Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide about a half an hour from New Orleans

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Capt. Peter R Scafaru

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide


Phone icon(504) 459-9960 Email iconpeter@marshonthefly.com Link iconmarshonthefly.com
4424 General Pershing St,
New Orleans, LA, 70125

  • Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Alligator Gar, Spotted Sea Trout, Jack Crevalle, Tripletail, Blacktip Sharks
  • Richest, most bountiful wetlands of North America from Hopedale, Delacroix, west side of Mississippi down to Venice and west over to Cocodrie
  • Professional, friendly, fun local guides with intimate knowledge of the fishery and techniques
  • From $700 a full day trip
  • Year-round fishery—most fish on the Gulf Coast all year long

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The Story

Fly into one of the most unique cities on the planet, New Orleans, with its incredible food, music, and culture, and prepare for some of the most exciting saltwater fly fishing you'll ever experience. We sight fish the most prolific and bountiful wetlands in North America year-round for some of the biggest, most powerful fish you can catch on a fly rod or light tackle gear. Trophy Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Alligator Gar, Spotted Sea Trout, Jack Crevalle, Tripletail, and Blacktip Sharks are possible here like no place else. We are local, passionate, friendly guides dedicated to helping you have a fun, safe, and unforgettable adventure. We fish all over south Louisiana—35 minutes from New Orleans around the beautiful Biloxi Marsh and all the way down to Venice at the Birdfoot Delta of the Mississippi River and out west to the little-pressured Cocodrie area. There are no crowded flats here—many days we do not see another skiff. Excellent lodging options available. Fully state licensed and insured full-time professional local guides. All levels and abilities welcome. If it is your first time or your 100th time saltwater fly fishing, we will exceed your expectations. This is simply the best fishing on the Gulf Coast year-round!

Do you have lodging options?
Absolutely. We partner with a few of the best lodges in the region. Package deals are available. We can accommodate 12 fly anglers and 20+ conventional anglers. There are many places to stay in New Orleans for different budgets, as well. Please ask us for recommendations.

Food & drink:
Water is provided. Bring lunch, snacks and your beverage of choice. There is a place close to the launch called Day and Night that does great breakfast biscuits and po-boys. We often call in orders there on the way down.

Gear:
All fly and light tackle (spin) gear, fuel, water, ice, and the launch fee. You are welcome to bring your own gear or use our high-end gear. 7-11 weight rods (depending on fish targeted and conditions), reels with strong drags, plenty of backing and floating line is what we use. Medium or Med Heavy spinning rods or bait casters with 30lb braid and 30lb leader are appropriate.

Appropriate clothing for the weather- bring clothes in which you will be comfortable in on the water- depending on the time of year it can be hot or chilly. Covering up can be essential to keeping the biting flies manageable during certain times of the year. A good pair of polarized sunglasses are a must! Amber or copper color polarized lenses make a big difference. A hat to keep the sun off your face is also mandatory. Rain gear just in case. Non-marking soled shoes (boat shoes) are very appreciated.

Transportation:
Transportation can be arranged depending on where you are staying. Renting a car and meeting your Capt. at the launch is the preferred method, but pickups in New Orleans or car service are possible. Please arrange transportation needs with Capt Pete.

Experience Level:
As an FFI Casting Instructor, Capt. Peter is very patient and understanding with the different skill levels that people bring aboard the boat. He is also more than happy to spin cast with you if you don’t fly fish and always keeps spin and bait casting tackle on board.

Over thousands of years the Mississippi River deposited it's rich soils along the coast of Louisiana to create the greatest wetlands in North America. The vastness, bounty and beauty of these marshes is difficult to realize without exploring them for yourself...

Exactly where we fish depends on the conditions (wind, tides) but usually 35 minutes southeast of New Orleans in the Biloxi Marsh out of Hopedale, Delacroix or Shell Beach– a beautiful, bountiful and big area. Many days go by where we see no other people out there. We also fish on the west side of the river out of Myrtle Grove, Buras, Venice and further west out of Dulac and Cocodrie depending on where you’d like to stay.

Half Day 4-5 hours
$550
(not available Sept-Dec)

Full Day 7-8 hours
$700 (one person) $750 (2 people)

2022 multi-day deal:
Book 3 days and Capt. Pete will clear his calendar for 4 days- you can fish the best 3 out of 4 days conditions-wise.

$100 off full day trip for first responders, military, teachers or students (only with Capt Pete)

What about a fishing license?

Yes, you need to purchase a fishing license. You may do it online:

https://la-web.s3licensing.com/

Purchase the 3-Day Charter Passenger License and bring a printout or save it on your phone.

Can we keep the fish?

99% of the time, we practice catch and release, but if you’d like to keep one for dinner, or take it home with you, you are welcome to do so. There is an amazing chef at a fantastic restaurant in New Orleans that will prepare your redfish nose to tail with full respect--just ask Capt. Pete to make arrangements.

What about payment?

Please visit our Contact page to make a reservation, or call Capt. Pete at (504) 459-9960. The balance may be paid in cash, Venmo or credit card. A typical tip/gratuity for the day is $100 or more. We work very hard to put you on fish and we want you to catch fish as much as or more than you do. Gratuity is greatly appreciated and respected.

How many people can you take?

We can take 2 people (guide plus 2) on a skiff. Booking multiple skiffs/guides is possible, as is booking a bay boat to spin fish on that can accommodate 4-6. A friend/spouse is welcome to come along and enjoy the spectacular scenery and watch the birds if they are not fishing.

Do we fish bait?

No. We cast artificial flies and lures at fish we can see, a tactic called sight-fishing. It is very exciting and challenging that way, much more akin to hunting. If you’ve never had the sight-fishing experience, you’ve been missing out. There is no more rewarding way to fish.

What if I want to sight-fish with a spinning rod or bait caster?

No problem. We don’t discriminate.

What are the average size of fish we can expect to see?

Redfish (2-40lbs) are the primary target, but we also encounter black drum (5-60lbs), sheepshead (2-10lbs), alligator gar( 2-6 feet), jack crevalle (15-30lbs), blacktip sharks (20-100lbs) etc.

What's the best time to fish?

Louisiana is a year-round fishery. Each season and every day is different. With good conditions, amazing fishing is possible every month of the year! We fish year round.

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