Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay: 47 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(7 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from $400
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(245 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from $350
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(52 reviews)
Holmes Beach
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trips from $550
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(161 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from $300

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
4.6 / 5
Based on 26,549 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Tampa Bay

Book a guide. Alot of rules for running the waterways here with alot of shallow flats also.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a guide. Alot of rules for running the waterways here with alot of shallow flats also.
Sonny  G.
Sonny G. Charleston, SC
If you can book a trip late May prior to schools getting out and summer kicking off you’ll have a great time. I suggest a weekday as during the weekend it get really busy on the water and beaches but our Saturday trip was still very do-able and a great time! Zero complaints about the charter and the area we selected
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you can book a trip late May prior to schools getting out and summer kicking off you’ll have a great time. I suggest a weekday as during the weekend it get really busy on the water and beaches but our Saturday trip was still very do-able and a great time! Zero complaints about the charter and the area we selected
Karl  L.
Karl L. Keller, TX
The captains all have a strategy for the best outcome given everchanging weather conditions, and tides. They are not magicians. If the charter involves spinning gear, then KNOW how to use it BEFORE your trip !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The captains all have a strategy for the best outcome given everchanging weather conditions, and tides. They are not magicians. If the charter involves spinning gear, then KNOW how to use it BEFORE your trip !
Douglas  P.
Douglas P. Roach, MO
Book with Costal Chaos Fishing Charters! They were professional, punctual, informative, knowledgeable, eager and capable of putting us in fish. Captain Cameron runs a top notch outfit.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Costal Chaos Fishing Charters! They were professional, punctual, informative, knowledgeable, eager and capable of putting us in fish. Captain Cameron runs a top notch outfit.
Christopher  C.
Christopher C. United States
Be sure to visit the local downtown Restaurants and micro breweries. Enjoy all Dunedin has to offer!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to visit the local downtown Restaurants and micro breweries. Enjoy all Dunedin has to offer!
Steve  C.
Steve C. Auburndale, FL
Early morning before the wind comes up. Offshore is a blast if conditions are right. Otherwise you can’t miss w/ inshore fishing. Snook, snapper, sheep head, redfish a plenty
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Early morning before the wind comes up. Offshore is a blast if conditions are right. Otherwise you can’t miss w/ inshore fishing. Snook, snapper, sheep head, redfish a plenty
Peter  S.
Peter S. Morristown, NJ
It was my first time fishing out of Bradenton. I would recommend it to everyone.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was my first time fishing out of Bradenton. I would recommend it to everyone.
James  W.
James W. Chardon, OH
Great time to get out there. The waters were calm and the fish bite constantly. Only down side of this time of year is several species are closed, so they can't be kept, including amberjack, red snapper, and gag grouper.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time to get out there. The waters were calm and the fish bite constantly. Only down side of this time of year is several species are closed, so they can't be kept, including amberjack, red snapper, and gag grouper.
Patrick  R.
Patrick R. Lawrenceburg, KY
Tampa is full of fish, many different species. Makes for a great fishing experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tampa is full of fish, many different species. Makes for a great fishing experience.
Dan  U.
Dan U. Lineboro, MD
Captain was great. Wanted to troll for a while going out . He did everything I expected. And I've been deep sea fishing here for 15 years & he will be the captain I'll every use for all my future trips . As a matter of fact I booked him for another trip while still down here !!! 10 stars
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain was great. Wanted to troll for a while going out . He did everything I expected. And I've been deep sea fishing here for 15 years & he will be the captain I'll every use for all my future trips . As a matter of fact I booked him for another trip while still down here !!! 10 stars
Mark  S.
Mark S. Grand Rapids, MI
I can't speak to the deep water or inshore experience, but the backwater experience was super.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I can't speak to the deep water or inshore experience, but the backwater experience was super.
Phil  J.
Phil J. Baltimore, MD
Nothing! but wear your hat, sunglasses and sunscreen! You will have a great time!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nothing! but wear your hat, sunglasses and sunscreen! You will have a great time!!
Patrick  K.
Patrick K. Lindley, NY
Be ready for a fun adventure! This was our first Charter and definitely will do again with Zack when we come back!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready for a fun adventure! This was our first Charter and definitely will do again with Zack when we come back!
Catherine  V.
Catherine V. Kissimmee, Florida
10000/10 would recommend nautical soules thank you so much! Caught a ton of fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
10000/10 would recommend nautical soules thank you so much! Caught a ton of fish!
Brent  C.
Brent C. Lutz, Florida
Hell to the yes!! Go see Captain Jacob with Double O Fishing Charter, you won't be disappointed!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hell to the yes!! Go see Captain Jacob with Double O Fishing Charter, you won't be disappointed!
Cassandra  D.
Cassandra D. Avon Park, FL
It's a great time to go out. Snowbirds are leaving, and the kiddo's are still in school.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's a great time to go out. Snowbirds are leaving, and the kiddo's are still in school.
Ron  K.
Ron K. The Villages, FL
If you have motion sickness take a ginger supplement for 5 days before you go. Tip from the captain
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have motion sickness take a ginger supplement for 5 days before you go. Tip from the captain
Scott  M.
Scott M. Brighton, MI
Be prepared to catch some fish! Even if the weather looks calm and perfect, bring a light jacket, the wind picks up on the water when the boat is moving quick and it can get chilly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared to catch some fish! Even if the weather looks calm and perfect, bring a light jacket, the wind picks up on the water when the boat is moving quick and it can get chilly.
Jacob  P.
Jacob P. Shawnee, KS
Fish can be hit or miss. As long as the weather is good. Fishing is fishing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish can be hit or miss. As long as the weather is good. Fishing is fishing
Evan  H.
Evan H. Bowling Green, KY
Call captains prior to going out to see current species, conditions… and how to pay captains because app can be confusing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call captains prior to going out to see current species, conditions… and how to pay captains because app can be confusing
Eric  S.
Eric S. Apopka, FL

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