The dog days of summers end are in sight here in the everglades and Naples. I love this time of year in September-November as all of the visitors do not come to The Everglades and Ten-thousand islands until after the holidays of Thanksgiving and X-mas. It also means the big snook are still on the outside beaches and river mouths along with lots of Tarpon still hanging around waiting on the big southern migration. Any drop in water temperature will produce balls of bait on the outside passes especially on outgoing tides. These ‘bait balls’ will have tarpon, big jacks, false albacore and many other species in a feeding frenzy! A great time of year to book a fly fishing guide in the everglades and Naples!
Fly fishing the Ten Thousand Islands is an experience you will never forget. The Ten Thousand islands are a chain of islands and mangrove islets off the Gulf coast of Southwest Florida, between the southern end of Marco Island and the mouth of Lostman’s River. The Northern part of the Ten Thousand Islands is the Ten-Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and the southern part, south of Everglades City, is Everglades National Park. These government protected waters and coastlines offer endless mangroves and flats, unique untouched environments, and provide premium opportunities to target un-pressured trophy fish such as tarpon, snook, redfish, sea trout and bass among other species. The 99-mile long Wilderness Waterway also runs through this remote and beautiful area. Almost all of the Ten Thousand Islands (which actually number in the hundreds) are uninhabited except for the largest, Chokolokee, which make these waters a prime thriving habitat for fish, without the disruption of human daily traffic. Because these fish are so unpressured, fly fishing the Ten Ten-Thousand Islands can be very productive, and a unique experience you wont have to share with crowds. Their proximity to Everglades National Park also make this chain of islands perfect for fly fishing enthusiasts and adventure seekers. But the wild landscape also necessitates a fishing guide, someone who can show you where to go, navigate the environment, and safely put you on the Tarpon or Snook on your bucket list.
I am very passionate about being a 10,000 Islands fishing guide and I’m excited to show my fishery to both the beginning angler and to the most experienced anglers alike. Ten thousand islands fly and plug fishing should be on any angler’s bucket list, as it is a locale that offers minimal boat traffic and a pristine fishery. I believe I am lucky enough to be able to live out my passion as a full time fly fishing guide in Ten-thousand Islands because of my high level of customer service and dedication to find fish in any conditions when other guides cannot. I chose my career to be a Ten-thousand islands fishing guide and I want to help share my enthusiasm and expertise with other fishing enthusiasts while exploring one of the best fisheries on the planet. Fish of the 10000 Islands see much less pressure than most guided Florida fishing areas also because of it’s tough navigation; recreational anglers often cannot fish this area alone as the waters are very shallow, and studded with oyster beds.
I guide out of two different skiffs depending on the season and target species. I run a larger 18 foot skiff powered by a 115 Suzuki for fishing tarpon, which allows for longer runs and more stability. I use a shallow draft skiff in the wintertime with a 60 Suzuki for targeting trophy snook, redfish, baby tarpon and bass when the tides are low and most boats cannot access the areas. I pole a skiff 100% of the time and do not use trolling motors whenever possible. I believe this gives my fly and plug clients the advantage over some guides that will not put in the work to pole a skiff for long days. Poling throughout our trip gives us stealth when stalking and hunting Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, juvenile fish, Bass, Trout, or whatever species, as many of the fish we encounter in the 10,000 Islands may have never seen or heard a motor before. We would like to keep it that way.
With many options to stay and play around Ten Thousand Islands, it is very family friendly with plenty of activities that are in close proximity to world-class fly-fishing. Sight casting triple digit tarpon and trophy snook in 10,000 Islands is worth building any vacation around. I am raising my family in the area and I can recommend a variety of non-fishing guided activities for any family members to do while we chase trophy fish in Ten-Thousand Islands on a once in a lifetime guided fishing adventure!
Please don’t hesitate to call and chat- I am off the water by dark and love to chat with fellow anglers about the endless opportunities when hiring me as your personal fly fishing guide in Ten Thousand Islands. I am a client’s dream as a fly fishing guide; I fish long hours and I am 110% dedicated to the sport of catching monster fish on the fly!
Here is look at the upcoming fishing season!
Post storm fish have been on fire! Everglades and Naples fly fishing has been productive for mid-sized tarpon, big snook and redfish. With the tannic water these fish will be on the top and ready to eat. Its a great time to fish The Everglades when everyone is dealing with wind, rain and other boats! None of those bother us in the protection of the tall mangrove trees there is always somewhere to hide. Adult Tarpon fishing was good prior to the front and should stabilize after the water settles and clears. I just love the time after the rains as it seems like the place is flushing out and as good as it gets. Come inquire about a fly fishing guide in the everglades and ten-thousand islands.
I teach about the estuary and encourage first time fly fisherman and plug fisherman alike. I am passionate about both kinds of angling here in the everglades and ten-thousand islands. I am located south of naples so can always meet up for some fly-casting lessons or refer you to one of my master casting instructors in the area. I look forward to your next fishing adventure in the beautiful Everglades!
