Islamorada Fly Fishing Charters

Islamorada Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Islamorada

Islamorada: 91 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(19 reviews)
Islamorada
Trips from US $350
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(29 reviews)
Islamorada
Trips from US $650
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(57 reviews)
Islamorada
Trips from US $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(49 reviews)
Islamorada
Trips from US $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(42 reviews)
Islamorada
Trips from US $600
Excellent
4.5 / 5
(2 reviews)
Islamorada
Trips from US $800
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(176 reviews)
Islamorada
Trips from US $597

Fly Fishing in Islamorada

Blessed with the plentiful waters of the Florida Bay, the Atlantic, and the Gulf at its doorstep, Islamorada is a place where the wildest angling dreams come true. Anglers from all over the globe flock there every year, and Islamorada fly fishing is one of the major reasons. The area is known as one of the birthplaces of saltwater and backcountry fly fishing, and this sport is a huge part of the local fishermen's heritage. If you want to master your cast and learn new techniques, this is exactly what you'll get if you put your trust in an experienced Islamorada fly fishing guide.
 

What to Catch

 
Fly fishing in Islamorada is all about catching huge fish in skinny waters – this was the place of the Bonefish fly fishing world record for many years. Bonefish, also known as the “Gray Ghost,” average 6–12 pounds, although Bones bigger than 14 pounds are not a rare thing. Large, strong, quick, and clever, Bonefish are just one of the superstars of the Florida Grand Slam, along with Tarpon and Permit. 
 
Juvenile Tarpon are usually 6–15 pounds, while adult specimens can grow to be over 200 pounds. Islamorada "Silver Kings" are famed for their airborne acrobatics, power, and stamina – there's nothing more challenging and rewarding than battling them. Ranging from 12–40 pounds, Permit are known as “The most difficult flats fish to catch on a fly,” thanks to their smarts, speed, pickiness, and strength. 
 
In addition to flats fishing for the Grand Slam, Islamorada offers excellent backcountry fly fishing opportunities. Redfish and Snook are among the most sought-after backcountry species, though Jacks, Ladyfish, and Seatrout are also interesting to catch. 
 
 

Where to Go

 
With miles of flats and the Everglades in its backyard, Islamorada will spoil you for choice when it comes to fly fishing hot spots. Tarpon are abundant on the flats, but you can also fish for juvenile Tarpon in the backcountry creeks. 
 
Permit can be found in the deeper waters of the flats and banks when the tides are low, while they'll be feeding closer to the surface during high tides. 
 
Bonefish can be found in the same areas as Permit, in addition to the Everglades National Park. Spreading over 1.5 million acres, this fly fishing paradise offers some of the best sight and fly fishing for Snook there is. Known for loving any kinds of structure, mangrove ponds and grassy flats of the Everglades are their promised land. Redfish are also abundant in these waters, as well as in both saltwater flats and freshwater creeks – when spawning, huge schools can be found in these areas.
 

How to Fish

 
  • To battle Tarpon most successfully, you'll usually need heavier tackle (at least a 10 wt rod) compared to other species. Use a 12 wt rod when catching bigger specimens and when fishing in windy conditions. Clear sink tip lines and fluorocarbon leaders are a must. When it comes to the flies, it's all about the variety of color and weight. Bait fish and toad patterns tied in a married or splayed tail are always a good choice. Go for 1/0 hooks for clear waters and 3/0 hooks when the waters are not clear enough.  
 
  • Bonefish are known for being spooky, so casting from the side rather than over them is the key. You'll be using lighter gear compared to Tarpon – an 8–9 wt rod will do the trick. Fluorocarbon leaders and floating or clear floating lines are the way to go. Bones are pretty picky when it comes to flies, so the presentation must be outstanding. Shrimp, toad, crabs, and bait fish patterns work well, in sizes #1–#4. Color and weight are also very important – make sure to have various weighted flies to match various depths these magnificent fish can be found in.
 
  • Precision and presentation are essential when it comes to Permit. A 9 wt rod with a floating or clear floating line will usually have you covered – use a 10 wt rod in windy conditions. Fluorocarbon leaders are what you need, as well as various crab, shrimp, toad, and bait fish patterns (sizes #1–#2), especially Merkins, Velcro Crabs, and Clouser Minnows.
 
