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Tag: Key West

"Meeting Hemingway"

Back in the 40’s and 50’s, there was a small lodge in Islamorada, which catered specifically to anglers call the Barothy Lodge. The owner, Vic Barothy, also had several others including the Turneffe Island Lodge in Belize, and a second Barothy Lodge on an island south of Cuba, known then as the Isle of Pines. This island was later renamed the Isle...

Tom McGuane: "A Passion For Tarpon"

Thomas R. Pero: You bring a unique perspective to the tarpon story. As a young man you moved to Key West in the 1960s before there was a single full-time flats guide living there. And you knew and spent time on the water with many of the old-time guides. Thomas McGuane: When I was first down there in the late ’60s a certain amount of the world that had...

A Key West Snapshot

Pete McDonald, author/collaborator with Tosh Brown on the new The Blitz: Fly Fishing The Atlantic Migration (excerpt here), captures the quirkiness and superficial insanity of the tourist- and fish-rich lower keys in a short essay on Fishing Jones: "There was a bluegrass duo at the bar and after the 13th request for 'Dueling Banjos' the guitar player...

Tarpon: "Three Days in Key West"

FISHING GUIDES are fond of sayings, and here is one of their harsher assessments: "The angler is just a weak link between the guide and the fish." On a splendid May morning south of Key West, I am about to test the tensile strength of that maxim, tightly drawn, as it is, along the imaginary line between my guide and about seventy-five tarpon fresh in from...

Interview: Guy de la Valdene

MC: WHAT WAS THE UNIQUE chemistry or alignment of the stars that brought everyone together in Key West in the early '70s? GDLV: What I might do, just because it's easier for me, is to go back even a little bit even further than that. My story is very closely tied, first, to Gil Drake, and then of course McGuane, Harrison, Chatham, and Buffett, that whole...

Marshall Cutchin: Florida Before the Storm

MidCurrent editor and former Key West guide Marshall Cutchin discusses the thrill of tarpon fishing and the impact of twenty-five years of angling on some of the sport's most hallowed waters. Podcast Excerpt: "That's the one thing that actually has changed, is how you go out and find tarpon and fish for them. As fishing pressure increased, it became less...