Sandy Moret is a successful, passionate, driven man. Once he sold his beer business and started chasing Bonefish in skinny water, his after burners kicked in and Sandy was re-invented. He was a dominate figure in the most prestigious Bonefish and Tarpon tournaments with 8 wins. In 1993, he opened one of the most premier saltwater fly shops in the world, and as a teacher at heart, has operated his Florida fly fishing school for 30 years! But his finest hour could be as a conservationist. In 2018, Sandy Moret was awarded the Fly Fisherman Magazine – Sage Conservationist of the Year and was presented the Orvis Company Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the Now or Neverglades movement. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and Bullsugar.org.
On a windy day in June, Sandy invited us over to his fish house in Islamorada to record this episode of the podcast. Walking by one of the most beautiful, old school Hells Bay Professionals lying in his garage, we entered Sandy’s casa. His home was covered with Millard Wells paintings and numerous tournament trophies. We chatted for 58 minutes about fishing Islamorada in the 70’s, what tournament fishing meant to him, and his celebrated work as a conservationist.
Sandy’s Fly Store – Florida Keys Outfitters