Maryland Fly Fishing Charters

Maryland Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Maryland

Maryland: 20 fishing charters available

Fin Hunter Charter Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(20 reviews)
Pasadena
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $750

Vistaladyfish

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Havre de Grace
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

Hocus Pocus Sport Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(5 reviews)
Ocean City
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Vista Lady Fish

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(7 reviews)
Kingsville
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trips from $720

Fly Fishing in Maryland

When it comes to reeling ‘em in on the fly, some anglers want to test their skills against hard-fighting trophy fish. Others want to fill their cooler with some delicious dinner options in a tranquil setting. No matter your preference, fly fishing in Maryland has something to offer all kinds of fishermen. The “Free State” is made up of over 22% water, after all! Whether you want to wet your line in the mighty Chesapeake Bay, or explore one of the winding freshwater rivers, you’ll find the perfect opportunity to experience fly fishing your way. 

What to Expect

Chesapeake Bay

When it comes to fishing in Maryland, there’s one place that you can’t avoid hearing about – Chesapeake Bay. It divides the state in half, meaning there are plenty of departure points dotted along its shores, including Chesapeake Beach, Stevensville, Annapolis, and Crisfield.
 
So what’s the fly fishing like here? Well, Chesapeake Bay is home to a huge population of Striped Bass. Known locally as “Rockfish,” these species offer up plenty of hands-on action for fly fishermen. Even better, they’re here year-round, so you’ll be able to target them no matter when you visit. If you want to fight cow Stripers on the fly, however, the best time to visit is in the spring. 
 
Local anglers recommend using 9 wt rods, as well as flies that imitate eels, crabs, shad, herring, and other similar bait fish. If you’re not sure where to begin, get in touch with charter captains who regularly fish the bay. They’ll be able to help you master this technique!

Rivers

Maryland is packed with streams, tributaries, and rivers that provide lots of angling action. After Chesapeake Bay, Maryland is known for being home to the Potomac River. Measuring approximately 405 miles long, it’s one of the biggest rivers in the USA – which means there are plenty of fish here for you to catch! 
 
In the North Branch of the Potomac, you’ll find various freshwater species, but what keeps anglers flocking back here is the Bass. Largemouth and Smallmouth varieties can found throughout the length of the river, but especially the upper section. It’s recommended that you use a 7 wt rod.
 
Anglers looking to hook various Trout species, including Brown and Rainbow, should head to the lower section of the Savage River. To take full advantage of this fishery, visit in mid-summer, when the fish are biting hard. Experienced waders can even fly fish on foot during this time! Bring along a 4 wt rod, as well as flies such as Woolly Buggers or Hare’s Ear. 

Need to Know

Many parts of the Potomac River have specific regulations in place. These change annually, so make sure you check in with a local guide for further information. 
 
Generally, you’ll need to bring your own fly fishing rods and flies with you, even if you’re fishing alongside a charter. If you travel with a charter that’s specifically targeted towards light tackle and fly fishing, you may be in luck and have your gear provided for you. 
 
Aside from that, all you need to do is grab some weather-appropriate clothing and experience the magic of fly fishing in Maryland!
 
