tarpon on fly at Appalachicola Florida ,Guides Company

Apalachicola Bay is an estuary and lagoon located on Florida’s northwest coast renowned for its oysters. The Apalachicola Bay system also includes St. Georges Sound, St. Vincent Sound and East Bay, covering an area of about 208 sq. miles. Four islands , St. Vincent Island to the west, Cape St. George Island and St. George Island to the south, and Dog Island to the east separate the system from the Gulf of Mexico.

Tarpon arrive in Apalachicola bay from April to August, offering fly fisherman the opportunity to sight fish for these magnificent game fish. The Guides Company has managed to secure three prime weeks per season with one of the best tarpon guides on the planet. Guide’s company guests will fish with the world-renowned guide Captain Gjuro Bruer and his team of guides.

It is a privilege to witness the tarpon migration in full swing and see hundreds of fish migrating over shallow flats.

”There is tarpon fishing and then there is other fishing”It is an experience not to be missed.

Fish Species




Tarpon (Megalops Atlanticus)

The tarpon, a spectacularly large fish, which rightly carries the name of the Silver King, is unmistakable. Characteristics include large flat scales up to three inches in diameter, an elongated dorsal fin, falcate anal fin and large bony underslung jaw. It has been known to exceed 300 pounds, and provide anglers with the most addictive experience a fly fisher can imagine. Their blistering runs and powerful acrobatic jumps, makes them  a prized salt water trophy.








The fishing at Apalachicola is sight fishing on the flats. Fishermen depart early morning on flats skiffs to various flats nominated by tidal movement and access. The guides plan the next day’s fishing the night before.




The Guide Company has got three weeks that roll over each year. The dates change slightly due to moon phases. We have got two weeks in June and one week in July. Please contact us for dates for the 2014 season.



  • 12 weight rod
  • 12 weight reel with a large arbor (must have a strong reliable drag)
  • WF12F floating line for tropics
  • 40 – 60lb monofilament
  • 50 – 60lb flouro carbon

 Clothing, Footwear, Eyewear and Sun Protection

  • Long sleeve technical shirts SPF30+ (light colors)
  • Technical pants or shorts (light/dull colors)
  • Sun gloves
  • Finger guards or stripping gloves
  • Buff / bandanna
  • Cap / wide brimmed hat
  • SPF 50+ Sunscreen
  • Polarised Sunglasses (amber / brown lenses, mirrored for extreme glare)
  • Rain jacket

Other Equipment

  • Waterproof boat bag
  • Pliers with line cutters
  • Tailing glove attached to belt with caribena
  • Hydration (water bottle / hydration pack)
  • Extra sun glasses



  • Custom fly packs available through The Guide’s Company
  • Popular Flies: Toads in chartreuse, tan and black and purple.
  • Lemon drop, black and purple brush flies.
  • Tan Shrimps.

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