Southern California Fly Fishing Charters

Southern California Fly Fishing Charters

Top Southern California Fly Fishing Destinations

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Southern California

Southern California: 26 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(79 reviews)
Huntington Beach
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trips from US $775
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(53 reviews)
Huntington Beach
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trips from US $595
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from US $750
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(129 reviews)
San Diego
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trips from US $1,400

Fly Fishing in Southern California

The fly fishing Southern California has to offer anglers is pretty epic. Whether you’re just learning how to fly fish or have been on the water for years, there’s something for everyone in the “Golden State.” When booking a charter in SoCal, choose you target species first before heading out – this will help you decide where to book a trip and which charter will be best suited for you.

Lakes and Creeks

There may be dozens of rivers and lakes in Northern California, but SoCal has a lot to offer anglers, too. Head toward Deep Creek or Santa Paula Creek for some top fly fishing. Other hotspots include Castaic Lake, which is known for its big bites, especially of Bass. For Trout fishing in Southern California, book a trip to Lake Cuyamaca, Lake Hodges, Lake Arrowhead, or Lake Wohlford to name just a few.

The Bays and Inshore

Beginners will enjoy fishing San Diego Bay and Mission Bay – these bays are protected from the elements and offer calm waters. Inshore waters are home to schools of bait fish that attract larger game, allowing for top fishing without going too far from shore. Top species you can target include Calico Bass, Yellowtail, Mackerel, Barracuda, Bonito, and Sandbass. Mako Sharks are fantastic to fish for, but should be released once you’ve taken a photo to keep the population up.

The piers are also productive to fish. Head to Santa Monica Pier and Crystal Pier for excellent fly fishing for Calico Bass, Mackerel, Surf Perch, and much more.

Offshore

Saltwater fly fishing is best left to the experts – this will test your skills, your sea legs, and your line! A top saltwater fly fishing hotspot is found up to 100 miles from the San Diego shoreline. Book an overnight trip fly fishing for Yellowfin Tuna to get the most out of the long journey out.

How to Prepare

Everyone in your group over 16 will need to have a fishing license with them on board.

An offshore saltwater fly fishing trip that heads into Mexican waters will require everyone on board to have photo ID on them, as well. The captain will let you know if you need a Mexican Tourist Visa.

Do something out of the ordinary with your next vacation and try fly fishing Southern California waters. From rivers and creeks to 100 miles offshore, you’re sure to find the perfect trip for you.

Southern California
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 28,298 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Southern California

