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Happy Holidays!

Capt. Dexter Simmons
December 21, 2008
Key West - Saltwater Fishing Report

Dec. 20, 2008

Baby Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit are available when the water warms in between cold fronts through this holiday season and into January. Here is a December baby Tarpon.

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The cooler weather (average lows in the 60's, average highs in the low to mid 70's) usually continues through December and January. The best fishing is during those warm up periods in between cold fronts. There are always some Jack Crevalle, Shark and Barracuda to catch in the meantime!

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The holiday season leading up to Christmas is usually a bit slow, but this allows us to catch up with family and friends. I always enjoy preparing my holiday newsletter and this year is no exception as there is some exciting news to report!
Capt. Dexter has put together some new Signature Gear for 2009! Here are some high quality caps by Imperial and fishing shirts by Simms to select from. First, here are the caps.

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This one is a Relaxed, SPF 30 cap with neck cape and a 3 1/2" long bill, a CoolMax® sweatband and adjustable sizer draw-cord. It is super comfortable and sports the Key West Fly Fishing logo.($20)

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This next one has a long bill with Tactel fabric that repels moisture and dries quickly. It has Cool-tech sweatband and micro-velcro closure and the Key West Fly Fishing logo.($20)

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Next, here are The Flats Fishing Shirts by Simms with the new Key West Fly Fishing Logo ($50). They are the Simms 3X Dry Guide Shirt with all cotton comfort that sheds water on the outside, wicks moisture from the interior and dries incredibly fast.
Order yours today! The caps are one size fits all and the shirts are currently available in Large long sleeves and Extra Large long sleeves. (Capt. Dexter wears a large and it fits him great.) Just Go to the
Signature Gear Website to order yours or order directly from the Captain
by email: captdexter@prodigy.net or telephone 877-347-4052, 305-745-3304.

Free DVD of Fishing Highlights!
Capt. Dexter Simmons has a new underwater video camera that he is using for above water and underwater footage of fighting and releasing fish in the wild. When you catch the big one, and Capt. Dexter Simmons is able to take video of the highlights, then you can expect to receive a DVD copy to play at home. To see a few go to Videos

New Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit fly patterns!
Capt. Dexter Simmons has been busy at the fly tying bench this year producing some great new patterns for anglers to catch that Grand Slam. Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit beware!!! Catch you soon!

Flats Fishing Forecast, 2009!
Capt. Dexter Simmons still has a few open dates in January, February, March, April, early May and mid to late June for the annual Tarpon migration. These months are also good for Permit and Bonefish to complete that Grand Slam! Call or write Capt. Dexter Simmons to reserve your dates today, and credit cards are now accepted!

Shep Simmons Memorial Award Winner 2008!
Jon Sigmund of Norway has been named the 2008 Shep Simmons Outstanding Angler of the Year. Congratulations Jon!

New Fly Shop in Key West!
This holiday season a new fly shop to Key West! The Angling Company will open its doors in January, and we hope to set a new standard of excellence in our product selection, service, devotion to conservation and a relationship with top local captains like Capt. Dexter Simmons. The website, www.theanglingco.com, is under construction and should be operational by early January.
You can also reach the shop at 305.292.6306 once we open our doors. We will be offering rods by Sage, G. Loomis, Thomas & Thomas, clothing from Under Armour, Simms, and our own signature Angling Co. apparel. In addition to new reels from Tibor, Abel, Van Staal, Henschel and the new Shilton reels from South Africa we will also be offering a huge selection of classic and collectible reels,
including examples of the now-classic Charlton Signature Series. The store, located at 333 Simonton street, will have off-street parking available for any and all of you who want to stop by and browse our inventory, get some gear, or just have a cup of coffee and talk fishing! For more info contact Nathaniel Clarke Linville, Owner, The Angling Company.

Sage TCR rods! The sweetest casting rods on the planet!!!
Capt. Dexter Simmons has new Sage TCR rods in #8, 9 & 10 and the new RPLX-i2 in #11 & 12 for your use while pursuing Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit aboard FlatsMaster! Just request them and enjoy!

Grand Slam Fly Fishing on the Turneffe Flats, Belize.
In September, 2008, Capt. Dexter Simmons joined an angler couple on a trip to Turneffe Flats, Belize. The fishing was great, and the hospitality was outstanding! We are planning a 2009 trip to Turneffe Flats for August or September and you can join us! The owner Craig Hayes has extended a generous offer for our group. They are going to run a 2 for 1 special with the price for two anglers being $5,200/week for August or September. So, divide that number in two and you get $2,600 per person! That is a $1300 discount off of the regular rate of $3900 per person. I think you will agree that this is a great deal. You can already tell that I am very excited about it! Call me or email me to sign up!

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Bonefish and Tarpon Unlimited!
Bonefish & Tarpon Unlimited was developed for a simple reason – to support research, education, and conservation of bonefish and tarpon. At BTU's inception in 1998, little data existed on bonefish and tarpon, two of the world's most popular saltwater gamefish. BTU is made up of recreational anglers, guides, and marine industry leaders dedicated to increasing our knowledge of bonefish and tarpon biology so we may better manage these species and ensure the fisheries for future generations. (BTU is currently undergoing a name change to Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, with the same mission.) I encourage all anglers to join BTU!

Our Father (Mother) - Son (Daughter) Key West Flats Fishing Trips are now scheduled for throughout the summer, fall, winter, and spring.
For more information about the Father and Son Flats Fishing Trips go to www.keywestflyfishing.com/fatherandson.htm
Once again, you may contact Capt. Dexter Simmons for a future fishing charter on his TOLL FREE CHARTER HOTLINE: 877-FISH052 (877-3474052) ///// or at 305-745-3304 or by email at captdexter@prodigy.net

Key West Fishing Forecast:

Winter Fly Fishing on the flats of Key West and the Marquesas consists of Baby Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish in between cold fronts when the water warms into the mid 70's. When it is colder, look for Barracuda, Shark, Jacks, Sea Trout, Pompano, and Redfish in the basins and channels.

Target Species:

Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit

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Key West Fly Fishing with Capt. Dexter Simmons. Sight fly fishing on the flats of Key West, the Marquesas, and the Florida Keys for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda, Shark, and more. Charters available year 'round. Friendly, experienced, professional captain who prides himself on providing a high quality fly fishing trip for anglers of all abilities. Fly casting lessons, SAGE fly fishing rods, TIBOR reels, lines, leaders, flys hand tied by Capt. Dexter Simmons, & fishing licenses included

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Key West Fly Fishing
P.O. Box 2006
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305-745-3304
Alt. Phone: 305-745-3304
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