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Florida’s Everglades boasts one of the most unique ecosystems on earth. And for the fly angler, it presents an endless bounty of pristine flats, backwater bays, and mangrove-dotted shorelines.

But the Everglades doesn’t give up her secrets so easily. This large watershed has sent more anglers home empty-handed than most fishing shows will admit!

Knowing where to go, when to go, and what to look for can really make a difference. Let’s take a closer peek at what you should know to plan an unforgettable fly fishing trip in the Everglades .

Where to Go Fly Fishing in the Everglades

The Everglades is a broad geographic term. The region spans 1.5 million acres on the southernmost tip of Florida. This huge area can overwhelm anglers when deciding where to start their trip. For the purposes of this article, I’m going to focus on Everglades City and the nearby Chokoloskee Bay.

These are the most popular spots for anglers to jumpstart their Everglades endeavor and fish the endless saltwater labyrinth in chase of Snook, Tarpon, Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, and more.

Everglades City

In Everglades City, you’ll find everything you need to prepare for your trip. Food, fuel, bait, and tackle are all available in the mom-and-pop shops in the area. And if you’re planning a multi-day excursion – load up on supplies! Once you’re on the water there are no other towns or marinas for miles.

Heading south from Everglades City you will enter Chokoloskee Bay. This shallow bay is the starting point for the Gulf Coast side of the Everglades.

There’s plenty of good fishing in this area, but pay attention to sand bars and oyster bars – and be sure your navigation charts are up to date! Tidal influence in the bay can be very strong.

Other options include heading northwest to fish the Ten Thousand Islands, heading south toward Rabbit Key for some surf fishing, or heading inland. The Lopez River’s more brackish waters are a delight to tackle, too.

Chokoloskee Bay

Within Chokoloskee Bay, you can catch all of the popular gamefish South Florida is famous for. I’m talking Snook, Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Bluefish, and more.

A view of a dock from the waterside on a cloudy day in Chokoloskee

Most anglers fish the south side of the bay where the scattered spoil islands, cuts, and passes weave in and out like a tangled web of fishing hot spots. Be sure to check the tide and wind forecast, and plan your trip accordingly.

In most cases, you’ll want the sun and wind at your back when planning drifts or poling. If you’re unsure of the area and hazards under the water, it’s best to cut the engine and slowly pole around.

If you want to focus on targeting Redfish on the fly, look for shallow oyster bars. For Snook, keep an eye out for flowing water and pinch points where they’re likely to wait and ambush. Trout, Snappers, and other species can be found scattered throughout seagrass beds, sandbars, and underwater ledges.

Remember, this is a big fishery and a huge area. Don’t get overwhelmed. Focus on one small section and break it down systematically by trying deep then shallow waters – and mix up fast and slow retrieves. Or consider hiring a reputable charter captain in the area to show you the ropes.

In fact, many anglers opt to hire a charter captain to help plan a trip and put them on their desired target species.

Other Top Spots

From Chokoloskee Bay, you can head in nearly any direction and find unspoiled wilderness with the potential to hold fish. Here are a few other areas to explore:

A Tarpon being held by a fisherman on a boat, caught while fly fishing in the Everglades

Indian Key Pass. Indian Key Pass is the most direct and deepest gateway from Everglades City into the Gulf of Mexico. In this area, you’re likely to encounter larger predatory species, such as Sharks, Tarpon, and Goliath Grouper.

Sandfly Island. Located in central Chokoloskee Bay, Sandfly Island boasts a restroom and several hiking trails. It’s a great place to take a break and stretch your legs, with numerous protected and shallow bays on the west side of the island.

Chokoloskee Pass. Chokoloskee Pass is the closest deepwater access from the small hamlet of Chokoloskee. You can launch your boat or kayak and fish this area within a few minutes. This location is great for day trips and is fairly easy to navigate.

Lopez River. The major tributary to southern Chokoloskee Bay, here you can head upriver into “dark water” territory. These brackish waters are heavily protected from wind. And, the further upstream you go, the more likely you are to encounter freshwater species like Largemouth Bass and exotic Cichlids.

When to Go Fly Fishing in the Everglades

Although South Florida is known for its year-round pleasant weather, it’s important you plan your trip for the best time of year.

A view of the shallow waters in the Everglades at sunset, with the sun disappearing behind land in the background

The best time to fly fish in the Everglades is during the cooler months. So between November and March is your best bet. During the winter months, water clarity is usually at its best, making it ideal to spot ailing Redfish or hidden Trout. Not to mention there’s less boat traffic and no biting insects!

