Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

3.2 out of 5 Customer Rating
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Shallow Water Expeditions Guide Service

Phone icon850-534-4349 Email iconshallowwaterexpeditions@hotmail.com Link iconshallowwaterexpeditions.com
156 Adams Way
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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The Story

Shallow Water Expeditions is the largest and longest standing guide service in our area. All of our guides are full-time professionals. We benefit from a unique collective partnership within the guide service, we all share information on the water to ensure our clients experience the best fishing available.

Our area has a unique combination of different habitats that are all within striking distance from one another. Beach and bay can often be fished in a single trip with the right conditions.

From its inception 15 years ago, Shallow Water Expeditions family of guides has grown into the top of its class within the water we fish. Our guides are dedicated to catching fish AND creating long-term relationships with clients.


We operate and fish 365 per year in Santa Rosa Beach/Panama City Beach.
October-December: Louisiana for redfish
May-August: Apalachicola/Port St. Joe for tarpon


  • Redfish
  • Tarpon
  • Jack crevalle
  • False albacore
  • Cobia


  • Venice, Louisiana
  • Florida Panhandle

Typical Weather:

Weather is typical to anywhere in the southern United States.


Rates start from: $450.00
You can find all pricing information at: https://www.shallowwaterexpeditions.com/rates/

What is Provided:

We provide: Fishing license (client doesn't need to purchase), rods, reels, tackle, flies, cooler with ice, and water.

Gear Recommendations:

Redfish, false albacore: 8 wt. with floating lines.
Bull redfish, jack crevalle, cobia, tarpon: 12 wt. with floating lines

What to Bring:

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Polarized glasses, amber or copper tint
  • Food and snacks


We support catch-and-release.

Additional Activities:

We also offer short charters that are specific to young children, Kids Trip! See website for details

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trip! In town on vacation and was only able to book a half day trip. I went out with Andy Lee and we fished along the beach fronts for false albacore and Spanish mackerel. Andy had me on fish during the entire afternoon and was very helpful with casting instruction and facts about the fish we caught. I'll definitely book again!
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great day fishing with Capt. Jason Stacy Capt. Jason Stacy took me out of Mexico Beach on July 23, 2104. This was my first saltwater fly fishing trip and he was an excellent guide. He put me on fish all day. Most importantly, he provided superior instruction on casting farther and better. I caught a few small fish and would have hooked up a few massive tarpon if I hadn't been so rusty. I know I'll be back after a winter's worth of casting practice. I cannot recommend Capt. Stacy and Shallow Water Expeditions highly enough. Simply fantastic.
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Time Far and away the best fishing I have experienced, not only in the Florida Pan Handle, but anywhere salt water. Big Tarpon on the fly? You can't beat that. David knows the water and fish better than anyone.
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trip with Capt Mike Mangum Capt Mike Mangum took us out of SanDestin FL. My first time on the salt. He gave me (a trout guy) expert instruction and put me on some fish. I landed a few and had a dolphin take an albacore tuna I had on from under the boat. It took me deep into the backing which was unreal. Mike was very friendly and helpful and had expert boat skills necessary with my limited casting distance. He and hung out with my dad who was just along for the ride. We both had a great time, trip was awesome guide was great. "Mark it 8 Dude"
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Capt. Kyle Pitts My daughter and I had a great day out with Capt. Kyle Pitts, including patient flycasting instruction and a fun time in the shallows. I recommend him highly!
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Experience After several trips to the Destin area with my own boat, I finally decided it was time for a guide. The first time I tried to book, weather ended the trip before it began. The next time down, we hooked up with Jason. I think Jason lost five pounds polling us around all morning. Great knowledge of the area and really worked hard to put us on some great fish. I highly recommend these guys!
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from None better Not sure what the other reviewer above was expecting, maybe blind casting into a pond or a manatee watching trip, but David is one of, if not THE number one Tarpon guide on the planet. I have fished hundreds of different guides across the country, a lot of them great fisherman, teachers, and good people, but he is number one in knowledge, effort, and passion for the species. If your biggest concern in saltwater fly fishing is a life vest then take a cruise, if it is to have an amazing fly fishing experience then David is your man. Also if you cannot cast it is your fault and only your fault, the guide just puts you in the best position possible and then tells you what to do, if you cannot perform, then it is on you the angler.
Date published: 2012-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Impressed My wife took me fly fishing for my birthday with this guide. She has only been on a boat twice and was nervous. I had to ask for life jackets after we had been on the water for a few miles. Neither of us are expert casters, but I certainly expected to be put on fish barely bigger than shad. If I lose them then that's on me. He was very polite and courteous to my wife overall and he's a great caster, which is why he gets two stars. Certainly not worth the money, not a positive person, and not a "feel good" experience.
Date published: 2012-05-01
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