FLY FISHING THE FLATS FOR TARPON IS THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE ON A FLY ROD. THESE MAGNIFICENT FISH ARE MY PASSION. TARPON MIGRATE BY THE THOUSANDS ONTO THE FLATS OF MATLACHA PASS AND PINE ISLAND SOUND EVERY SPRING WHEN THE WATERS WARM UP. WE FISH THEM ALL SUMMER LONG. FROM JULY THRU OCTOBER THE FLATS OF MATLACHA AND PINE ISLAND HAS ONE OF THE BEST BABY TARPON FISHERIES ANYWHERE.
FLY FISHING THE FLATS FOR REDFISH CAN BE DONE YEAR ROUND AND IS OUR MOST POPULAR FISHERY, EVERY FALL AND WINTER WE HAVE SOME OF THE BEST LOW TIDES FOR FLY FISHING TAILING REDS ANYWHERE.
WE FLY FISH SNOOK ON THE FLATS, BEACHES AND IN THE MANGROVES YEAR ROUND. SNOOK ARE SIMPLY PUT, A SPECTACULAR GAMEFISH, THEY HIT HARD, JUMP, RUN AND ARE A BLAST ON THE FLY ROD.
CAPTAIN ARTHUR SCHMIDT
I grew up in a large family in Boca Raton, Florida. My Dad and Uncles were all outdoorsmen, hunting and fishing. At 14 years old I got a Sears John Boat and a Garcia Mitchell 300 Spinning rod and reel. I was in heaven, with a few plugs and jigs I was catching big Snook and small Tarpon in the local waters. While in College my lifelong pal introduced me to Fly Fishing and we spent a lot of time chasing trout in the nearby streams of North Georgia. In 1988 I read a story about Billy Pate and Fly Fishing for Giant Tarpon in Homosassa, I knew instantly I had to do this. The Fish Hawk in Atlantla set me up with a Sage 12 wt. fly rod and a Billy Pate Tarpon reel. My life changed forever in 1990 when I caught a 130lb Tarpon on Fly in Homosassa, Florida. My Passion for Fly Fishing Tarpon began that day.
In 1994 I decided to become a Fly Fishing guide. With much help and encouragement from Gary Merriman and Capt Steve Kilpatrick I started guiding in Homosassa from April thru July. I was fortunate to have learned from some of the best, Capt. Steve Kilpatrick, Capt. Tommy Locke, Capt. Jim Dupree, Capt. Jim Weber, Capt. Al Dopirak, Capt. Cecil Keith, Capt. Billy Knowles, Billy Pate, Capt Lee Baker and "Daddy Mac" Miller. For the next 6 years I would be in Homosassa for 4 months each Tarpon Season, Homosassa was world class Fly Fishing at the time. In 1999 I moved to the Matlacha area and have been Fly Fishing the Flats here and around Pine Island Sound for 19 years. Many of my clients have fished with me for years and became life long friends. I look forward every season to meeting new people and sharing my passion for Tarpon. I'm a very patient guide and enjoy helping anglers improve their skills.
THE SILVER KING SIGNATURE SERIES 16 FLATS BOAT IS ONE OF THE LEGENDARY FLY FISHING SKIFFS. MINE WAS DESIGNED AND BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR FLY FISHING. ITS A VERY STABLE COMFORTABLE BOAT. IT RIDES SMOOTH, POLES QUIETLY AND HAS ONE OF THE WIDEST BEAMS OF ANY FLATS BOAT MADE.
FLY FISHING GUIDE ON THE FLATS
FOR TARPON, REDFISH, SNOOK, PERMIT IN MATLACHA, PINE ISLAND SOUND, SANIBEL, CAPTIVA, CABBAGE KEY, USEPPA ISLAND, NORTH CAPTIVA