Fly Fishing Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg and Clearwater to Bradenton and Sarasota

Some of the World’s (and Florida’s) best saltwater fly fishing can be found in the waters surrounding Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Anna Maria Island and Bradenton. Tampa Bay waters are home to hundreds of Florida fish species and provide ideal opportunities for year-round fly fishing and light tackle angling. You’ll explore Tampa Bay’s shallow water flats and estuaries aboard the ‘Salty Fly,’ a customized,16 Silver King Signature Series flats boat. The boat is outfitted with the latest technology and some of the finest quality equipment, rigged and ready for you to enjoy a memorable fishing experience.

From the Gulf coast beaches of Ft. De Soto, Anna Maria and St. Pete Beach to the inshore waters of Tampa Bay, come explore our diverse fishery. Find out why Florida is “The Fishing Capitol Of The World.”


Since we have such a broad range of natural habitats to fish, including extensive grass flats to sandy beaches, clear water shoals to deep passes, mangrove shorelines to docks and canal systems, we can usually find different species within a days’ charter, to keep things interesting. The species of Florida Gulf Coast fish we typically target will depend on the season (month) you want to fish. Captain Russ will tell you if you’ll likely be fishing for tarpon, redfish, snook, sea trout or other fish species including sharks, pompano or cobia.


Tampa Bay Florida Fly Fishing Guide Captain Russ Shirley.


Captain Russ Shirley • Tampa Bay Florida Fly Fishing Guide

If you’re searching for the best Tampa Bay Florida fishing experience, talk with Captain Russ Shirley of Salty Fly Fishing Charters. For the past 23 years, Captain Russ has been a full time Tampa Bay fishing guide, navigating the flats of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton and Sarasota. Captain Russ is a native Floridian specializing in salt water fly fishing and light tackle angling. With the diversity of fish species in the Tampa Bay area, Captain Russ will hook-you-up with a day of fly fishing fun and you’ll learn the secrets of Florida’s West Coast charter guides. No matter your skill level, when you come aboard the Salty Fly, you’ll become a Florida sportsman for the day.


Capt. Russ Shirley • Salty Fly Charters • USCG Licensed & Insured