Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Chesapeake Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay: 29 fishing charters available

Knot Wish'n Custom Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(124 reviews)
Virginia Beach
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trips from $375

Griffin's Guide Service

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(4 reviews)
Chesapeake Beach
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $850

Captain Hook Charters

Very good
3.8 / 5
(2 reviews)
Virginia Beach
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trips from $700

Grading Scales Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(40 reviews)
Poquoson
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $300

Fly Fishing in Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is a fishing goldmine for saltwater and freshwater anglers alike. With more than 150 rivers and creeks that flow into the bay, its aquatic habitat gives life to hundreds of amazing species. Its diversity allows for many different types of fishing techniques, but when it comes to fly fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, there’s really nothing else quite like it.

Top Target Species

Fishermen from all over the country visit the Chesapeake Bay to get a cut of the action. Whether you’re going after Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Cobia, Redfish, Trout, or Stripers, this area holds some of the hottest fishing grounds for fly fishermen.

Striped Bass

Striped Bass, also locally known as Rockfish, is hands down the most popular species to target on fly. If you’re fly fishing for Stripers in the Chesapeake Bay, you’re working with a pretty good time frame. Striped Bass show up in April and stick around until Thanksgiving. However, when fly fishing for Stripers, you’ll need to switch up your technique, depending on the season and location.

Historically, Stripers have dominated the bay, but their numbers have been dwindling over recent years due to overfishing. Today, the largest schools of Rockfish are over towards the mouth of the Eastern Bay, so your best bet is to visit the Maryland side.

Speckled and Gray Trout

Speckled Trout is a relatively new species to target by fly, but if you’re fishing in shallower parts of the bay, it’s an excellent choice. Weakfish, or Gray Trout, is also a top target.

The bay’s tidal creeks and marshes produce excellent fly fishing conditions for Trout. The best time to target Gray and Speckled Trout is between May and October, especially on the eastern side of the bay, between the Choptank River and Tangier Sound.

Redfish

Chesapeake Bay Redfish are on the rise. Due to conservation efforts from southern states, as well as warming water temperatures, Red Drum’s range has expanded north. Targeting a “Chessie Red” on a fly is extremely challenging and they’re known for being hard fighters. Redfishing in the Chesapeake Bay really starts to heat up around June and begins to taper off in October. July and August will give you the highest likelihood of catching a Bull Red.

Need to Know

Maryland and Virginia saltwater charters are licensed to cover everyone aboard, so you won’t need to purchase one separately. However, anglers 16 and older who plan on fishing alone need to buy a license before fishing.

Many charters provide fly gear, but some require you to bring your own, so check with your captain before heading out. Additionally, you might want to pack extra layers, as well as rain gear and sun protection, depending on the weather.

You’re now one step closer to planning your fly fishing adventure in the Chesapeake Bay. Pick your spot, choose a captain, and get ready to fish one of the most productive estuaries of North America!

Chesapeake Bay
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Chesapeake Bay

Go to the fishing piers with heavy duty set ups with cut bait or grab a gotcha plug and hammer fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go to the fishing piers with heavy duty set ups with cut bait or grab a gotcha plug and hammer fish
Joseph  T.
Joseph T. New York, New York
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
Just enjoy yourselves and be ready for an adventure because you never know what you will hook next!! And remember, not everything you hook is a keeper!! ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just enjoy yourselves and be ready for an adventure because you never know what you will hook next!! And remember, not everything you hook is a keeper!! ?
Audrey  Y.
Audrey Y. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Know the fishing conditions and what is biting. Have realistic expectations for the time of the year and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know the fishing conditions and what is biting. Have realistic expectations for the time of the year and have fun.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Virginia Beach, VA
Check fishing reports on line to get a good idea of what is being caught during the time frame you plan to fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check fishing reports on line to get a good idea of what is being caught during the time frame you plan to fish.
Eric  B.
Eric B. UPPR MARLBORO, MD
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
Find bloodworms and lug worms before your trip. I don't recommend staying at the Quantity Inn in Gloucester. Under major construction and the front desk help is not professional or nice.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Find bloodworms and lug worms before your trip. I don't recommend staying at the Quantity Inn in Gloucester. Under major construction and the front desk help is not professional or nice.
Russell  O.
Russell O. Arrington, VA
To remember it's up to the fish whether they're going to bite or not they're not it's not the captain or the 1st mate are captain and 1st mate were great. Our captain tried very hard to put us on fish. The captain and 1st mate were a pleasure to be around and work with.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To remember it's up to the fish whether they're going to bite or not they're not it's not the captain or the 1st mate are captain and 1st mate were great. Our captain tried very hard to put us on fish. The captain and 1st mate were a pleasure to be around and work with.
Billie  R.
Billie R. Elizabeth City, NC
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 would recommend fishing there lift lots of Weights before going your arms will be sore from Catching so much fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes would recommend fishing there lift lots of Weights before going your arms will be sore from Catching so much fish
Larry  H.
Larry H. King George, VA
Check out the list provided by the company and be prepared for an exciting adventure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out the list provided by the company and be prepared for an exciting adventure.
Michelle  B.
Michelle B. Chesapeake, VA
To hot at current time for anything reliable catching, east coast is in a heat wave. It may be better at other times or in different years just not the time we went.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To hot at current time for anything reliable catching, east coast is in a heat wave. It may be better at other times or in different years just not the time we went.
Richard  K.
Richard K. Virginia Beach, Virginia
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
Just know fishing can go either way. Some days you hit the jackpot, and other days you just catch some fish. But, a bad day fishing beats a good day at work, every time. Enjoy the ocean, forget the cell phone except to take photos, and have a relaxing day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just know fishing can go either way. Some days you hit the jackpot, and other days you just catch some fish. But, a bad day fishing beats a good day at work, every time. Enjoy the ocean, forget the cell phone except to take photos, and have a relaxing day.
Darrell  H.
Darrell H. Bardstown, Kentucky
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 your research on what you are looking for and for the group you are taking with you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your research on what you are looking for and for the group you are taking with you.
MATTHEW  K.
MATTHEW K. Lititz, PA
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
Sonny knows every inch of the Poquoson River and if the fish are biting, he'll find them for you. Great guy and fun to spend a day with.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Sonny knows every inch of the Poquoson River and if the fish are biting, he'll find them for you. Great guy and fun to spend a day with.
Ted  P.
Ted P. Fredericksburg, VA
Nothing really bottom rig ,jigs,soft baits whatever if you throw it out in July in cape charles va you will not be disappointed
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nothing really bottom rig ,jigs,soft baits whatever if you throw it out in July in cape charles va you will not be disappointed
Daniel  S.
Daniel S. Cape Charles, Virginia
Fishing isn't always about fishing. Good times with family and friends is the most important thing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing isn't always about fishing. Good times with family and friends is the most important thing.
Bonnie  W.
Bonnie W. Bradford, PA

Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Chesapeake Bay