Now, that’s not to say that you can’t find great fishing opportunities during the summer, too. Snook and Tarpon fishing is particularly good during late spring and the early summer months. Specifically, April, May, and June.

But be warned! During the summer, temperatures can easily reach 100 degrees and the mosquitos and noseeums can be relentless. Summer is also thunderstorm season, so keep a close eye on the afternoon radar during this time of year. Storms usually pop up quickly between 1–3 p.m. FYI.

Pro Tip: Plan an Overnight Trip

One of the unique features of the Everglades and Chokoloskee region is that camping is allowed on beach sites and elevated chickees throughout the park. You can apply for permits from the Everglades National Park website, and paddle or boat right to your own private campsite.

Many anglers go for this option and plan a circular route. That means camping in a new spot each night until they circle back to their starting destination. Wake up to the sunrise peeking through your tent and reach the fishing grounds in minutes. It’s an experience I highly recommend.

How to Find Fish in the Everglades

The key to finding fish in the Everglades and Chokoloskee Bay area is to look for pinch points and areas that will concentrate bait. Invest in a good chart of the area you intend to fish and be sure your navigation electronics are up to date.

The old adage that 90% of the fish are in 10% of the area holds true in this region. Everywhere looks fantastic, but not everywhere holds fish. Specifically, look for the following habitat features:

  • Bottlenecks. These are areas where a large body of water slims down into a narrow section. This could be a river, cut, or inlet that tends to concentrate fish. The smaller the better!
  • Springs or water flows. Old-timers say there are underwater springs scattered throughout the Everglades. And if you’re lucky enough to find an underwater upwelling, you may have found a gold mine. Cold-intolerant fish will stack up in these areas during the winter months.
  • Submerged bars. There’s no shortage of oyster bars and sand bars in the Everglades. But keep an eye out for ones that extend out into deeper water just under the surface. These hidden bars often get less pressure and can hold fish during both high and low tides.
  • Ledges. Throughout the numerous passes in the region you’ll find deeper water that has cut into the limestone. These underwater ledges, although small (usually less than 8 feet deep), are excellent areas to find Goliath Grouper and Snapper.

Lastly, keep an eye out for the other obvious signs of predatory fish. Schooling bait fish, diving birds, and other surface action could all denominate potential sweet spots.

Best Everglades Fly Fishing Tackle

The fly fishing tackle for the Everglades region should match the species you intend to target.

Rod and Reel

A closeup of a fly fishing reel on a Carolina Skiff boat

If you intend to fish the Gulf side for a chance at Tarpon, Sharks, or Permit, you’ll want something heavy. Around the 9–12 wt class is best, both to cast against the wind and have enough power to control fish.

If you intend to fish inland bays or in the backcountry for Redfish, Trout, and Snook, a 6–8 wt setup is most popular.

But if you want to venture deep within the everglades in search of Largemouth Bass and Panfish, bring along your favorite 4–5 wt rod.

Keep in mind that some of the best fishing in the Everglades and Chokoloskee takes place in very tight quarters. You may spend all day fishing a narrow stretch of water, no more than 15 feet wide, surrounded by thick mangroves. Be sure to practice your roll casts and steeple casts to avoid snags!


A closeup of a hand holding three flies used for fly fishing in the Everglades

Popular and tested flies like clouser minnows, gurglers, poppers, and muddlers work great in the Everglades. White, chartreuse, black, and tinsel patterns are the most common.

And don’t leave home without your favorite crab or shrimp pattern fly, especially if you happen to time your fishing trip with a shrimp run or crab hatch. Keep the sizes small. Anything from a #5 to 1/0 should accommodate most species.

Other local favorites include the marsh munchie and tarpon bunny. Don’t hesitate to ask around and experiment with different fly patterns and pay attention to the natural bait you see while fishing.

Everglades Fly Fishing Regulations

Both residents and non-residents are required to have a valid fishing license in Florida. The good news is that, if you’re fishing with a licensed charter operator in saltwater, you won’t need one.

An infographic stating "Everglades Fly Fishing Regulations: What You Need to Know" with a vector of a boat and the Florida state flag against a blue background

You should also know that many species of fish have a closed season, or strict slot limit. These include Snook and Redfish. Meanwhile, other species, such as Tarpon, are catch and release only. Be sure to visit the MyFWC website to get the most up-to-date information on fishing regulations in the area.

And because Chokoloskee lies within Everglades National Park, the collection of plants and wildlife (such as coral, sponges, starfish, etc) is strictly prohibited. As with any wilderness area, pack out what you pack in, and leave no trace so others may enjoy this unique ecosystem.

