Sarasota Fly Fishing Charters

Sarasota fly fishing charters

Sarasota fly fishing charters

My name is Capt Jim Klopfer and I offer Sarasota fly fishing charters to anglers. Sarasota is a great little resort city on the west coast of Florida. Sarasota Bay is sandwiched between the larger Tampa Bay to the north and Charlotte Harbor to the south.  Sarasota offers visiting fly anglers several fly fishing opportunities that target a variety of species.

Contact Capt Jim at (941) 371-1390

4 hour Sarasota fly fishing charter is $500, 6 hours is $650, 1-2 anglers

Speckled trout, mackerel, bluefish, pompano, jacks, ladyfish and more are available on the deep grass flats. This is an excellent choice for both novice fly anglers as well as those looking for action and variety. Long accurate casts are not required, it is fairly easy fly fishing.


Sarasota fly fishing charters

Snook, redfish, and jack crevalle will be found around oyster bars and mangrove shorelines. Snook and largemouth bass will be found in rivers in the cooler months. I focus on three Sarasota fly fishing charter packages for anglers visiting Sarasota; the flats on Sarasota Bay, the inshore Gulf of Mexico, and river fly fishing trips.

Sarasota fly fishing flats charters

Casting a fly while drifting the submerged grass beds in 5′ to 10′ of water is the most productive technique for anglers seeking action and variety for anglers Sarasota fly fishing.  A Clouser pattern on an intermediate sink tip line will produce speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks, pompano, ladyfish, and more. This is relatively easy fishing that does not require great casting accuracy, it is the most common trip. Also, two anglers can fish at the same time.

Sarasota fly fishing charter

More experienced fly anglers may choose to target snook, reds, and jacks. This is much more challenging and will produce fewer fish, though the reward might be a trophy snook. Often times, several different types of fly fishing can be done on one trip; hit the snook early then move to the deep grass for action. It all depends on conditions and the goals of the angler.

Sarasota fly fishing charters in the inshore Gulf of Mexico

Sarasota fly fishing charters

When conditions are right the inshore Gulf of Mexico offers truly world-class fly fishing. Schools of Spanish mackerel will feed aggressively on the surface as they trap the helpless forage. False albacore grow to 12 pounds and when the “bonita” are working there is nothing more exciting that hooking one of these little tuna fish on fly! Tripletail, cobia, sharks, and other species will also be encountered at times.

River fly fishing charters in Sarasota

I provide fly anglers a very unique charter option that no other guide offers; fly fishing for large snook in area rivers. In the winter, snook migrate up the Manatee River, Braden River, and Myakka River seeking warmer water and forage. This concentrates them and makes them much easier to locate. Along with snook, largemouth bass, jack crevelle, and juvenile tarpon will take a fly meant for a snook. The scenery and environment are part of the attraction of a river fishing charter.

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Sarasota fly fishing

I use two different boats on my Sarasota fly fishing charters. For the saltwater trips in Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico my platform is a 22” Stott Craft bay boat. It is very stable with casting decks fore and aft, making it possible for two anglers to fish at the same time. There is plenty of storage and provides a safe, dry ride.

For my river trips a 15′ Siesta Skiff is the vessel of choice. Access limitations and very shallow bars dictate the use of a light, shallow draft boat that is still stable and this boat meets those requirements beautifully. Anglers can check the FWC website for all Florida fishing regulations.

Contact Capt Jim;

(941) 371-1390