Tampa Fly Fishing Charters

Tampa Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Tampa

Tampa: 57 fishing charters available
Tampa
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5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from $350
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(16 reviews)
Riverview
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trips from $250
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(3 reviews)
Tampa
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(76 reviews)
Holiday
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(152 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(32 reviews)
Belleair Bluffs
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trips from $375

Fly Fishing in Tampa

Tampa fly fishing is an acquired taste. For the experienced angler it has all the appeal a fly fishing destination should have. A maze of flats with the average depth of 12 feet. Secluded honey holes teem with fish if you know how to find them.

Anglers who have fished here keep coming back for more as these inshore fish prove that dynamite comes in small packages. Looking at you, Redfish. But don’t be tricked for a second. These fish do reach enviable size. And even better, you can take your flies and long rods out into the bay and present the lure to top pelagics. Once you’ve found a fly fishing guide to take you around these fisheries -- and Tampa lacks none - you will acquire the taste after just a couple of casts.

What fish to catch

Tampa fly fishing guides will tell you that they have landed anything from epic Redfish, Snook, Permit, Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Cobia, to bigger fish such as King and Spanish Mackerel. Some have landed Sailfish not far from shore. Some fly fishing gurus will tell you that even Snapper and Grouper can be seized with a little help from weighted line. But sticking to the proven methods on your first trip can get you more fish than you could dream of.

When to go fly fishing in Tampa

If the weather’s on your side, you can expect a steady bite throughout the year. Migratory species make spring and fall a perfect time to leave dry land behind you and get out on the water. Mackerel, Cobia, and Jack Crevalle are more of a ‘spring/fall’ kind of fish. False Albacore are consistent year-round and Tampa’s fly anglers love them.

Possibly the best fly fishing around Tampa is for Snook and Redfish. Present for the best part of the year, these two species are the first fish you want to get on flies. They are fast and hard-hitting, won’t be shy about saying ‘no’ to your lures, and most certainly won’t give in without a brawl. To get a monster-size Tarpon, the best months would be May through July.

How to get the fish

When targeting Snook, a 9 wt fly rod will get you a nice specimen, especially if you choose to use deer hair bugs. For Tarpon fishing, you should equip yourself with 11 wt rods and consider sight fishing. Most Tampa fly fishing guides know Tarpon routes and will act as lookout so that you have enough time to prepare for casting. Come fall, you can entice a whole pack of Redfish with a single cast. Most anglers use 8 wt rods and pair them with puffy flies big enough for Reds to notice them.

Need to know

Most Tampa fly fishing guides supply fly gear, but often you will need to bring your own equipment. As fly fishing requires proper presentation of the fly, many anglers develop their own approach to it, so not all gear will work all the time. Also, you should bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as some food and drinks. If you haven’t fly fished before, many guides offer lessons so you can make the most out of your trip once you get onboard.

Tampa
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 26,613 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Tampa

