Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide tucked in the furthest nook of Northeast, FL, 35 minutes from the Jacksonville Int’l Airport.

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William Cochran

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter


Phone icon(904) 583-0689 Email iconwcochran@cochsflies.com Link iconameliaonfly.com
Amelia Island, FL

Highlights

  • Redfish to tarpon, bass to bowfin
  • Explore the estuaries surrounding Amelia Island, including but not limited to, the Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve, St. Mary’s River, and Okefenokee Swamp
  • Experience the origins of the Lowcountry and its Southern hospitality
  • Rates start from $450 for a 4-hour adventure
  • Not season-dependent. (Tarpon run from May-September), (Floodtides occur August-November)

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The Story

Enlist the help of Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide William Cochran on your trip to Florida and get your authentic Lowcountry experience in the nation's oldest settlement, Amelia Island. Check off a series of species from your bucket list and explore the diverse estuaries the region has to offer, along with immersing yourself in the rich history and culture. Fish the largest blackwater swamp in the nation, site fish in the shallows of one of the largest state preserves, and cruise the surf just like the privateers used to. Enjoy the company of a multigeneration local and learn all there is to know about the area; this is Southern hospitality at its finest.

  • Rendezvous at designated boat ramp
  • Depart for 4-, 6-, or 8-hour endeavor
  • Average travel time to destination is 10-15 minutes
  • Apparel recommended: Long-sleeved shirt, shorts, or breathable pants, hat, Buff, sunglasses, closed-toe shoes mandated for near-shore outing. Otherwise, whatever makes you comfortable
  • Sunscreen and bug spray provided
  • Snacks, lunch, and beverages provided. Dietary restrictions and special requests should be noted prior to engagement
  • All rods and reels provided
  • Trip ends at origin

The Lowcountry is most notable for its fields of Spartina grass accompanied by mud flats with scattered oyster formations, hosting your more commonly targeted species such as redfish, black drum, and sheepshead. Cruising sharks of these shallow flats are just an added bonus. When targeting more seasonal offerings like tarpon and albacore tuna, we will cruise the near shore areas. This will also allow more chances at crevalle jack and sharks over the 4ft. mark, maybe even the occasional cobia. Traveling farther back into the estuaries, where freshwater and saltwater meet, we will have a mixed bag of inshore offerings as well as the periodic striped bass, along with various sub-species of largemouth. Observing this transition is an experience. Dedicated endeavors inland will focus on the lightest tackle and an array of panfish with the likeliness of landing a bowfin or bass in the mix. In this case, it is strictly freshwater outlets, but the opportunity offers a beautiful chance to immerse yourself in a unique environment of lush cypress tree formations and associated flora and fauna.

Boated:

Half-Day (4 hours) $500
¾-Day (6 hours) $650
Full-Day (8 hours) $800
Floodtide (2-3 hours) $400

 

Kayaked:

Low Tide (4-6 hours) $450

 

Other:

Flood Wade (2-3 hours) $250

What are some timeframes to be aware of?

Tarpon run from May-September; floodtides occur August-November.

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