Florida Fly Fishing Charters

Florida Fly Fishing Charters

Top Florida Fly Fishing Destinations

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Florida

Florida: 560 fishing charters available

Lock it Down Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(77 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $500

Reel Local Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(77 reviews)
Naples
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trips from $300

Dreamaker Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(49 reviews)
Naples
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trips from $550

The Program Sportfishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(157 reviews)
Lantana
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trips from $550

Fly Fishing in Florida

Among the fishing community at large, Florida has the highest honor of being the “Fishing Capital of the World.” This reputation is well-earned, as anyone who’s ever been angling there will be sure to tell you. If you’ve set your sights on fly fishing Florida, you’re sure to be in good company — so feel free to come on down for a dip.

Top Places to Fly Fish in Florida

Making a full list of places that are suitable for fly fishing in Florida would require a whole book’s worth of text (what with the thousands of lakes, rivers, and shoreline locations). That is why we’ll only mention the ones that deserve to be on the top of any fly angler’s list.

Fort Myers

Aside from being a popular tourist location, Fort Myers can provide you with some of the most diverse fly fishing in the entire state. Estero Bay in particular is a hotspot for those eager to hone their fly casting skills. The cold months are great for going after Redfish and Speckled Trout, while during March and April you have the rare opportunity to go on night trips after Snook.

To top it all off, you have Tarpon season, which lasts from April through early October. Catching a Tarpon on the fly is on many an angler’s bucket list, and there’s hardly a better place to do so. Also known as the Silver King, it does not go down easy, and you’ll have to really pull your weight to have a chance at getting the better of one.

Florida Keys

The Florida Keys continue the Floridian tradition of combining amazing tourist destinations with world-class fishing opportunities. There’s so much here to see and do that you’ll be hard-pressed to find time and squeeze some fishing in. If you do, however, you’re in for quite a treat. The only thing to look out for are the other anglers because it can get very busy during peak season.

Your main targets on a fly fishing trip to the Keys will be Bonefish and Tarpon. In fact, the Keys are where the art of fly fishing for Bonefish was perfected, and you have plenty of skilled captains who can teach you more. Both of these species are great targets for sight fishing, making for very satisfying polling trips. If you manage to score some Permit along with this duo, congratulations! You just landed the Florida Grand Slam!

Now that you’re all pumped up for some Keys action, you’re wondering - but where in the keys do I go exactly? That question is much harder to answer than you may think because it’s almost impossible to make the wrong choice. If you’re bringing the whole family along for the ride, it might be best to pick Key Largo. That way, you’re very close to the Everglades and can make a stop at the National Park too.

On the other hand, Islamorada is what most people will refer to when talking about fishing in the Keys. It’s not called the 'Sport Fishing Capital of the World' for nothing, after all. Fly anglers are sure to love the local flats and their seemingly endless supply of Tarpon and Bonefish. The same applies for Key West, so consider those to be our top 3 picks for fly anglers.

Everglades National Park

The Everglades National Park is when you’d like to try something a bit different to the standard Florida fare. The forests and mangroves are home to a variety of wildlife, and make for some of the most tranquil fishing surroundings in the state. It’s also suitable for fishing on foot, so bring waders if you’ve got ‘em.

During your trip to the Everglades, you’ll be fishing for the likes of Redfish, Tarpon, Bass, and Trout. It’s very easy to lose your way in the dense treeline, so going with a guide is the recommended approach if it’s your first time. Otherwise, a good map will do.

Lake Okeechobee

As far as we’re concerned, Lake Okeechobee easily slides into the top 10 lakes in the US fishing-wise. If going after Largemouth Bass and Bluegill with a 5 wt setup sounds like a good deal, you need look no further. The “Big O” isn’t primarily known as a fly fishing lake, but we strongly believe it deserves to be. Okeechobee actually means “Big Water,” and at 36 miles it doesn’t get more true than that. It’s known to produce more 7+ lbs Bass than any other lake in Florida, what more could an angler ask for?

What to Pack for a Florida Fly Fishing Trip

It’s really important to know what you’d like to be fishing for when in Florida, so you can bring the appropriate type of fly gear. As far as general recommendations go, you’re likely best suited with a fly rod that’s 7-10’ long. The weight will depend on the rod itself, as well as the specific species you’re after. For example, you don’t want to go up against Tarpon with anything below a 10-weight rod.

Another thing to have with you on a Tarpon trip is a clear sink tip line. It’s very helpful when you’re looking to perfect your presentation and get the Silver King hooked. As for flies, paolo worm imitations are a good option, as well as Campeche crab look-alikes. Stick with 1/0 hooks, and you’ll be good to go. For Bonefish, you’ll be wanting your flies to imitate Shrimp, Crab, or Minnows for the best results.

Florida welcomes you with open arms no matter your skill level. If you just starting out, plenty of charter guides will be more than happy to teach you the basics of fly fishing. On the other hand, if you’re a pro who’s yet to visit these wonderful fishing grounds, expect to put that skill to the test and push your limits as far as they can go.

