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Pine Island Fly Fishing

Pine Island, Florida

  • Saltwater - Inshore - Nearshore
  • Fly Fishing - Streamer

Meeting Location

Pine Island, Florida, USA

Destination Location

Pine Island, Florida, USA

Target Species

Snook

Speckled Trout

Redfish

Tarpon

Welcome to Pine Island and Matlacha, the ultimate saltwater fisherman's paradise and one of Florida's best kept secrets. Located on the beautiful southwest Lee County coastline, Pine Island is one of those rare fishing destinations still accessible and affordable for everyone.

All of the great Gulf Coast species are permanent residents of our waters. Redfish, sea trout, and snook can be caught year round on the mangrove shorelines surrounding these islands using any tackle, especially fly rods and light spinning gear.

An added bonus, this part of Southwest Florida is excellent for tarpon fishing from the early spring and well into the fall. The world famous Boca Grande Pass is a fifteen minute run from the northern tip of Pine Island and the great silver kings can reach record size in this area. Sight casting with fly rods to these huge tarpon in clear water is as good as it gets.

My boat is an 18' Beavertail BT3, one of the shallowest running skiffs ever made. It's perfectly rigged for these waters with their miles of flats and oyster bars. There is no better boat on the market for the style of sight fishing that we can do around Pine Island. It will float in seven inches of water which is about as shallow as any tailing redfish will ever swim. I can pole it all day without getting exhausted and you'll never have to worry about me quitting early because I'm tired or not wanting to run to a new spot to save myself some gas.

I provide all the tackle you'll need for both fly and spin fishing. I use top of the line Sage rods and Tibor reels for fly anglers and Shimano gear for spin fishermen. I hand tie my own flies and since we never know where the next killer tarpon pattern might come from, feel free to bring some of your own creations.

I launch my trips from the beautiful Matlacha Park but can also meet my anglers at several different locations on or around Pine Island. There are dozens of great waterfront hotels, guesthouses, and rental properties in this area and I'll be happy to help with arrangements for any size group of anglers. Pine Island is an easy forty-five minute drive from the Fort Myers International Airport.

Along with our more famous neighbors of Sanibel and Captiva, Matlacha and Pine Island are perfect family destinations. If you're looking for all of the best fishing opportunities that the Sunshine State has to offer, without the crowds or expense of a place like Miami or the Keys, come check us out. You won't be disappointed and you'll see why we really are one of Florida's best kept secrets.

What is included

  • Food: Drinks
  • Gear: Flies

What to bring

Sunglasses, Hat, Weather-appropriate clothing, Water Bottle, Food

Customer Cancellation

A deposit is due upon approval of your booking request. We will happily refund your deposit at least 7 full days prior to your scheduled trip. Deposits will not be refunded for cancellations less than 7 days before the trip. Trips will be charged in full for day of trip cancellations or no shows.

Guide Cancellation

If your guide cancels your trip at any time before the commencement of your trip, you will be refunded in full. Optionally, Guide Book will do everything we can to get you out on the water with another awesome guide.

Bad Weather Cancellation

Unfortunately, we don't control the weather. If a guide feels that they cannot safely perform a trip, they may cancel. Weather cancellation is at the guides discretion alone. If a trip is canceled for bad weather, you will be refunded in full.

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