Florida Fly Fishing Charters

Florida Fly Fishing Charters

Top Florida Fly Fishing Destinations

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Florida

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
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Florida

Get on a boat with someone who knows what there doing you’ll have a blast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get on a boat with someone who knows what there doing you’ll have a blast
Captain Jack’s Fishing Charters
Captain Jack’s Fishing Charters
Weather prevented offshore fishing, nothing to do with the charter we booked, but inland was fun
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather prevented offshore fishing, nothing to do with the charter we booked, but inland was fun
Game On Fishing Charters
Game On Fishing Charters
February isnt the best time, but if you’re just looking to get out and try deep sea fishing as a novice, you will catch something and it’s still great fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
February isnt the best time, but if you’re just looking to get out and try deep sea fishing as a novice, you will catch something and it’s still great fun!
Barracudaville Charters
Barracudaville Charters
Book a charter with Trent. Take your catch to a local restaurant after. Awesome time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a charter with Trent. Take your catch to a local restaurant after. Awesome time
Capt. Trentin Leary
Capt. Trentin Leary
Definitely check the weather, it's been cooler this year, luckily we were prepared.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely check the weather, it's been cooler this year, luckily we were prepared.
SWFL Premier Charters
SWFL Premier Charters
Pick up is currently in Captiva, so the drive can be long from Fort Myers with the traffic. Overall, it was a wonderful time though!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pick up is currently in Captiva, so the drive can be long from Fort Myers with the traffic. Overall, it was a wonderful time though!
Capt Charlies Fishing Charters
Capt Charlies Fishing Charters
It can get really windy and a bit chilly this time of year. If the forecast is windy and under 70 degrees, highly recommend dressing in layers and prepare for a bit of a rougher ride on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It can get really windy and a bit chilly this time of year. If the forecast is windy and under 70 degrees, highly recommend dressing in layers and prepare for a bit of a rougher ride on the water.
Easy Does It
Easy Does It
Highly recommend booking with Captain Torin. Caught enough fish to feed easily four people. Excellent fight with 38” snook
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Highly recommend booking with Captain Torin. Caught enough fish to feed easily four people. Excellent fight with 38” snook
One More Charters
One More Charters
Captain Kevin knows his stuff. Listen to him and you will have a great time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Kevin knows his stuff. Listen to him and you will have a great time
Finders Keepers Charters
Finders Keepers Charters
Have fun whilst enjoying the splendid scenery! Captain Scott was very professional and an experienced captain. Once we got to our spot he put us on some beautiful fish. We even got to have some fun catching the apex predators of the limitless gulf. 4 hours felt like 30 minutes the amount of fun we had! Thank you Captain Scott for making it a great experience for a first time fisher!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun whilst enjoying the splendid scenery! Captain Scott was very professional and an experienced captain. Once we got to our spot he put us on some beautiful fish. We even got to have some fun catching the apex predators of the limitless gulf. 4 hours felt like 30 minutes the amount of fun we had! Thank you Captain Scott for making it a great experience for a first time fisher!
Too Lethal Charters
Too Lethal Charters
Fishing in the river on weekends may be a challenge because of boat traffic, but the fishing in the ocean was great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in the river on weekends may be a challenge because of boat traffic, but the fishing in the ocean was great.
Live Action Charters
Live Action Charters
Long winter tides make for slow moving water. Capt's can still find the fish, but feeding activity (action) greatly increases with speed of moving water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Long winter tides make for slow moving water. Capt's can still find the fish, but feeding activity (action) greatly increases with speed of moving water.
Captain Sandy
Captain Sandy
Check the weather before you go, the day before we went the winds were rough, but the day we went was perfect 8-10 mph winds. Water was a really clear and clean.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the weather before you go, the day before we went the winds were rough, but the day we went was perfect 8-10 mph winds. Water was a really clear and clean.
Fishpimp Light Tackle Sport Fishing
Fishpimp Light Tackle Sport Fishing
It was great for us but the weather this year has been very cold so I could see how the fishing in Feb may be more difficult than in warmer months. All in all we had a great day on the water and caught lots of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was great for us but the weather this year has been very cold so I could see how the fishing in Feb may be more difficult than in warmer months. All in all we had a great day on the water and caught lots of fish.
Leisure Life Charters
Leisure Life Charters
Flamingo fishing was more than perfect for our first time fishing in the ocean. Crew was more than happy to help and everyone on the boat was catching fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Flamingo fishing was more than perfect for our first time fishing in the ocean. Crew was more than happy to help and everyone on the boat was catching fish!
Flamingo Fishing
Flamingo Fishing
If you want a good day out on the water, smell the salt air and enjoy the good weather this is the place to go.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want a good day out on the water, smell the salt air and enjoy the good weather this is the place to go.
Wildfish Adventures
Wildfish Adventures
Water was a little cooler, fishing was slower. Needed about 5 more degrees.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Water was a little cooler, fishing was slower. Needed about 5 more degrees.
Captain Kyler's Fishing Charters
Captain Kyler's Fishing Charters
Captain Joseph can get you into most fish any time of the year. Don't hesitate to book a trip with him.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Joseph can get you into most fish any time of the year. Don't hesitate to book a trip with him.
Calusa Coast Charters
Calusa Coast Charters Bradenton, Florida
It depends on the day, it’s colder climate so dress accordingly. Sometimes it’s rainy, and the day we went the water was super choppy. However, that’s the luck of the draw.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It depends on the day, it’s colder climate so dress accordingly. Sometimes it’s rainy, and the day we went the water was super choppy. However, that’s the luck of the draw.
Niche Fishing Charters
Niche Fishing Charters
Cool or colder weather not for most beginners. But Captain Gregg will put you on the Bite. He will instruct and guide you. You will see a lot of action. This type of fishing good for all ages. If you can do cold water fishing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Cool or colder weather not for most beginners. But Captain Gregg will put you on the Bite. He will instruct and guide you. You will see a lot of action. This type of fishing good for all ages. If you can do cold water fishing.
Fish On Adventure – Captiva Island
Fish On Adventure – Captiva Island

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