When planning an adventure, it is important to understand what you are getting into. Sharing knowledge and experience is one of the most important aspects of being a professional guide. It is our commitment to provide you with all of the information necessary to make sure that there are no surprises and that your valuable time isn't wasted. The following are important topics to cover before your adventure in order to make it a complete success.
Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Jack Crevalle, Peacock Bass and many others.
PALM BEACH NIGHT LIGHTS - In Palm Beach, we primarily target Snook & Tarpon in the Intercoastal waterways and other inshore habitats. We have found that the best fishing for these species is at night and through years of pursuing these fish, we have perfected our craft. Why fish at night? It's more comfortable due to calmer weather, the lack of sun makes it cooler and there are less people on the water meaning less pressure on the fish. But most importantly, it's addictively intense because you can actually sight fish in the lights and watch all the action unfold right before your eyes.
SUBURBAN JUNGLE - In freshwater, we target Peacock and Smallmouth Bass with the occasional opportunity for Clown Knifefish and Snakeheads depending on the location. Peacock Bass are the favorite as they are an invasive and highly aggressive fish that make them fun to catch especially on light tackle. They make for great photographs and South Florida is the only place in the United States where they can be found, as they are indigenous to Central and South America.
EXCURSIONS & EXPEDITIONS - Florida isn't called the fishing capital of the world for no reason and Palm Beach is in the perfect place to access it all. It's an easy drive to world-class fishing locales to target a wide variety of inshore saltwater game fish. On top of that, our skiff provides access to areas that most other skiffs can't even get into. We have taken advantage of this in our personal adventures and want to offer you the same experiences we've had in remote locations across South Florida. THANKS TO ALL the interest and support, we are offering SOON our favorite location to camp and fish, the Everglades National Park. We are familiar with both backcountry and bayside areas around Chokoloskee and Flamingo where opportunities exist to accomplish the Everglades Grand Slam: Tarpon, Redfish, Snook & Seatrout all in one day.
The Ankona Boats Shadowcast 16 is designed to be the ultimate skinny water fishing machine that can get into places where other skiffs cannot. Classified as a technical poling micro-skiff, the Shadowcast boasts world class poling performance with a 4-5" draft due to its 300 lb semi-tunnel hull with runners. The pronounced V-entry cuts stealthily through water and provides a comfortable and reasonably dry ride. Ours has been tactically customized and fully rigged specifically for fly fishing with a snag-free bow and cockpit plus line management spikes. Powered by a reliable and efficient 2017 Tohatsu 20hp 4-stroke engine with SS prop, ours has a range of over 120 miles with top speed of ~25 mph. Ours is rigged with the latest technologies including an iPilot trolling motor, TotalScan & Sidescan Fishfinder, Chartplotter and Bluetooth stereo system. On top of all this, ours has red LED running lights for night operations as well as a 4000 lumen scene light for professional grade film lighting. Schedule your adventure to see first hand why the Shadowcast 16 is called the "quintessential micro-skiff."
All fishing equipment & tackle, licenses and camping gear are included at no additional cost.
We provide the same equipment that we use in our personal lives - the very best. Furthermore, we believe in not only supporting American-made products but also companies who are environmentally conscious and active in conservation. Therefore we are currently outfitted with Sage Fly Rods, Nautilus Reels and Royal Wulff Products. We apply the same philosophy with our camping and outdoor gear by outfitting ourselves with only the best from Skinny Water Culture, Simms, Fender Pointe, Yeti and Ole Florida Fly Shop. Furthermore, we tie our own flies specifically designed for each adventure. On top of all of this, we make sure to have a cooler with plenty of ice and water on board so everyone stays hydrated. In addition, the skiff is outfitted with professional grade scene lighting provided by Rigid Industries for nighttime operations. We have made sure to outfit with top of the line products and provide every necessity and so that you only need to worry about bringing personal items and can focus on the most important part of your adventure -- fishing.
Don't hesitate to ask questions about what's included so you have everything you need.
WHAT TO BRING
You are responsible for the following personal items to make your adventure more enjoyable.
