Men's Journal: Written by Michael Adno.
Flip Pallot, the legendary fly-fishermanOpens a New Window. and TV personality, considered calling off the trip and turning his 18-foot skiff back to the dock. It was just shy of 2 a.m. last July, and a heavy tide poured through the St. Lucie Inlet, north of West Palm Beach, FloridaOpens a New Window.. Four-foot waves broke all around, and in the distance, lightning danced over the Florida Straits—exactly where Pallot, his longtime friend John Donnell, and I were headed. But Pallot motored on anyway. The goal: reach Walker’s Cay, a 58-acre deserted island 100 miles off the coast, at the northern tip of the BahamasOpens a New Window.. Pallot, soft-spoken and sagelike at 76, used to visit and fish the island often but hadn’t returned in nearly 15 years.
“Let’s run out to the Gulf Stream and see if it’s any better out there,” he said.