These men were part of the small group of original guides who developed the shallow water fishery of the Florida Keys and are the pioneers of Flats Fishing. They remained active guides for twenty years after I first became acquainted with them in the mid-seventies. I got to hear their stories about what it was like fishing in the old days. I got to hear Jimmy Albright talk about what it was like in 1935 when he would go to such and such a place for the first time. And when he said "for the first time" he meant that it was the first time anyone had gone to these places to fish with a rod and reel, and with the intent that whatever fish they might discover would be tarpon or bonefish or permit. And forty years later in the mid-seventies, when he would be telling me these stories, the places he was telling me about had been well known fishing spots for decades.
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