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Fly Fishing for Cichlids?

By September 12, 2013

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Reading some of the great tales about Keys fly fishing legend George Hommell, I came across an interesting article by the Florida Sportsman on fly fishing for cichlids.

I've only fished for cichlids once, but when I did, I have to admit it was pretty fun.

Cichlids, for those who aren't familiar, are invasive species in most cases, but fish like the large sunfish we get out here on the West Coast.

So for anglers who can't get up to the higher elevations, and are fishing warmwater lakes and ponds, they're a nice substitute for trout and can put up a nice fight.

My lone dance with cichlids came in San Marcos, Texas, on the main river that runs through town there. The San Marcos also had some massive snapping turtles and all kinds of crazy critters I'd never seen before, so fishing there was definitely an experience.

As Ron Kowalyk writes: "If you are like me, you'll remember days as a kid when every fish was a trophy. My love of angling was cultivated fishing for panfish, bluegills, shellcrackers, sunnies, crappie and the like. ... Let the wild child in you come out."

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