Florida Keys Fly Fishing Charters

Florida Keys Fly Fishing Charters

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Best Fly Fishing Charters in Florida Keys

Fly Fishing in Florida Keys

Florida Keys are primarily known for the fantastic sportfishing that bring in a huge number of anglers every year. That’s not to say fly fishing Florida Keys is a waste of efforts. Quite the contrary, in fact! These are some of the best fly fishing grounds in the country, especially if you’re going with an experienced charter captain.

What can you expect from a fly fishing trip in Florida Keys?

Most of the best fly fishing ‘round these parts is done in shallow water that easily lends itself to sight fishing. The variety of species present provides you with the opportunity to use different types of gear as well as flies. Successfully getting the better of a Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish will net you what’s called a Florida Grand Slam. You can also fish for the likes of Snook, Redfish, and other species too, depending on where and when you book your trip. For example, Redfish and Trout fishing is best in the Everglades during the colder months.

Key Largo is a perfect option for first-time visitors, as well as those unsure where to make their first stop. Plus, if you ever get tired of fishing the flats (which is very unlikely), you can drop by the Everglades National Park that’s just a short ride away. But you can have an amazing time elsewhere too. Big Pine and Cudjoe Key are the places to go for anyone bent on getting a successful Grand Slam.

Tarpon season peaks in April and May, so keep that in mind if you want to dance with the Silver King. Tarpon, especially big ones, will require somewhat heavier tackle than the other species here. A 10 weight rod is the bare minimum here, and you’ll be using a 12 if you’re going after big boys on a windy day. A clear sink tip line is a key piece of equipment needed for an outstanding Tarpon trip. Successful or not, you’ll still get to see a Tarpon doing some crazy acrobatics, which is noteworthy by itself.

Bonefish are not as big, but can be counted on to put up quite a fight. They can be caught year-round, and it’s the catching part that will take some time and effort. A crucial tip for successful Bonefishing is that you should always cast from the side. Casting over a Bonefish is likely to spook it and leave you empty-handed. They don’t require Tarpon-grade gear, so you’re good to go with a 9 weight rod in most cases.

Other things you should know

Any and all fans of wading can feel free to bring their waders along, as there are plenty of places where wading’s a good option. While you’re in the Keys, please bear in mind that Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit are strictly catch and release species. Also, if you’re not fishing with a charter service, you will need to get your hands on a Florida fishing license. Finally, don’t forget to have fun on the water, that’s what it’s all about!
 

