River Valley where we will spend the week in a fully equipped log cabin that sits on a hillside overlooking the Green River is a 90 minute drive from Jackson. Two float trips currently are planned, one on the Green River the first day and the other on the New Fork River south of Pinedale the third day. Expect to catch plenty of large brown and rainbow trout on dry patterns. All guests caught big browns over 20 inches on the 2013 trip. We will wade-fish local streams the other three days, experiencing some of the most classic dry fly fishing for cutthroat and brook trout that will be as good as it gets. One of those days will involve hiking into the Gros Ventre Wilderness to fish dry flies to rising cutthroats in the upper Gros Ventre River. The scenery will be spectacular and the fish you will catch definitely memorable. We seldom see other fishermen on these streams; it sometimes is as though our flies are the first these fish have ever seen. All streams we will fish and the surrounding landscapes are beautiful and we'll see moose, mule deer, antelope and other wildlife that includes three species of grouse, eagles and many other western birds and small mammals. I can accommodate up to four fly fishers on the trip. The trip will cost you $1,750 (based on 4 rods) for 6 nights lodging, 5 days guided fishing that includes guides and boats for the two float trips, food for the week and transportation from time of arrival to departure. Give it some thought…this will be a fly fishing adventure you'll enjoy the rest of your life.




Thoughts of Fishing

January 2014

Local fly fishing in our area around Tallahassee can be quite good during fall and this certainly was the case recently at Lake Talquin. I fished out of Coe's Landing during late October through mid-November taking many large bluegill, a few red-breasts and even redear sunfish on the Western Coachman, soft hackles and especially the Irish Invicta. This has been some of the best fishing I have experienced at Lake Talquin. Fish the edges, around overhanging trees and look for open water around cypress trees that are behind lily pads. I also fished beadhead Prince Nymphs that got down and did very well on these as water temperatures cooled. I also visited with other fishermen who were catching a lot of black crappie on jigs with minnows around tree islands to the east of Coe's Landing. I would expect nymphs, Woolly Buggers and any beadhead nymphs with chick-a-boo tails to do well on crappie in these areas of the lake.

Lake Hall at Maclay Gardens is always an enjoyable lake to fish, as outboard motors cannot be used. Water levels are up, as is the case for all local lakes after the summer rains we experienced, and submerged aquatic vegetation is less of a problem than during the previous year. Western Coachmen, soft hackles and wet patterns that include the Irish Fiery Browns and Invictas are great patterns for bluegill and largemouth bass. Arrive at first light during the week and you likely will be the only fly fisher on the lake.

The St Marks River is fishing well for spotted (stumpknockers) and red-breast sunfish below the Hwy 98 bridge. Fish are sparse up river from the bridge it appears due to lack of vegetation necessary for cover and foraging, likely as a result of treatment for the exotic plan hydrilla. Western Coachmen always do well when fished dry and/or wet along the edges of the river. Remember that trout and redfish also winter in the river after water temperatures drop significantly in the bays and estuaries. Clousers and deceivers will do well for them when they arrive.




New Fly Patterns Descriptions

January 2014

Several new photos of my favorite flies have been added to the "Fly Patterns" section, and these are always those I tie and fish successfully; so, check them out. I also have added a number of new pattern descriptions and tying instructions that you can find in the "Articles" section of this website.




Other News

May 2017

Tom Logan was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for “Fly Fishers International” at its annual meeting in August 2016. Notice that the International Federation has changed its name to Fly Fishers International with corresponding new logos and website, www.flyfishersinternational.org, revisions in a major rebranding evolution for the organization. Mr. Logan continues to serve as Senior Advisor for Conservation.

January 2014

Tom Logan is a Pro Team Member for Whiting Farms, Inc. and was the Featured Fly Tier in the June Issue of the WFI Newsletter.
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Tom Logan received the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) "Silver King Award" at their International Fly Fair in September at West Yellowstone, Montana for his conservation work that benefits saltwater fishes and their habitats and work with the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission and development of IFFF position on the new catch and release regulations for bonefish and tarpon that went into effect in September for Florida.
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Tom Logan also was a featured author in the latest issue of the Flyfisher magazine that can be found in the "Articles" section of this website. Check out his article "Historic Trout Flies For Bream And Bass In Florida's Big Bend" for tips on fly fishing our many lakes and streams in the Tallahassee area. You also will find his "At the Vise" article on tying the Western Coachman.
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We have a new online source of high quality fly tying materials and fishing gear in Tallahassee. Check out the new Wilkinson Fly Fishing Company at www.wilkinsonflyfishing.com.

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