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Tamiami Trail First Week of April

Cross-posted in South Florida and Fly Fishing forums:

Hi Guys/Gals:

Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Dave and I'm going to be traveling to Miami for work during the first week of April. I live in Oregon now, but grew up in the Tampa Bay area. I'm really stoked to be coming to Florida this spring, in part because I'll have 2 1/2 days free to fish. A buddy is coming down from Orlando to do some peacock bass fishing with me in the local canal systems, but I'll have another day and a half to do some other fishing on my own. One half day I'll probably Uber a car to one of the local greenways to walk and cast for peacocks and other exotics. But the other day, I'd like to rent a car and head out Tamiami way. Back in the day I used to fish a lot out there for snook, baby tarpon, bass, oscars, and what have you.

I'm interested in learning any information about how the Trail fishes these days. It's been over 20 years since I've been out there. I'm sure that lots has changed. Not looking for secret spots, but if anyone has general information about flies, general conditions, etc. As I recall, back in the day this time of year was really good for baby tarpon. I would love to get into some on the fly rod (I've only landed them on gear). Snook, etc. would also be awesome. Heck, a few oscars on the fly would make me happy.

I'm also wondering about rods. I'm a fly guy, so I'm planing to bring a stout 6 weight for peacocks. I think this will work for baby tarpon as well, but I also have an 8 weight I can bring. My fly rods pack up nice and small for the plane ride. No way to bring my spinning gear without baggage fees. I know the drill on leaders and shock tippet, etc. Just want to make sure that I'm not under-gunning myself with the 6 weight.

Thanks so much! If anyone is interested in steelhead, salmon, smallmouth, or trout fishing in Oregon, I'm happy to exchange info.

Dave

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  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 7,882 Admiral
    I don't know anything about fly fishing but the canal along the Trail hasn't changed a bit.
    Maybe a few more exotic types of fish...but it's still the same.
    I just spent 3 days camping and fishing the canal alongside the Alley and we caught a ton of bass and Mayan Chichlids...spl.
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • RollinRollin Posts: 1,547 Captain
    The Trail is my favorite place to fish, I don't think you'll see too much different from when you were last there. Big poppers and streamers is what I used in the past and 6 weight sounds perfect to me. I'm mostly a Toad fisherman now, but when I was a kid I used the long rods a lot.
  • Lead slingerLead slinger Posts: 449 Officer
    Lived out there for about 5 years, fished the trail daily. My fly days are behind me, but swamp rabbits and black mullet. Best places are behind the welcome center on seagrape drive, east trail by the skyway, and just past wootens on the north side. Late afternoon until you can't stand the bugs.
  • oregondaveoregondave Posts: 4 Greenhorn
    Thanks guys for the 411. I've been tying like crazy getting ready for this trip. We used to hammer oscars by the old Oasis ranger station and I've caught tons of snook and baby tarpon from behind the Welcome Center on Sea Grape. Nice to know it's still fishing. I'm really looking forward to hitting some of the old water. I'll post a report with photos when I get out there. If anyone is interested in info on salmon, steelhead, trout, or smallmouth in the PacNW, let me know.

    Dave
  • Lead slingerLead slinger Posts: 449 Officer
    oregondave wrote: »
    Thanks guys for the 411. I've been tying like crazy getting ready for this trip. We used to hammer oscars by the old Oasis ranger station and I've caught tons of snook and baby tarpon from behind the Welcome Center on Sea Grape. Nice to know it's still fishing. I'm really looking forward to hitting some of the old water. I'll post a report with photos when I get out there. If anyone is interested in info on salmon, steelhead, trout, or smallmouth in the PacNW, let me know.

    Dave
    They closed the section in front of Oasis, about a quarter mile in either direction. Just past the wood house is where I walk down to to catch a mess of oscar for dinner. Just before clydes place, or in your day it might've been called orchid isle.

    Look at the canal across from wootens to the east. Also, Dona Dr is loaded but they can get lockjaw or just follow everything and drive you nuts.

    Bass Lake Rd, road turns right, on your left will be a large borrow pit. Worthwhile.
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