Fishing in Disney

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Earlier this month Gone Fishin’ blog regular Alabama Hunter (who lives near Birmingham and travels to Orlando) asked me about getting into fly fishing in his area. Because a lot of you bring the kids to Disney World in Orlando, this is a good place to start. Conventional baitcasting/spinning for bass and panfish is well known in the area, but there’s never been much mention of a dedicated area fly-fishing source. Here’s one:

Orlando Outfitterswww.orlandooutfitters.com; 407-896-8220.
They’re not only an equipment source, they offer casting instructions all year, can hook you up with guides or point you to the hottest fishing—both in fresh and saltwater. The photo here shows a nice spotted sea trout caught in the area.

As for Alabama Hunter’s Birmingham locale, there was an outfit called The Deep South Fly Shop run by Robert Rogers 205-969-3868, flyshop@earthlink.com, but you’ll need to check if it’s still in business.

Lacking that, there are a number of other fly tackle sources around Alabama. Here’s a list:

Church Mouse/Fairhope Fly Shop
31 South Section Street
Fairhope, AL 36532
Phone: (251) 928-1619
Fax: (251) 928-117

McCoy Outdoors
3498 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
Phone: (251) 473-1030

Rainbow City Auction
114 Steele Station Rd
Gadsden AL 35901
Phone: (256) 442-5919
(website: www.rbcflyfishing.tripod.com)

Riverside Fly Shop
17027 Highway 69 North
Jasper, AL 35504
Phone: (256) 287-9582

And a little research will show that there’s a lot of potential for the long rod in Alabama, though it never gets a lot of mention.