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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.

2021 Fall Fishing Report

Thank goodness that fishing is among the best activities you can do during a global pandemic! I’m thankful to be able to fish a regular season this year and hopefully things will start to get back to the new normal shall we say.

We have had our share of bad weather. We have had a few named storms breeze by us. I can say I’m very thankful for a little rain and wind compared to 4 years ago post-Irma.

Last weekend we finished up the Redbone S.L.A.M. tournament here in Key West. The fishing was not easy but we managed to pull it off and William Collier took 3rd place in the fly division. The bonefish and smaller tarpon are abundant and have been most of the summer.

Just recently there have been some monster permit showing up here. It’s just that time of year and so glad to see some big ones out there.

Our weather seems to be hit or miss this week. Some random storms rolling through making visibility difficult. Of course last week it was flat calm and the water was crystal clear.

As we head into fall we can expect the bonefish and permit to be active. It may slow down once we get our first good cold front to roll through. But none-the-less its a great place to be social distancing. We have plenty of places to dine outside and plenty of outdoor activities in addition to fishing the flats.