Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Everglades National Park, Florida

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Capt. Jason Sullivan

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide


Phone icon954-864-0592 Email iconrisingtidecharters@gmail.com Link iconrisingtidecharters.com
4804 SW 119th Terrace
Cooper City, FL 33330

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The Story

Soak up the wisdom of Orvis—endorsed guide Capt. Jason Sullivan when you fly fish the Florida Everglades, a magical place and one for the adventurous angler. As you drive through the entrance of Everglades National Park, you truly step off the grid of your everyday life. Not only will you see a tremendous amount of wildlife on any given day, but the fishing is among the best saltwater fishing in the world. The Everglades is a true world class fishery and is the place to practice the art of saltwater fly fishing and light tackle sight fishing. You can fish and explore these waters for a lifetime and still make new and surprising discoveries every time you go out. What makes fishing the Everglades so special, is the diversity of the fishery. Whether casting a fly to rolling tarpon or stalking the flats for redfish and snook, it can be done year round in the Glades. There is no other place on the planet where you have a chance to catch snook, tarpon, redfish, trout, snapper, grouper, tripletail, black drum, and Everglades largemouth bass all in relatively the same area.

 

Everglades National Park

The Everglades, or as Marjory Stoneman Douglas called it, the "River of Grass" runs south from Lake Okeechobee down to Florida Bay. The park is known for its large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron, and a variety of egrets. It is not uncommon to be able to see all those birds in one day, especially during the winter. It is also the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles exist side by side. Flamingo is also a world—class fishing destination and many anglers all over the country come to South Florida each year just to experience what the Everglades has to offer. Whether it's stalking the flats for tailing redfish and snook, or casting to a school of 100 rolling tarpon, Flamingo gives you that chance of a lifetime. The park was established in 1947 by President Harry S. Truman to protect the unique and fragile ecosystem. Located less than an hour from the Miami metropolitan area, Flamingo is the perfect escape from the everyday grind of life. Problems seem to fade away as we make the drive through the park and down to Flamingo.

The best part of fly fishing the Everglades is that it can be done all year round. No matter the weather conditions, there is always a place to hide in the Everglades. We mostly target tarpon, redfish, and snook with a fly rod but there are plenty of other options as well. Other species that we may encounter in Everglades National Park are black drum, sea trout, shark, tripletail, permit, jacks, and ladyfish. Another great thing about the Everglades is, if the weather is warm, you can target tarpon all year round. There is no other place in the world that you can do that.

Season:

  • Redfish: Year-round
  • Snook: Year-round
  • Tarpon: Spring, summer, early fall
  • Sea trout: Year-round
  • Largemouth bass: Winter, spring

Species:

  • Tarpon
  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Seatrout
  • Largemouth bass

Region/Terrain:

The Everglades is a magical place and one for the adventurous angler. As you drive through the entrance of Everglades National Park, you truly step off the grid of your everyday life. Not only will you see a tremendous amount of wildlife on any given day, but the fishing is among the best saltwater fly fishing in the world.

The Everglades is a true world class fishery and is the place to practice the art of saltwater fly fishing. You can fish and explore these waters for a lifetime and still make new and surprising discoveries every time you go out. What makes fishing the Everglades so special, is the diversity of the fishery. Whether casting a fly to rolling tarpon or stalking the flats for redfish and snook, it can be done year round in the Glades. There is no other place on the planet where you have a chance to catch snook, tarpon, redfish, trout, snapper, grouper, tripletail, black drum, and black bass, all in relatively the same area.

Typical Weather:

South Florida's weather would be considered sub-tropical. It can be warm all year-round, depending on the cold fronts during our winter months which are December through early March. The spring months usually brings alot of sunshine but also a lot of wind. Our summer months are hot and you can expect some afternoon showers. That's why in the summer months it is important to get out on the water early. The fall can also be warm but the humidity is low. The best part about fishing the Everglades is it can be done all year long.

