Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay: 38 fishing charters available

Turtlehead Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(18 reviews)
Belleair Bluffs
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Flats Monster

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(149 reviews)
Clearwater
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $550

Coastal Bound Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(10 reviews)
Palmetto
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trips from $250

Ultimate Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(211 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $350

Fly Fishing in Tampa Bay

The beauty of Tampa Bay fly fishing lies not only in the shallow waters, stunning landscape, and praised fish you can target here. Not that this large estuary lacks any of it. But the true appeal comes from the unique combination of it all that suits the taste of hardcore fly fishers and enthusiasts alike. There's nothing quite like fly fishing around Tampa Bay Fly. Once you’ve cast the first fly, you’ll be hooked.

You may have fished Tampa Bay from a charter before, or perhaps you went on sightseeing tours to enjoy the rich wildlife that these waters boast --but you haven’t truly experienced the epicness of Tampa Bay until you’ve tried fly fishing here.

Here’s why.

Fishing spots

On average, Tampa Bay is about 11 ft deep. You have a stretch of flats near the shoreline and so much more to explore once you board a boat and move from the shore. The shallow water will let you spot the fish with ease and let you present the fly properly. Come winter and the cold front will remove the algae, leaving behind a clear view of what’s in the water. Seek edges of the flats, and you’ll find game fish by the dozens.

Fish

While saltwater fly fishing may be a more challenging endeavor compared to fishing in streams, the variety of Tampa Bay fish will make you reconsider your view. The crown jewel of inshore fly fishing is landing a Tarpon and outwitting Snook. Luckily, Tampa Bay has scores of these fellas. Add to that massive Redfish and ‘Gator Trout’, and you’ll see what draws crowds of fly anglers to come to town.

Weather

It could be a sunny day in August, or a cool morning in January, and you’d still get something to take your fly. The fly fishing season never ends here really, as winter produces amazing Redfish and Trout fishing, with spring luring in Tarpon and Snook from their winter shelters. The pleasant weather will attract fish to the bay waters so don’t be surprised that some fly anglers have a go at Cobia, King Mackerel, or even Snapper with success around here.

How to get the fish

If you’re just starting out, find a local guide who can help you make the most out of your trip by focusing on hot spots. As for some proven techniques, you’ll stand a chance against Snook with a 9 wt fly rod combined with deer hair bugs. If you want Redfish to see your lures, use puffy flies with an 8 wt rod. You’ll want to use somewhat heavier armor for Tarpon, starting with an 11 wt rod. To get Trout, use 5-9 wt fly rods and best pair them with lures such as poppers, or minnows.

Need to know

Fly anglers like building their own set of equipment and gear over time. It’s best to check with your guide before the trip about the details. You should also remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a cap, and some food and drinks. If you’re fishing from a licensed charter or with a licensed guide you won’t need a fishing license.

