Key West Fly Fishing Charters

Key West Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Key West

Key West: 55 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(99 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(51 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $600
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(234 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(147 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $165
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $900
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(133 reviews)
Stock Island
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(12 reviews)
Key West
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Key West
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trips from $750

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.

Key West
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 26,564 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Key West

I highly recommend fishing the Keys once in your life as I have been fishing it many times throughout my life. There so many opportunities to catch species of fish, along with the weather being great the majority of the year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I highly recommend fishing the Keys once in your life as I have been fishing it many times throughout my life. There so many opportunities to catch species of fish, along with the weather being great the majority of the year.
Jerome  R.
Jerome R.
Check the charters for what you want to do. There are many very experienced captains and crews waiting to make your day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the charters for what you want to do. There are many very experienced captains and crews waiting to make your day.
John  J.
John J. Scituate, Massachusetts
End of the year for a bit cooler weather, a little breeze definitely helped keep cool. Lots of water and sunscreen applied
Excellent
5.0 / 5
End of the year for a bit cooler weather, a little breeze definitely helped keep cool. Lots of water and sunscreen applied
Ben  L.
Ben L. Wilder, ID
Make sure to bring a hat, sun glasses and some water/Gatorade. Consider motion sickness pills if you have never been out on the water. Bring sun screen. Relax, have fun and enjoy your experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to bring a hat, sun glasses and some water/Gatorade. Consider motion sickness pills if you have never been out on the water. Bring sun screen. Relax, have fun and enjoy your experience!
David  C.
David C.
Definitely pay attention to the wind speed and direction the wind is coming from. Be open minded and just enjoy the ride. The ocean is a beautiful and terrifying place, so what you can to take it in.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely pay attention to the wind speed and direction the wind is coming from. Be open minded and just enjoy the ride. The ocean is a beautiful and terrifying place, so what you can to take it in.
Gina  F.
Gina F.
I have been fishing the lower Florida keys for over 20 years an Key West is my favorite
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I have been fishing the lower Florida keys for over 20 years an Key West is my favorite
Bill  G.
Bill G. Vero Beach, FL
You are in good hands with the Capt. and Mate on the Corsair II. They were awesome and made the entire experience enjoyable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You are in good hands with the Capt. and Mate on the Corsair II. They were awesome and made the entire experience enjoyable.
Judith  A.
Judith A.
It's very exciting and challenging. If you are a fisherman you know what I mean? ?
Very good
3.7 / 5
It's very exciting and challenging. If you are a fisherman you know what I mean? ?
Parvlakis  M.
Parvlakis M. Westlake, FL
Do a half day and get to understand the ropes. Then if you get what you expect go do more. Just do it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do a half day and get to understand the ropes. Then if you get what you expect go do more. Just do it!
James  L.
James L. Rossford, OH
April is a great time to go fish Key West. Message your captain. They know how to cater to your wants and needs
Excellent
5.0 / 5
April is a great time to go fish Key West. Message your captain. They know how to cater to your wants and needs
Jeff  M.
Jeff M. Shinglehouse, PA
Mahi Mahi is one of the most beautiful fish to catch and incredibly great eating!! Look up Capt. Anthony Del Valle of the Sea Rebel. Great down to earth, knowledgeable captain!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Mahi Mahi is one of the most beautiful fish to catch and incredibly great eating!! Look up Capt. Anthony Del Valle of the Sea Rebel. Great down to earth, knowledgeable captain!!
Ken  F.
Ken F. Ashburn, Virginia
Always get a captain that is very knowledgeable with the fishing conditions and puts the clients first.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Always get a captain that is very knowledgeable with the fishing conditions and puts the clients first.
John  C.
John C. Tangier, IN
Anglers should check with various charters and pick who fits their fishing style best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Anglers should check with various charters and pick who fits their fishing style best.
Kris  K.
Kris K.
There's great party boat fishing in Key West, as well as a large amounts of charters for big bucks, I fish on the Gulfstream VI most days I'm here but I also treat myself to a big buck charter occasionally, and I'm so glad I was referred to Reef Runner and their crew.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There's great party boat fishing in Key West, as well as a large amounts of charters for big bucks, I fish on the Gulfstream VI most days I'm here but I also treat myself to a big buck charter occasionally, and I'm so glad I was referred to Reef Runner and their crew.
Ted  R.
Ted R. Norwich, CT
Do a little research, everything is about social media nowadays. I've fished different spots in the states, and have not hesitated to use Fishing Booker, especially if I wasn't familiar with the area. They have yet to disappoint! Go catch some fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do a little research, everything is about social media nowadays. I've fished different spots in the states, and have not hesitated to use Fishing Booker, especially if I wasn't familiar with the area. They have yet to disappoint! Go catch some fish!
Erik  T.
Erik T. Chicago, IL
Look up local fishing reports on fishing booker and other sources to figure out what you want to target based on what is happening at the time. Get a plan together in advance to see whats biting and always remember its called fishing not catching its not always going to be a slam dunk but having a knowledgeable Captain will make or break the day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look up local fishing reports on fishing booker and other sources to figure out what you want to target based on what is happening at the time. Get a plan together in advance to see whats biting and always remember its called fishing not catching its not always going to be a slam dunk but having a knowledgeable Captain will make or break the day.
Kevin  S.
Kevin S. Belle River, ON
Be prepared for high winds - let you captain know if you prefer flatter water or are good with some rollers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for high winds - let you captain know if you prefer flatter water or are good with some rollers.
Paul  G.
Paul G. Westwood, NJ
Spring for a bigger boat with more amenities like AC in a closed in cabin, a head, and a captain's chair.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spring for a bigger boat with more amenities like AC in a closed in cabin, a head, and a captain's chair.
William  D.
William D. Fishers, IN
Go with a center console boat. You may have to move often to find your targets.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a center console boat. You may have to move often to find your targets.
Charles  A.  A.
Charles A. A. Brentwood, TN
Dont expect to catch a trophy fish on your first trip just try to have fun and the fish will come.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dont expect to catch a trophy fish on your first trip just try to have fun and the fish will come.
Marshall  K.
Marshall K. Black Creek, GA

Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Key West