Boca Grande Fly Fishing Guide

Fly Fishing The Flats


The flats of Charlotte Harbor and it’s barrier keys and islands encompass a wide range of locations where we offer fly back country fly fishing charters.  Whether you are staying in Sarasota or Ft. Myers, Englewood or Boca Grande there is great fly fishing with easy reach and you can meet Austin at one of the many boat ramps in our area. For Fly fishing the flats Captain Austin primarily launches his inshore saltwater fly fishing charters out of Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor is surrounded by numerous other service locations.  He keeps his boat on his trailer and often launches at various boat ramps throughout Charlotte Harbor and surrounding waters including the Myakka and Peace Rivers, Lemon Bay, Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Sound. Keep in mind that Boca Grande is a short drive from most places in Florida and always worth the trip.

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Charlotte Harbor

The gin clear flats and Charlotte Harbor offer exceptional sight fishing and fly Fishing opportunities for the world’s most sought after gamefish. Southwest Florida’s back country saltwater Fly fishing for redfish, snook and tarpon is among the best in the world. Boca Grande Fly fishing for Snook, Redfish and tarpon is available throughout our estuaries, rivers,flats, and  tidal creeks year round. Redfish love to wake down sliders or tail on tiny crab flies while swimming through gin clear water across white sand and turtle grass flats and can be found tailing, backing, or pushing bait year round.  Fly fishing for Snook deep in the  backcountry mangrove flats and creeks where crocodiling snook lay with their backs exposed as they ambush baitfish in ankle deep water or Sight Fishing to big  Resident linesiders on white sandy shorelines are one of southwest Florida’s most thrilling fly fishing experiences. As water temperatures warm, migratory schools of hungry Boca Grande tarpon work their way up the Gulf Coast of Florida. Boca Grande Pass serves as a playground for the tarpon to feed on mass quantities of food produced by Charlotte Harbor and to spawn offshore over the early summer months. From dawn to dusk, you’ll see enormous schools of tarpon milling, cruising, and daisy chaining on Florida beaches and in the Florida backcountry. When one of  these “sea dino’s”  gets a hold of your fly you better buckle your chinstrap and get ready for the battle of a lifetime!

Myakka River

The river flows south out of Sarasota county to it’s confluence with Charlotte harbor and is home to redfish, snook and tarpon in a charming old florida setting.  Mangroves, wild oak, palm and cypress trees line the banks along with a variety of birds and big florida gators.

Peace River

 This river forms the north east corner of charlotte harbor and flows south from interior florida through arcadia florida and dumps into charlotte harbor in Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte Florida.  A big river with miles of stunning shorelines with plenty of fly fishing opportunities for snook redfish and tarpon throughout

Pine Island Sound

Gin clear keys style flats with sight fishing for redfish snook and tarpon.  Pine Island offers access to all kinds of back country water including enormous turtle grass flats, creeks and channels that offer excellent fly fishing for snook, redfish and tarpon in a wide variety of fishing conditions.

Burnt Shore Shoreline

a maze of mainland islands and creeks that dump into charlotte harbor on the eastern shoreline of Charlotte Harbor.  From The mouth of the Caloosahatchee River to Punta Gorda make up the east side of the harbor and the fly fishing opportunities are endless.  Backcountry creeks are perfect for sight fishing for snook and reds with a feel as though you may never find your way out.

Bull Bay

is famous for it’s  fly fishing for snook and redfish in pristine turtle grass flats, mangrove creeks and sandy potholes.  The old fish houses that line the mouth are historic and speak for themselves.  This is some of the fishiest water in florida, and should be a no motor zone.

Turtle Bay

beautiful sight fishing bay with old growth mangrove shorelines for sight fishing to redfish and snook along the white sand and in some of the creeks that sweep into the Cape Haze peninsula.

Lemon Bay

offers fly fishing in a bay setting from Englewood FL to Venice.  The islands and keys in lemon bay offer great sight fishing for Redfish, snook and tarpon. ,Matlacha – a pass with adjacent backcountry home to redfish snook tarpon cobia.