Boca Grande Fishing Guide

Everglades Fishing Guide.
Late summer and fall is a special time and place for Everglades fly fishing guides. Most of the big fish are on the outside of the ten-thousand islands and everglades river mouths. This is a great time to fish early mornings and late afternoons for rolling and tailing fish. I love this time of year as the water is a bit stained and fish readily take poppers and top-water plugs. Top water plug fishing is usually doe with a casting ‘bait-casting’ rod and reel. This type of equipment not only allows you to throw longer distances with larger plugs with more accuracy but helps you keep your plug walking on the water for much more time throughout the day as you are not reeling up and opening and closing the bail as on a spinning reel. I enjoy showing my fly-fishing clients the art and skill of effectively throwing and working a bait-casting rod and reel. Top-water action in the stained water of the Everglades is second to none. Large snook, tarpon and redfish readily take top-water plugs with aggressive explosions on the surface. I love the fall fishing as most recreational anglers have not came down to Southwest Florida from their summers homes yet so most of these fish haven’t seen much if any pressure for 4-6 months. I look forward to hearing from you and please don’t hesitate to call with any questions regarding injuries for a Everglades Fly Fishing Guide.
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Summertime Fun

The summertime is a great time for fly fishing the Everglades and Naples area! Plug fishing with top-waters and twitch baits is Very stable early in the morning with top water and with twitch baits when the sun gets up during the day. I love to show clients how to throw traditional “plug gear” on my skiff with Calcutta baitcasting reels. Conventional plug gear is the most accurate way to throw big plugs tight into the mangrove shoreline and consistently keep it there, it spends much less energy than spinning gear throughout the day. We are getting lots of juvinelle tarpon moved into the area taking smaller flies and gurglers off the surface. The giant snook are coming from top water plugs early in the day. If your interested in a late summer or fall trip please shoot me an email and I will get you some details. Thanks!

Fresh water

 

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!

Early Migration

Looking for a Boca Grande fly fishing guide? Its going to be an early migration this year which is great news for The Everglades and Boca Grande. Migratory tarpon are thick in the everglades currently and going to get better and better, May and June with be great for a fly fishing trip in the Everglades or Boca Grande. I have these fish eating larger patterns and plugs currently and will size down as we move to the outside for the real migration. I have a lot of great dates available for a Tarpon fly fishing charter in Boca Grande. Fly fishing Naples area will be productive throughout southwest florida until July, book your trip early as it is filling up!

 

 

Juvenile Tarpon

Fly fishing the Everglades and Boca Grande for baby tarpon can be a blast and very productive in the cooler months when the big ones are not showing. I love walking the deep creeks for these fish, tarpon, snook, reds you never know what you are going to find! Gurglers and sub surface flies are very productive! Canoes are very productive as well taking it into the backcountry and getting into some real shallow spots some never reach for a true adventure. Im a passionate Boca Grande fly fishing guide and have a relentless passion for putting my anglers on fish. Check out this new video we made in a series of videos!

Late Summer fishing


9/3/2017
Late summer and early fall is a great time to fish The Gulf Coast as little pressure presents itself with endless opportunities and willing fish when you can dodge some rain and see through the tannic water on the gulf coast.
With some big storms that have passed much of the water is flushing out of the Everglades and all of the Gulf Coast and bringing down the water temperature. Smaller tarpon around in abundance, with this darker water gurglers and other top water flies are the ticket, they are always willing to take subsurface flies as well. I always lean towards the incoming cooler water for these fish.
Snook are still in the bigger water, beaches and inlets, blind casting chartreuse or white will generate strikes with some work big fish are mixed in there and willing to eat.
The cooler water temps will spark the spawn of our big ocean dwelling Redfish that will school up and tail on our larger flats on low-incoming tides. Still a lot of adult tarpon making their way south hanging on open flats, with stained water visibly is difficult where early mornings and late afternoons will be the good to see these fish rolling on the surface and will generally take any well presented fly. I like to fish early this time of year to beat the heat and possibilities of afternoon showers.
We will be on the lookout for the Gulf to explode with large bait balls with Bonita following close behind as well as big schools of large Jack Crevelle.

Flies Choices;
Baby Tarpon-HB Hopper (gurgler)

Snook-EP style baitfish (Chartreuse/white)

Redfish-Shrimp or crab imitations (olive or root beer)

Adult Tarpon-Dark Colored Tarpon Bunny for laid up or smaller shrimp pattern in cleaner water and rolling fish

Fishing with 9wts all day can suffice anything unless you run into the big boys it’s good to stick with the 8wt and switching out to the 10wt when the opportunity arises

 

Fresh water flows

We are in our rainy season here in Boca Grande which can be some of the best spilt days or early morning fishing. Plug fishing is especially good when the tannin waters are present. These fish are sitting in warm water and looking to attack on top. Tarpon on the fly remains stable as well as big snook on topwater plugs. We are coming into our Redfish spawning season where schools of oversized redfish will be present. Fly fishing in Boca Grande is about to heat up for our sub-species Redfish and Snook!  We will be offering day and overnight trips in The Everglades (Everglades City) as well as Ten-Thousand Islands (Naples) starting in November. So weather you are looking to spin or fly fish, lets get out there and stab something! 

Boca Grande Fly Fishing Tarpon

Tarpon season has actually been up and down and all around with this weather, the good news is when the weather breaks the fish come to eat flies! Great time of year now in June to book a Boca Grande Fly fishing guide! Tarpon are swimming strong in the backcountry as well as the outside and with little pressure from weather they are happy to play ball. Smaller Tarpon are all around the harbor as well, I look forward to showing you a great day on the water.

 

Everglades Fly Fishing

We had a great March and April in the Everglades fishing for Tarpon.  Lots of Tarpon hooked and landed on fly as well as plug rods. A great place to be when the resident fish start to float up to the surface and you can get some calm warm days! I am back in Boca Grande fly fishing for Tarpon in the clear water and in the backcountry of Pine Island and Charlotte Harbor.  Here are some great pictures for you to enjoy!

 

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