Garden & Gun


I CAST THE FLY toward the red mangroves, as close as I can get, as close as I dare. The stilt-legged shrubs form a curtain of chaotic, braided roots capped with dense green foliage, a towering, vernal wall between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida peninsula. To the north, farther up the Florida mainland, the Everglades’ famed River of Grass unfurls to the horizon. But as the fresh water moves toward salt, the grass peters out and the mangroves close in. Labyrinths of narrow passages wind through their warrens. Mangroves that can soar sixty feet above the water ring wide bays. And wherever they grow, their intertwined root systems give purchase to sand and muck and harbor snook, tarpon, sharks, and manatees. Here on the far southern margin of Florida, the mangroves hold the world together.

Whoops. Too close. The fly hangs up in an arthritic kink of a mangrove branch, six feet above the water.

“Squirrel fishing,” I say, red-faced. “Not everybody knows how to do this.”

Captain Chris Wittman laughs and sets the push pole to turn the skiff toward

Sie lesen eine Vorschau. Registrieren Sie sich, um mehr zu lesen.

Ähnliche Interessen

Mehr von Garden & Gun

Garden & Gun3 min gelesen
Silver King
See that ripple in the water there, coming at us?” David Mangum is practically whispering in my ear while pointing over my shoulder into the bay, employing his innovative and unusual guiding technique. “That’s a fish, and it will be right here”—he no
Garden & Gun5 min gelesen
Fredericksburg’s Big Texas Welcome
On a freezing afternoon late last winter, I drove west on I-10, leaving my home in San Antonio for a yearlong sabbatical in Fredericksburg. Though only seventy miles away, the town couldn’t feel more removed from my life back home. Fredericksburg may
Garden & Gun2 min gelesenCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Gold in These Fields
This rice, it loves gumbo,” says Rollen Chalmers as he waves his hand over a marshy field near Hardeeville, South Carolina. Gumbo stew goes well over rice, sure, but the gumbo he means is soil—a mix of mud and clay where rice plants thrive. Chalmers