What to Bring

Due to the remote location of the Everglades, it’s important you pack and prepare properly. Phone service is non-existent in most places, so don’t count on having access to the internet. Along with normal boating safety equipment, I highly recommend the following:

  • Plenty of fresh water to drink
  • Bug spray/repellent
  • VHF radio
  • Drift sock
  • Sand anchor
  • Printed tide tables
  • Park pass and permits (if camping)
  • Sunscreen
  • Pants, closed-toe shoes, and long-sleeved clothing.

Lastly, and most importantly, do not forget to file a float plan. Inform a friend or family of your departure date and return date along with your intended route. It’s easy to get lost in this area!

Everglades Fly Fishing: A Winning Combo

Two anglers standing on some structure fly fishing in the Everglades at sunset

The Everglades is a majestic oasis where every turn and corner seems like it should be on the cover of a magazine. With a little luck, you’ll not only find fantastic world-class fly fishing, but solitude and peace along its endless shoreline. Good luck!

Have you ever been fly fishing in the Everglades? How was it? Got any tips or favorite spots to share with our readers? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 Classic Summer Haircuts for Men to Beat the Heat

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We’re well into summer now, and if you’re doing it right, chances are you’re getting out a lot more than in the winter. Which presents you with the perfect time for a refresh and a great opportunity to debut a new look.

What better way to do that than by trying out a new hairstyle? The warm weather and laid-back vibes of the summer season typically call for hairstyles that are both practical and stylish.

Whether you’re hitting the beach, attending a summer wedding, or just looking to stay cool (and look good), don’t sweat it – we’ve got something for you.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to the best summer hairstyles for men in 2024, complete with tips on how to achieve and maintain them.

1. The Buzz Cut

buzz cut summer hairstyle

Having made somewhat of a comeback in recent years, the buzz cut is arguably a timeless and classic look that’s perfect for the hot summer months.

Less hair more or less equates to less heat, and in some circumstances, it offers just a little bit of edge to an otherwise clean-cut appearance, and can be interpreted as both professional and grungy – depending on what you’re going for.

It’s low-maintenance, easy to do at home, and helps keep you cool. Not to mention, the buzz cut can be tailored to suit your personal style, whether you prefer a super short length or something a bit longer.

How to Achieve It:

  • Use clippers with the desired guard length.
  • Start at the top and work your way down, covering the full scalp area.
  • Ensure even coverage by going over each section multiple times.

Maintenance Tips:

  • Regular trims every two to three weeks.
  • Make sure to frequently moisturize your scalp to prevent dryness – try incorporating it into your skincare routine.

2. The Crew Cut

man with a classic crew cut hairstyle

The crew cut is another short style that’s perfect for a warm weather. It’s slightly longer on top than a buzz cut, giving you more styling options. The sides and back are usually tapered, creating a clean, professional look. When people think of classic and clean-cut, the crew cut is arguably the gold standard.

How to Achieve It:

  • Clippers for the sides and back, scissors for the top.
  • Blend the top into the sides for a smooth transition.
  • Keep the top short enough to maintain the style but long enough to allow for some texture.

Maintenance Tips:

  • Trim every three to four weeks.
  • Use a light pomade or styling cream for added texture.
  • Regularly wash and condition to keep your hair healthy.

3. The Undercut

undercut haircut for warm weather

The undercut is a sharp, versatile style that works well in any season, but it’s particularly great for the summer months.

The sides and back are shaved or cut very short, which helps keep you cool, while the top is left significantly longer, offering some extra styling material. This contrast creates a striking look that can be styled in various ways – both casually and more professionally.

How to Achieve It:

  • Shave or clip the sides and back to the desired length.
  • Leave the top long and style as desired.
  • Use a comb to create a clean part line.

Maintenance Tips:

  • Regular trims for the sides and back every two to three weeks.
  • Style the top with a lightweight gel or mousse.
  • Regularly wash and condition to keep your hair healthy.

4. The Middle Part

man wearing turtleneck sweater with a classic middle part “curtains” hairstyle

Also commonly referred to as “curtains,” the classic middle part is reminiscent of 90s heartthrobs and a polished, ivy-inspired look. With a short-to-medium length and a flattering framing of one’s face, there’s a reason this style has made a massive comeback in recent years.

How to Achieve It:

  • Grow out the fringe and keep the side/back tidy.
  • Wet hair, brush back, then create the part in the middle.
  • Brush upwards and away from the middle part.
  • Use a blow dryer to create volume at the front.
  • Apply a strong hold pomade to maintain the shape, or alternatively use a lightweight clay/cream along with holding spray.

