Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

Top 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.


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.


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.

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Reviews of Fishing in Fly Fishing in Tampa Bay

Great first trip on Clearwater Bay - 4 hour afternoon trip
Chad S. fished with Wet Lines Fishing 20' on April 3, 2021
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Plan for a change in the weather, we had a cold front and wind force us to reschedule.
Great half day off shore trip!
ANDREW F. fished with Outlaw Gunner Charters on March 29, 2021
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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
5 hour trip with Captain Charles
Lisa K. fished with Custom Charters on March 27, 2021
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Do your research we book for a group of 4 and it was perfect,
Fishing with Ike
Mitchel C. fished with Tampa Bowfishing Charters on March 26, 2021
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Just do it its worth every penny and you can take that to the bank!
Inshore Fishing with Capt Steve Woodbury
David R. fished with Chummy Fishing Charters on March 24, 2021
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Great area, beautiful waters, lots to see and fun boating fishing experience!!
March fishing trip
Denise S. fished with Scotty J's Charters LLC. on March 24, 2021
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Book your trip with Capt. Rich with Scotty J's Charter.
It was a great day on the water with Alex
James L. fished with Captain Kirby's Fishing Charters on March 13, 2021
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If the Kingfish are biting I would go for them and they do taste pretty good fried
The man with the plan.
DANIEL E. fished with El Pescador Fishing Charters on February 21, 2021
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Do your research and make sure to know what is in season so you can go out and get it.

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