Ed Mitchell‘s work has appeared in many magazines, including Fly Fisherman, Fly-Fishing in New England, Fly Rod & Reel, Fly-Fishing in Saltwaters, Fly Tyer, Saltwater Fly Fishing, and Saltwater Sportsman. He is also the author of three previous books: Fly Rodding the Coast, Fly Fishing the Saltwater Shoreline, and Fly Rodding Estuaries. His website is www.edmitchelloutdoors.com.
One of the most intriguing figures in the first days of fly fishing in saltwater was a 6 foot 5 giant who wandered the wilds of the Everglades—often at night and often alone. Solitary by nature, he lived a life deeply immersed in the natural world. He loved the creatures of the “glades,” knew where they lived, how they conducted their lives, and even...