  • The best gear for landing Snook is an 8–9 wt rod paired with fluorocarbon leaders and a floating or clear floating line, although a clear sink tip can sometimes be more efficient. Go for 1/0 or 2/0 hooks and toad, bait fish, and popper patterns. 
 
  • While the Grand Slam species can be a challenge even for fly fishing veterans, catching Redfish on the fly can be great for both novices and experts. Floating and clear floating lines with 7–9 wt rods are a default option, along with fluorocarbon leaders. Redfish react well to a variety of patterns, from streamers and crabs to poppers. Weedless fly patterns are sometimes a must in weedy areas.
 

When to Go

 
All of these majestic species can be caught year-round, but there are times of the year when specific fish are more abundant than others. Tarpon peak in April and May during their migration season, but can be caught anytime when the water temperatures go above 70 degrees. If you've set your mind to land the biggest of Bones, visit Islamorada in early spring and fall, though late spring and summer are when they're the most abundant. Spring and fall are the best times for Permit, while Snook fishing is the best at the beginning of fall through late spring. If you're after Reds, fall is your season.
 
Regardless of the time of the year and the targeted species, Islamorada fly fishing is bound to be a life-changing experience. Head to its rich flats and backcountry secret spots – the sky's the limit in these legendary waters.
 
Islamorada
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 28,936 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Islamorada

