Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Marathon, Florida

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Capt. Mike Weickert

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon305-289-7999 Email iconmike@silversprayguideservice.com Link iconsilversprayguideservice.com
Marathon, FL

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The Story

Enjoy unforgettable fly fishing in the Florida Keys with Orvis-endorsed guide Capt. Mike Weikert:
“If you haven't sight-fished in the Keys before, you are in for a special experience. Fish are pursued in water depths from 10 inches to six feet. Ninety percent of the time, you actually get to see the fish eat the fly in crystal-clear water. Because the water is so clear and the fish wary, you will need to bring your "A" game in casting. Not as proficient as you would like to be? Not a problem! I pride myself on being able to help my anglers to improve their skills—not just for the day, but for a lifetime of fishing."

“I fish from a Maverick flats skiff, powered by a Yamaha 70 hp engine. I provide the finest gear Orvis has to offer."


In early fall, before the cold fronts, start anything is possible. During the winter, again it's all about weather/water temperature but reds, snook, and small tarpon are the best game. In early spring, it's about permit. As the water warms, the tarpon begin to move in. We have resident tarpon but spring is when the big numbers begin to show.


Depending on the time of year and current weather conditions, I fish for tarpon, permit, bonefish, snook, redfish and a host of others. So even if the weather is not what we could wish, we can still have fun.


I fish the middle and lower Keys, depending on the time of year and your location.

Typical Weather:

Our weather is about as good as it gets in the U.S. In winter, if we have a strong cold front, the air temp can get as low as mid 50s but most of the time it's in the low 70s. In spring, it begins to warm into the 80s but almost never goes over 90. However, it can be pretty humid, so be prepared.


Rates start from: $500 for half day to $700 for a full day.
You can find all pricing information at: silversprayguideservie.com

What is Provided:

I provide all the gear and tackle that is necessary, as well as licenses and drinking water. All you need is clothing that provides sun protection, sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses. Amber is the best color for our water.

Gear Recommendations:

If you choose to bring your own gear we mostly use rods in the 8-12 wt. with a 10-foot tapered leader. I can tie you a leader if need be and provide flies.

What to Bring:

Flats skiffs are small try to keep your gear to a minimum. When booking your trip we can go into detail.


All this fishing is catch-and-release, so we can continue to enjoy this fabulous fishery into the future.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unreal First time on a flats boat and fly rod. Captain Mike worked for me all day. A cold front slammed the Keys upon my arrival. I had 6 days to work with. Mike and I spoke every day waiting for the best conditions. The wind dropped out but we lost the sun which made it difficult. He put me on rolling baby Tarpon for hours. Mike was awesome as he helped me with some casting issues and gave me some much needed experience. I will be back this spring and hope Mike has some open slots. His Orvis equipment was in great condition and his boat was sweet.
Date published: 2020-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Outstanding Just returned from a two-day stint with Capt. Mike out of Marathon, and I cannot say enough about his expertise, his professionalism and his overall approach. Upon booking, we explained that we were both good casters, and experience fly anglers, but that we had not done any flats fishing. Mike explained to us that there were fish around, but that "trophies," that is tarpon, bones and permit were not quite in season. We spent two incredible days fishing the Everglades and the flats in the southern Keys. Mike took the time to help us perfect the technique needed to present to cruising fish, and continually made suggestions as to how we could do better. He was patient, fun, and a serious source of information on the area. Everywhere we went, we caught fish, and he was not afraid to move to get us to the next spot. Capt. Mike is an asset to the industry and a great representative of Orvis. I could not have been happier.
Date published: 2013-01-24
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