Cape Cod Fly Fishing Charters

Cape Cod Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Cape Cod

Fly Fishing in Cape Cod

Every summer, thousands of anglers take to Cape Cod in search of that fish of a lifetime. Cape Cod fly fishing brings in trophy fish every year. More than that, the area seems custom-built as a fly angler’s heaven. Striped Bass and Bluefish crowd the shallows. False Albacore and Bonito swim through the sounds. Head offshore, and you can attempt one of the most ambitious catches possible on fly tackle - Bluefin Tuna.

What can I catch?

Bluefish and Striped Bass make up most of the Cape Cod fly fishing scene. From May onwards, huge “Cow” Stripers spend their days sucking up streamers and munching on minnows. During late summer, you can find big “Gorilla” Blues comb the coves in search of Menhaden. Bluefish are known to exceed 20 pounds here, and 40-pound Linesiders are a possibility, too.
 
Head to deeper waters, and you’ll find Bonito, Little Tunny, and Spanish Mackerel. Small Tunas have enjoyed a surge in popularity among fly anglers recently. Well, fly anglers have enjoyed a surge in Tuna fishing, anyway. You can target all three species all summer long. They’re well within reach of the shallows if you want to split your day.
 
If you get bored of fat Mackerels and little Tunas, there are much bigger fish offshore. Cape Cod is famous for its Bluefin Tuna, and there are plenty of big Sharks if you really want to push the boat out. On warm years, Yellowfin Tuna and White Marlin wander in from the Gulf Stream. You’ll want something a bit bigger than an 8-weight out here!

Where should I go?

The most famous Striper action is along the Outer Beaches. Truro and Provincetown are good bases and are right on the northern Tuna grounds, too. Chatham is the jack of all trades, with access to every major fly fishing species. You can fish the beaches for Stripers and Blues, hit the Nantucket Sound for Bonito and Tunny, or head offshore in search of big game.
 
The further “Up” the cape you go, the more out of reach the deep seas get. You can target Bluefin out of Falmouth, but you’ll need a 12-hour trip to do so. Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod Canal have some of the biggest Stripers and Bluefish, though, and Vineyard Sound is legendary when it comes to small Tunas.

What should I pack?

If you’re sticking to the shallows, a stiff 9-weight will do the trick for Stripers and Blues. Nine feet or so should do the trick striking a balance between effective charter fishing and good shoreline action. The thing that makes Cape Cod such a fish magnet is the huge schools of Herring and Squid that pass by every summer. Find out what the fish are eating and match the hatch accordingly - White Deaths and Lefty’s Deceivers are popular among local guides.
 
If you’re heading offshore, bulk up to a 12 or even a 14-weight. You can find big fish on the surface, especially if you chum the water first, so you won’t need super-quick-sinking line. Go for raw test strength instead - you’re gonna need it.

What else should I know?

You’ll need a saltwater fishing license whether you’re fishing from a boat or along the shoreline. You can buy these online ahead of your trip. That way, you can head straight to the waters when you arrive.
 
