Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in San Benito, Texas

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Bryan Robinson

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon956-241-5520 Phone icon956-399-6584 Email iconbryandrobinson@yahoo.com Link iconflyfishspi.com
1495 E. Stenger
San Benito, TX 78586

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The Story

Fly-fishing and light tackle expeditions from a polling skiff on the Lower Laguna Madre of deep south Texas. Trips consist of sight fishing for redfish and seatrout. Beginners, kids and experts are more than welcome.

Sample of Typical Itinerary:

The typical trip starts with meeting clients at the desired boat ramp. This will depend on which fishing community we are fishing from. South Padre Island, Arroyo City and Port Mansfield are all accessible. Clients can also arrange for pick up and delivery from a hotel or lodge. Most trips will start before sunup and continue until early afternoon. We will then head strait to a poling flat while taking in a beautiful sunrise. Due to our gin clear water, multiple shots on redfish and seatrout are common. Early in the morning we tend to find the fish tailing in groups and on shore lines with their backs out of the water. Very cool! Once the sun comes up it makes it easier to see the fish under the surface. Whether they are moving or stationary, tossing a fly in front of a fish and seeing them eat is truly spectacular. Also very cool! After a memorable day on the water we will return to the ramp to talk about the one that didn’t get away.

What is Provided to Customer:

All tackle (Orvis fly rods and spinning rods) provided. Flies and lures used for the area are also provided. Lunch, water, energy drinks and ice will be loaded on the skiff, prior to trip, for all anglers to use during the day. No alcohol. Also supplied: Polarized sunglasses if needed (non prescription), sunscreen, life preservers and first aid kit. A cell phone will also be on board in case of emergencies. Cell phone coverage may be limited in some areas. In case of an emergency, there are several local hospitals within 45 minutes of each fishing community.

What Should Customers Bring?

All anglers must have a valid Texas saltwater fishing license. Fees for licenses will range depending on how many days the angler will be fishing and if he/she is a Texas resident or not. The angler may bring personal fishing gear. Polarized sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, rain jacket and wading boots are also recommended. Don’t forget a camera!

Species You Fish for by Season:

Redfish and seatrout can be caught year around. They are our main targets. We also target tarpon in the summer and fall with the occasional snook mixed in. All of these fish will regularly eat a well placed fly!

Date Range:

All year. Spring time tends to be breezy (March through May). Summers can get warm with less wind (June through September). Fall is mild (October and November). The winter is cooler and more clouds (December through February). Summer and Fall being the best.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish:

The Lower Laguna Madre is located in deep south Texas. It spans from the land cut, which is north of Port Mansfield to the town of South Padre Island, to the south. The LLM is over 300 square miles and its gin clear water averages less than three feet deep. The west side of the LLM consists of grassy plains full of wild yucca trees and beautiful sage brush. On the east lies the South Padre National Seashore, which is miles of rolling sand dunes. The LLM is also one of the best places in the country to bird watch. We have hundreds of different species that call the LLM their home.

Typical Weather by Season:

The average temperature in the summer can be in the nineties, but the Gulf breezes keep the heat tolerable. The LLM also tends to receive more rain than dryer parts of the state. Winter temperatures range in the seventies with more cloud cover. For the most part we have sunny weather year round.

Do I need to be able to cast 100 feet of flyline?

No. If you can cast 40 feet accurately you will catch fish.

May I bring my wife or kid?

Yes. I love seeing a wife or kids expression when hooked to a redfish.

What kind of clothing should I wear?

Long sleeve and pants are recommended. Bring a face and neck cover also.

Is it always windy down here?

Yes! But if we wait for it to stop, we will never get to fish.

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