Found this neat article in Florida Fly Fishing Magazine entitled Fly-Fishing West Florida, 1886.
It contains some interesting observations, including “an almost total absence of insect pests”, and “a greater variety of fish that will take the fly than in any other section of the Union.”
My favorite is when he refers to largemouth bass as “the trout of the south.”
He also mentions catching catfish on a fly, indicating that roughfishing has been around for a while.
To see it, click here. Enjoy!