Cape Cod
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Cape Cod

Book draggin tails ..great price point and Dawson is professional and knowledgeable... great experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book draggin tails ..great price point and Dawson is professional and knowledgeable... great experience
Draggin' Tails Charter Co.
Draggin' Tails Charter Co.
Fishing for stripers is fast paced and the top water bite is insanity. Watch the tides and be alert to changing conditions
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing for stripers is fast paced and the top water bite is insanity. Watch the tides and be alert to changing conditions
Flatliner Charters – Yarmouth
Flatliner Charters – Yarmouth
Dress in layers as the morning will be chilly, especially if there is any wind.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress in layers as the morning will be chilly, especially if there is any wind.
Cape Fishing Charters
Cape Fishing Charters
Book with Grey Dolpin! Boat was super clean, Captain and Mate were awesome! We caught a boatload of fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Grey Dolpin! Boat was super clean, Captain and Mate were awesome! We caught a boatload of fish!
Grey Dolphin Sportfishing Charters
Grey Dolphin Sportfishing Charters
I had an unbelievable experience today… too 3 fishing experiences I’ve had in my life.. this charter is sick… great guys…. Great fishing.. you can’t pay for more then that
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I had an unbelievable experience today… too 3 fishing experiences I’ve had in my life.. this charter is sick… great guys…. Great fishing.. you can’t pay for more then that
Ortus Charters - Outer Cape(Dennis to Ptown)
Ortus Charters - Outer Cape(Dennis to Ptown)
Yeah great boat for newer anglers. The Capt is very personable and the mates are knowledgeable and def worked to get us on some fish (changed jig colors a few times, etc)
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Yeah great boat for newer anglers. The Capt is very personable and the mates are knowledgeable and def worked to get us on some fish (changed jig colors a few times, etc)
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
We went out on Memorial Day Sunday 2024, which was a week earlier than usual (second to last weekend in May instead of the usual *last* weekend in May. One week makes a difference apparently because Captain Eric Nelson said that generally, by Mem Day Sunday the fish are biting. HOWEVER, if you’re going out in May, I’d say having sonar matters, to locate the certain schools of fish with precision..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went out on Memorial Day Sunday 2024, which was a week earlier than usual (second to last weekend in May instead of the usual *last* weekend in May. One week makes a difference apparently because Captain Eric Nelson said that generally, by Mem Day Sunday the fish are biting. HOWEVER, if you’re going out in May, I’d say having sonar matters, to locate the certain schools of fish with precision..
Bhookend Fishing Charters
Bhookend Fishing Charters
Ask questions about the ocean, region and equipment; Mark is very knowledgeable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask questions about the ocean, region and equipment; Mark is very knowledgeable.
Magnanimous Sportfishing Charters
Magnanimous Sportfishing Charters
Watch the weather reports. The captain was great about monitoring and communicating with me.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Watch the weather reports. The captain was great about monitoring and communicating with me.
Triton Sportfishing
Triton Sportfishing
Go during the summer months when the weather is warmer and the fish are more plentiful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go during the summer months when the weather is warmer and the fish are more plentiful.
Cape Cod Charter Guys
Cape Cod Charter Guys
If you are planning on fishing early season, make sure to pack appropriately. Cold weather gear will most likely be needed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are planning on fishing early season, make sure to pack appropriately. Cold weather gear will most likely be needed.
Salt Reaper Charters
Salt Reaper Charters
As usual. Follow the birds and the tide. We had a great time, fished near the east end of the canal and out around Race Point. Full day of fishing, worth every minute.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As usual. Follow the birds and the tide. We had a great time, fished near the east end of the canal and out around Race Point. Full day of fishing, worth every minute.
Smokin Reels – Cape Cod
Smokin Reels – Cape Cod Pelham, NH
Book a trip with Captain Mark Haley on the Magnanimous for an unparalleled experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Captain Mark Haley on the Magnanimous for an unparalleled experience.
Magnanimous Sportfishing Charters
Magnanimous Sportfishing Charters Montclair, NJ
Definitely go with St. Pete charters and pay attention to the gear list and directions with regard to sun screen etc. This will make things much more fun for you. Captain Doug will ensure you have a great time!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely go with St. Pete charters and pay attention to the gear list and directions with regard to sun screen etc. This will make things much more fun for you. Captain Doug will ensure you have a great time!!!
St. Pete Sport Fishing of Cape Cod
St. Pete Sport Fishing of Cape Cod
After heavy rains in the area, feedings may take a day or two to get back to normal.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
After heavy rains in the area, feedings may take a day or two to get back to normal.
Janine B Sportfishing
Janine B Sportfishing East Berlin, PA
Fish w the crew on the Jennifer Ann — they know all the ins and outs, where the fish run and when.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish w the crew on the Jennifer Ann — they know all the ins and outs, where the fish run and when.
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters
JenniferAnn Sportfishing Charters Essex Junction, VT
Book a charter with a good captain and you will catch what you are targeting
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a charter with a good captain and you will catch what you are targeting
Keepin’ It Reel Charters
Keepin’ It Reel Charters Troy, NY
We caught fish immediately and did not really stop. We did reach our limit
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught fish immediately and did not really stop. We did reach our limit
Cape Cod Bay Charters INC.
Cape Cod Bay Charters INC. Pelham, NH
Consider coming in May or June when the water is cooler and fish are reportedly bigger.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Consider coming in May or June when the water is cooler and fish are reportedly bigger.
Tiggertoo Charters
Tiggertoo Charters Ann Arbor, MI
It’s hit or miss between stripers and blues this time of year. You can catch numbers of one species one week and few of the other, and then the next week it can switch. Sometimes you can find both species around and willing to bite. Depends on water temps and bait availability.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s hit or miss between stripers and blues this time of year. You can catch numbers of one species one week and few of the other, and then the next week it can switch. Sometimes you can find both species around and willing to bite. Depends on water temps and bait availability.
Ortus Charters - Outer Cape(Dennis to Ptown)
Ortus Charters - Outer Cape(Dennis to Ptown)

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