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Swimming with a Tarpoooon...and staying alive! Call or write Capt. Dexter for some Tarpon fly fishing!
Click here to check out this video of a Tarpon adventure in the Marquesas, just west of Key West.

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The Fishing Report. August 23, 2016.

Summer bonefishing has been good lately in the Lower Keys during the morning hours on the backcountry flats. The numerous tide corrections for different locations make it tricky to find the bonefish on the shallow sand or grass flats. You really need to study each location based on the stated high or low tide time, depth, and correction in hours and minutes. For instance, based on the stated low tide time for Key West Harbor, you may need to add 3 hours and 15 minutes for a certain location on the Gulf side flats. This becomes critical information when planning your day in terms of where you want to fish and when you want to arrive there. Bonefish typically will not feed when there is no current, so you will want to arrive before the time of dead low or high flood. In addition, there are certain flats where the Bonefish will show only at a certain stage of the flood or ebb tide. Figuring out the timing for each location and the habits of the Bonefish for each location is a trial and error "time on the water" activity. During the process of learning each flat location, there are many hours spent hunting. It helps to keep a detailed log of your hunting grounds for each flat according to the tides, water temperatures, wind direction and speed, and barometric pressure. Eventually you will narrow down the best timing for each location based on the tide and weather variables that present themselves. Good luck and TIGHT LINES!!!

Capt. Dexter's 2016 Belize Grand Slam, Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon caught during day one (July 10, 2016).

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Kelton Kline fished with Capt. Dexter Simmons on Independence Day, July 4, 2016 (Capt. Dexter's birthday!) and hooked up several Tarpon, one that fought for over an hour! Here is a clip of some of the action...Click Here to VIEW!

Nancy Dinner of Aurora, Ontario fought a big Tarpon this past June. Click Here to VIEW!

Dr. Tom Critchlow jumped two Tarpon with Capt. Dexter Simmons, here is one of them.

Erich Amplatz of Austria is spending the first week of May fly fishing for Tarpon with Capt. Dexter Simmons and already has leadered a big Tarpon...

Not satisfied with his first day catch, Erich landed a 150 pound Silver King 5 days later...

Ed with an April Bonefish

Here is Scott Myers fighting some March Tarpon to the boat...

Scott had more than one helping of Tarpon!

...And another Tarpon falls victim to Scott Myers'...

During April, we usually start sometime between 6:30 and 8 am depending on the temperatures of early morning waters. Here are some other recent catches!

I just returned from an excellent trip to JARDINES DE LA REINA, CUBA, where I fished and toured Hemingway's estate, here is my blog for one of the days fishing in Cuba...

Feb. 1, 2016 The fishing trip begins around 7:30 am. My guide Leonardo takes me on a 20 minute run to the Bonefish grounds. We hunt in shallow water flats surrounded by mangrove bushes. Some are tailing on the turtle grass, others are schooled up on the silty sandy shallow bottom mudding. Over a three hour hunt we hook up ten, most from three to four pounds, two in the six to eight pound range. It is great fun, feeling the line tighten, watching and listening to the Bonefish rip fly line off the reel into the orange micron backing. Whirring reel music fills the Cuban tropic air. By mid morning my gloves and are half leather and half Bonefish slime.

"Pull it in Dexter" Leonardo moves us into a channel flat and hands me an 8 weight loaded with floating line and a Tarpon leader. "Your Tarpon fly box please." He points to a brown-tan-orange Sand Devil Fly, "this one is good." After twenty minutes of poling along a clear shoal, Leonardo finds a school Tarpon in about 6 feet of water coming our way. "You see them Dexter?"

"Okay, I've got them, two o'clock, 80 feet". Leonardo positions the bow for a cast to ten o'clock. The school is now moving slowly toward our skiff, about sixty feet. Looks like there are a dozen or so juvenile poons. "Okay Dexter, cast now." I false cast once for aim and launch the fly line, leader and sand devil, turning it over for a soft landing 6 feet in front of the lead fish. " "Wait, wait, okay stripping, stripping, stripping," Leonardo coaches. Three strips and the lead Tarpon turns on the fly and eats but no hook up. I recast the fly and another Tarpon eats the fly, but is off after a 5 minute tug of war with no jumps. The school circles around and a third Tarpon eats the fly and is jumping! After about a 10 minute battle, the fish is landed! A 20 pound Tarpon caught with the Sand Devil fly!

I turn to Leonardo and say "this means we must hunt for Permit to complete the grand slam!" We spend the next three hours and find four Permit, one of which is a good shot. The Permit is tailing on a shoal bank, about 100 feet at 1 o'clock. A back cast flies within 5 feet of the tailer. Leonardo says "good cast, wait, wait, wait, strip two short, now one long...following, strip short, strip, strip, now long strip..." But no luck, as the Permit swims away out of range. "No hungry", Leonardo is spot on. A great day of fishing as the sun sets on Jardines de la Reina, Cuba.

