Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in San Benito, Texas

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Bryan Robinson

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon956-241-5520 Phone icon956-399-6584 Email iconbryandrobinson@yahoo.com Link iconflyfishspi.com
1495 E. Stenger
San Benito, TX 78586

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The Story

Fly-fishing and light tackle expeditions from a polling skiff on the Lower Laguna Madre of deep south Texas. Trips consist of sight fishing for redfish and seatrout. Beginners, kids and experts are more than welcome.

Date Range

All year. Spring time tends to be breezy (March through May). Summers can get warm with less wind (June through September). Fall is mild (October and November). The winter is cooler and more clouds (December through February). Summer and Fall being the best.

What is Provided to Customer

All tackle (Orvis fly rods and spinning rods) provided. Flies and lures used for the area are also provided. Lunch, water, energy drinks and ice will be loaded on the skiff, prior to trip, for all anglers to use during the day. No alcohol. Also supplied: Polarized sunglasses if needed (non prescription), sunscreen, life preservers and first aid kit. A cell phone will also be on board in case of emergencies. Cell phone coverage may be limited in some areas. In case of an emergency, there are several local hospitals within 45 minutes of each fishing community.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

The Lower Laguna Madre is located in deep south Texas. It spans from the land cut, which is north of Port Mansfield to the town of South Padre Island, to the south. The LLM is over 300 square miles and it's gin clear water averages less than three feet deep. The west side of the LLM consists of grassy plains full of wild yucca trees and beautiful sage brush. On the east lies the South Padre National Seashore, which is miles of rolling sand dunes. The LLM is also one of the best places in the country to bird watch. We have hundreds of different species that call the LLM their home.

Typical Weather by Season

The average temperature in the summer can be in the nineties, but the Gulf breezes keep the heat tolerable. The LLM also tends to receive more rain than dryer parts of the state. Winter temperatures range in the seventies with more cloud cover. For the most part we have sunny weather year round.

Species You Fish for by Season

Redfish and seatrout can be caught year around. They are our main targets. We also target tarpon in the summer and fall with the occasional snook mixed in. All of these fish will regularly eat a well placed fly!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need to be able to cast 100 feet of flyline?
A. No. If you can cast 40 feet accurately you will catch fish.

Q. May I bring my wife or kid?
A. Yes. I love seeing a wife or kids expression when hooked to a redfish.

Q. What kind of clothing should I wear?
A. Long sleeve and pants are recommended. Bring a face and neck cover also.

Q. Is it always windy down here?
A. Yes! But if we wait for it to stop, we will never get to fish.

What Should Customers Bring?

All anglers must have a valid Texas saltwater fishing license. Fees for licenses will range depending on how many days the angler will be fishing and if he/she is a Texas resident or not. The angler may bring personal fishing gear. Polarized sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, rain jacket and wading boots are also recommended. Don’t forget a camera!

Sample of Typical Itinerary

The typical trip starts with meeting clients at the desired boat ramp. This will depend on which fishing community we are fishing from. South Padre Island, Arroyo City and Port Mansfield are all accessible. Clients can also arrange for pick up and delivery from a hotel or lodge. Most trips will start before sunup and continue until early afternoon. We will then head strait to a poling flat while taking in a beautiful sunrise. Due to our gin clear water, multiple shots on redfish and seatrout are common. Early in the morning we tend to find the fish tailing in groups and on shore lines with their backs out of the water. Very cool! Once the sun comes up it makes it easier to see the fish under the surface. Whether they are moving or stationary, tossing a fly in front of a fish and seeing them eat is truly spectacular. Also very cool! After a memorable day on the water we will return to the ramp to talk about the one that didn’t get away.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 1st trip This was my first trip with Bryan and it was great. Super guy, clean boat, and we caught fish! Caught one very first cast, then another on third cast. I’ll be fishing with B-Rob again!
Date published: 2021-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great guide for redfish on the fly! As a long-time freshwater fly fisher, I was excited to try the salt for the first time during a family vacation to South Padre Island. Bryan was the idea guide. Laguna Madre is an ecological gem, and Bryan has been fishing it for decades. He got me into fish all day long, helped me work on my skills, and shared his deep knowledge of the fishery and ecosystem. Great conversationalist, too!
Date published: 2020-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic fishing experience Bryan was an excellent guide! He is very punctual and great company. I traveled from Idaho to SPI and he kept in touch the week before to make sure we were able to make it happen. The weather wasn’t ideal for fishing but he made it happen. I was able to catch 4 different species! I am already trying to plan another time to fish with him again. I highly recommend Bryan.
Date published: 2020-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sight fishing for reds Had a great day at LLM with Bryan and caught 7 reds, saw a couple of large trout and a few sheepshead. Bryan knows the area like the back of his hand and is deeply into the conservation of this unique wetland. The fish are strong and it was exciting spotting tailing fish, getting in range and dropping a fly a few inches from the feeding fish. If you can get the fly close enough for the fish to see it they inhale it then hang on as they run across the shallow flats. I brought my one rod, but Bryan also had a selection of Helios 3D rods which I highly recommend. A great day and a lot of fun. Will definitely be back.
Date published: 2020-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thanks Bryan! I booked with Bryan over Memorial Day weekend. The conditions were tough for fishing, but we still had a great time. Bryan is a knowledgeable and personable guide. He clearly enjoys what he does and really helped make the trip memorable. Thanks, Bryan. Looking forward to fishing with you again.
Date published: 2020-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good times in the RGV!!! What happens when you put a top notch guide, quality equipment, and an incredible fishery together? Good times!!!! Pick up at the ramp was all grins and an outstretched handshake with high energy and optimism for a good time on the water. Impressive HB professional well maintained and organized with quality gear at the ready. Clearly an Orvis guide, believing in the brand, well representing the company with clothes and tackle. As soon as we came off plane on our first stop, we noticed a back out of the water with a redfish crawling on the shoreline. Bryan knows the water! As I focused on the crawler, I heard Bryan chuckle. He says, "Look down the bank past the crawler." There were several tails spaced perfectly for several future opportunities. The action continued throughout the day. Bryan is a patient technical guide. Meaning- he knows his business and grinds to provide all the opportunity available that day while patiently working with what I was capable of delivering. Always an encourager and positive. Smiles, laughter, and good vibes all day! We managed several fish to hand and the good time was most memorable. Many thanks Capt! Cant wait to get back down.
Date published: 2020-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Trip! I had a blast fishing with Bryan on our trip to South Padre. Bryan was super knowledgeable and works really hard to put you on fish. I cannot wait to get back down there and fish with him again. I highly recommend booking a trip with Bryan if you are in the area. Great guy and fun to fish with!
Date published: 2020-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Texas redfish, South Padre Island Capt. Bryan Robinson is an outstanding guide in all dimensions. If you want to fish one of a very few unique worldwide hyper saline environments, go fish the Lower Laguna Madre with Bryan. The 50 x 8 mile “bay” offers redfish, sea trout, and seeing many species of marine birds in 3-4ft. gin clear water. Bryan is an expert guide poling as you glide along in beautifully clear 6” depth of water to take shots on fly or spin. You can be guaranteed quality time on the water with an A+ guide who is really a pleasure to fish with. From beginner to international angler, you are in for a great experience with a really great guy and top guide. Thank you Captain!! Bill and Brian
Date published: 2019-06-09
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