Florida Keys
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Florida Keys

Fun fishing the mangroves for snapper but be ready for the heat and humidity - it can be rough.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fun fishing the mangroves for snapper but be ready for the heat and humidity - it can be rough.
Captain Pat’s Charters
Captain Pat’s Charters
Definitely worth it, and the water extremely calm for anyone who is not a fan on being on a boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely worth it, and the water extremely calm for anyone who is not a fan on being on a boat.
Off The Hook – Islamorada
Off The Hook – Islamorada
For those fishing in Islamorada for the first time, I'd say you’re in for a treat. Known as the fishing capital of the world, the area is teeming with fish. It's a good idea to hire a local expert. I highly recommend Capt Jason Katsikas who can show you the best fishing spots and share some expert tips. Enjoy your fishing adventure!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
For those fishing in Islamorada for the first time, I'd say you’re in for a treat. Known as the fishing capital of the world, the area is teeming with fish. It's a good idea to hire a local expert. I highly recommend Capt Jason Katsikas who can show you the best fishing spots and share some expert tips. Enjoy your fishing adventure!
Katz Charters
Katz Charters
Always awesome but weather plays a part. Be ready to change it up and go after different species. Can’t be butthurt if you don’t catch exactly what you’re thinking you want to catch. Just have fun and remember it’s fishing not catching…if these guys jobs were easy we would do it ourselves.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Always awesome but weather plays a part. Be ready to change it up and go after different species. Can’t be butthurt if you don’t catch exactly what you’re thinking you want to catch. Just have fun and remember it’s fishing not catching…if these guys jobs were easy we would do it ourselves.
Dauntless Fishing Charters
Dauntless Fishing Charters
Wear sunscreen even if you think you don’t need it! Wear a hat, sunglasses, a long sleeve fishing shirt, and appropriate shoes (not flipflops). Be patient and enjoy the view. Engage with your captain, and have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear sunscreen even if you think you don’t need it! Wear a hat, sunglasses, a long sleeve fishing shirt, and appropriate shoes (not flipflops). Be patient and enjoy the view. Engage with your captain, and have fun!
Jersey Key Charters
Jersey Key Charters
Remember you are just fishing. There are no guarantees. So just let go and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember you are just fishing. There are no guarantees. So just let go and have fun.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Weather can be a bit unpredictable and pop up storms/showers are common, so it's important to go with someone who knows the area and weather patterns/resources.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather can be a bit unpredictable and pop up storms/showers are common, so it's important to go with someone who knows the area and weather patterns/resources.
Tail Gator Charters
Tail Gator Charters
Make sure you use sunscreen before you go! Don’t take spray sunscreen on the boat…use it before you go and use lotion to cover everywhere exposed
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you use sunscreen before you go! Don’t take spray sunscreen on the boat…use it before you go and use lotion to cover everywhere exposed
Sandbar Somewhere Charter
Sandbar Somewhere Charter
Make sure you have the basics: Long sleeve loose fitting rash guard SPF 50, sun screen, lip balm, fishing gloves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses and this time of year be ready for Hot and Humid.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have the basics: Long sleeve loose fitting rash guard SPF 50, sun screen, lip balm, fishing gloves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses and this time of year be ready for Hot and Humid.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
We had Never been salt water fishing. Captain led us through from start to finish, helping us with the different species and out is right in fish all evening. Expect heavier surf going to the reef, and a fight if going after Tarpon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had Never been salt water fishing. Captain led us through from start to finish, helping us with the different species and out is right in fish all evening. Expect heavier surf going to the reef, and a fight if going after Tarpon.
Easy Does It
Easy Does It
Very hot but enjoyable. Excellent variety of fish to be caught and not too crowded at sea with too many boats.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very hot but enjoyable. Excellent variety of fish to be caught and not too crowded at sea with too many boats.
Singing Reel Charters
Singing Reel Charters
Have a backup fishing plan if the fish you are targeting are not biting. Sharks, barracuda and Goliath grouper are formidable fish that put up a good fight for any angler who wants a challenge if your target species is not available.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have a backup fishing plan if the fish you are targeting are not biting. Sharks, barracuda and Goliath grouper are formidable fish that put up a good fight for any angler who wants a challenge if your target species is not available.
Fair Winds Fishing Charters
Fair Winds Fishing Charters
This is a great trip for experienced/beginners and cost-effectiveness. The caltiqn lives local was really good to make us feel welcome and suggested a cool restaurant to cooking or catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is a great trip for experienced/beginners and cost-effectiveness. The caltiqn lives local was really good to make us feel welcome and suggested a cool restaurant to cooking or catch.
Fishing Kings
Fishing Kings
Didn’t realize the great offshore fishing that was available at Key Largo. Will be back again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Didn’t realize the great offshore fishing that was available at Key Largo. Will be back again.
Captain Pete Jacobsen
Captain Pete Jacobsen
Remember your sunblock (not spray), take a hat and sunglasses, wear long sleeve ‘fishing’ shirts, make sure you’re drinking water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember your sunblock (not spray), take a hat and sunglasses, wear long sleeve ‘fishing’ shirts, make sure you’re drinking water!
Fishing Kings
Fishing Kings
Sometimes the fishing is just that. Fishing. Many factors should be figured into the catching part. Tide, current, wind, moon phase, temperature etc. Be patient.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sometimes the fishing is just that. Fishing. Many factors should be figured into the catching part. Tide, current, wind, moon phase, temperature etc. Be patient.
Hooked Up Charters
Hooked Up Charters
All except way too hot!! Our best experience was the catch and recommendation for straight to the table for dinner that night!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
All except way too hot!! Our best experience was the catch and recommendation for straight to the table for dinner that night!
Foodchain Fishing
Foodchain Fishing
Watching Captain and fist mate Jeff work was remarkable. You can learn a lot if you pay attention and ask questions.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Watching Captain and fist mate Jeff work was remarkable. You can learn a lot if you pay attention and ask questions.
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Yes - trolled and live fished - the tugs on the reel were nice - helps to go with an experienced captain like Justin - he definitely made a difference
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes - trolled and live fished - the tugs on the reel were nice - helps to go with an experienced captain like Justin - he definitely made a difference
All Hanns On Deck
All Hanns On Deck
Be aware the water temperature dictates the species and activity of bite. The higher the temp., the lower the activity.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be aware the water temperature dictates the species and activity of bite. The higher the temp., the lower the activity.
Infinite Blue – 50’ SeaRay,  Veteran Owned
Infinite Blue – 50’ SeaRay, Veteran Owned

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