Logo, Captain Ned Small
fly fishing and light tackle sightfishing
(239) 302-3954

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Book your next fly fishing or light tackle charter

I'm offering guided fly fishing and light tackle sightfishing trips on the backcountry flats of Everglades National Park, operating out of Everglades City, Florida. The best way to make reservations is by emailing me at sightfish@embarqmail.com, or call (239) 695-4993. A five-hour trip is $400, and an eight-hour trip is $650. Ask about rates for solo anglers.

 


About the Charter Trips

With shallow water everywhere, fishing in the Everglades requires a highly specialized craft like my Maverick HPXT, The Mirage. It's a 17' technical poling skiff capable of running in just a few inches of water and poling in about six. The Mirage is designed for a guide and one or two anglers. The quiet four-stroke Yamaha motor and the long-distance capability (more than 100 miles per day) make this the ideal skiff for stalking the flats of the Everglades. 

For anglers fishing solo the little fourteen foot skimmer is an ideal vessel for navigating both the mangrove tunnels  into the remote backcountry and the shallowest flats. This skiff is small enough to fish the narrowest creeks and has an amazingly shallow poling depth for the ultimate shallow water experience.

Fishing Charters

Fishing Charter

Charters are for one or two people and are either five or eight hours. You will need to bring a lunch, (I'll have a cooler with ice on board,) polarized sunglasses, sun block, bug spray, the best is Repel Lemon Eucalyptus, a rain jacket / windbreaker and boat shoes, unless you choose to go barefoot or wear socks. Please don't wear street shoes or cleated hiking sandals!  

You're welcome to bring your own tackle or use mine, I use Tibor reels, Sage rods and Royal Wulff lines. I've got all the flies and terminal tackle too, but I'm always curious about what other people are fishing, so bring flies too. A good weed guard is almost essential in the Everglades, you're almost always casting around obstructions. A fishing license is not required when fishing with a guide in Florida.


Securing a Charter

Almost all of our charter reservations begin with an exchange of emails and a deposit of $150 for each day reserved. We will refund deposits if you have to cancel more than 30 days before the trip. If we have to cancel due to weather or an unforseen issue, we'll take you on another day if possible, or return your deposit.