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 to the point now where I can’t even drive by a duck pond without wanting to haul some beetle patterns at the baby bluegill.
I got into fishing at a very young age and was taught to fly cast by my father when I was about 10 years old. With life doing what life does, I didn’t really get into fly fishing seriously until I was in college. This opened up a whole new aspect of fishing and has provided me with some of the best times of my life. Most of my time on the water has been in pursuit of learning the backwaters that make up both the east and west coasts of Central Florida. This includes the waters between Chassahowitzka and Crystal River on the west coast, as well as, the waters of the Banana River, Indian River, and Mosquito Lagoon systems.
Most of my exploration into fly fishing was done via kayak. Nothing gave me more of a challenge and reward than sneaking up on a monster fish in my yak and dropping a well placed fly right between its eyes. But fly fishing for me does not stop there.
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 the Wind River Range in Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.
Some of my favorite fish ever caught were caught in the Homosassa and Crystal River systems of West Central Florida. From big tarpon, snook, and reds, to monster bass and bluegill. This area seems to have it all. With constantly changing fisheries throughout the year it is easily one of the best places to fish on earth.
This site is an outdoor enthusiast’s way of sharing some of his findings, in hopes to encourage others to get up off the couch and enjoy nature at its best. If you have any questions about the information on this site or about fly fishing in general, please comment below or send me an email and I will be happy to help in any way that I can. Thank you for checking out Backwater Fly Fishing!
Capt. Jesse Males