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BOOK YOUR FISHING TRIP EARLY TO GUARANTEE A SPOT! 2014 TARPON, PERMIT AND BONEFISH DATES AVAILABLE!!! HURRY, MARCH, APRIL, MAY AND JUNE DATES FOR TARPON ARE GOING FAST!



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. March 12, 2014.

More Winter Tarpon!





5 weeks ago I posted a blog that said..."Get on a plane now, The Winter Tarpon are Here!" Well, we have had several weeks of good Winter Tarpon fishing mostly to laid up Tarpon that we are sight casting to on the flats! There were some sizeable fish moving into the Gulf and Atlantic Basins.



Alas, we just had a cold front blow in tonight and the Tarpon Fever will have to be treated by tying more flies and leaders in anticipation of the next "push" of silver king.

Even when the wind blows 20-25 we can get out for some good fishing. For some anglers, this kind of wind is a no-go situation. However, Miguel from Spain was only here for a few days and wanted to catch a Tarpon very badly! So, we found some Tarpon laid up in a local canal that was protected from the winds. Here is a baby Tarpon jumped by Miguel...

We have returned from our annual trek to Turneffe Flats, Belize with an outstanding week of flats fishing to report! It was indeed a grand slam week! Tarpon


Photo by Brian Okeefe

Bonefish

and Permit



were available and playful during our week at Turneffe Flats, Belize. Our 2014 dates are July 12-19, 2014 and we already have many anglers interested in returning to this tropical paradise. To read more about our trips, follow this link to the Belize section of this website:

Mike and Nancy Dinner of Toronto, Canada fished with me for the 17th consecutive year in June and literally put on a clinic for the other skiffs fishing in Similar Sound. Nancy hooked up and brought to the boat a 100 pound plus Tarpon, and minutes later Mike hooked up a Silver King well over 150 pounds, a monster!



Mike and Nancy caught and released several Tarpon over 100 pounds during their week of fishing and jumped several more, despite less than ideal weather conditions due to Tropical Storm Andrea. Read more about Mike Dinner below.

In May, Matt Reno of San Diego caught a monster Tarpon on fly in 20 knot winds after a 95 minute epic battle!

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The morning of May 27 was not promising to be the best for Tarpon fly fishing. Twenty knot winds and scattered showers and thunderstorms threatened any fishing at all. However, Matt Reno would not be denied! Matt saw the Tarpon approach in the early morning light and cast his fly in the perfect spot, presenting the fly with finesse, teasing the large female Silver King into the take. During the following 95 minutes an epic battle ensued. Matt was determined to bow to the king each time the Tarpon jumped out of the water. Several jumps cleared the water completely even after an hour into the fight. It was all we could do to keep the water from swamping the skiff, as we had to keep the bow into the swells and motor after the giant fish. Three to five foot swells threatened our hook-up, but Matt persevered, kept his balance and grit. Despite bringing the Tarpon to the boat in leader distance on four occasions during the first hour, the mighty Silver King displayed undying stamina and kept swimming away from the skiff. Finally, after and hour and a half of fight we were able to settle the mighty fish down boat side and apply the Boga Grip to get a few photos. The catch and release of this egg bearing female is vital to the survival of the species! Capt. Dexter Simmons is happy to note that there are other serious anglers who fish annually with him for Tarpon in the Keys. Anyone who is serious about catching Tarpon on Fly is encouraged to call Capt. Dexter to talk with him about the possibility of fly fishing the Key West flats. This Tarpon season is still going on and there are a few open dates in the last week of June to take advantage of. 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 captdexter@gmail.com and visit his website at http://www.keywestflyfishing.com

Jon Sigmond of Norway had a banner week with catches of Tarpon, Bonefish and Cobia. Here is a nice Tarpon jump, one of three catches for Jon in one day!



And here is another Silver King for Jon!



Tarpon Season, 2014 promises to be another great one here in the Keys! Here is Justin with a nice Silver King.



And when the Tarpon aren't biting there are still plenty of Cudas and Sharks around to have fun with. Here is Tim with a Cuda and a Lemon Shark caught by Justin.





And then Jason and Lauren Tucker came to Key West and they were swimming in Tarpon!!!

The husband and wife Tucker Team really had a great day on the Tarpon Flats!



What are you waiting for? Come visit Capt. Dexter Simmons and swim with the Tarpon while staying alive!!!



An angler recently asked about the Palalo Worm Hatch that happens each May and June here in the Keys. The photo above captures a nice fish caught during a hatch that happens on or after a new moon at dusk on a falling tide. There are some dates available for the Worm Hatch in May, 2014, so if you are interested call Capt. Dexter Simmons at 305-745-3304 for more information. In the meantime, there will be Permit Tailing and Tarpon Rolling on the flats and in the channels and basins. Here is a nice Permit...



