Shallow Water Expeditions Guide Service is open year-round.
Licensing, rods, flies, everything.
Venice, Louisiana/Destin-Panama City Beach, Florida/Apalachicola, Florida
A typical charter is a half-day fly-fishing trip for redfish in our coastal bay system, stalking tailing redfish in 6-8 inches of water.
Redfish, tarpon, false albacore, jack crevalle, cobia.
Polarized sunglasses and hat, sunscreen, and proper attire for the season.
Overall: 4.6 / 5 based on 7 reviews
6 of 7 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great day fishing with Capt. Jason Stacy -
Capt. Jason Stacy took me out of Mexico Beach on July 23, 2104. This was my first saltwater fly fishing trip and he was an excellent guide. He put me on fish all day. Most importantly, he provided superior instruction on casting farther and better. I caught a few small fish and would have hooked up a few massive tarpon if I hadn't been so rusty. I know I'll be back after a winter's worth of casting practice. I cannot recommend Capt. Stacy and Shallow Water Expeditions highly enough. Simply fantastic.
Awesome Time -
By: FishandBirds from Vermont
Top 500 Contributor
Far and away the best fishing I have experienced, not only in the Florida Pan Handle, but anywhere salt water. Big Tarpon on the fly? You can't beat that. David knows the water and fish better than anyone.
Great trip with Capt Mike Mangum -
By: EdMcD from Denver, CO, USA
Capt Mike Mangum took us out of SanDestin FL. My first time on the salt. He gave me (a trout guy) expert instruction and put me on some fish. I landed a few and had a dolphin take an albacore tuna I had on from under the boat. It took me deep into the backing which was unreal. Mike was very friendly and helpful and had expert boat skills necessary with my limited casting distance. He and hung out with my dad who was just along for the ride. We both had a great time, trip was awesome guide was great. "Mark it 8 Dude"
Capt. Kyle Pitts -
By: Bill6 from Jackson Hole, Wyoming
My daughter and I had a great day out with Capt. Kyle Pitts, including patient flycasting instruction and a fun time in the shallows. I recommend him highly!
Great Experience -
By: MarkMac from Atlanta, GA, USA
After several trips to the Destin area with my own boat, I finally decided it was time for a guide. The first time I tried to book, weather ended the trip before it began. The next time down, we hooked up with Jason. I think Jason lost five pounds polling us around all morning. Great knowledge of the area and really worked hard to put us on some great fish. I highly recommend these guys!
None better -
By: JamesIncali from California
Not sure what the other reviewer above was expecting, maybe blind casting into a pond or a manatee watching trip, but David is one of, if not THE number one Tarpon guide on the planet. I have fished hundreds of different guides across the country, a lot of them great fisherman, teachers, and good people, but he is number one in knowledge, effort, and passion for the species. If your biggest concern in saltwater fly fishing is a life vest then take a cruise, if it is to have an amazing fly fishing experience then David is your man. Also if you cannot cast it is your fault and only your fault, the guide just puts you in the best position possible and then tells you what to do, if you cannot perform, then it is on you the angler.
Not Impressed -
My wife took me fly fishing for my birthday with this guide. She has only been on a boat twice and was nervous. I had to ask for life jackets after we had been on the water for a few miles. Neither of us are expert casters, but I certainly expected to be put on fish barely bigger than shad. If I lose them then that's on me. He was very polite and courteous to my wife overall and he's a great caster, which is why he gets two stars. Certainly not worth the money, not a positive person, and not a "feel good" experience.
Response from: Orvis Customer Service
Posted: 6/15/2012 10:39:30 AM
Upon receiving this review we contacted the customer and the guide service for more details. Based on our review of the details we can understand why the client may have been disappointed, but the experience seemed to be driven by the fears and needs of the other passenger. Orvis highly recommends that anyone going out with a saltwater fly-fishing guide in open water make sure that all parties on the trip be more than comfortable with idea of being in the ocean in a small boat, even if fishing inshore. While large expanses of open water are magnificent places to be, not everyone is comfortable in this environment. Orvis-endorsed guides are always going to err on the side of the comfort and safety of anyone on the boat, and if one of the passengers has no desire to be out there, it will undoubtedly adversely affect the overall experience.