Here is a video taken during an incredible morning of Bonefishing Jardines de la Reina Cayo Chocolate flats where I hooked seventeen Bones from 3 to 8 pounds in three hours!


I look forward to fly fishing with you in Cuba!

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This past Tarpon Season was a gas! Some really great moments!!

Up close and personal with MR. SILVER KING!

The GREEN FLASH OF SUNRISE brought us great luck this past Tarpon Season...

Here was a nice one...

The past few weeks have seen a strong migration of Tarpon rolling into the Flats for the Palalo Worm hatch. Permit were also Marching everywhere! The light and variable winds winds were prevailing and the water temps increased to the mid 80's. We were hooking big Tarpon daily. Here is a another nice one during a worm hatch!

Sight casting to Tarpon on the basin flats in May and June is outstanding! Here is another Tarpon caught in this environment...

Resident baby Tarpon have also been on the line...

Permit are here and there if you get that lucky!!!

We have just returned from our annual trek to Turneffe Flats, Belize and I am happy to report that we had great weather and an outstanding week of flats fishing! Tarpon


and Permit

THE BIG THREE were caught during our mid July "Grand Slam" week at Turneffe Flats, Belize. Our 2016 dates are July 8- July 15, 2017! And we already have 6 anglers booked into this tropical paradise....To read more about our trips, follow this link to the Belize section of this website:

Contact Capt. Dexter Simmons by calling him at 305-745-3304 or on his cell at 305-304-5880. You also may contact Capt. Dexter by email at and visit his website at

Tarpon Season 2016 is coming up and there are some great dates in April, June and early July for Tarpon Fly Fishing Charters with Key West Fly Fishing and Capt. Dexter Simmons. Here is a Tarpon Fly Fishing video to whet your palate!

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Look at the Underwater world of the Tarpon! I have some dates available during the next several months and whether you fish with me or not, rest assured I will be catching Permit and jumping Tarpon! Here is a picture of a Tarpon caught in May.

On warm days, resident Tarpon are wandering around on the flats and in channels, Bonefish are cruising on the backcountry flats, and Permit are migrating in from the reefs and wrecks to tail up on the flats. We are coming up on the absolute best time of year to fish here in the Key West area. In Spring, 2016, there are dates available in March, April and June and July, so contact me whenever you get the itch to catch!

Our Father (Mother) - Son (Daughter) Key West Flats Fishing Trips are now scheduled for throughout the winter,spring, summer and fall. For more information about the Father and Son Flats Fishing Trips go to

Once again, you may contact Capt. Dexter Simmons for a future fishing charter on his CHARTER HOTLINE: 305-745-3304 or by email at

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Turneffe Flats, Belize!
Capt. Dexter's 2016 Belize Grand Slam, Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon caught during day one (July 10, 2016).

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"Turneffe Flats has the magical combination of outstanding flats fishing at your doorstep, modern and comfortably appointed lodgings, and a staff that feeds you great meals and cares for your every need like you are family. Spend a week at Turneffe Flats and you won't want to leave!" - Capt. Dexter Simmons.

For an incredible week of flats fishing in an unforgettably gorgeous tropical island location, join Capt. Dexter and his angler friends on this Belize trip July 8-15, 2017. Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit are all available at the exotic tropical paradise of Turneffe Flats. The fishing for tailing Bonefish is incredible. There is a wadable flat just 20 feet from your bungalow with tailing Bonefish and Permit. On several days I have caught Bonefish before breakfast! The Permit around Turneffe are plentiful and easier to catch than Florida Keys Permit. The Tarpon are also found rolling in nearby channels and creeks to complete your grand slam fishing at Turneffe. And to top it off, Turneffe Flats is giving us a great deal!!! 6 Full Days of Fishing, 7 Nights of very comfortable Lodging and great restaurant quality meals (3 per day) for (CALL 305-304-5880 FOR RATE! A SUBSTANTIAL DISCOUNT!).

Check out a video of our 2012 Turneffe Flats, Belize Expedition!

Here is one of two Permit caught by Captain Dexter on the same day in September, 2008. For information about how you can join Capt. Dexter Simmons and other avid anglers on this awesome trip, call Capt. Dexter at 305-745-3304 or send an email to

A faint orange glow reflects onto the shallow tidal flats. Ocean breezes on the distant rocky reef edges are pushing ripple waves onto the shoreline. A closer look reveals fish tails glistening in the dawns early light. Bonefish school in ankle deep water. As they feed, their fins rise above the waterline. They are grey ghosts swimming into the tide foraging the shoal bottom for their breakfast of crab and shrimp.

