Many anglers choose Florida for their fishing vacation to take advantage of the numerous opportunities found here. If you are planning your next trip consider southern Florida, then count on Captain Brian Helms help you explore the unique types of fly fishing found here. We offer many different trips to the Keys, Biscayne Bay and Everglades National Park. All along the tip of Florida – Captain Helms can guide you up with opportunities for Tarpon, Permit, big Bonefish, Redfish and some great Snook fishing. The bays, channels and flats provide the right shelter for many different sports fishes. Fishing at this part of the world can really add some serious adventure to your vacation. If you love to catch different species that are unique as well as rare Islamorada is a great place to start. Before you book your next saltwater fly fishing adventure, talk with Captain Helms about what is hot, what is biting, and be specific about your goals. There are fishing opportunities all year round; some of the best saltwater fly fishing is when you would least expect it.
Fly fishing often conjures the view of smooth flowing rivers or mountain creeks that run down stream flowing through rapids to deep pools. It also promotes the image of the streams where the anglers wait for the rise. Your first catch may be a trout or salmon leaping up to eat your fly. Most of the time when people hear the term fly fishing; they rarely get an idea about fishing in the ocean.
Saltwater fly fishing has managed to capture tremendous popularity across the globe and is now becoming a favorite activity for serious anglers.
There are certain things that you should take into consideration while preparing for a trip. If you are new to this type of fishing and have never done it before, then you should be aware of several tips to make your experience more successful. Often saltwater species require heavier tackle. If you normally fish a 3 wt and expect to cast an 11 wt all day be sure and practice. If you don’t have access to practice with a heavy rod, I recommend using a broom stick to tighten and strengthen your muscles. We also deal with a lot of wind so you will need to know the “double hull” method of casting. There are plenty of fish to practice on once you are here but you want to be as accurate as possible when the school of Tarpon is heading your way. Inches can make a difference. So practice and practice some more. When the boat is going up and down in the waves, the current is blowing left to right and the fish are moving closer it can be quite a challenge. Oh by the way pulling the rod up “trout set” for these species doesn’t work well so we will teach you how to do a “strip set”.
What sort of fish you will catch during your adventure? We can go after bonefish, tarpon, redfish, permit, snook (on the flats and close to shore) and sailfish or dolphin from our off shore boats.. Remember this type of fishing is very different from the fishing that you may have done in fresh water. But it’s the availability of big fish in saltwater which makes it more challenging as well as way more exciting for anglers.
Keep in mind that the equipment and the strategies will differ. We will be using heavier rods, dealing with stronger winds, moving currents and just bigger fish. We will help you learn all of the adjustments that you will have to do during the trip but if you are an experienced angler…well we’ll just work hard to get you front of a ton of fish. Practice makes perfect. The fly rod and the reel that you are using for your catch at the fresh water will not work when you want to catch big fish like tarpon and don’t worry all gear is provided. We have the big reels, and the perfect fly rods for your adventure.