Maintenance Tips:

  • Trim every three to four weeks.
  • Regularly wash and condition to maintain healthy hair.

5. The Textured Crop

man with a textured crop hairstyle

The textured crop is a trendier look with a fairly wide range of appeal. As a summer hairstyle, it excels for its practicality. It’s short, easy to style, and works well with the natural texture of most guys’ hair. The messy, tousled look is perfect for a laid-back summer vibe.

How to Achieve It:

  • Keep the sides and back short.
  • Leave the top slightly longer and add texture with scissors.
  • Use your fingers to style with a texturizing product, such as a texturizing clay or putty..

Maintenance Tips:

  • Trim every four to six weeks.
  • Use a sea salt spray for added texture.
  • Regularly wash and condition to keep your hair healthy.

6. The Quiff

man with a quiff hairstyle

The quiff is a somewhat more dynamic take on the textured crop, and gives your hair the chance to demonstrate its volume while still keeping things fairly conservative.

It’s a stylish option that combines elements of the iconic, classic pompadour along with the flat top. It features volume at the front that gradually decreases towards the back.

The quiff is perfect for guys who want a polished yet casual look – one that’s easy to style up for the office, or to style down for lazy summer sundays.

How to Achieve It:

  • Get short sides and back, but leave the hair on top longer..
  • Use a blow dryer and a rounded brush to create volume.
  • Finish with a strong hold gel or pomade.

Maintenance Tips:

  • Trim every four to six weeks.
  • Regularly wash and condition to keep your hair healthy.

7. The Messy Fringe

young man with a messy fringe hairstyle

The messy fringe is a relaxed, relatively youthful style that’s perfect for warm days. It involves longer hair on top with a fringe that falls naturally over the forehead.

This style works especially well with wavy or curly hair, and gives off quite a laid-back look. While not the most professional, if you’re not working an office job – you’ve got a green light from us.

How to Achieve It:

  • Keep both the sides and back short.
  • Leave the top relatively long with a natural fringe that covers most of your forehead..
  • Use a texturizing product to enhance the natural wave or curl.

Maintenance Tips:

  • Trim every four to six weeks.
  • Use a leave-in conditioner to maintain healthy hair.
  • Frequently wash as needed to keep your hair clean and your scalp balanced.

8. The Slick Back

man wearing a pinstripe suit with a sleek, slick back hairstyle

The slick back is rather, well, slick, but also an incredibly classic style that can be adapted for summer by keeping both the sides and back of your hair on the shorter side.

It’s a sophisticated look that works especially well for formal occasions, or even just in your day-to-day professional life. Think Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Al Pacino pulls it off – and so can you!

How to Achieve It:

  • Cut your sides short, as well as the back of your hair, while keeping the hair on top longer.
  • Use a comb and a strong hold gel or pomade to slick the hair back.
  • Ensure the hair lies flat against the head.
  • (Optional) Apply a finishing holding hairspray – this helps with summer humidity to combat frizziness, which stands out especially amongst slicked-back hairs.

Maintenance Tips:

  • Trim every four to six weeks.
  • Regularly wash and condition to prevent product buildup and maintain healthy hair and scalp.

9. The Gen Z “Mullet”

hip man in his 20s with a “Gen Z mullet” hairstyle

This one’s controversial, but depending where you live or what circles you frequent, it might just be the coolest one on this list. The much maligned mullet hairstyle of the 80s has made its way back in a somewhat fresher, more tamed form with a younger crowd.

One trip to a trendy neighborhood in almost any city will confirm it – the mullet has returned. The newest take on it is cool, artsy, and gives off a casual vibe.

How to Achieve It:

  • The sides and back should be trimmed rather short. This can range from a fade or taper to a more uniform short length.
  • The top and front should be longer and layered. The front should fall around the eyebrows, and the back can be left longer, creating a noticeable contrast.
  • Add texture with a razor or thinning shears to prevent the mullet from looking too bulky. A well-blended cut will look more modern.

Maintenance Tips:

  • Visit your barber every 4-6 weeks to maintain the shape and length. Regular trims keep the sides and back short and the top layered properly.
  • As the top and back grow out, they might need slight adjustments to keep the shape sharp.
  • Frequently wash as needed to keep your hair clean and your scalp balanced.

Barber Talk

Before embarking on this journey, however, make sure to do some research. As you would with the task of seeking out a skilled tailor, try to find a barber that works for you.

Ask friends for recommendations and visit online reviews. Some men prefer to frequent high-end salons for more complex styles, while others can get away with something simpler, and far more economical.

