Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Fairhope, Alabama

4.5 out of 5 Customer Rating
Item #8C850000
Great Catch Guarantee insignia

100% Customer Satisfaction

has been our commitment since 1856. It’s who we are. If you aren’t happy with a product or service, we want to know about it. And we’ll make it right. That’s the Orvis Way.

Capt. Dan Kolenich

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon251-422-3474 Email iconinfo@captdankolenich.com Link iconcaptdankolenich.com
930 Sea Cliff Drive
Fairhope, AL 36532

Orvis is pleased to offer our travel customers access to two valuable services: Global Rescue travel membership and IMG Signature Travel Insurance℠.

Learn More

The Story

Enjoy the expertise of Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide Capt. Dan Kolenich on your trip to Alabama:

"Whether you're looking for your first red on a fly or just want to spend a day on the grass flats of Mobile Bay chasing reds, I can see that you're not disappointed. When you call to book your trip, I will be sure I can meet your expectations. Patient casting instruction can help you improve your casting skills. I have been fly fishing since I was 12 years old, and that was a long time ago! I have fished in the Mobile area since 1990, when I first started to fly fish in the salt. My boats include a Hells Bay Professional and a 20' SeaCraft. These are the finest boats made for bay, near shore, and flats fishing. I am USCG licensed and insured."


April and May we target specs. June through December we target reds. July, August, and September we target jacks and reds. January through March is pretty slow fishing all-around. If the weather allows, we can chase bull reds at the beaches.


Reds and specs are the main target April through December. July through September brings 15 to 25 pound jack crevalle and bull reds into the bay. Some sight fishing for reds on the grass flats during the summer, but most fishing for red fish and trout is blind casting the docks on Mobile Bay and the cuts thru the flats.


Fishing in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta is a summer and fall event. March is mostly along the beaches in the gulf. April and May are in Mobile Bay.

Typical Weather:

January through March is controlled by cold fronts that move thru the gulf coast. It can be warm with a southern breeze and rainy one day or cool with a northern breeze that is quite strong the next. In between, the east wind will blow at 20 knots. If we are lucky, we can get a day of light wind between the fronts to fish the gulf beaches.

April and May are warmer months, but the east wind can still be in the 20-knot range.

June, July, August, and September are hot. Light winds in the morning with a sea breeze in the afternoon.

October through December is the time for cold fronts to start passing through the gulf coast. This time of year, we in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and protected from rough water.


Rates start from: $450 for a half-day (4 hrs).
You can find all pricing information at: www.captdankolenich.com

What is Provided:

Your saltwater fishing license is provided, along with ice in the cooler for your drinks. We can provide everything you need to fish including Orvis fly rods and reels, leaders, flies, and tippets. Spin gear is provided for non fly-fishing anglers. Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged, but we can make accommodations for keeping a fish for your dinner.

Gear Recommendations:

8 wt. rods are recommended for most bay fishing. You may want to bring a 10 wt. for bull reds or jack crevalle. Waders are not needed since all fishing will be done from the boat.

What to Bring:

Please bring your drinks and snacks, and any personal items like sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and long-sleeve shirt. A foul-weather jacket can keep you dry and warm during an early morning run to our fishing location.

Additional Activities:

Sightseeing trips can also be arranged. Contact us for details.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable and SAFE Many thanks for an enjoyable and SAFE fishing trip on Mobile Bay. Being both a local resident and a fisherman, I am familiar with fishing guides in this area. I chose Captain Dan Kolenich to guide me, and my visiting son and grandson. Dan, with over twenty years of experience fishing Mobile Bay, is my clear choice. You will like chartering with him also when you decide to "go fishin" in Lower Alabama. Ralph Stemp Daphne, Alabama
Date published: 2020-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trip with Capt. Dan I was in a pinch for my wife’s birthday and called Capt. Dan and we just did a pleasure cruise on Magnolia River. Called ahead for lunch to go from Jessie’s Restaraunt in Magnollia Springs and they brought it down to the dock. Awesome. The scenery on this river is world class... and My wife couldn’t believe there were no rods on the boat!!! I’m not sure I should even be reviewing a non-fishing trip on Orvis. But Dan is pleasure to talk with and knows these waters.
Date published: 2020-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top guide for jack crevalle in Mobile Bay, Alabama My son and I enjoyed 3 days of excellent flyfishing for jack crevalle in Mobile Bay, Alabama, guided by Capt. Dan Kolenich, a real pro and very personable fishing guide. He knew exactly when and where these bruiser jacks would be busting on baitfish and quickly got us into casting range. We caught several big jack crevalle, all in the 17 lb. to 25 lb. range, as well as other species: redfish, ladyfish, gafftopsail catfish. His advice, boat handling, fishing gear, and flies all were first-class. Without doubt, Capt. Kolenich is the go-to fishing guide for anglers seeking the Mobile Bay experience.
Date published: 2019-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mobile Bay Fly Fishing I’d give ten stars if I could. My fiancée and I aren’t the best casters and had never fished salt, but Captain Dan was still able to put us on the fish and we both got our first reds (one over 30lb and bottoming our the scale)
Date published: 2019-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mobile Bay Captain Dan was awesome! He had us on fish within the first 10 casts, and we finished out the day with a 23 pound jack crevalle. Great gear, clean boat, and good company. Thanks for a great trip Captain Dan!
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Trip! My 6 year old and I fished with Capt. Dan yesterday and had a blast. He was very patient with my son and took great care of him while I fished. Dan was the most put together and organized guide I have fished with and has tons of knowledge of the area. We enjoyed our trip and will be back.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bay Fishing Trip Fly Fishing/ Spin Casting Great trip! Captain Dan did an excellent job and went above and beyond what most guides provide. We caught 40 speckled trout in a half day trip.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great day with Capt Dan Fished with Dan Kolenich on Mobile bay. He has good equipment, a clean boat and knows Mobile bay like the back of his hand. We caught Specs, flounder and a huge black drum that bottomed out the 30 lb boga grip. We guessed it to be at least 40 lbs. He provided a great day on the water for me and my son-in-law.
Date published: 2018-05-16
  • y_2021, m_5, d_14, h_18
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_3.0.15
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_10
  • loc_en_US, sid_8C85, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=FEATURED, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_orvis
  • bvseo_sdk, dw_cartridge, 18.2.0, p_sdk_3.2.0
  • CLOUD, getReviews, 62ms
  • reviews, product