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Capt. Michael Pittman

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide


Phone icon(985) 630-7716 Email iconsolaguideservice@gmail.com Link iconsolaguideservice.com
7600 Hopedale Highway
St. Bernard, LA 70085

  • Redfish, black drum, sheepshead, jack crevalle, speckled trout
  • Fish the rich marshlands of Southeast Louisiana
  • Local, professional guide with extensive knowledge of the fishery and waters
  • Daily rate is $700, half-day rate is $500
  • Year-round fishing options

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The Story

Go fly fishing in Louisiana and enjoy the expertise of Orvis-endorsed guide, Michael Pittman. Just southeast of New Orleans, in some of the richest marshlands in North America, is a world-class fishery. Being a Louisiana fishing guide takes experience, skill, and most of all, passion. As a Louisiana native and lifelong fisherman, I’ve spent the last 15+ years guiding professionally. South Louisiana (SoLa) Guide Service grew from a love for fishing Louisiana’s waters. I specialize in saltwater sight fishing from Hopedale and Delacroix (the west side of the Mississippi) to Myrtle Grove, Port Sulphur, and Venice (the east side of the Mississippi). Sight fishing in the marsh is as much hunting as fishing, as you search for redfish, black drum, sheepshead, trout, and jack crevalle. Being a full-time, year-round guide allows me to stay in tune with the subtle changes in our fishery. Whether we’re casting a fly to a tailing redfish or stalking the marsh for finicky sheepshead, one of the benefits of fly-fishing Louisiana is our never-ending season. There is always something to catch in the marsh. However, while fly fishing is the primary goal on guided trips, I also provide light, conventional tackle for those tough days. I welcome anglers of all ages and skill levels, from first timers to seasoned veterans.

There is no need to bring any of your own fishing gear; we have everything you'll need. But if you'd prefer to bring your favorite fly rod and/or flies, you're more than welcome. Don't forget your sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, hat, non-marking shoes, food and refreshments for the day (water will be provided), Louisiana fishing license, and weather-appropriate clothing. In regard to accommodations, we work with multiple lodges, including all-inclusive options, and are happy to help coordinate or make recommendations.

We fish the waters of the Mississippi Delta, which hold an abundance of bait. It's rich with shrimp, mullets, pogies, and oysters, all of which our targeted species feed on. While we're based out of Hopedale, depending on the time of year and weather and/or water conditions, we will also fish Myrtle Grove, Port Sulphur, Venice, and Delacroix depending on which provide the best opportunity to have a successful day on the water.

Daily rate is $700
Half-day rate is $500

Full rate and booking information can be found at: https://solaguideservice.com/booking/

What if my trip is cancelled because of weather?

If your trip is cancelled due to weather, your deposit will be used toward your rescheduled trip. Full details on the cancellation policy can be found on SoLa's website. https://solaguideservice.com/booking/

How long is a typical day?

A full-day trip lasts 6-8 hours. A half-day lasts 3-4 hours.

Do I need a fishing license? Which one?

Yes. Everyone on board over the age of 15 will need a Louisiana state fishing license. They can be purchased on the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries site: https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Home/Info
The 3-day charter pass covers everything you need and is your least expensive option.

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