Everglades National Park.Established in 1947, Everglades National Park is the home of American crocodiles, leatherback turtles, Florida panthers and a lot of mosquitoes. To get up close and really personal with the endangered creatures inhabiting this watery 40-mile-wide wonderland, explore by canoe. Wilderness Waterway, a 100-mile marked inside water route through creeks, rivers and bays, winds from the Gulf of Mexico to Flamingo on Florida Bay. For an easier ride, hop on an airboat on the park's outskirts.
It is my good fortune to fly fish around the world for a living, including my own fly fishing trips to the Everglades; so I get to see some great fishing locations. And yet, fishing the Florida Everglades with Geoff is one of the highlight trips of the year. Year after year.
Geoff's vast knowledge and enthusiasm for the area is unsurpassed. Easy going and good humor are also part of the days fishing. And his poling approach to sighted fish, always makes my casting as easy as it can be under the challenging circumstances. My son Stephen and I, have taken many double figure snook with Geoff.
And then when he takes you in the back country, way back where only and handful can go, at best, it is like seeing the glades as it must have been hundreds of years ago. A labyrinth of red mangroves, tunnels, saw grass buttonwoods, creeks, lakes and bays, mixed with snook, redfish, tarpon, largemouth bass and bull sharks. It is one of my favorite places to fly fish in the world.