Tampa is full of fish, many different species. Makes for a great fishing experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tampa is full of fish, many different species. Makes for a great fishing experience.
Dan  U.
Dan U. Lineboro, MD
Call captains prior to going out to see current species, conditions… and how to pay captains because app can be confusing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call captains prior to going out to see current species, conditions… and how to pay captains because app can be confusing
Eric  S.
Eric S. Apopka, FL
Book the AM trip before the sun gets too hot. A tad cold heading out to the fishing spot but once settled it was a perfect weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book the AM trip before the sun gets too hot. A tad cold heading out to the fishing spot but once settled it was a perfect weather.
Traci  G.
Traci G. Elk Grove Village, IL
Captain Ike would be an excellent choice for a beginner and experienced person wanting to get out on the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Ike would be an excellent choice for a beginner and experienced person wanting to get out on the water
Jamie  R.
Jamie R. Underwood, MN
If looking for a bigger boat to go out farther don't forget to ask about the boat lol I was expecting a bigger boat (didn't ask or specify) and wanted them to go further out but from the two boys point of view I got exactly what I wanted...a great experience...
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If looking for a bigger boat to go out farther don't forget to ask about the boat lol I was expecting a bigger boat (didn't ask or specify) and wanted them to go further out but from the two boys point of view I got exactly what I wanted...a great experience...
Donna  R.
Donna R. Charlotte, North Carolina
Book with FishingBooker.com. Easy to do and you will not be disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with FishingBooker.com. Easy to do and you will not be disappointed.
Jason  A.
Jason A. Tampa, FL
Just like fishing anywhere else, book a great guide and have fun on the water !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just like fishing anywhere else, book a great guide and have fun on the water !
Ed  P.
Ed P. Stoughton, MA
Get in touch with Captain John Rivers at Rivers 2 Bay Fishing Charters, (727) 313-1781. He will put you on some great fish! I know who I'm going to call for my next trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get in touch with Captain John Rivers at Rivers 2 Bay Fishing Charters, (727) 313-1781. He will put you on some great fish! I know who I'm going to call for my next trip.
Christopher  A.
Christopher A. Tampa, Florida
If you can't catch fish in Tampa, something is wrong! Great place to wet a line.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you can't catch fish in Tampa, something is wrong! Great place to wet a line.
Robert  C.
Robert C. United States
Tampa Bay Florida has one of the most beautiful pristine and preserved Fisheries any fishing fanatic or professional fisherman would want to to enjoy. And when you go fishing with a professional fishing charter like Captain Joe from sloppy joe fishing charters in Tampa Florida you can find yourself catching unbelievable record breaking number of fish like Snook redfish and jack crevalle just to name a few.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tampa Bay Florida has one of the most beautiful pristine and preserved Fisheries any fishing fanatic or professional fisherman would want to to enjoy. And when you go fishing with a professional fishing charter like Captain Joe from sloppy joe fishing charters in Tampa Florida you can find yourself catching unbelievable record breaking number of fish like Snook redfish and jack crevalle just to name a few.
Antonio  C.
Antonio C. Tampa, Florida
Call the guide ( Tom Charlton ) and ask him or her what fish are biting when you want to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call the guide ( Tom Charlton ) and ask him or her what fish are biting when you want to fish.
Wendy  O.
Wendy O. Lakeland, Florida
Get ready to catch fish. You don't have to go to Costa Rica for workd class fishing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get ready to catch fish. You don't have to go to Costa Rica for workd class fishing.
William  V.
William V. St. Petersburg, FL
I would find out a head of time the allowable length of fish and in-season fish that you can keep. We caught snook and couldn't keep because they were out of season. The trout we caught didn't meet the 15 inch requirement. Even though we enjoyed catching the fish, we were hoping to take some home with us.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would find out a head of time the allowable length of fish and in-season fish that you can keep. We caught snook and couldn't keep because they were out of season. The trout we caught didn't meet the 15 inch requirement. Even though we enjoyed catching the fish, we were hoping to take some home with us.
Anthony  C.
Anthony C. Rock Hill, SC
For maximum action as number of catches. I recommend the flats. More serious fishermen and conditions permitting Inrecommend Tarpon or Grooper.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
For maximum action as number of catches. I recommend the flats. More serious fishermen and conditions permitting Inrecommend Tarpon or Grooper.
Louis  L.
Louis L. LaGrange, GA
Find someone experienced and honest about the species that are biting at different times of the year so your experience are realistic. This will make for a much more fun experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find someone experienced and honest about the species that are biting at different times of the year so your experience are realistic. This will make for a much more fun experience.
Randy  S.
Randy S. Orlando, FL
Get ready for some of the best inshore fishing of your life. The flats and mangroves of Tampa Bay have some truly world class fishing. Be prepared to hear your drag scream with bull reds, over slot snook, and slob trout.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get ready for some of the best inshore fishing of your life. The flats and mangroves of Tampa Bay have some truly world class fishing. Be prepared to hear your drag scream with bull reds, over slot snook, and slob trout.
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FishingBooker Member Valrico, Florida
Since this was my first time fishing this area, I really didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. There is a wide variety of fish, and they are EVERYWHERE. I don't know how the rest of the year is, but March 2018 was a fantastic trip for me. I caught 20 fish in a 4-hour charter, including four different kinds of fish, and I just finished dinner made from part of my catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Since this was my first time fishing this area, I really didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. There is a wide variety of fish, and they are EVERYWHERE. I don't know how the rest of the year is, but March 2018 was a fantastic trip for me. I caught 20 fish in a 4-hour charter, including four different kinds of fish, and I just finished dinner made from part of my catch.
Ted  P.
Ted P. Miami, Florida
I recommend that you look for a captain of experience like Captain Ariel Charter Boats inc.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend that you look for a captain of experience like Captain Ariel Charter Boats inc.
Jose  A.  G.
Jose A. G. Tampa, Florida
Research the locations available and may sure you book a Cap with the knowledge of the area and over all is all about the fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Research the locations available and may sure you book a Cap with the knowledge of the area and over all is all about the fun.
Roberto  J.
Roberto J. Sarasota, Florida
Get a guide. Read reviews to select the right guide for you. Be patient and dont expect miracles. Tip the guys running the boat and make sure they have a lot of live bait.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a guide. Read reviews to select the right guide for you. Be patient and dont expect miracles. Tip the guys running the boat and make sure they have a lot of live bait.
Joseph  S.
Joseph S. Tampa, Florida

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