If you check out HGTV Dream Home developer The Shore at Islamorada’s website, you’ll notice the homes all have names. The Dream Home is known as the Albright, and during a trip down to Islamorada for the photo shoot last month I found out just how much Florida Keys history is behind that name.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Sandy Moret, who moved to Miami for a business opportunity in 1972 but wound up a full-time fisherman in the Keys by the mid-eighties. Today he runs Florida Keys Outfitters in Islamorada. (That’s him in his shop over on the right.)
Moret has immense knowledge of fly fishing and the history of the Florida Keys, and he said Albright came from Jimmy Albright, a fishing guide who moved to the Keys in the 1940s and later developed a method of joining two pieces of line of substantially different diameters.
“He came up with the Albright Special knot, a basic bread and butter knot, but it was a major breakthrough in light tackle and sport fishing tackle,” Moret says. “It revolutionized a lot of light-tackle angling as monofilament line was becoming into use.”
Basically, Albright’s knot enabled anglers to go after huge tarpon in the waters of the Keys with fly casting gear by tying a heavy-gauge leader onto the end of 16-pound line. “Tarpon has a raspy mouth like sandpaper, if you tie a fly on a piece of 16-pound test line he’s just going to chew through that,” Moret says.
If you’re in Islamorada, stop by and visit Florida Keys Outfitters. They’re next door to the historic Green Turtle Inn at mile marker 81.5 in Islamorada.
Stay tuned, we’re launching the HGTV Dream Home 2008 tour in just a few weeks. You’ll be able to explore every room and outdoor area of the home with 360-degree images, video design tips and much more. And remember, starting Jan. 1, 2008, you’ll be able to enter the HGTV Dream Home 2008 Giveaway for a chance to win the fully furnished home in Islamorada and an all-new GMC Yukon Hybrid.
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