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.

Summer Fishing

The Keys are a destination year-round for great fishing. The summer months are no exception. It’s been a hot one and August is the peak of heat here. But that also means we get some calm mornings that are perfect for tarpon fishing. Some of the bigger tarpon have moved on in their migration but there will still be some on the ocean side and some resident tarpon around Key West Harbor and around the bridges.

Early morning and early evening fishing can be the best. Even the fish take a break in the heat of the day. This week I took a break from the flats and took the show into deeper water for some snapper, grouper and cero mackerel. It’s a nice way to mix things up and also put some food on the table.

August 6th is the start of Florida Spiny Lobster Season. The season lasts from August 6th until March 31st. A fishing license and lobster stamp are required in order to harvest lobster. The maximum per person, per day is 6 lobsters. They must be harvested by snorkeling or diving and need to be measured with a gauge. More info on lobstering can be found here:

We have some availability this month and into the fall. Fall is a great time for permit and bonefish on the flats. The offshore waters start to liven up a lot with more bait equals more species of fish.


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