It was perfect for catching a variety of 10 to 20 inch fish, my first time fishing off shore in 20 years
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was perfect for catching a variety of 10 to 20 inch fish, my first time fishing off shore in 20 years
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Fishing Charters Of San Diego
Give your self extra time as the shop is small and takes a little time to get your license
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give your self extra time as the shop is small and takes a little time to get your license
Blue Horizon Sportfishing
Blue Horizon Sportfishing
Don't hesitate to ask Matt any questions you've got, but don't have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes the fish don't bite, but most of the time they bite a whole lot!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't hesitate to ask Matt any questions you've got, but don't have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes the fish don't bite, but most of the time they bite a whole lot!
Sea Esta Sportfishing
Sea Esta Sportfishing
Be patient, be adaptable, follow TC's lead, ask questions, above all relax and have fun. Development of angling skills takes time. It's not an overnight success. If you are serious, jot down notes if you need to.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient, be adaptable, follow TC's lead, ask questions, above all relax and have fun. Development of angling skills takes time. It's not an overnight success. If you are serious, jot down notes if you need to.
TC's Fishing Adventures
TC's Fishing Adventures
If you have never been on a boat follow the Captain’s recommendation about motion sickness prevention. Tons of different fish species to catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have never been on a boat follow the Captain’s recommendation about motion sickness prevention. Tons of different fish species to catch.
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Romeo Sport Fishing San Diego
Action was good but not being able to keep Rockfish in October caught inshore is kind of bummer. But this charter did well to put us on keeper fish (whitefish) so still fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Action was good but not being able to keep Rockfish in October caught inshore is kind of bummer. But this charter did well to put us on keeper fish (whitefish) so still fun!
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing
Layers of clothes. Process matters - keep an open mind. Bluefin is a little risky, but very satisfying.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Layers of clothes. Process matters - keep an open mind. Bluefin is a little risky, but very satisfying.
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
Mystic Queen Sportfishing
The great thing about fishing in the ocean is you never know what your going to get. Expected Dorado ended up with 25+Lb Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The great thing about fishing in the ocean is you never know what your going to get. Expected Dorado ended up with 25+Lb Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna.
Blue Horizon Sportfishing
Blue Horizon Sportfishing Chino, CA
There is always something biting in San Diego and anything is possible from rockfish to marlin.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There is always something biting in San Diego and anything is possible from rockfish to marlin.
SD Slot Machine Charter
SD Slot Machine Charter Oak Glen, CA
Find an experienced fisherman to go out with. It’s a beautiful spot to spend the day too!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find an experienced fisherman to go out with. It’s a beautiful spot to spend the day too!
Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters
Dana Point Custom Fishing Charters Miami Beach, FL
The weather is really nice and the water is clear. The people and the environment are very nice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather is really nice and the water is clear. The people and the environment are very nice.
Pelican Sportfishing
Pelican Sportfishing Schaumburg, IL
Be ready for a good fight fishing in San Diego. The captain and staff are very friendly attentive and have great communication on teaching and giving you tips to land the fish or multiple fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a good fight fishing in San Diego. The captain and staff are very friendly attentive and have great communication on teaching and giving you tips to land the fish or multiple fish.
San Diego Charters – 32' Blackfin
San Diego Charters – 32' Blackfin Yuma, AZ
Water was cold for this time of time of year so there wasn't much action for yellowtail, tuna, or Dorado yet. July was fun, but will probably shoot for an August trip next time to try and get on some more meat for the freezer.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Water was cold for this time of time of year so there wasn't much action for yellowtail, tuna, or Dorado yet. July was fun, but will probably shoot for an August trip next time to try and get on some more meat for the freezer.
Memory Maker Fishing Charters
Memory Maker Fishing Charters Phoenix, AZ
If you have never been on the open ocean, make sure you take dramamine the night before and day of.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have never been on the open ocean, make sure you take dramamine the night before and day of.
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey Los Angeles, California
Don’t come with any expectations. Enjoy being out in the water and the opportunity to do some world class fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t come with any expectations. Enjoy being out in the water and the opportunity to do some world class fishing.
RockenReel Sportfishing – 34' Scarab
RockenReel Sportfishing – 34' Scarab Haworth, NJ
Definitely splurge on a charter. With just four guests, the crew was able to help us all individually. It was great fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely splurge on a charter. With just four guests, the crew was able to help us all individually. It was great fun!
Wild Goose Fishing Charters
Wild Goose Fishing Charters Claremont, CA
They call it fishing… not catching… there are good days and there’s bad days. But you learn every time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
They call it fishing… not catching… there are good days and there’s bad days. But you learn every time!
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Be ready to fish and enjoy the company. Keep an open mind. Relax let the crew and captain do the worrying.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be ready to fish and enjoy the company. Keep an open mind. Relax let the crew and captain do the worrying.
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters
Fin Runner Sportfishing Charters Peoria, AZ
We went early in the morning and it was a very smooth trip. A little on the cooler side but that was fine. The sun came out at the end of our three hour trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went early in the morning and it was a very smooth trip. A little on the cooler side but that was fine. The sun came out at the end of our three hour trip.
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey
Full Spectrum SF – Sea Monkey San Mateo, CA
Have fun it doesn’t have to be a big fish to have fun and take a picture. Find a crew that knows where to go
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun it doesn’t have to be a big fish to have fun and take a picture. Find a crew that knows where to go
RockenReel Sportfishing – 34' Scarab
RockenReel Sportfishing – 34' Scarab Lake Forest, CA

Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Southern California