Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Rockport, TX

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Dave Hayward

Swan Point Landing - Rockport


Phone icon361-729-7926 Phone icon713-204-1855 Email icondhayward@swanpointlanding.net Link iconswanpointlandingflyshop.net
1723 Cherry St. #4
Rockport, TX 78382

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The Story

Go fly fishing in Texas, and enjoy the expertise of the staff at Orvis-endorsed outfitter Swan Point Landing Shop. Join us for our shop's second decade servicing skinny water fly addicts on the Middle Texas Coast! Our team of experienced fly and light tackle skiff guides will show you sight-casting opportunities for redfish and large trout in clear water, year round. We'll supply Helios rods for your half- and full-day charters. These wadeable flats are prime for DIY wade, kayak, and skiff anglers, too. Midsummer brings seasonal tarpon, jacks, and mackerel to our jetties, channels, and surf. Enjoy some of the best sight fishing on the Texas coast, and then stop in for a cold one after kicking some tail! We're a three-hour drive from Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, and an hour north of Corpus Christi—and we're home to the best selection of saltwater fly materials on the Gulf Coast!

Season:

We have a year round fly-fishing season for redfish and trout, drum, and the elusive sheepshead! May through November we see tarpon, mackerel, jackfish, and ling on big water near jetties, ship channels, surf, and front beach. Prevailing southeast winds from April through October provide clearwater and protected lee shorelines for sight casting opportunities. Non-res and resident salt (or all water) fishing license for all over age 17.

Species:

Year round redfish, speckled trout, black drum, sheepshead, and incidental flounder. Late spring brings tarpon 40 lbs. to 120 lbs., jackfish to 30 lbs. and king and Spanish mackerel on jetties, channels, and front beach.

Region/Terrain:

Coastal grass flats and a series of bays with a barrier island to the Gulf of Mexico. Manmade jetties and natural passes along with the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, wintering home to over 400 whooping cranes from October to April each year. Several inland rivers drain into this region.

Typical Weather:

Water temps range from 50s to high 80s F. We start wet wading late March through Halloween. Winds in summer out of SE up to 20 mph from April to September. Cool fronts typically start in October and come in every three to 5 days through March.

Rates:

Rates start from:
You can find all pricing information at: SPL fly shop. Half days $450 to $500. Full days $550 to $850 for inshore charters and offshore tarpon trips respectively

What is Provided:

Fly and spin tackle, flies, leaders, and lures for the day. Drinks and ice on half-day charters. Lunch, drinks, and ice on full-day charters

Gear Recommendations:

We have 6 wt. to 12 wt. situations throughout the year but standard issue rod outfit for the middle Texas coast is an 8 wt. with a floating redfish or bonefish line, paired with 10' long nylon leaders tapering down to 12 to 20 lbs. fluorocarbon tippet for redfish and specks. A lot of folks start wearing waders from November thru March. We start wet wading shallow flats in late March.

What to Bring:

Brown-tinted polarized glasses, nippers, forceps for hook removal,12 lbs. to 16 lbs. tippet, light rain shell for rain or a bay crossing, good wading booties. Good sunblock and a stillwater fly casting game, with straight line, rod tip down for fly retrieves, combined with a strip set (no rod tip "trout set" ) to drive hook into bone.

Other:

Additional Activities:

Big birding community (ANWR) and art mecca (Rockport Art Festival, early July)

Swan Point Landing Fly Shop enters its second decade in Rockport area, back from Hurricane Harvey and still the best town on the middle Texas coast! We are a full- service, fly shop with a seasoned, semi-friendly staff with over 50 years of Texas sight-casting experience under their belts. Home to a great selection of the best in skinny and blue water sight casting fly tackle, flies, technical apparel, gear, and service. We offer private fly-casting lessons daily; tighten up your game and learn to laugh at the wind! Open every day, we are here to help!!

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fishing with Drew I had a flyfishing trip fall though and called Dave to see if he could set me up with a guide. He was able to schedule me with Drew. We had a great day fishing, he was hard working, knowledgeable, and calming. Great day on the water. Highly recommend Dave at Swan Point Lansing and Drew!
Date published: 2020-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful experience Had a great experience with Captains Eric, Mason, and Ken. They were all knowledgable about the gulf and more than willing to accommodate our group's various fishing skill levels and knowledge. Even though only one boat got keepers, we throughly enjoyed our experience and would recommend Swan Point and especially our great captains to anyone looking for a fun-filled day fishing on the gulf.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elusive Fish - Exceptional Guide Dave set me up with an amazing guide by the name of Drew. This was my first flats fishing excursion in Port Aransas. He was patient and determined. We had a few misses, but did land a nice red.
Date published: 2016-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked! A friend and I fished with Capt. Drew Donaghue out of Swan Point in Rockport, Texas. The trip was arranged by Dave Hayward at the fly shop who a great help. Drew got us to lots of fish and was knowledgeable, patient and skilled, especially with beginners. I highly recommend Drew.
Date published: 2015-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great day on the middle coast Last Saturday I fished with Capt. Drew Donaghue out of Swan Point Landing in Rockport, Texas. The trip was arranged by Dave Hayward, manager of the fly shop who is a great individual and gracious host. Although the odd mid-summer cool front created unfavorable conditions, Capt. Drew put me on lots of fish. He is knowledgeable, patient and skilled. I highly recommend Capt. Drew.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my best days on the bow Great day! Our guide met us at the dock and after a fun boat ride we were all alone in some back water. Eric Kinipling (guide) was great, he kept it fun all day. I learned a couple tricks and we put a lot of fish to the boat. I really appreciated his knowledge of the fishery and his light heartedness when I completely blew a couple opportunities at some big fish.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unprofessional, shaming guide My good friend and I were thrilled to get an Orvis guide for the day before our fly fishing group met for a weekend outing in Port Aransas. Our guide was Eric Knipling. Unfortunately, he didn’t come close to what we’ve come to expect in a professional guide and it was a most disappointing, even discouraging trip. He lacked people skills, and was not service-oriented nor professional. He talked inappropriately about some of his clients, saying things that if I repeated them here, those clients would easily recognize themselves. His yelled directions about a fish were often unclear (“there, now, get him.” rather than “10 o’clock, 12 o’clock”) even after that was pointed out to him. He was critical to the point of shaming (on my first cast: “Is that the way you cast?”). On my third cast, I missed catching a red. He yelled critical things for a bit, then said, “Well, you put your fly right in front of him....at least you did one thing right.” It got to the point I didn’t even want to fish anymore. The only positive thing he said to me was that I did well to keep my balance on the bow when he backed the skiff into a mangrove, and he did take responsibility for doing that. When I asked if we were fishing in the area referred to as the “flats,” he said he didn’t know. And the only thing I learned from him was to be way more careful about choosing a guide.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomeness on the flats! Fished with Capt. Billy Trimble and learned so many things about saltwater fishing. We found lots of tailing reds and stalked them with great success. Just a fantastic day putting holes in Rockport fish!
Date published: 2013-09-19
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