Southern Agenda

World’s Fair of Flats

Whether you want to learn how to tighten your fly-line loops when casting to cruising bonefish, tarpon, or permit, or dive deep into the cutting-edge science of saltwater flats conservation (or better yet, both!), set a course for the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens for November 4 and 5. The Florida-based Bonefish & Tarpon Trust will hold its seventh International Science Symposium & Flats Expo, a hip mash-up of research and recreation with presentations on the latest studies of flats species and habitats, clinics on fly tying and casting, an art and film festival, and an exposition packed with the latest gear. “This event only rolls around once every three years, and there’s nothing else like it,” says Jim McDuffie, the Trust’s CEO. “We gather an amazing roster of living angling legends, the best boat and gear makers on the planet, and the scientists who are leading the charge on the conservation of saltwater flats and mangroves the world over.” This year BTT will induct into its Circle of Honor some of the most recognized names in saltwater fly fishing and conservation: Chico Fernandez, Sandy Moret, Matt Connolly, and Andy Danylchuk.