These next two months I migrate toward these giants, I am in full on Tarpon mode at this point with still fishing for snook when the opportunities arise. I pick up at Chokoloskee Island and have lodging options available for traveling guest. The Everglades in March and April are worth planning a trip around, I still have a day or two available each month along with good May and June dates to chase these magical fish. Tarpon deserve all the credit, best fish that swims in any water know to man and readily eats flies and plugs with some serious acrobatic maneuvers. I love them when they so peacefully roll and gulp air then once hooked they turn into the most aggressive animal Ive ver seen. We have been getting them good on multiple trips, the fish of a lifetime! Give me a call for Boca Grande fly fishing for tarpon or Everglades fly fishing for tarpon.
December has been unseasonably warm which has these monster snook confused and just seem to be everywhere we look and big boys too! Have had some great moon tides that have turned our water gin clear, with small cold front approaching the water will be highly visible for low water wade fishing or higher tide sight casting from my new Beavertail ‘Mosquito’ skiff. These skiffs get us anywhere shallow we want to go and such a comfortable ride!
Snook have been eating a lot of high riding sub-surface flies in skinny water, I like brown when the water clears up like this in the backcountry. For me there it dosen’t get much better than feeding a giant snook after you have seen and stalked him on foot and feeding him within 20 feet, it just as good as it gets fly fishing in Boca Grande.
Fly fishing in the Everglades around Chokoloskee has been great and with some longer runs some of these fish haven’t even heard a boat since Irma and are willing to eat anything they see, the big tarpon can be fantastic on a warm winter day along with smaller tarpon daily but the edges have laid up giant snook in The Everglades currently and I love every minute of it!
Hope to see you out soon to share this great sport of ours.
Fishing has been on fire in Boca Grande and the Everglades! If you are looking for a great overnight trip to a destination fishery, the Glades is the place! Chokoloskee and Everglades City are back and operational after hurricane Irma; both have affordable accommodations available, and The Island Cafe is open for business once again- which means its time to fish!
Snook fishing has been great the past week out of Chokoloskee. Blind casting edges and sight casting laid up snook in brackish water has been highly productive. It is a true adventure each day and a monster snook on the fly should be on every angler’s bucket list. Last trip we held onto one of the biggest snook that I’ve ever seen eat a fly, until he broke us off into the trees to fade away into the Everglades maze of mangroves. The large snook are moving from the outside into the back bays and now is the time to get after it. December is the best month for monster snook and we are also catching smaller tarpon. I still have December dates available for stalking snook (like the one shown in the video) around Boca Grande area as well as single and multi-day trips in Chokoloskee (2 hour commute from Boca Grande). I am running state of the art Beavertail ‘Mosquito’ skiffs that can make longs runs in shallow water for a comfortable ride.
Late February into June I will be chasing larger resident and migratory tarpon that can be caught on fly as well as plug gear. It is the season I think about all year, with some of the best fishing in the world taking place, when it’s on. I have a few April dates still available as well March.
Let me know if you plan to be in southwest Florida or if you want to plan an Everglades trip and we can talk about some tides and accommodations. I also have a larger bay boat available for getting the family in on the action.
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I have been guiding Chokoloskee area in the Everglades with Fly and Plug for the winter and spring months, fishing has been on fire. Lots of big snook on the outside and inside flowing bays. The smaller tarpon bite has been consistent and have been hooking up with the adults on warmer days really well. Everglades City and Chokoloskee saw some major effects from the hurricane but the fishery as good as it gets right now. With bigger tides in the backcountry these fish are moving around pretty well and the bait is everywhere. The Everglades is a 2 hour drive from Boca Grande and well worth it, some of the most unbelievable plug and fly fishing with the right conditions. I am able to set up 2 boat trips with 2 anglers per boat as well as accommodations in Everglades City. If you have never fished snook, redfish or tarpon in this area it is an amazing adventure every time with a vast wilderness and stable fishery.
Contact me with any questions about the park or times to go!
Tides are starting pull here in southwest florida, fly fishing Boca Grande is pretty good daily, the water is starting to clear and fish are very active. Still tuff to see in some areas but blind casting some edges are producing good numbers of snook on surface flies along with some real quality singles. Juvenile tarpon fishing remains a good plan b on slack water but you cant beat a good snook in the branches for me on moving water. Lots of bait around some we are throwing top-water plugs in the low light and smaller light color baitfish patterns when the sun gets up.
Temperatures in southwest Florida are becoming more comfortable and we are seeing the water temps cool a bit. Tailing redfish are slow but will get better in the coming weeks and months. Looking forward to seeing some freak-shows on the flats with reds any day now. Come book a fly fishing trip in Boca Grande or The Everglades this fall and winter, it will not disappoint!
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