The weather was the biggest deterrent factor in making this a great fishing trip. We had a great outcome in spite of the inclement weather conditions thanks to the skills and abilities of Captain Tony and his crew. The Singing Reel vessel was ideal to keep us dry and comfortable with its spacious and air conditioning cabin.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The weather was the biggest deterrent factor in making this a great fishing trip. We had a great outcome in spite of the inclement weather conditions thanks to the skills and abilities of Captain Tony and his crew. The Singing Reel vessel was ideal to keep us dry and comfortable with its spacious and air conditioning cabin.
Singing Reel Charters
Singing Reel Charters
My recommendations for someone being a first time fisherman to Islamorada remember, you are in one of the best bodies of water for fishing. Your captain has been on that water way more than most, and he will do his best to put you on Fish the equipment that we used and the knowledge that we had with us in the boat on our captain he did a great job putting us on Fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My recommendations for someone being a first time fisherman to Islamorada remember, you are in one of the best bodies of water for fishing. Your captain has been on that water way more than most, and he will do his best to put you on Fish the equipment that we used and the knowledge that we had with us in the boat on our captain he did a great job putting us on Fish
Snap Em Up Fishing
Snap Em Up Fishing
Book early because May is a great month to fish in FL. Also, early morning trips are cooler in May. Wear hats, sunscreen, wear long sleeve SPF shirts. And remember, you don’t always catch fish, or as many fish, or as big a fish as you’d like. The ocean is a big place and fishing is unpredictable. Most fishing guides will work very hard to put you on fish - that’s how they make their living.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book early because May is a great month to fish in FL. Also, early morning trips are cooler in May. Wear hats, sunscreen, wear long sleeve SPF shirts. And remember, you don’t always catch fish, or as many fish, or as big a fish as you’d like. The ocean is a big place and fishing is unpredictable. Most fishing guides will work very hard to put you on fish - that’s how they make their living.
Two Trolls Sport Fishing
Two Trolls Sport Fishing
If you have the chance definitely book with singing reel charters! They were very hospitable and had plenty of water and other hydration options. Tony and Travis blended well with our group and they are the most down to earth guys you can ask for who work hard to make sure everyone has a great experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have the chance definitely book with singing reel charters! They were very hospitable and had plenty of water and other hydration options. Tony and Travis blended well with our group and they are the most down to earth guys you can ask for who work hard to make sure everyone has a great experience.
Singing Reel Charters
Singing Reel Charters
Practice your double haul and be prepared for wind and low hanging branches
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Practice your double haul and be prepared for wind and low hanging branches
Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters
Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters
Definitely go for the Islamorada hump, and fish with Easy does it Islamorada
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely go for the Islamorada hump, and fish with Easy does it Islamorada
Easy Does It Islamorada
Easy Does It Islamorada
Listen to your Capt recommendation. I said the trip was appropriate for children because the Capt was excellent. The weather and sea this day would not have been.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to your Capt recommendation. I said the trip was appropriate for children because the Capt was excellent. The weather and sea this day would not have been.
Easy Does It Islamorada
Easy Does It Islamorada
Stay in the north side and backcountry, as the wind is rough on the open ocean side.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay in the north side and backcountry, as the wind is rough on the open ocean side.
Reel Attack Charters
Reel Attack Charters
Get a guide with some personality and shows he really cares. Josh is your guy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a guide with some personality and shows he really cares. Josh is your guy.
Spartina Guide Service – Islamorada
Spartina Guide Service – Islamorada
Research the type of fishing you are interested in then look for a Captain to match your interests.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Research the type of fishing you are interested in then look for a Captain to match your interests.
Spartina Guide Service – Islamorada
Spartina Guide Service – Islamorada
The weather is a little unpredictable in April, but anytime you can go out on the water and fish is great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather is a little unpredictable in April, but anytime you can go out on the water and fish is great.
J&F eXcursions - 26
J&F eXcursions - 26
Really check out the guides before you commit. We've had some losers. It's kind of hard to do long distance; we are from Montana. On our trip, late April 2024, it was a cooler than normal spring evidently. Luckily, the water temp worked out. April is an awesome month to come out. The weather is great, the water is warm, fishing is like no other.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Really check out the guides before you commit. We've had some losers. It's kind of hard to do long distance; we are from Montana. On our trip, late April 2024, it was a cooler than normal spring evidently. Luckily, the water temp worked out. April is an awesome month to come out. The weather is great, the water is warm, fishing is like no other.
Off The Hook – Islamorada
Off The Hook – Islamorada
Find a captain that cares. Be careful of booking thru resorts. We’ve had bad experiences.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a captain that cares. Be careful of booking thru resorts. We’ve had bad experiences.
Two Trolls Sport Fishing
Two Trolls Sport Fishing
Check wind reports and move your trip to the best weather if possible.We would not been able to fish the day we booked due to high winds and Dave agreed the next day seemed a better choice .He moved our charter to the next day and we we able to make it through 6 hours of rocking .Was one of my most productive days on the water.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Check wind reports and move your trip to the best weather if possible.We would not been able to fish the day we booked due to high winds and Dave agreed the next day seemed a better choice .He moved our charter to the next day and we we able to make it through 6 hours of rocking .Was one of my most productive days on the water.
Paradise Fishing With Big Dave
Paradise Fishing With Big Dave
Book with Singing Reels! The crew provided exceptional instruction and service, and were so personable and fun. Captain Tony emailed me the same day we booked, kept in touch and called to make sure all our questions were answered so we knew what to expect!The recommendations of where to take our catch to have it prepared, and to have some shipped home were great, and we enjoyed our catch at an Oceanside restaurant. We will book again with Tony and his crew! Best Florida fishing experience ever!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Singing Reels! The crew provided exceptional instruction and service, and were so personable and fun. Captain Tony emailed me the same day we booked, kept in touch and called to make sure all our questions were answered so we knew what to expect!The recommendations of where to take our catch to have it prepared, and to have some shipped home were great, and we enjoyed our catch at an Oceanside restaurant. We will book again with Tony and his crew! Best Florida fishing experience ever!
Singing Reel Charters
Singing Reel Charters
As long as you listen to your guide you’re going to have a great time and catch a lot of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As long as you listen to your guide you’re going to have a great time and catch a lot of fish
Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters
Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters
If you're a first time fisher or even experienced, definitely consider going out. Definitely not bobber in the water fishing. Alot of casting and reeling. Would recommend 3/4 so you have plenty of time to be out there.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're a first time fisher or even experienced, definitely consider going out. Definitely not bobber in the water fishing. Alot of casting and reeling. Would recommend 3/4 so you have plenty of time to be out there.
Reel Attack Charters
Reel Attack Charters
Book this trip if you want to experience the thrill of the big tug! The caption was great with my 2 sons and kept them wore out tugging big fish in all day! Highly recommended!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book this trip if you want to experience the thrill of the big tug! The caption was great with my 2 sons and kept them wore out tugging big fish in all day! Highly recommended!
Fishin Mission Offshore Charters
Fishin Mission Offshore Charters
Check reviews. Let the captain know your expectations and your skill level.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check reviews. Let the captain know your expectations and your skill level.
Singing Reel Charters
Singing Reel Charters
Take some seasick pills. lol. Catptain Troy and mate, James are wonderful people and fun to fish with. Enjoy!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take some seasick pills. lol. Catptain Troy and mate, James are wonderful people and fun to fish with. Enjoy!
Miller Time Sportfishing
Miller Time Sportfishing

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