Ever since I moved to Florida I've been somewhat saddened that my days of regular trout fishing were numbered. While the Sunshine State has tons of epic sport fishing opportunities, (coldwater) trout is not one of them...and for a guy who writes a blog called "Troutrageous!," that can be a difficult pill to swallow. The closest trout to me is a 5 to 7 hour trip to Georgia...or so I thought.
|North Georgia trout from 2014's Owl Jones Escapade...|
Turns out, there's something pretty interesting going on in Tallahassee. Interesting to me at least. Evidently for quite some time, a cardiologist has been stocking Kamloops rainbow trout in the pond on his plantation property creating a way for locals to fly fish for trout in Florida in the cooler winter months. It's become somewhat of an annual tradition ever since.
He only allows catch & release, barbless-hook fly fishing (4 weight or over, as not to stress the fish), and simply asks for a small fee of $25 be left in the mailbox on his property. How old-school is that? Once it gets too warm to keep the trout, he drains the pond and the fish go to local restaurants.
|Image Courtesy: Coastal Angler Magazine|
While I've always considered myself a "wild trout" kind of fisherman, I have to say this is really intriguing, if for no other reason to see the place. I'd really enjoy the chance to talk with Dr. Allee and ask a few questions about "why & how?" In his annual announcement, he claims to not be "computer literate," so it'd probably be best done in person.
The window has probably closed now that we're in mid-April, but November & December will be here before we know it...perhaps a trip West is in the cards...
Here are a few links to articles or posts I found out about Dr. Allee & Hiamonee Planation.