This fishing adventure takes you to the Lower Keys for fly-fishing tarpon, permit and bonefish, not to mention the other flats species. With the right equipment, that is supplied, you will have the opportunity to cast your line for any one of these species.
Meeting at a prearranged location, your guide will prepare you for the tour with good quality rigs, lines, leaders and knots that he ties himself. He will take the time to make sure that the knots and riggings are up to speed before tackling the flats.
Bonefish are in our waters all year. They forage for shrimp and small crabs on the flats but require water temperatures above the lower seventy degrees. As they are incredibly elusive, they rarely sit still and constantly change direction. This can really test your casting skill.
Permit are available year round in the Lower Keys, although typically the season runs from February to November. The Permit fishery in the Lower Keys is the best in the world. Permit feed on crab and shrimp on the flats, tolerate both cooler and warmer water temperatures than bonefish and forage on the flats longer into the winter and through the heat of the summer. They can be the hardest species to catch on a fly but can’t resist a well placed live crab.
Tarpon can be found in our local waters year round. As these fish are known as juvenile or baby tarpon, they range in size from a few pounds to the 30-pound range. There are larger tarpon that reside here year round. In the spring, we experience a great migration of tarpon that makes the keys famous.
This trip is for newcomers, experienced anglers and all skill levels in between. As your guide navigates the shallow flats, you’ll see wildlife below and above the water’s surface.