Letter From The Owner, Travis Katski
Fishing was given to me at an early age. Both Grandads and my Dad showed me the Chesapeake Bay, and there was little I could do to refuse the beauty and magic of fishing. It wasn’t with a fly rod, but soon enough, Flip Pallot was on my TV every Saturday morning on The Walkers Cay Chronicles. Watching Flip’s sense of adventure and devotion to the water subsequently ignited the fire that fueled me to spend much of the 90’s tying flies and fly fishing whenever and wherever I could. From trailering a friend’s 16’ jon boat built with a plywood deck, astro turf interior, and a pine dowel push pole to Fiesta Key, all the way back to Maryland to fly fish the same waters I grew up with. I fished every chance I could, but work took over, and I lost fly fishing for about twenty years.
In 2017, my family and I took a vacation to the Keys - a reunion of longer than 17 years for me. Every memory from youth flooded back to me, and I felt a calling to the area; this time, not just the water and the fish that swim in the water. This time around, I felt a connection to the people. And as I spent more time in the Keys with my family, I learned and saw what our environment needs from us - stewardship, community, and protection.
After Hurricane Irma, I felt a reinforced connection to the people of the Keys. The City of Marathon showed me compassion after my house, and so many other houses, were destroyed in the storm. It is at a city’s lowest points when its true character is shown. This is what led to the evolution of Seven Mile Fly Shop. I wanted to create a place where everyone could come after a trip and recollect the day’s adventures, where beginners and advanced anglers alike could collect as one community, a fly shop that would represent the amazing people of Marathon, and the Florida Keys in general. The Florida Keys are close to my heart, and I want to share that with the world.
JILLIAN TISDALE, MANAGER
Call us at 305-440-3406 or come see the shop at 1638 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL 33050!