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Fly Fish Southwest Florida

Fly Fish Southwest Florida is a symposium comprised of more than a dozen area experts, guides and fly fishing professionals, in a seven-panel format. Aimed at promoting Southwest Florida as a world-class fly fishing destination, this event promises to present expert how-to and strategy information to fly anglers at all levels. Held in a comfortable setting at the Cohen Center on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University, Fly Fish Southwest Florida will be an event to remember.

The Panelists

These speakers will be featured on a series of panels to share expert information about fly fishing in Southwest Florida
Capt. Steve Huff

Legendary Guide
Capt. Blake Matherly

Pine Island Backcountry Guide
Drei Stroman

Master Fly Tyer/ Paddle Craft Fly Expert
Al Kuhre

Naples Backcountry and Paddle Expert
Nick Davis

Fly Shop Entrepreneur and Equipment Expert
Bob Brooks

Equipment Aficionado and Beach Fishing Expert
Capt. John Hand

Master Casting Instructor and Everglades Guide
Capt. Frank Catino

Lifelong Guide and Fly Line Expert
Capt. Codty Pierce

Native SWFL Guide and Calusa Waterkeeper
Capt. John Stark

Ecologist and Backcountry Fly Guide
Capt. Christina Legutki

Naples Fly Guide
Pete Squibb

Wildlife Biologist, Snook Expert, and Fly Pattern Designer

The Schedule


0900 - 0915

Opening Remarks, Sponsor Shoutouts, Introduce all the panelists.

0915 - 09300

Capt. Codty Pierce to kick it off!

Why is SWFL a special Fly Fishing location?

0930 -1000


Fishing Tides and Moon Phases

Moderator: Kine

Panelists: Matherly, Squibb, Legutki


1015 - 1045


Backcountry Fly Fishing Strategies

Moderator: Hanson

Panelists: Huff, Pierce, Hand

1100 - 1130


Selecting Fly Lines and Gear

Moderator: Mahler

Panelists: Brooks, Davis, Catino

1230 - 1300


Fly Fishing for Tarpon in SWFL

Moderator: Hanson

Panelists: Huff, Legutke, Stark


1315 - 1345


Fly Fishing the Beach

Moderator: Hanson

Panelists: Brooks, Squibb, Knie

1400 - 1430


Targeting Freshwater Species on Fly

Moderator: Mahler

Panelists: Hanson, Pierce, Knie

1445 - 1515


Fly Fishing by Paddle

Moderator: Hanson

Panelists: Kuhre, Stroman, Mahler

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Reception and Casting Clinic to Follow

Included in Ticket Price

The Hosts

Southwest Florida Freshwater Guide, Outdoor Writer

Casting Instructor, Writer, Illustrator

Land-Based Trophy Angler, IGFA World Record Holder, Gear Expert

The Sponsors

The folks that we couldn't do this without

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    11090 FGCU Blvd N, Fort Myers, FL 33965