Everglades Fly Fishing Charters

Everglades Fly Fishing Charters

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Best Fly Fishing Charters in Everglades

Fly Fishing in Everglades

An Everglades fly fishing experience is unlike any other. Anglers venture deep into the backcountry of Everglades National Park and lose themselves in a labyrinth of channels and mangrove islands. With every extra mile, cell phone reception grows weaker and the waters grow richer. Out here, it’s just you and the fish, and many will tell you that it feels like casting lines in water that no one has fished before.

Everything in these waters is fair game for the fly fisher, from Redfish and Speckled Trout to Snapper, Grouper, and Sharks. The backcountry stretching from Everglades City and Chokoloskee down to the Keys offers 1.5 million acres of shallow water fly fishing opportunity. Add to that a series of freshwater lakes and canals on the mainland, and it’s easy to keep casting flies around here all year.

What to Catch and Where to Target it

The Backcountry

Readily abundant in the ‘Glades, Speckled Trout keep many fly anglers preoccupied on the flats all year. If you can resist the temptation, however, it’s worth heading deeper into the backcountry for a steady supply of Tarpon, Redfish, and Snook.

You’ll find these prizes throughout the entire park, deep in the channels, feeding on the flats, and cruising along mangrove shorelines. Some of the best fly fishing around here happens in winter, when you have a fair chance of catching all these species.

You’re likely to hook into Snook and Redfish on any given day. Sight fishing for Snook is best in winter and spring, whereas Redfish tend to steal the spotlight in autumn. Schools of tailing Reds on the flats give fly fishermen plenty of reason to get out on the water when it’s mostly deserted in fall.

Tarpon reach their peak season in the Everglades from March through June, but you can enjoy fantastic fly fishing for the Silver King between December and February when the weather is warm enough. In fact, you might spot as many as 100 of this fish during winter and early spring, many of them in the 60-150 lb range.

Freshwater Canals

Yet another reason to cast a few flies in the Everglades is the stellar Bass fishing. Largemouth Bass in the canals will keep you busy through winter and well into spring, when anglers catch hundreds of this fish in a day.

You’ll find Largemouth Bass in the canals as far north as Chokoloskee all the way down to the tip of Florida’s mainland. Holiday Park is a popular launching point, where fly fishermen have access to multiple canals running north, west, and south. One of the best canals to fish is the L67A, which runs from Holiday Park to the Tamiami Trail (highway 41).

Lake Okeechobee

Freshwater fly fishing in the ‘Glades doesn’t end there. After all, this expanse of marshes and wetlands used to stretch all the way to Lake Okeechobee before modern development, and many Everglades fly fishing guides still head there for Largemouth Bass, Peacock Bass, and Bluegill.

One of the best times for sight fishing on “the Big O” runs from November through March, when resident Bass are spawning. Keep an eye on the water level, as it can unexpectedly change from year to year and may impact fishing conditions.

Everglades Fly Fishing Tips

If you plan on fishing the shallow waters of the backcountry, an 8-weight fly rod will stand you in good stead no matter what species you’re after. If it’s a Tarpon or Snook you have your eye on, try a 9 to 12-weight rod. Flies imitating natural baits like Shrimp, Crab, and small baitfish work well. Clouser Minnow prove effective for Snook and Redfish.

For freshwater Bass fishing, locals recommend a 5 or 6-weight fly rod. You’ll want to bring your highest quality gear. Fast action fly rods are essential.

You can catch Largemouth Bass using a wide variety of lures, from bugs, poppers, and gurglers to bucktails and streamers. Other good fly patterns for this species include the Wooly Worm and the Muddler Minnow. You can catch Peacock Bass on a popper or streamer.

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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Everglades

