Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Charleston, SC

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Peter Lawson-johnston

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide


Phone icon203-249-4266 Email iconlowcountrypremierflyfishing@gmail.com Link iconlowcountrypremierflyfishing.com
49 Immigration St.
Charleston, SC 29403

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The Story

Go fly-fishing in Charleston, South Carolina with Orvis-endorsed guide Peter Lawson-Johnston:

“Ever since the age of eight, it has been a dream of mine to become an Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide. I have been fly fishing my entire life. Whether it be striped bass in New England, redfish in South Carolina, tarpon in Florida, bonefish in the Bahamas, or permit in Mexico, I absolutely love saltwater fly fishing. I enjoy the challenge it presents to both the angler and the guide, the satisfaction and accomplishment you feel after every catch and release, and the grand beauty and scenery of the places fly fishing takes me. Charleston is one of the most popular and charming cities in the entire world; having such a great and healthy fishery surrounding the place is a perfect combination. A short run in any direction, and you are soon engulfed in the vastness of the salt marsh. Our goal is to make sure every angler gets the full experience of a day on the water, and if you can end up sticking a few nice redfish on a fly rod, it is an experience you won't soon forget.”

Season:

We operate year round.
*most of the targeted species is best from April - December.

Species:

  • Redfish (drum)
  • Black Drum
  • Sheepshead
  • Flounder
  • Speckled sea trout
  • Tripletail
  • False albacore
  • Spanish mackerel
  • Sharks (blacktip, bonnethead)
  • Tarpon
  • Cobia
  • Bull redfish

Region/Terrain:

Charleston, SC, inshore fishing is mainly done from the barrier islands, in the rivers, creeks, and bays, and the surrounding interior salt marsh. Expect to run anywhere from 10-30 miles on a regular day, traveling and fishing in the shallow water areas against oyster beds, mudflats, sand flats, and up in the spartina grass during floods.

Typical Weather:

Spring: Cool, mild, 50F-80F
Summer: Hot, humid, 85F-100F
Fall: Mild, cool, 45F-65F
Winter: Mild, 35F-60F

Rates:

Rates start from: $400 You can find all pricing information at: www.lowcountrypremierflyfishing.com/rates

What Is Provided:

Fly fishing charters will always include rods, reels, line, tippet, flies, licenses for anglers, cooler of ice and water, professional photography, and professional instruction. Lunch can be provided as well upon request.

Gear Recommendations:

Fly rods of your own anywhere from 7- to 12-wt. depending on the targeted species. Everything up to 10-wt. can be loaded with floating WF warm water fly line. 11- & 12-wt., it usually helps to have intermediate or sink tip. I always recommend bringing a rain jacket as storms are possible and a good hat and good polarized sunglasses. Lightweight long-sleeved quick-dry clothing is also paramount during the summer months.

What to bring (additional):

Snacks, food (unless otherwise requested), face mask, nippers, or pliers.

Other:

Can always help with restaurant recommendations, places to stay and things to do while off the water. If you have a larger group that wants to fish, we can organize a group trip with multiple boats.

Additional Activities:

Inquire directly about private water fishing, cast and blast trips, and wildlife/sightseeing opportunities.

Rated 1 out of 5 by from Guide No-Show for 3 Day Trip Had 2.5 days of fishing planned in Charleston for a total of 4 guys and Peter was supposed to support that with 2 boats. He no-showed the first morning leaving us waiting at the ramp at 630a with zero calls or texts with updates until after 8a. Threw our entire trip into a tailspin to salvage the remainder of our days. I understand also he has only been a guide for about a year, everyone has to start somewhere but not sure how he is Orvis endorsed while still getting his sea-legs in a new-to-him fishery.
Date published: 2021-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great day fishing with Peter Had a great day fishing the high and outgoing tide from Folly Beach, South of Charleston. The day started chilly and windy but Peter worked hard to get us on fish pushing out of the grass as the tide dropped.
Date published: 2021-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redfish I found Captain Peter Lawson- Johnston on the orvis website! I emailed him and he responded via text right away! He gave me his availability and it worked prefect! He was very cautious of the tide and was able to get me on fish! He even stayed out a little longer than the allowed time! I would highly recommend! Great dude!
Date published: 2020-10-05
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