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Best Fly Fishing Charters in San Diego

Top Fly Fishing Charters in San Diego

Fly Fishing in San Diego

The fly fishing San Diego guides have to offer is enough to keep you busy for the whole year! From traditional freshwater to offshore saltwater fly fishing, you’ll be able to target a huge range of species, including Yellowfin Tuna and Sharks offshore, and Bonefish and Corbina inshore. These fish will all test your skills and your line.

Which trip is best for me?

This completely depends on your sea legs, fly fishing skills, and the time you have to spare! You can get bites while fly fishing in the lakes, bays, and inshore waters. For big game, you’ll be heading 20 miles out during peak season and up to 100 miles out during the colder weather for Tuna. This variety means there is something for every skill level of angler.

For anglers with less time on their hands, try fly fishing the kelp beds inshore (up to 10 miles out from the bay) or even in Mission Bay. In the summer, you can target “The Ghost of the Coast” itself, the elusive Corbina. They put up a great fight and are only found in Southern California, which ensures you complete bragging rights, if you can reel it in.

To really get the blood pumping, target Mako Shark, which can reach up to 150 pounds in these waters. The best time to fish for them is from June to October. Keep the fishery healthy and release your catch afterwards. This is a great trip for the whole family as Mako can be found closer to shore on a full day trip.

Offshore fly fishing is great for those with more experience and time to put fish on the boat. These can be up to 100 miles offshore, so overnight trips are necessary.

What do I need to bring?

Everyone fishing over 16 years of age will need a California fishing license.

If you’re going on a longer trip into Mexican waters, then everyone on board will need to have a photo ID on them – a passport is perfect. Current regulations require a Mexican Tourist Visa if fishing within 12 miles of the Mexican coast. Your captain will tell you exactly what to bring based on which trip you choose.

Check with the captain if you need to bring your own fly fishing equipment – this can vary from charter to charter. Gray polarized sunglasses will help you see your catch better and give you that extra edge when sight casting.

Book a trip today and have an unforgettable time fly fishing San Diego waters with an experienced local guide.

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What People Are Saying About Fly Fishing in San Diego

"Half Day Trip with Rob and Kenny"

Bj Tietze fished with Zenmar Offshore Action on November 10, 2019

Great Crew, weather, boat, and left with a cooler full of fish for dinner. Rob and Kenny put us on fish, lots of action.

"Fly Fishing San Diego"

Andrew Lassetter fished with Risen Tide Sportfishing on November 3, 2019

Had a great trip. Couldn’t ask for a more. Very knowledgeable guide and a pleasure to fish with. We managed to get 4 different species. If you’re in need of a fly guide in San Diego I would highly recommend him.

"Half day trip with Captain Shaun"

Andrew Reed fished with Pelican Sportfishing on October 27, 2019

Our trip was five stars! Captain Shaun was excellent! We caught a bunch of fish and Shaun cleaned a few for us to take home. Highly recommend Shaun and this trip.

"Half day with captain Mike"

Nichole Lemons fished with The Long Run Sportfishing on October 27, 2019

We had an amazing time. 10 out of 10!! Would definitely recommend to anyone! Will be back soon. And booking with them again!!!

"23 October "

Kevin Tirban fished with Good Times Sportfishing on October 23, 2019

Took my son and son-in-law on a half day ER. We caught a total on 20 fish, 12 keepers! Captain Power is fantastic, knows his stuff and all the equipment is top notch! Damn good day! Thank you Captain!🎣

"Great day!!"

Keith Mcdonald fished with Reel Life Fishing Charters on October 22, 2019

Captain Daniel is a hard working and fun captain. Many captains forget you are there to have fun and catch fish!! Daniel does both as long as there is opportunity to catch, he will work hard and find it. Can’t wait for more trips!!

Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in San Diego

Yellowtail Amberjack

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Calico Bass

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