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Fly Fishing Trips on the Banana River

Inshore Saltwater Fly Fishing Charters In Florida

Friday June 22, 2018

Fly fishing enthusiast will enjoy mild days of double haul casting for redfish and spotted sea trout on the shallow grass beds in the Banana River Lagoon. While there's plenty of backwater fishing action in canals and mangrove shorelines for snook and tarpon, the angler will have to get up early to throw streamers and poppers under the branches and around drop offs, because an hour after sunrise may be too late. Most anglers don't understand the demands of a fly fishing addict... Captain Richard Bradley does and he'll help you discover what the Banana River Lagoon between Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach on Florida's east coast has to to offer a fan of saltwater fly fishing.

A typical day on the Banana River with a fly rod in the shallow water will require an 8 or 9 weight rod of your choice with ample backing. Most anglers find a nine foot rod 8 weight with an intermediate or floating line is perfect for inshore shallow water fishing in Central Florida.  An 8 weight St. Croix Rod will be provided upon request if needed. Floating or intermediate lines are adequate and should be equally effective in the shallow water and along mangrove shorelines.

Banana River Fly Fishing AssortmentStreamers & Poppers: Most everything you fish for in the Banana River Lagoon can be caught on a streamer fly, the most popular being Clousers in various colors and shapes. "I find that red fish fall readily for a well presented clouser and depending on the water color you may present a chartreuse or various natural shrimp colored brown/black Clousers. A finicky fish may pick up a crab pattern better on certain days", explains Captain Richard Bradley.

Snook like deceivers or lightly weighted clousers, there's only one real color for a Banana River Snook fly and it's white. While tarpon will take a traditional tarpon fly, they also take various glass minnow flies and popper flies too. Tarpon fishing can be challenging on the fly in the east central part of the state as they are not the most consistent species to pursue and find. Snook on the other hand are readily available in the warmer months.

Sea trout aren't too finicky and a nice clouser or popper will do just fine. While it's not considered as sporting, many anglers have fashioned small streamer flies trailing behind a popper for warmer water trout. This method is similar to the popping cork rig that is popular in the deeper grass flats.

Mixing Fly Fishing with Sight Fishing

The ultimate achievement in fly fishing is when you combine fly fishing with sight fishing on the shallow water flats in saltwater. You've seen the fishing shows for bonefish, redfish and permit on the television and have come to expect a fishing trip to go just like one of Jose's Spanish Fly episodes or Flip Pallot's Walker's Cay Chronicles. The reality of a fly fishing trip is that the sun and moon often have to line up for a great sight fishing day on the water, but when it does, it's a great time and can be the climax of a fly fishermen's career.

"I'd come down to fish with Captain Richard for a couple of years and we found windy, choppy conditions unfit for sightfishing with a fly rod and we resorted to using spinning tackle instead. However the third year was the winner and we able to score many large schooling red fish in the Banana River and some awesome sight casting for single fish too. The fishing is awesome and I'll be back for many more years to come."
-An Extraordinary Fly Fisherman from Utah

Calm days are best and clear water makes things much easier, but one must also remember that the fish must cooperate too. During certain times of the year, it's unreasonable to look for redfish on the Banana River and one might resort to other species like snook or possibly even tarpon and sea trout.

Bring your fly fishing skills and work on your double haul, remember a 70 foot cast is not unusual for red fish and it must be placed accurately too. Practice in a large well groomed grass field and consider using a stripping basket to store waiting line. Bring polarized sun glasses and a hat with a dark underside bill for less reflection. Sight fishing on the flats will test every fly fishing skill that one possesses excepting possibly the roll cast, so be prepared.

A little More Information About Fly Fishing

Fly fishing on a small skiff is a one person endeavor and should not be shared with other anglers as it becomes difficult and often dangerous for the other passengers in the boat while the back cast is being performed. Consider that the guide is putting himself in position for your back cast and also calculating for another passenger too. Life is difficult for the fly fisherman, so make it less difficult and leave other anglers shore bound if possible.

Banana River Fly Fishing Trips

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: December 10 2015 17:57:31.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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Fishing Reports

June - 2018 Fishing Report

The summer is upon us and June is the beginning of the hottest time of the year. Typically Captain Richard is fishing the ocean during this month so his reports are not as fulfilling about the Banana River but some of my friends have been doing fine with small sea trout, jacks and ladyfish around the spoil islands and deeper dropoffs.

Fishing Forecast

June - 2018 Fishing Forecast

Forecasting the Banana River in the month of June is challenging as the water temperatures rise the bite tends to go down so that's why you'll find many anglers pursuing other places like Port Canaveral or Sebastian Inlet area where there's tidal flow and water exchange. The Banana is a unique estuary because of it's distance from any open ocean inlets and bays. Because of this it's important to realize that the temps can often get into the mid 80's and higher causing the fish to be less receptive to feeding and more likely to seek cooler places under docks or simply migrate into more comfortable waters.

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Inshore and Offshore Charter Fishing near Orlando and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.

A very knowledgeable guide and knows the area waters well. We were on big reds and trout within minutes of the leaving the dock and ventured about the lagoon to catch different species. The scenery in the Lagoon is remarkable! Richard’s boat was well equipped with good equipment, he was well prepared to adapt to the different types of fishing through out the day. My primary focus was sight fishing for big reds on fly - the flies that Capt. Richard provided were right on! Booking the charter was a breeze, his wife Capt. Gina was very accommodating to work me in (thank you Capt. Gina). Capt. Richard seemed to know who was hungry at the right times – and we had some impressive catches! Well done Capt. Richard, and thanks for a great day on the water!
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