There are many opportunities during the course of each Tarpon Season here in the Keys to handle Tarpon that have been caught with the long rod and feathers tied to hooks.

The true moment of truth comes when the Tarpon is played by the side of the skiff and the angler is begging for a photo with the fish. Nowadays, the best way to photo a Tarpon is to keep the fish in the water in order to save the fish from trauma and to preserve the life expectancy of these great fish.

I have been guilty of mishandling the Silver King in the past, however I have now seen the light and this photo, reflection and all, is a tribute to the epiphany that I have had in striving to preserve the species.

And so if you want to fish with me and get that Tarpon hero photo by swimming with the Tarpon, then that is great. I look forward to fishing with you too and taking pictures of the fish for you and even a few with you and the fish like this one here...

This giant was subdued by Jonathan Dyer after nearly a hour and swam away after a brief period of revival.
To catch and release one like this, call or email Capt. Dexter Simmons, 305-745-3304, captdexter@gmail.com, or visit my website: http://www.keywestflyfishing.com

Mike Dinner has been fly fishing with Capt. Dexter Simmons for 16 years. He is an excellent fly caster and always manages to take advantage of the Silver King whenever he is fishing in the Keys during May or June. Mike usually puts on a "clinic" casting to cruising Tarpon on the flats. Here is Mike hooked up early in the day.



There are few anglers who fish the Keys regularly for Tarpon who can match Michael's casting skills. Here is Mike with a Tarpon to the boat.



Mike fishes for 6 or 7 days each May or June. He is a dedicated angler who loves to tie Tarpon fly patterns and prepare leaders in advance of his annual sojourn to Key West to fish with Capt. Dexter Simmons of Key West Fly Fishing. Mr. Tarpon up close and personal...



Capt. Dexter is happy to note that there are other serious anglers who fish annually with him for Tarpon in the Keys. Anyone who is serious about catching Tarpon on Fly is encouraged to call Capt. Dexter to talk with him about the possibility of fly fishing the Key West flats. This Tarpon season is still going on and there are a few open dates in the last week of June to take advantage of.

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 captdexter@gmail.com and visit his website at www.keywestflyfishing.com

Tarpon hunted, Bonefish caught!



Angler Richard Dorman really enjoys fly fishing for Tarpon here in Key West. He realizes that some days are better that others, especially when mother nature decides to drop a cold front into the Keys! We hunted Tarpon for a few days and we found some. However, getting them to eat the fly was tough, especially since the water temperature dropped by nearly 10 degrees in 48 hours. On day 3 we were looking for them at hight tide near the mangroves and we noticed some smaller shadows. "Bonefish! Richard, cast to 1 O'Clock, 60 feet..." A perfect presentation and the 5 pound Bonefish is on and running out backing. A few minutes later and we have the fish to the boat amid laughs and comments that if the Tarpon won't eat at least the Bonefish will!

Tarpon Season 2014 is coming up and there are some great dates in March, April, May, 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!

Click Here for another awesome VIDEO sequence of Tarpon Fly Fishing!




Tarpon are laid up on the flats! Tarpon have migrated into the Lower Keys flats and are laid up in decent numbers in basins and channels.



Look at the Underwater world of the Tarpon!

captdexter@gmail.com 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. There are dates available in May 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 http://www.keywestflyfishing.com/fatherandson.htm



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







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Turneffe Flats, Belize, July 20-27, 2013.

"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 20-27, 2013. 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 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 $2853 (tax included) per person (about 28% off the normal double occupancy rate!).Click here to check out a video of the Turneffe Flats, Belize 2012 Expedition with Capt. Dexter!



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 captdexter@gmail.com

As of today, we have several return guests from the 2012 trip booked for July 20-27, 2013. We hope you can make it this year! This trip should provide outstanding fishing for Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit! Here are a few of the many catch pics from the 2012 trip:

Tarpon were rolling...and Bob was catching!

And so was Mario!

Mario was very happy...

Permit liked Pete's shrimp fly...

And David's Crab Fly...

Even the Captain caught Permit...

And so did Bob!!!

Bonefish were everywhere!

Everyone caught Bonefish...

And Barracuda were around too...

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 (captdexter@gmail.com)
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.















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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!

Click Here to See 2 Beauties in the Bush!

Click Here to See a Bonefish Fly Ready to Cast!

Click Here to see Alyson Fight a Silver King!

Capt. Dexter Aboard "FlatsMaster"

Click Here to See Endless Flats!

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Mr. Silver King!

Click Here to See a Jumping Tarpon!

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"



Key West Fly Fishing Latest Flats Fishing Report - Click Here!






WEB SITE DEDICATION
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

Click here for the Shep Simmons Memorial Award - Outstanding Key West Fly Fishing Anglers of the Year!!!








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

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Tailing Bonefish



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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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