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

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Tampa Bay

Ask to catch lots of fish, they will put you on a spot to do that, if you ask to catch big fish, they will put you on the spot but if fish do not cooperate well then you won't catch fish. But in the first spot once you start catching fish you never know, you could catch something big .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask to catch lots of fish, they will put you on a spot to do that, if you ask to catch big fish, they will put you on the spot but if fish do not cooperate well then you won't catch fish. But in the first spot once you start catching fish you never know, you could catch something big .
Donald  L.
Donald L. Grand Rapids, MI
Make sure your guide is experienced and friendly. He took us out and did everything that we wanted to do. We went fishing, boating, looked for dolphins etc.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure your guide is experienced and friendly. He took us out and did everything that we wanted to do. We went fishing, boating, looked for dolphins etc.
Lori  G.
Lori G. Lorain, OH
Plenty of reef and inshore species to target. Don’t expect a deep water pelagic experience. The shelf here doesn’t get to blue water until many miles offshore.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of reef and inshore species to target. Don’t expect a deep water pelagic experience. The shelf here doesn’t get to blue water until many miles offshore.
Kevin  L.
Kevin L. Cleveland, OH
Highly recommend they go see Greg & Brett. They’ll make their day a true adventure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Highly recommend they go see Greg & Brett. They’ll make their day a true adventure.
Joe  D.  B.
Joe D. B. Los Angeles, California
We tried fishing on the piers but had very little luck. We also tried an inshore fishing trip and caught a few small fish but nothing we could keep. We decided to try a longer, deep sea fishing trip and caught many fish and even have fish to bring home.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We tried fishing on the piers but had very little luck. We also tried an inshore fishing trip and caught a few small fish but nothing we could keep. We decided to try a longer, deep sea fishing trip and caught many fish and even have fish to bring home.
Amanda  C.
Amanda C. Saint Paul, MN
Wait until the water warms up March to November also check and see if the boat has a bathroom what they are going to use for bait get exactly how many miles you are going out for deep-sea fishing What fish they are going to target
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wait until the water warms up March to November also check and see if the boat has a bathroom what they are going to use for bait get exactly how many miles you are going out for deep-sea fishing What fish they are going to target
Dino  R.
Dino R. Macomb, MI
Make sure you feel good overall; you are miles from the shoreline;go to the restroom before you get in the boat. Have some snacks with you and water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you feel good overall; you are miles from the shoreline;go to the restroom before you get in the boat. Have some snacks with you and water.
Marcel  F.
Marcel F. Tarpon Springs, FL
We fished at night, and it was a beautiful evening, lots of fun! Didn't have to worry about sunscreen or daytime heat. Thank you for offering the night trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We fished at night, and it was a beautiful evening, lots of fun! Didn't have to worry about sunscreen or daytime heat. Thank you for offering the night trip!
David  H.
David H. Greencastle, IN
Find yourself a good captain and get out there! Captain Kirby was a great way to spend the afternoon out on the water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find yourself a good captain and get out there! Captain Kirby was a great way to spend the afternoon out on the water!
Douglas  S.
Douglas S. Pine River, MN
Was very hot and red tide made the fishing tough, however the Captain and crew did everything possible and fish were caught. If you want to catch fish and have a crew that goes above and beyond, this Captain and crew are top notch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Was very hot and red tide made the fishing tough, however the Captain and crew did everything possible and fish were caught. If you want to catch fish and have a crew that goes above and beyond, this Captain and crew are top notch.
Scott  J.
Scott J. Allentown, Pennsylvania
While we weren’t fishing for big fish, we were able to catch a bunch of fish to eat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
While we weren’t fishing for big fish, we were able to catch a bunch of fish to eat.
Anna  G.
Anna G. PUEBLO DEP AC, CO
Start out with fresh cut bait and if you land a ladyfish use her as cut bait they hit that every time it hit the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Start out with fresh cut bait and if you land a ladyfish use her as cut bait they hit that every time it hit the water
DELTON  T.
DELTON T. Adams, TN
Where we wanted to fish for tarpon was extremely windy where he took us was still a little windy but not as bad as where we had originally went and it was a wonderful atmosphere compliments to the captain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Where we wanted to fish for tarpon was extremely windy where he took us was still a little windy but not as bad as where we had originally went and it was a wonderful atmosphere compliments to the captain
JayR  H.
JayR H. BVL, FL
Captain Ike would be an excellent choice for a beginner and experienced person wanting to get out on the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Ike would be an excellent choice for a beginner and experienced person wanting to get out on the water
Jamie  R.
Jamie R. Underwood, MN
Be prepared for weather changes in Spring in Florida. We started day with good weather rather calm seas but wind picked up in afternoon and swells built a little.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for weather changes in Spring in Florida. We started day with good weather rather calm seas but wind picked up in afternoon and swells built a little.
Jason  M.
Jason M. Pulaski, VA
If this is your first ocean fishing experience I recommend booking with Offshore Addicts. Its a whole lot different than fishing in the midwest where we are from but they made the experience so enjoyable!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If this is your first ocean fishing experience I recommend booking with Offshore Addicts. Its a whole lot different than fishing in the midwest where we are from but they made the experience so enjoyable!
Samantha  I.
Samantha I. Black River Falls, WI
Plan for a change in the weather, we had a cold front and wind force us to reschedule.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plan for a change in the weather, we had a cold front and wind force us to reschedule.
Chad  S.
Chad S. Winter Park, Florida
If you want to catch alot of great eating fish this is the trip. If you are in it for the fight of big fish take all day deep water trip
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If you want to catch alot of great eating fish this is the trip. If you are in it for the fight of big fish take all day deep water trip
ANDREW  F.
ANDREW F. Liberty Center, OH
Great area, beautiful waters, lots to see and fun boating fishing experience!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great area, beautiful waters, lots to see and fun boating fishing experience!!
David  R.
David R. Welcome, MD
If the Kingfish are biting I would go for them and they do taste pretty good fried
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If the Kingfish are biting I would go for them and they do taste pretty good fried
James  L.
James L. Saint CLR SHORES, MI

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