Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

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
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Tampa Bay

Has been unusually windy this week so far. No one's fault but that was the only draw back to fishing this week.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Has been unusually windy this week so far. No one's fault but that was the only draw back to fishing this week.
Capt. Nick’s Fishing Charters
Capt. Nick’s Fishing Charters
If you’re doing the 4 hour trip, book it for morning. The water got rougher by late morning and the afternoon tours were cancelled.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you’re doing the 4 hour trip, book it for morning. The water got rougher by late morning and the afternoon tours were cancelled.
2 Shea Charters
2 Shea Charters
Fish early in the morning when it's cooler out, anything past noon is going to be a swelter. Fish like cooler water so we found we had some better catches earlier in the day and then fishing a little deeper as it got closer to noon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish early in the morning when it's cooler out, anything past noon is going to be a swelter. Fish like cooler water so we found we had some better catches earlier in the day and then fishing a little deeper as it got closer to noon.
Capt. DL Spragg Charters
Capt. DL Spragg Charters
You only need whatever food and drinks you want and they provide everything else! They also bait and take the fish off the hook!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You only need whatever food and drinks you want and they provide everything else! They also bait and take the fish off the hook!
BigAngler Fishing Charters
BigAngler Fishing Charters
It was warm in June. Be sure to have necessary clothing and sun protection!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was warm in June. Be sure to have necessary clothing and sun protection!
Capt. Nick’s Fishing Charters
Capt. Nick’s Fishing Charters
We went mid day but if you can get a morning spot it would most likely be better I assume.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went mid day but if you can get a morning spot it would most likely be better I assume.
Gulfcoast Fishing Charters
Gulfcoast Fishing Charters
It is hot in June! Dress and drink appropriately! Be open to different species of fish as alot are on the move!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It is hot in June! Dress and drink appropriately! Be open to different species of fish as alot are on the move!
My Girls Adventures
My Girls Adventures
Your experience matters. Use it to your advantage. Trust the captain. They know where to put you on the fish. But , take some enjoyment in doing it for yourself. My captain worked the whole time to help the less experienced people in my party land the fish , while I caught plenty myself including every species we went after.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Your experience matters. Use it to your advantage. Trust the captain. They know where to put you on the fish. But , take some enjoyment in doing it for yourself. My captain worked the whole time to help the less experienced people in my party land the fish , while I caught plenty myself including every species we went after.
Captain Chris's Fishing Adventures
Captain Chris's Fishing Adventures
The fishing, or should I say catching? It was amazing and the weather was perfect too. Fantastic!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing, or should I say catching? It was amazing and the weather was perfect too. Fantastic!
Neptune Fishing Charters
Neptune Fishing Charters
What a great Charter! Very accommodating, knowledgeable and experienced! He put us on all the fish we were targeting! The boat was clean, very comfortable despite the rough condition the captain got us to our spot and enjoyed the overall fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
What a great Charter! Very accommodating, knowledgeable and experienced! He put us on all the fish we were targeting! The boat was clean, very comfortable despite the rough condition the captain got us to our spot and enjoyed the overall fishing!
Doubletime Offshore Fishing Charter
Doubletime Offshore Fishing Charter
Listen to the captain, he knows what he is doing. Very knowledgeable. Good equipment. Boat is small so pack light equipment wise, he has everything you need bar food/drink anyway.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the captain, he knows what he is doing. Very knowledgeable. Good equipment. Boat is small so pack light equipment wise, he has everything you need bar food/drink anyway.
Gulfcoast Fishing Charters
Gulfcoast Fishing Charters
Do yourself a favor and reach out to Captain Ethan at “Wish Upon A Fish Charters”. You won’t be disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do yourself a favor and reach out to Captain Ethan at “Wish Upon A Fish Charters”. You won’t be disappointed.
Wish Upon A Fish Charters
Wish Upon A Fish Charters
Be prepared for hot, sunny weather and be understanding that the tide could impact the bite
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for hot, sunny weather and be understanding that the tide could impact the bite
Capt. Nick’s Fishing Charters
Capt. Nick’s Fishing Charters
Coming from Inland lakes where you often get nothing, the amount of bites and catches is crazy high. Just dint expect to be reeling in sea monsters
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Coming from Inland lakes where you often get nothing, the amount of bites and catches is crazy high. Just dint expect to be reeling in sea monsters
Angler's Dream Fishing
Angler's Dream Fishing
You will definitely catch fish. However, it might not necessarily be a whopper. Be realistic. Have fun, enjoy the moment with your family or friends, cuz that's what it is all about. Maybe you get lucky and get yourself an awesome fish or two!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You will definitely catch fish. However, it might not necessarily be a whopper. Be realistic. Have fun, enjoy the moment with your family or friends, cuz that's what it is all about. Maybe you get lucky and get yourself an awesome fish or two!
Leisure Life Charters
Leisure Life Charters
Jeremy was very patient and accommodating! We caught several different species of fish. Great experience! Highly recommend!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Jeremy was very patient and accommodating! We caught several different species of fish. Great experience! Highly recommend!
Fish Slapped Charters – Clearwater
Fish Slapped Charters – Clearwater
First timers, I would definitely recommend you research the captains and vessels before making a decision on who to book with while in Bradenton. I did and it led me to Capt. Louis. He's knowledgeable, friendly and will work with even the most novice of anglers to guarantee a memorable experience. But above all, have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
First timers, I would definitely recommend you research the captains and vessels before making a decision on who to book with while in Bradenton. I did and it led me to Capt. Louis. He's knowledgeable, friendly and will work with even the most novice of anglers to guarantee a memorable experience. But above all, have fun!
Island Boat Tours & Adventures
Island Boat Tours & Adventures
Being our first time saltwater fishing I don’t have any recommendations.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Being our first time saltwater fishing I don’t have any recommendations.
AMI Charter Fishing – Fish Guaranteed!
AMI Charter Fishing – Fish Guaranteed!
Weather and water conditions were perfect and the fish were hitting fast and non-stop
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather and water conditions were perfect and the fish were hitting fast and non-stop
Playin' Hooky Charters
Playin' Hooky Charters
Chose Mangrove Madness charters. Captan Brady is so knowledgeable that I’d even feel comfortable going smog myself to fish this area just after Ike trip out with him. Pack lots of sunscreen, and some snacks too! And wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Chose Mangrove Madness charters. Captan Brady is so knowledgeable that I’d even feel comfortable going smog myself to fish this area just after Ike trip out with him. Pack lots of sunscreen, and some snacks too! And wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet!
Mangrove Madness
Mangrove Madness

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