Just steps away on cabana decks anxious anglers ready their rods, flies and wading boots for the morning hunt. It is first light on Turneffe Flats.

Nearby skiff guides are positioning their anglers for casts to channel Tarpon. The tide is flooding into the atoll, and the Tarpon are spotted on the surface rolling against the current. A well placed purple and black deceiver should entice a strike.

Later rising anglers are gathering in the Turneffe Flats dining room for a sumptuous breakfast. One spots a black sickle tail rising on the tidal flat a few yards from the infinity pool. "Look, a tailing Permit"! Last minute supplies for the fishing day are sought in the fly shop amid talk of success with a particular pattern. The next wave of hungry anglers arrive telling tales of first light angling.

Soon all are striding to the skiff docks under swaying palms with rods and gear bags in hand. Guides await with their super skiffs readied for the day. Lunches and drinks are loaded into coolers, fishing equipment is stowed. The choices are discussed and anglers decide to pursue Tarpon, Bonefish or Permit to start their day. All know that catching each of the big three that day is the most elusive yet ultimate flats fishing feat: THE GRAND SLAM.

285 days and counting till our July 9, 2016 flight to Belize. The fishing are waiting...Our 2015 trip produced lots of nice catches!!!

Bob was on the Permit!

Capt. Dexter also had some luck with Mr. Rubber Lips!

And Bob also was dialed into the Bonefish!

Lori had some fun with the grey ghost of the flats too!

Matt caught his first Bonefish on fly!

Joe and his son Christopher had a great trip, catching many Bonefish!!!

Underwater Bonefish taken by Joe boatside:

Turneffe Flats teems with Bonefish! Check out this Big School on the Reef Flat!

Here is Clayton Myers with a nice Bonefish taken on the Home Reef Flat!

Here are more shots of Bonefish taken at Kalibash Flats!

Barracuda also are plentiful, Joe got a nice one!

We hope that you will join us for another epic trip to Turneffe Flats, Belize!

You will fall head over heels for the sheer fun and enjoyment of life at Turneffe Flats!

Check availability for flats fishing dates with Capt. Dexter Simmons by email (
or by telephone: 305-745-3304

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Key West Fly Fishing Father and Son Flats Fishing Trips, Click Here!

Key West Fly Fishing Capt. Dexter Simmons a "Top Fly Fishing Flats Guide" for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit on the Key West and Florida Keys flats as rated by his clients.

Ladies, Let's Go Fly Fishing with Key West Fly Fishing!

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Capt. Dexter Simmons' Tarpon Fly of the Year - Key West Fly Fishing - Click Here

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"Bones of Steel"

Capt. Dexter Simmons with a Big Bonefish

A true story of Key West flats fishing by Capt. Dexter Simmons as published in Fly Fish America magazine:

"...The first burst of power from the bonefish took Jim by surprise and nearly coiled the extra fly line around his neck. He quickly recovered however, and scrambled to clear the extra fly line to the reel. What seemed like an eternity took only seconds, as the fish ran at least two hundred yards across the flat, maybe two-fifty, before slowing down..."

"Permit in Paradise"

Capt. Dexter Simmons with a Big Permit

Another true story of Key West flats fishing by Capt. Dexter Simmons as published in Fly Fish America magazine:

"...As we approach the Southeast flats of Marquesa, I am reminded of last night's strategy session at Turtle Kraals. I'll call out the clock position and distance in feet to the fish. When the Permit is within your range, cast the fly so it lands a foot or two in front of him or upcurrent of him. Reacting quickly with your cast is essential, as it takes only a few seconds to spook the fish or to lose your shot. So, try to limit yourself to one false cast at the most..."

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Click here to see a 10 year old with a 25 pound Permit!

Click here to see 10 year old Ben with his first big barracuda!

Click Here to See a Monster Bonefish!

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Click Here to see Alyson Fight a Silver King!

Capt. Dexter Aboard "FlatsMaster"

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Click Here to See A 30 Pound Permit!

Mr. Silver King!

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Click Here to See Capt. Dexter with a 100 pound Tarpon!

Key West Fly Fishing Guide Capt. Dexter Simmons attending to an acute case of "Key West Tarpon Fly Fishing Fever"

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This site is dedicated to the memories of fly fishing with Cousin Shep Simmons of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. May he always be casting the long rod in fly fishing heaven.

Shep Simmons

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"Tailing Bonefish at Two O'Clock, Forty Feet,


Tailing Bonefish

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"Bonefish and Tarpon Trust".

This non-profit organization is dedicated to the science of protecting the flats species we care so much about. Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit scientific studies are being conducted by experts and volunteers. Join BTT and help promote the preservation of these valuable natural resources. Capt. Dexter is involved as a volunteer guide in the BTT fish tagging, the annual Bonefish census, and in the Tarpon Tag retrieval programs.

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