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Capt. Cleve Hancock

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon(727) 729-9004 Email iconbrowndogsportfishingsc@gmail.com Link iconbrowndogsportfishing.com
88 Center St
Folly Beach, SC 29439

  • Redfish, spotted seatrout, flounder, and more
  • Fish beautiful barrier islands and Lowcountry marsh
  • 10+ years fly fishing Charleston's waters
  • Year-round fishery

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The Story

Enlist the services of Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide Capt. Cleve Hancock at Brown Dog Sportfishing on your trip to South Carolina. Cleve is a born fisherman. Growing up in Florida, he spent every available moment on the water. From an early age, fishing was a driving passion that would shape his life. After moving to Charleston, South Carolina for college, Capt. Cleve felt an immediate connection to the Lowcountry fishery. Exploring the marsh for great fishing became all-consuming and he knew this is where he wanted to be. Now a full-time guide, Capt. Cleve created Brown Dog Sportfishing (named for his Boykin Spaniel, Quinby) to share his love of fishing and the outdoors with others. While his warm personality makes the day enjoyable, his knowledge of the fish and the marsh makes it successful. Capt. Cleve takes pride in being a teacher and feels that whether a novice or expert angler, there is always something to learn while on the water. Whether this is your first saltwater fishing trip, or you are ready to dive into the most technical aspects of this fishery, we welcome you to fish with us.

As we push off from the dock, get ready to immerse yourself in a true Lowcountry experience. Capt. Cleve will take you to the shallow flats, back creeks, and oyster shorelines to pursue of some of the most exciting fishing around. Redfish, trout, and flounder are the primary pursuit in the Lowcountry's inshore waters and provide for exciting year-round fishing. Other seasonal species, such as sharks, jacks, mackerel, and tarpon, begin to show up with warmer water. We target these fish with light tackle spinning or fly-fishing equipment. Capt. Cleve fishes from an 18-ft flats boat powered by a 2020 Suzuki outboard he has customized for the fishery here in Charleston. This boat will allow us to cross the larger water comfortably, then silently push through the shallow waters as we fish.

Fishing primarily on the south side of Charleston out of Folly Beach puts us in a perfect position to take advantage of all the Lowcountry has to offer. The day can start on sandy ocean front flats or along our barrier islands and end deep in the marsh chasing fish along oyster shorelines and in tiny creeks you’ll wonder how we even fit into.

Find all pricing information at: https://www.browndogsportfishing.com/rates

What is included?

Trips include all fishing tackle, flies, leaders, baits, and lures, South Carolina saltwater fishing license for all anglers, cooler with water, and photos and/or videos of your experience. If you do have a favorite rod, you are always welcome to bring it along.

What should I bring?

It is not required, but we recommend you bring food and drinks (alcohol is OK), sunscreen, proper clothing for being in the sun (hats and polarized sunglasses), and boat-compatible shoes.

Can we keep our catch?

As someone who relies on the health of our fisheries, Captain Cleve is strictly catch-and-release, additionally he promotes and teaches safe fish handling on trips. As angler and conservationist Lee Wulff said, “Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once."

What if the weather is bad?

Safety is our top priority. We want to fish as much as you do, but if we cannot operate the boat safely, we will not fish. Due to the unpredictable nature of weather conditions, weather cancellations are often made the day of the trip. If the Captain cancels due to inclement weather, there is no cancellation charge. However, we are able to fish in most conditions and rain showers can be part of the daily weather pattern. Light showers or rain in the forecast will not automatically cancel a charter. We encourage you to bring clothes that will keep you comfortable on the water.

Do you offer guided hunting trips?

Yes, we offer marsh hen hunts during season. Please inquire for more information.

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