Key West Fly Fishing Charters

Key West Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Key West

Top Fly Fishing Charters in Key West

Fly Fishing in Key West

Key West fly fishing is iconic. Endless expanses of crystal clear skinny waters interspersed by backcountry rich in flora and fauna, leading out into the deep blue of the Straits of Florida… Could there be any better way of unwinding than picking up a fly rod and getting out on these waters? We don’t think so.

What to catch

Fly fishing in the Keys is famous for the Grand Slam of Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit—and Key West is no exception. This impressive threesome tops the list for most Key West fly fishing guides and attracts anglers in their thousands. All three are found in these waters in late summer and fall. Saltwater fly fishing really doesn’t get better than this.

Out of the big three, Tarpon could well be the ultimate target on the fly. These monstrous fish can weigh well over 100lbs and can be caught on light tackle in very shallow waters. Usually, you have to travel miles offshore to tackle a fish like this. But they’re right here. Try fly fishing for Tarpon in Key West, and you will experience a fight like never before. Your weapon? Nothing more than some 12-weight line.

Where to go

Fly fishing trips in Key West will usually either take you to the flats or the backcountry. Flats fishing is the ultimate challenge for experienced anglers, who will test themselves by sight fishing for their target and perfecting their cast to land it. This requires patience—lots of it—as well as stealth, precision, and a good guide. 

Meanwhile, in the backcountry, beginners can learn the ropes of saltwater fly fishing. Here, the fish are eating hungrily, foraging around and picking up what they can get. With more activity in the waters, stealth and silence are less important here. Our advice: ask your Key West fly fishing guide to show you the ropes here, before putting your new skills to the test on the flats.

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Reviews of Fishing in Fly Fishing in Key West

Sibling fishing trip
Roberto M. fished with Salty Goat Fishing Charters on April 8, 2021
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Key west has the best fishing weather I love it ?
Spring break trip
Kyle H. fished with Good Times Key West on April 5, 2021
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Just give it a try. Lovely way to see a different part of Key West.
Great time!
Frank W. fished with Boa Vida Charters on March 15, 2021
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Prepare to have fun and enjoy the beauty of the sea.
Half Day Fishing on the Flats with Sean O'Keefe
Scott C. fished with Key West Backwater Fishing on February 5, 2021
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Watch the weather. We had just gotten through a cold front, and, not unexpectedly, it took a little hunting to get on the fish. An experienced Captain is a must. Sean O'Keefe at Key West Backwater Fishing knows where to find the fish and how to catch them.
Full day with Hugh
Edward H. fished with Reel Easy Charters on February 4, 2021
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Listen to the captain, he knows how to fish.
December fishing trip
Richard F. fished with Good Times Key West on December 13, 2020
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We did a snorkel and sightseeing trip with this charter and they did the most amazing trip for us could not have asked for a better trip.
Fishing with Mike
Matt S. fished with Michael O’Brien Charters on August 11, 2020
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Sometimes the fish aren't biting. There are no guarantees. Enjoy the view and the scenery and conversation if nothing else.
Evening half day trip with Ryan
Kate Z. fished with Good Times Key West on July 26, 2020
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Sunscreen!!!! Also, have an idea of what type of fishing you’d like to do before booking and heading out, that way your captain can get you to the best spot!

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