Capt. David Edens

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in St. Simons Island, Georgia

Capt. David Edens


Capt. David Edens specializes in sight fishing with a fly rod for redfish in the waters around St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and Cumberland Island, Georgia. These areas are near Brunswick, Georgia, which is located on the Georgia coast, approximately halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida.  To be ready for your trip, be sure to review Capt. Dave’s Tips and Techniques before coming.

In addition to being an Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide, Capt. Dave is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers Professional Guide Association. He has fly fished for many different fish species from Alaska to the Bahamas, Vermont to California and many states in between. 

His passion is introducing people to the exciting sport of saltwater sight fishing. You have to experience the excitement of having a school of 50 redfish moving into casting range to understand how exciting fishing can be. Sight fishing is more like still hunting, from which Fly Cast Charters' tag line, "Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn" is derived.

Your trip will be timed around the tides to offer you the best chances of catching a fish. Rates are competitive: 4 hours, $450.00 (minimum); 6 hours, $550.00; 8 hours, $650.00. Trips between these breaks are pro-rated at $50.00 per hour.

Date Range

Capt. David Edens fishes year-round.

What is Provided to Customer

Capt. Dave provides all the tackle you need for a day of fishing. I provide ice, water, and snacks on all trips. You are welcome to bring your own equipment, but please let me know what you are bringing. Space on the skiff is limited.  You will fish with some of Capt. Dave’s original patterns.  If you are a fly tier, click on this Redfish Flies link to see how to tie them.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Capt. Dave fishes the near shore and inshore waters in and around the Golden Isles of Georgia (Sea Island, St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, and Little St. Simons Island). We fish large mud or grass flats as well as tidal creeks inshore for redfish, speckled trout, triple tail, and flounder. Near shore we fish the beach, bars, and bait pods for Spanish mackerel, bull reds, jack crevalle, and possibly tarpon.

Capt. Dave fishes out of the one of the world's finest poling skiffs, a Maverick HPX-V. The boat is constructed of carbon fiber and Kevlar, making it incredibly strong and incredibly light. The boat poles in inches of water, enabling you to reach reds in water so shallow the fishes' backs are showing. Maverick's unique hull design produces zero wave slap, meaning a quiet, stealthy approach so you are close enough to make the perfect cast needed to catch the spookiest fish.

The boat is rigged with a Carbon Marine, carbon-fiber casting platform; Minn Kota remote-controlled trolling motor; Garmin GPS/Depth Finder, Power Pole and VHF for emergency contact. The “V” hull slices through nasty chop for a smooth, comfortable ride. The 90 hp Yamaha allows you to get from spot to spot quickly, maximizing your fishing time.

Typical Weather by Season

Because of the location on the South Georgia coast, our weather is typically very mild.

Winter brings lows in the 40s and typical highs in the mid- to upper 50s. While freezing weather is possible, it only lasts a day or two. Some of the best fishing of the season is after a day or two of freezing weather. Water temperatures are typically in the low to mid-50 degree range. Winter brings huge schools of redfish, and can offer some of the best fishing conditions of the year.

Spring brings mild weather, usually beginning in February. Highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s warm the water to the 70s and make the fish more active.

Summer offers highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s and water temperatures in the 80s. Fishing is best from daylight to early afternoon when the temperature is bearable and before the typical afternoon thunderstorms. The flood tides on the full and new moons in the summer inundate the marsh grass, and the redfish come into the marsh to tail and gorge on fiddler crabs. This is some of the most exciting fishing of the year.

Fall brings cooling weather and offers some of the best fishing of the year. The fish are hungry as the water cools. The shrimp leave the creeks and the fish follow. Temperatures are typically in the low 80s during the day and the mid-60s at night.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Capt. Dave operates out of Morningstar/Golden Isles Marina on St. Simons. Meeting times depend upon the tides and where the fish are. Just prior to the trip, we will talk to arrange specific times and lengths of trip. Typical trips run from 4 to 8 hours, depending upon the client's wishes. Water, drinks, and snacks are furnished on all trips, and lunch is furnished on trips lasting over lunchtime.

You will be poled across the flats looking for fish. If you are a beginner, Capt. Dave will coach you on how, where, and when to cast. If you are an experienced saltwater angler, he will help you spot the fish. This is more hunting than fishing.

Exactly how the trip unfolds depends on so many factors it is impossible to say what you will do on any given day. Some days we will sight fish oyster bars. Some days we will sight fish long grass. Some days we will sight fish short grass. It all depends upon the fish, tides, and weather.


Species You Fish for by Season

Sight fishing for redfish is excellent all year. Speckled sea trout can also be caught year-round. Triple tail offer an exciting sight fishing addition from April through June. Summer and fall offer fishing for all fish. We sight fish all year.


What Should Customers Bring?

Please make sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, camera, and quality polarized sunglasses. Please do not wear dark or hard-soled shoes. The dark soles mark the boat and hard soles spook the fish. Capt. Dave recommends Crocs or Sperry boat shoes. Do not bring spray sunscreen as the over spray stains the boat.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is the closest airport?
A. Brunswick, Georgia is served by Delta. Jacksonville, Florida is one hour away.

Q. How far do I need to be able to cast?
A. I can get you to within 20 feet of the fish, but the farther you can cast accurately, the more chances you will have for fish.

Q. How many shots at fish will I have on a typical trip?
A. Sometimes I have trouble finding fish, and you only get a dozen or so shots, but most days you will have shots at fifty or more fish. We have some of the best redfishing on the East Coast in the Marshes of Glynn.

Q. Are gratuities included?
A. One of the most common questions is regarding gratuities. Gratuities are not expected but appreciated. It is common for clients to leave a gratuity. Many ask what is the normal gratuity amount. Gratuities can range from 15-30% depending upon how satisfied you are with our efforts. We will provide the best service possible, regardless of gratuity.

Q. Where can I stay?
A. You can stay at hotels on St. Simons or Sea Island, There is a wide range of hotels from the 5-star Cloister or The Lodge associated with Sea Island, the historic King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons to the quaint St. Simons Inn to Holiday Inn Express.


Capt. David Edens
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
308 Wild Heron Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

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