Maryland
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Maryland

Check the weather forecast and plan ahead! We happened to book on a very windy and cold day that was much colder than the annual average for this time of year (second week of May).
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check the weather forecast and plan ahead! We happened to book on a very windy and cold day that was much colder than the annual average for this time of year (second week of May).
Alecia  G.
Alecia G. Smithfield, VA
I think other than the weather fishing would’ve been a little better, plus going in trophy rock season probably wouldn’t do that again but we did catch some decent size cat fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I think other than the weather fishing would’ve been a little better, plus going in trophy rock season probably wouldn’t do that again but we did catch some decent size cat fish.
Melanie  T.
Melanie T. Woodbridge, Virginia
Listen to the Captain, if he does not think it makes sense to go out, reschedule. We were lucky, and had a nice weather day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the Captain, if he does not think it makes sense to go out, reschedule. We were lucky, and had a nice weather day.
Carl  O.  B.
Carl O. B. Washington, District Of Columbia
Weather is always a crap shoot, but the fish are out there. Its easy to find a great boat to fish with.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather is always a crap shoot, but the fish are out there. Its easy to find a great boat to fish with.
Randy  G.
Randy G. Cunningham, VA
Go out with Captain Wally - he's very knowledgeable. You'll have a great time and you'll catch lots of fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out with Captain Wally - he's very knowledgeable. You'll have a great time and you'll catch lots of fish!
Patricia(Lynne)  M.
Patricia(Lynne) M. Mechanicsville, Maryland
Ask for the boat “BIFF!!” You will not be disappointed!! I truly found a Captain that cares the fishing and catch and release!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask for the boat “BIFF!!” You will not be disappointed!! I truly found a Captain that cares the fishing and catch and release!
Will  P.
Will P. Harrisonburg, VA
Yes, if this is your first time going out take your motion sickness pills at night and again in the morning. Good luck fishing. Safe seas and plenty of fish, The Moore Family
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, if this is your first time going out take your motion sickness pills at night and again in the morning. Good luck fishing. Safe seas and plenty of fish, The Moore Family
Chris  M.
Chris M. Bunker Hill, WV
I would just recommend making sure that the weather is right for you, especially if you are prone to seasickness (ours was great anyway).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would just recommend making sure that the weather is right for you, especially if you are prone to seasickness (ours was great anyway).
Anatoly  C.
Anatoly C. Annapolis, Maryland
We fished in a canal, on the pier, on the Judith M (head boat) and with Sportsfishing East Coast. In all that had more fish than we could eat. A Great trip!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We fished in a canal, on the pier, on the Judith M (head boat) and with Sportsfishing East Coast. In all that had more fish than we could eat. A Great trip!!
Wayne  B.
Wayne B. Hagerstown, MD
Stay in-shore, practice with the smaller fishes! Your target should be bottom-feeders and whiting! You will have a great time, for the first time, if you try not to do to much.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Stay in-shore, practice with the smaller fishes! Your target should be bottom-feeders and whiting! You will have a great time, for the first time, if you try not to do to much.
Marco  F.
Marco F. Saint Charles, MD
Do a bay side fishing trip before you book a all day big fishing trip to make sure you enjoy it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do a bay side fishing trip before you book a all day big fishing trip to make sure you enjoy it.
Robert  M.
Robert M. Dallas, WV
If you’re hoping for rock fish (or whatever fish) make sure you can catch them. Turns out we missed fishing for rock fish by a day. Disappointing but still had a great time! Yes! We released the rock fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you’re hoping for rock fish (or whatever fish) make sure you can catch them. Turns out we missed fishing for rock fish by a day. Disappointing but still had a great time! Yes! We released the rock fish.
Chris  P.
Chris P. Dunkirk, MD
Take trip for sea bass easy first time catch, good eating, lots of fun. Don't judge the trip by the size of the boat but the history of the captain.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take trip for sea bass easy first time catch, good eating, lots of fun. Don't judge the trip by the size of the boat but the history of the captain.
Craig  W.
Craig W. Carlisle, Pennsylvania
22nd street, Fish Tails, bay side. On the Run charters. Captain Dave Caffrey.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
22nd street, Fish Tails, bay side. On the Run charters. Captain Dave Caffrey.
Leon  M.
Leon M. Milford, DE
We had a great day catching sea bass. Not an expert on fishing though, so do your own research before signing on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great day catching sea bass. Not an expert on fishing though, so do your own research before signing on.
Jeffrey  S.
Jeffrey S. Colorado Springs, CO
Despite it being late in the season, Captain Billy worked hard to make sure that the guys all caught their limit. The first mate took great care of them, and all had a wonderful day on the Bay. Worth every $. Do not hesitate to book!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Despite it being late in the season, Captain Billy worked hard to make sure that the guys all caught their limit. The first mate took great care of them, and all had a wonderful day on the Bay. Worth every $. Do not hesitate to book!
Robin  C.
Robin C. Chesapeake Beach, MD
come prepared - welcome letter from captain addresses everything you need to know about what to expect, and what to bring, etc. (good company, good tunes, good food, sunglasses, stay hydrated) Take the Non-drowsy Dramamine just in case -
Excellent
5.0 / 5
come prepared - welcome letter from captain addresses everything you need to know about what to expect, and what to bring, etc. (good company, good tunes, good food, sunglasses, stay hydrated) Take the Non-drowsy Dramamine just in case -
Melissa  B.
Melissa B. United States
Keep your options open because the sea doesn’t have to cooperate with your plans.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Keep your options open because the sea doesn’t have to cooperate with your plans.
Bill  E.
Bill E. Spring Grove, PA
Keep an open mind. There are lots of species to be caught. Any day spent fishing is a day well spent.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Keep an open mind. There are lots of species to be caught. Any day spent fishing is a day well spent.
Jennifer  H.
Jennifer H. Ocean City, Maryland
Check the season of fish first. Rockfish were off season for the first 2 weeks ever on our trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the season of fish first. Rockfish were off season for the first 2 weeks ever on our trip.
Robyn  J.
Robyn J. Sharpsburg, MD

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