Sunglasses - We recommend high quality polarized lenses as they will cut through glare and allow you to see through the water better.
Hat, Neck Buff, Long Sleeve Microfiber Shirt & Sunscreen - The Florida sun is intense on land but even more so on the water. Make sure to protect yourself from the elements with clothing and accessories that block the sun and keep you cool.
Non-Skid Shoes / Sandals - In order to maintain grip if the deck gets wet and stay comfortable while being on your feet all day, we highly recommend a good pair of boat shoes that are skid free.
Drinks, Food & Snacks - Although we supply plenty of water, if you want anything special like alcohol, sports or energy drinks, you are welcome to bring your own, as well as any snacks to tide you over. We do not provide anything to eat except on camping trips which are all-inclusive.
Camera - Feel free to bring your own camera or GoPro to capture your adventure.
Rain Jacket - Weather can change at a moment's notice, be prepared with a jacket to stay dry and in winter months to keep you warm.
Fishing Gear - Although we provide all the necessary tackle and fishing gear, you are welcome to bring and use your own. If you wish to tie or use your own flies, then we will help you make or select one that will work.
Keep in mind that space and storage is limited -- please only bring the necessities.
RATES, PAYMENTS & POLICIES
We Understand Time Is Precious and the Value Of A Hard Day's Work! We Offer Competitive Rates, Convenient Payment Methods and Reasonable Policies.
RATES - Fishing is our passion and we love to share our experiences, however we are also hard-working Americans so we offer highly competitive rates with the intention to help like-minded people get on the water. All adventures start at an affordable base price and additional time can be added at an hourly rate. For Excursions and Expeditions, pay the deposit and final price will be invoiced within 48 hours based on time, distance and supplies. We try to maximize our time on the water and put forth 110% effort so that you get the most out of your time. It is important to communicate your wants, needs and goals so your Captain can develop a strategy based on his local knowledge and your experience to help plan your adventure.
PAYMENTS - We accept a variety of different payment methods on site to make things convenient. If you do not have cash, we accept payments made via PayPal, Venmo and Zelle. Gratuity for exceptional service, effort and commitment is not required or expected, but kindly accepted and appreciated.
R E S E R V A T I O N S - Reservations are on a first come first serve basis. Please make your reservation online or call (248) 770-5624 to discuss availability, reserve and plan your adventure. Once reserved, you can be assured that your time slot will be guaranteed.
D E P O S I T S - Deposits are required in order to reserve a trip. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required for ALL trips. For full-day / Everglades trips, that means that a $400 deposit is required and $300 is refundable within the 48-hour cancellation policy.
CANCELLATIONS - There is a 48-hour cancellation policy. If you decide to cancel your adventure, please notify your Captain within 48-Hours of your scheduled departure to receive a refund of your deposit. If your Captain cancels your adventure due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, you will be receive a total refund of your deposit. Any cancellation may be rescheduled to an available time slot using your current deposit balance.
MEDIA-Reel Intense Fly Fishing, LLC along with RIFF Productions reserves the right to take photographs and gather video footage through any source or medium from all adventures. Furthermore, we reserve the right to use any gathered form of media on any public or educational platform. In order to have your adventure photographed or filmed, you must sign and Media Release Form. There is an additional fee for video packages which include filming, editing and post production. All photography is complimentary however, a Media Release Form still needs to be signed.
OUR GUARANTEE - We pride ourselves on providing a unique, quality Florida experience with exceptional service and commitment; however, certain aspects of our chosen profession are out of our control. We cannot guarantee ideal weather conditions nor the cooperation of the fish. We do our absolute best to put you on fish and are committed to putting in the maximum amount of effort to make sure your adventure is successful. Furthermore, we understand that every angler has different strengths and weaknesses. Please be honest about your skill level (Novice, Intermediate or Expert) and goals so your guide can develop the best strategy to maximize the success of your adventure. There are no guarantees for anglers who overestimate or are dishonest about their skill level as this will drastically reduce success rates and level of satisfaction. That said, if you adhere to our policies and recommendations, we guarantee that your adventure will be enjoyable, informative and intense.