Key West Flats Fishing Home Page 2018-04-16T19:01:58+00:00
Key West Fly Fishing for permit

Key West Fly Fishing with Captain Justin Rea

Saltwater fly fishing draws anglers from all over the world to the Florida Keys. Our waters have so many species of fish to offer that it is like no other place in the world. We have gin clear water and shallow sand and grass flats that are home to some of the most sought after fish in fly fishing. Tarpon, bonefish and permit are some of the more popular species for fly fishing. We have a year-round climate that keeps these fish here even when they migrate there are always the ones who decide to call the Keys their home, at least for a little while.

My experience with fly fishing started when I was very young. I took my first guide trip in my early 20s and started guiding in saltwater in 2002. Since then I have learned a lot about our fishery and how to protect it so it can be enjoyed for future generations.

My specialty is fly fishing and I offer guided fishing charters on the flats for tarpon, bonefish, permit, sharks and barracuda. I also do some guiding offshore for tuna, sailfish, wahoo, grouper and snapper on occasion. My charters are open to anglers of any ability and I have both spin and fly tackle on hand.

Please feel free to email me with any questions about the area or to inquire about booking a charter.

Tarpon Season 2018

While the wind blows a little stronger today the week looks like it is going to shape up nicely. The tarpon have been moving this past week and the water is only going to get warmer come mid-week.  Along with tarpon season getting into full swing, the barracuda are still snapping in the shallows both oceanside and along the Gulf edge. There are some big boys around and very eager to eat a tube lure or a cuda fly.

The spring holds a lot of opportunities for great fishing in the Lower Keys overall. We just need clear skies and a little lighter winds to make the day out on the water. Inshore we welcome the permit back to the flats after their spawning season offshore. Although the permit don’t completely leave the flats there are fewer of them in late March and in April. Bonefishing will only get better as the water heats up. And of course the tarpon are available on the flats and in our deeper basins and of course in Key West Harbor.

The offshore waters have great potential right now. Mahi-Mahi, wahoo, sailfish and snapper are at the top of the list. There’s a chance for blackfin tuna, bonito and kingfish too! May 1st will mark the opening of grouper season again.

If you are interested in booking a trip we have some availability on our 24 foot bay boat and some openings on the flats this spring.