While Orlando and Central Florida may not be a well known fly fishing destination to many, it is certainly popular with those in the know. One advantage we have here is you can fly fish all year round due to our sub-tropical climate. There are fly fishing opportunities in both fresh and salt water in and around Orlando. many of the inshore saltwater species are non-migratory meaning you can catch them no matter when you come to visit.
The Mosquito Lagoon offers the closest and best saltwater fly fishing near Orlando. The main species we target is the redfish, also known as red drum. These fish are found on shallow grass flats normally less than two feet deep.They are known for their "tailing" behavior which is the term for finding fish with the tails sticking out of the shallow water as they tip their heads down in search of a crab, shrimp, or other marine life which lives in the grass or mud bottom. These fish are commonly caught using flyrods ranging between 5 and 9 weight depending on the wind and size of the fish. Redfish from 2 to 40 pounds are possible as this area has the only population of adult redfish which live their lives entirely inshore. Want to get an idea of what to expect on your fly fihsing trip? Watch this video of a client Saltwater fly fishing near Orlando
Other species found in Mosquito Lagoon include the black drum, which are closely related to the redfish, and the spotted seatrout. When you book a saltwater fly fishing trip with Capt. Chris, you may bring your own equipment or use top quality flyrods and reels supplied by him.
The St. John's River offers freshwater fly fishing for bass, crappie, and a variety of panfish. In the winter months, fly fishing anglers flock to the central Florida area to catch American Shad. These hard fighting fish travel up the river in a mass migration spawning run. When the fishing is hot, catches of over twenty shad per day are common. This fly fishing can be done by novice and beginner anglers that may not have the skill to catch the saltwater species. See my video on catching shad in the St. John's River.
Nearly every pond in and around Orlando will hold bass and panfish as well. Topwater flies, both large and small, are good early and late in the day. a 3 or 5wt rod is sufficient for any of these fish.
Book your fly fishing charter today by calling 321-229-2848 or visiting my contact page. I offer 4, 6 or 8 hour fishing trips which include everything you need except food and drink. As an International Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, I can also provide fly casting tips and instruction.
Orlando Fly Fishing Guide
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Florida Fly Fishing Guide for Redfish
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