Withlacoochee Canoe Trip

In 2011 I teamed up with a friend of mine, Matt Kidney, in hopes of putting together a killer canoe trip. We invited other close friends and decided that canoeing 35 miles of the Withlacoochee river over the course of 3 days sounded like a good idea. This would allow us to float downstream the entire way so we could do a good amount of fishing as we drifted.

Turned out that when it was go time only Matt and I were able to make it out. This changed up the plans a bit, but we decided that we would take one canoe and knock the trip out ourselves. This float turned out to be legendary. Since then the trip has become a yearly event. IMG_1635

This year we were able to get out and paddle the river once again. Only this time we were not alone. My little brother Brody, my cousin Daniel, Matt’s wife Sasha, as well as Matt’s dad and uncle all tagged along.IMG_1634

The added company made the trip a blast. Swapping fish stories and putting back a few chilled beers made the camp fire time extra special. All in all we caught some decent fish, a sun tan, and were able to spend some quality time with good friends. That is exactly what this trip is about. IMG_1659

Looking forward to next year. But until then, at least we have a sweet video to remind us of the trip.

Remember to keep your hearts right, and your lines tight!

Take care,


Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of backwaterflyfishing.com as well as our online fly shop, backwaterflies.com. The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

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