Book an all day fishing charter. It will really give you the opportunity to catch those fish that are on your list.
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Book an all day fishing charter. It will really give you the opportunity to catch those fish that are on your list.
Lynette  K.
Lynette K. Naples, FL
Good fly casting is key. Be able to double haul well. Plenty of fish there but they are highly pressured. You will see lots fish. Whether or not you connect with them might be a different story.
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5.0 / 5
Good fly casting is key. Be able to double haul well. Plenty of fish there but they are highly pressured. You will see lots fish. Whether or not you connect with them might be a different story.
Alan  P.
Alan P. Trumbull, CT
Make sure you know the seasons of what fish you really want to catch. The sailfish are January-April, and mahi/tuna are June-September. So I missed both but the yellowtail snapper is what we caught and they were delicious.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you know the seasons of what fish you really want to catch. The sailfish are January-April, and mahi/tuna are June-September. So I missed both but the yellowtail snapper is what we caught and they were delicious.
Hilarion  B.
Hilarion B.
Cannot lose. Your choice of backcountry, reefs & wrecks, or deep sea. And, of course, Islamorada is the Sportfishing Capitol of the World.
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5.0 / 5
Cannot lose. Your choice of backcountry, reefs & wrecks, or deep sea. And, of course, Islamorada is the Sportfishing Capitol of the World.
Mark  Y.
Mark Y. Jacksonville, Florida
Make sure and research the company you go with and book early as boats fill up fast.
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5.0 / 5
Make sure and research the company you go with and book early as boats fill up fast.
Michele  H.
Michele H. Hooper, UT
Bring the Captain and mate a breakfast sandwich or lunch when you go. It is truly appreciated and simple gesture that we make new friends.
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5.0 / 5
Bring the Captain and mate a breakfast sandwich or lunch when you go. It is truly appreciated and simple gesture that we make new friends.
Walter  M.
Walter M. Lincoln University, PA
Be prepared for a great time! Lather up with sunblock, wear polarized sunglasses, wear a hat, bring a towel, enough water to hydrate and prepare for a great time.
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Be prepared for a great time! Lather up with sunblock, wear polarized sunglasses, wear a hat, bring a towel, enough water to hydrate and prepare for a great time.
Shannon  M.
Shannon M. Riviera Beach, FL
Come down and enjoy fishing for a wide variety of fish in all different body’s of water.
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5.0 / 5
Come down and enjoy fishing for a wide variety of fish in all different body’s of water.
Glen  H.
Glen H. Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Lots of different species to catch, our first trip we caught 5 different species and had a hit on the first cast. Never a boring minute fun boat ride we saw porpoise, manatee, pelicans, and osprey just to mention a few.
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5.0 / 5
Lots of different species to catch, our first trip we caught 5 different species and had a hit on the first cast. Never a boring minute fun boat ride we saw porpoise, manatee, pelicans, and osprey just to mention a few.
Richard  M.
Richard M. Hancock, MI
Be flexible. Wind came out of nowhere and we had to change our plans. In doing so we still had an incredible time
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5.0 / 5
Be flexible. Wind came out of nowhere and we had to change our plans. In doing so we still had an incredible time
Samuel  C.
Samuel C. Anderson, IN
Don’t have huge expectations. Relax and listen to the captain. They are experts and will put you on fish.
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5.0 / 5
Don’t have huge expectations. Relax and listen to the captain. They are experts and will put you on fish.
Jason  M.
Jason M. Yardley, PA
Just do it, if you have the dates available. Mahi is still slow if you can wait until May it's better. Snapper is good.
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5.0 / 5
Just do it, if you have the dates available. Mahi is still slow if you can wait until May it's better. Snapper is good.
David  W.
David W. League City, TX
We were lucky to snag a Wahoo today as it is the end of their season. January is the beginning. So if Wahoo is what you're after, know that is your window.
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5.0 / 5
We were lucky to snag a Wahoo today as it is the end of their season. January is the beginning. So if Wahoo is what you're after, know that is your window.
Shelly  B.
Shelly B. Key West, Florida
Fish are more finicky right now so a good guide or lots of experience around what they’ll eat.
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5.0 / 5
Fish are more finicky right now so a good guide or lots of experience around what they’ll eat.
Luke  L.
Luke L. Bradenton, FL
Have an idea of what fish you want to target and share this with your captain ahead of time. He can help you determine which boat and duration of the trip that best suits your needs.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Have an idea of what fish you want to target and share this with your captain ahead of time. He can help you determine which boat and duration of the trip that best suits your needs.
Stephen  P.
Stephen P. East Bend, NC
The two times I fished offshore near Naples have been nonstop action and numerous species. Each time we saw dolphins, enormous sea turtles, sharks and more. It’s a great place to fish with kids or the whole family.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The two times I fished offshore near Naples have been nonstop action and numerous species. Each time we saw dolphins, enormous sea turtles, sharks and more. It’s a great place to fish with kids or the whole family.
Dennis  C.
Dennis C. Lancaster, PA
Fantastic location with plenty of fish to be had. Whether you’re fishing on the reef or trolling for trophies this is the spot to be!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fantastic location with plenty of fish to be had. Whether you’re fishing on the reef or trolling for trophies this is the spot to be!
Eric  H.
Eric H. Conway, South Carolina
If you are a first-timer with charter fishing or a particular boat. Communicate with the captain before hand so you know what kind of space is available on the boat. Take just what you need for the charter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are a first-timer with charter fishing or a particular boat. Communicate with the captain before hand so you know what kind of space is available on the boat. Take just what you need for the charter.
Larry  K.
Larry K. Omaha, NE
This was a fantastic first time experience. Large comfortable boat made the windy day we went out work well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was a fantastic first time experience. Large comfortable boat made the windy day we went out work well.
David  S.
David S. Hubertus, WI
Talk to you Capt. Get to know what to expect. Fish are fish... They either bite, or swim by. Trust the Capt. To put you on fish that are biting.
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5.0 / 5
Talk to you Capt. Get to know what to expect. Fish are fish... They either bite, or swim by. Trust the Capt. To put you on fish that are biting.
Dusty  R.
Dusty R. Willow River, MN

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