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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.

Lower Keys Fishing Summer 2020

We have already had a very interesting year to say the least. I cannot express enough how supportive my clients have been during this time. The Keys were closed for a few months time and although it has kept the number of COVID-19 cases down, it has hindered our tourism business tremendously. I have to say that we are lucky to live here. The waters are more beautiful now and the water is so clear. I have never been a big fan of the cruise industry, now it is much more apparent the damage they do to our marine ecosystem. Since we don’t have any ships coming to port, the water has remained so clean and clear.

Our fishing has been good lately. Tarpon have been swimming but with the passing of the moon the fish have slowed down or disappeared for a bit. Probably looking for those palolo worms. They will be back, it happens every year.

Meanwhile the permit are back on the flats in full force. We’ve seen many schooled up and feeding on crabs. It’s remarkable to see them all together and with their heads poking out of the water now and again to slurp up a crab.

Bonefishing has been the most consistent. During my time off I was able to go find some new spots (some where you’d never think there would be fish) and it has been so fun to see bonefish come back so strong.

In the months ahead I see us having a great summer of fishing here in the Keys.