Shallow Water Expeditions, FL

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Services in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Shallow Water Expeditions, FL


Shallow Water Expeditions is a fly-fishing/light tackle guide service based out of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida with a network of guides fishing from Venice, Louisiana to the Big Bend of Florida, and specializes in tarpon and redfish. Shallow Water can accommodate large groups with its staff of 8 guides.

Date Range

Shallow Water Expeditions Guide Service is open year-round.

What is Provided to Customer

Licensing, rods, flies, everything.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Venice, Louisiana/Destin-Panama City Beach, Florida/Apalachicola, Florida


Sample of Typical Itinerary

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.


Species You Fish for by Season

Redfish, tarpon, false albacore, jack crevalle, cobia.


What Should Customers Bring?

Polarized sunglasses and hat, sunscreen, and proper attire for the season.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 7 reviews


6 of 7 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great day fishing with Capt. Jason Stacy - 7/27/2014

    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.

  • 5/5

    Awesome Time - 7/4/2014
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Great trip with Capt Mike Mangum - 6/23/2014
    By: 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"

  • 5/5

    Capt. Kyle Pitts - 11/11/2013
    By: 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!

  • 5/5

    Great Experience - 2/19/2013
    By: 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!

  • 5/5

    None better - 8/4/2012
    By: 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.

  • 2/5

    Not Impressed - 5/1/2012

    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.

Shallow Water Expeditions Guide Service
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Services
Jennifer Alexander
156 Adams Way
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
850 534-4349

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