Florida
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Florida

Fishing Stuart in June I would look for snapper and snook. Not season for snook, but the river is holding and they and great hook ups.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing Stuart in June I would look for snapper and snook. Not season for snook, but the river is holding and they and great hook ups.
Nicholas  G.
Nicholas G. Loxahatchee Groves, Florida
If you are looking to catch largemouth bass, look for Captain Dave of David Paycheck fishing charters. He is an amazing captain and very knowledgeable about the fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are looking to catch largemouth bass, look for Captain Dave of David Paycheck fishing charters. He is an amazing captain and very knowledgeable about the fish.
Eugene  M.
Eugene M. Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
Bring fly spray. Was very hot on shore but very nice on the water. Have a goid Captian that knows the area!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring fly spray. Was very hot on shore but very nice on the water. Have a goid Captian that knows the area!
Taressa  B.
Taressa B. Foley, Alabama
Be careful about when you book in refards to opening day for Red Snapper. It can quickly get "overfished".
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be careful about when you book in refards to opening day for Red Snapper. It can quickly get "overfished".
Crista  M.
Crista M. Parker, CO
Sun’s too hot for fish and some waters can be saturated with bait by the end of the day Sunday. Early morning and cooler weather better.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sun’s too hot for fish and some waters can be saturated with bait by the end of the day Sunday. Early morning and cooler weather better.
A.  K.  B.
A. K. B. United States
If you go out with high flying saltwater charter your in good hands he'll put you on the fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you go out with high flying saltwater charter your in good hands he'll put you on the fish
Kevin  D.
Kevin D. Henderson, NV
I booked this trip for my husband for Father's Day. Along with a friend. They had a good time. The Captain and crew were great. Unfortunately they came home with no fish. One person caught a Grouper and my husband caught a Trigger Fish. The Captain felt bad and even stayed out a little longer but nature said No.. This also was the night fishing trip. I will definitely book again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I booked this trip for my husband for Father's Day. Along with a friend. They had a good time. The Captain and crew were great. Unfortunately they came home with no fish. One person caught a Grouper and my husband caught a Trigger Fish. The Captain felt bad and even stayed out a little longer but nature said No.. This also was the night fishing trip. I will definitely book again.
Julie  S.
Julie S. Lake Worth, FL
Listen to your captain and deck hand and you should have no problem catching fish and just have fun!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to your captain and deck hand and you should have no problem catching fish and just have fun!!
Mark  H.
Mark H. Sweetwater, TN
Wear sunscreen. Plan to get wet while riding to fishing spot. Maybe bring a towel!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear sunscreen. Plan to get wet while riding to fishing spot. Maybe bring a towel!
Tamarra  B.
Tamarra B. Birmingham, Alabama
Explain your experience level and your expectations and fish with an experienced guide.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Explain your experience level and your expectations and fish with an experienced guide.
Jeff  A.
Jeff A. Greeneville, TN
Great charter to fish with, kids had a great time. Very happy with the size,type, and quantity of fish we caught!! Exactly what I was looking for. Captain was very knowledgeable and friendly had good conversations with him throughout the trip! Thanks
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great charter to fish with, kids had a great time. Very happy with the size,type, and quantity of fish we caught!! Exactly what I was looking for. Captain was very knowledgeable and friendly had good conversations with him throughout the trip! Thanks
Jason  A.
Jason A. Springboro, OH
Definitely hit up Dawn Patrol, they won’t disappoint. Bay fishing is a great start for first timers for sure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely hit up Dawn Patrol, they won’t disappoint. Bay fishing is a great start for first timers for sure.
Brian  S.
Brian S. Hamilton, OH
Ask to catch lots of fish, they will put you on a spot to do that, if you ask to catch big fish, they will put you on the spot but if fish do not cooperate well then you won't catch fish. But in the first spot once you start catching fish you never know, you could catch something big .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask to catch lots of fish, they will put you on a spot to do that, if you ask to catch big fish, they will put you on the spot but if fish do not cooperate well then you won't catch fish. But in the first spot once you start catching fish you never know, you could catch something big .
Donald  L.
Donald L. Grand Rapids, MI
Right time of year to land red snapper! Bring sunscreen and plenty of water or Gatorade, your favorite canned drinks (non alcoholic) to stay hydrated. Small snacks are all you need. Most of your time you’ll spend fishing or enjoying the boat ride. If you get seasick, plan to take Dramamine the night before and the morning of - the water can get choppy when you get out in deep water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Right time of year to land red snapper! Bring sunscreen and plenty of water or Gatorade, your favorite canned drinks (non alcoholic) to stay hydrated. Small snacks are all you need. Most of your time you’ll spend fishing or enjoying the boat ride. If you get seasick, plan to take Dramamine the night before and the morning of - the water can get choppy when you get out in deep water.
Jennifer  K.
Jennifer K. Orange Park, FL
Dress accordingly. Sunscreen, if you need to reapply, remember to bring lotion, not the spray Listen to the captain and you will catch fish
Very good
4.0 / 5
Dress accordingly. Sunscreen, if you need to reapply, remember to bring lotion, not the spray Listen to the captain and you will catch fish
Alice  R.
Alice R. Fort Myers, Florida
Hit up Dania Pier! It only costs $3.50 for a day pass on the pier. Plenty to see and plenty to catch!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hit up Dania Pier! It only costs $3.50 for a day pass on the pier. Plenty to see and plenty to catch!
Richard  S.
Richard S. Youngstown, OH
Booking with Capt Buddy of course plus sunscreen, water and the Keys attitude.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Booking with Capt Buddy of course plus sunscreen, water and the Keys attitude.
Susan  B.
Susan B. Willow Street, PA
Find the right boat and captain. Many boats, but few know where or how to fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Find the right boat and captain. Many boats, but few know where or how to fish.
Michael  M.
Michael M. United States
I was worried that a tropical storm moved through the day before dumping lots of rain. Captain Bill assured me the lake would be fine. He was right. Bring sunscreen, water and lots of bait.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I was worried that a tropical storm moved through the day before dumping lots of rain. Captain Bill assured me the lake would be fine. He was right. Bring sunscreen, water and lots of bait.
Steve  S.
Steve S. Vero Beach, FL
Plenty of charters available with experienced captains and Florida waters have some of the best fishing in the world!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of charters available with experienced captains and Florida waters have some of the best fishing in the world!
Allison  H.
Allison H. Jacksonville Beach, FL

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