Rates:

Rates start from: $500. You can find all pricing information at: https://risingtidecharters.com/trip-info-rates/

What is Provided:

We have fly rods ranging from 7 to12 wt., as well as all leader material and flies. We also provide lunch for our customers as well as bottled water. We supply sunscreen, bug spray, and basic toiletries.

What to Bring:

Customers only need to bring sunscreen of their choice, long-sleeved shirt and pants (light fabric), polarized sunglasses, hat with long bill, any drinks you might want besides the bottled water that is provided.

Other:

How many people can fish on your skiff?
Since the majority of the time I pole the skiff and sneak up on fish, one angler can fish at a time. I can hold two anglers on the skiff for each trip. Time will be shared fishing if there are two anglers.

How far should I be able to cast to catch fish?
Anywhere from 30-60 feet with one or two false casts. There are plenty times where we catch fish at a shorter distances than that. I strongly suggest working on accuracy rather than distance.

Whats the best time to fish in the Everglades?
The Everglades can be great year round, it just depends on the weather and what you want to fish for. The weather in our winter months can be very unpredictable, whereas the spring and summer months can be a little bit more predictable.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everglade fly fishing - Red letter day I spent a day fishing with Captain Jason while I was over in the Keys for a family wedding. From the minute I met Jason I knew this was going to be a good day ! He was patient, kind and dedicated and nothing was to much. He put me on the fish big time and I lost count on the number of Snoek and Lady fish I caught. I landed a number of Snapper as well and a Trout which was amazing. Of course it was the Tarpon that was on my bucket list and we had the most amazing fishing. I hooked around 15 Tarpon and managed to land 5! I could not have asked for more and it was one of the best days fishing I have had and will remember for a long time. I cannot recommend Captain Jason enough and will be back again next year for sure. Fishing of a life time !!!
Date published: 2019-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best there is! I’ve been out with Jason twice and I can promise, this guy knows TARPON! Nobody works harder, has more inside knowledge, or is more determined to make you successful than Jason.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great day Fished with Jason. What a great day! He got me in to a school of tarpon and for about an hour we had non stop action--even Tarpon on a popper. Had a lot of fun and will do it again. If you're going to Everglades Jason's your guy.
Date published: 2018-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent guide! Jason is your guy if you want to have an epic day on the water. He put us on a number of new species in quick time. We will definitely be booking again with him for future trips.
Date published: 2018-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Think about it just book it! Reasons why you should go. 1. Jason puts you on fish period. It was my first time fishing for Tarpon landed two, 3 Jacks, 1 Lady fish, 1 Sea Trout, Mangrove Snapper. 2. He may be a super hero....his eye site is crazy at spotting swirl or bubbles any fish. 3. He is a patient man, and keeps you calm when you need to be, when the shot is there. 5. He will give you tips if you need them, "I needed them". 4. If someone gave me the option of having 100 million dollars or fishing the the Glades with Jason everyday. Its a no brainer! Do your self a favor. It really is the best decision I ever made. I'm talking to a few people now about setting up because I need to get there as soon as possible. Thank you Jason for the best experience ever.
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had the entire ENP to ourselves! Spent a late August day in ENP with Jason and we were the only boat out. Jason had me on fish all day. Started before sun rise, with a run from the back country out to the gulf to throw at tarpon. Worked our way back through the ENP with Snook, Redfish, and Mangrove Snapper action the whole way. I was surprised that with such great fishing the Park was empty--fish were active participants in the sport and readily chased flies. Jason is the total pro and you can book with confidence that the trip will measure up.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All I can say is amazing I came off the water and had to call everyone to tell theme that it was some of the best fishing of my life. I was blown away with everything I caught and how much effort Jason put into making the trip amazing. I have already booked my next trip and highly reccomend for anyone lookin for an amazing experience.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Capt Sullivan is simply the BEST UNBELIEVABLE! 16 tarpon jumped in 1 day, flyfishing.....unheard of except for the early days when Lefty and Flip started fly fishing for tarpon when no one else did. Capt Sullivan won’t disappoint you, if you’re thinking about a trip with him....book him before someone else does!
Date published: 2018-06-22
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