Pine Island, Florida
CATCHING GIANT TARPON ON A FLY ROD IS ONE OF THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGES IN FLY FISHING. THE FLATS OF MATLACHA AND PINE ISLAND OFFER WORLD CLASS FLY FISHING FOR TARPON. THESE MAGNIFICENT FISH ARE MY PASSION.
MY CLIENTS AND I FISH FOR TARPON FROM FEBRUARY THROUGH NOVEMBER. TARPON MIGRATE BY THE THOUSANDS TO THE FLATS OF MATLACHA PASS AND PINE ISLAND SOUND EVERY SPRING WHEN THE WATERS WARM. WE FLY FISH THEM ALL SUMMER LONG. JULY THRU OCTOBER ARE PRIME TIME FOR FLY FISHING FOR BABY TARPON
FLY FISHING THE FLATS FOR REDFISH CAN BE DONE YEAR ROUND AND IS OUR MOST POPULAR FISHERY. THE WINTER LOW TIDES PRODUCE SOME OF THE BEST FISHING FOR TAILING REDS OF THE YEAR.
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.
WE FLY FISH FOR PERMIT YEAR ROUND. PERMIT ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST CHALLENGES ON FLY.
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 Snook and 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 1983 I read a story about Billy Pate setting a new world record of 188 lbs fly fishing for Tarpon in Homosassa, I knew instantly I had to do this. In May of 1989 I caught a 130lb Tarpon on Fly in Homosassa. 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 of the Fish Hawk and Sweet Capt Earle Waters I started guiding in Homosassa from April thru July. I was fortunate to have learned from the top guides in Homosassa. For the next 6 years I would be in Homosassa and the Lower Keys for 4 months a year. In 1999 I moved to the Matlacha area and have been Fly Fishing the Flats here and around Pine Island Sound for 21 years. Many of my clients have fished with me for years and become 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 fly fishing skills
THE SILVER KING SIGNATURE SERIES 16 FLATS BOAT DESIGNED BY MARK SCOTT
IS ONE OF THE LEGENDARY FLY FISHING SKIFFS OF ALL TIME, CUSTOM BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR FLY FISHING ITS A SUPERB BOAT.
I require a deposit of $100 per day to confirm your booked days.
Any charter that cancels within 14 days of your confirmed dates will be a non-refundable deposit.
Weather Policy: A cancellation due to bad weather conditions is the sole discretion of the Captain. If I cancel the charter due to weather, then you may re-book another day or I will refund your deposit.
If I cancel a trip due to mechanical break down, illness or emergency your deposit will be refunded in full. I highly recommend trip insurance and I'm partnered with www.travelexinsurance.
DISCOUNTED RATES AVAILABLE TO ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY - VETERANS - FIRST RESPONDERS
FLY FISHING GUIDE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ON THE FLATS
FOR TARPON, REDFISH, SNOOK, PERMIT IN MATLACHA,
PINE ISLAND, SANIBEL, CAPTIVA, BOCA GRANDE, CABBAGE KEY, USEPPA ISLAND, NORTH CAPTIVA
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