Your Ideal Summer Hairstyle

Choosing the right summer hairstyle is all about finding a balance between style and practicality. No matter if you prefer a short, low-maintenance cut that keeps you cool or a longer, more free-spirited, and laid-back style, there’s likely something here you can utilize.

Consider your hair type, face shape, and personal preferences when selecting a new hairstyle. With the right cut and proper maintenance, it will help you to keep you cool and look great all summer long.

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Balloons will surf wind currents to track wildfires

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This August, strange balloons will drift high above Colorado. These airy aircraft, launched from the back of a pickup truck, will be equipped with sensors that can measure heat on the ground, pinpointing new wildfire outbreaks from above.

The company behind the balloons, called Urban Sky, also plans to use them to understand conditions on the ground before fires start. Approximately 237,500 acres burn in Colorado annually, according to 2011–2020 data from the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center. The hope is that this new high-altitude tool might allow humans to manage—or at least understand—those blazes better.

“Wildfire is a natural part of ecosystems,” says Michael Falkowski, manager of the wildland fire programs at NASA. But climate change has proved to be an accelerant, rendering fires bigger, more intense, and more frequent. At the same time, more people are living closer to wild spaces, and the US’s history of fire suppression, which has crowded forests and left old and dead vegetation sitting around, is fanning the flames.

To deal with modern fires, Falkowski says, researchers and fire agencies have to gather data before those fires start and after they’re done smoldering, not just as they’re burning. That makes it possible to understand the risks ahead of time and try to mitigate them, track ongoing blazes, and understand the threats fires pose to communities and the environment.

Before a fire takes hold, researchers can map vegetation and estimate how wet or dry it is. During a fire, they can map where and how hot the activity is. When it’s all over, they can assess the severity of the burn and track air quality.

Pass Fire (New Mexico) 3.5m Infrared Sample from Urban Sky Microballoon.
An infrared image of the 2023 Pass Fire in New Mexico, taken by an Urban Sky balloon.COURTESY URBAN SKY

Still, the most acute phase is obviously the one when the fire is actually burning. In the heat of that moment, it can be hard to get a handle on when and where, exactly, the fire is taking hold. Satellites do some of that work, surveying large areas all at once. But the primary governmental satellites produce pictures with pixels around 300 meters across, and they can’t always get a super timely look at a given spot, since their view is limited by their orbit.

Airplanes and helicopters can map a fire’s extent in more detail, but they’re expensive to operate and dangerous to fly. They have to coordinate with other aircraft and have smaller views, being closer to the ground. They’re also a limited resource. 

Urban Sky aims to combine the advantages of satellites and aircraft by using relatively inexpensive high-altitude balloons that can fly above the fray—out of the way of airspace restrictions, other aircraft, and the fire itself. The system doesn’t put a human pilot at risk and has an infraredsensor system called HotSpot that provides a sharp, real-time picture, with pixels 3.5 meters across. “We targeted that resolution with the goal of being able to see a single burning tree,” says Jared Leidich, chief technology officer at Urban Sky. “And so that would show up essentially as one pixel—one hot pixel.” The company has some competition: Others, like Aerostar and LUX Aerobot, also make balloons that can monitor wildfires.

The Urban Sky team has launched balloons in previous tests, but in August, the technology will monitor potential fires for an actual (unspecified) customer. Sending the balloon-lofted HotSpot up will be a surprisingly simple affair, thanks to the balloon’s relatively small size: While the company makes several sizes, the original is about as big as a van at launch, inflating to the size of a small garage once it’s aloft and surrounded by lower-pressure air. The Urban Sky team uses weather software to calculate where to launch a balloon so that it will drift over the fire at the right elevation. Then the team packs one up, along with compressed helium or hydrogen gas, and drives a truck out to that location. The balloon is hooked onto a mast jutting from the vehicle, filled up with the lighter-than-air molecules,

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Beulah. I discovered this band recently and enjoy listening to it on my car rides. Beulah was a regular on my 5-disc player in my 1992 Smurf blue Chevy Cavalier in 2000. Their unique indie sound includes horns, stringed instruments and a positive attitude. I love horns and strings in pop-rock. A great band to listen to in the summer.

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Quote of the week

Action is often the only way to save a man in danger. In order to dull emotions, a person must act; to be immobile or to stagnate, in body or mind, is to give up without conditions. Movement, any work, can help him to overcome those feelings that are a traitor to his better nature. The man in the balloon who had little else to do than sit in the middle a target was more likely to crash than the observer on an aeroplane. However, the observer’s vulnerability was greater than that of the pilot. It was harder to sit in a trench under heavy bombardment than it was to fight openly.

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