Fly Fishing South Padre Island – The Fishing Day
The flats skiffs generally leave no later than 6:30 AM. There are never more than two fisherpersons per boat and the guide can accommodate the departure wishes of the clients. Plan on returning to the house by 3:30 PM or so.
There are extensive flats within 20 to 45 minutes from the dock. You can add to this the gulf-side fishing (weather permitting) and the Brownsville ship channel. Because there are only two to six fishermen at the lodge per week, if you desire you can fish the same productive flats more than once during your days of fishing. Our guess is you will want to keep exploring new locations, with each having its own special character and beauty.
Captain Eric Glass – is now guiding his 21st year on the lower Laguna Madre. He moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 1986, after completing a degree in aquatic biology at Southwest Texas State University. He has been an avid fisherman since early childhood and learned to fly fish at a local golf course, of all places. You may have seen Eric on an ESPN fishing show, or read about Eric in almost any fly fishing magazine. Expect no nonsense fishing with Eric and you will find his knowledge of “where the fish are when” magical. His knowledge of the water and all of the creatures in it is astounding.
Captain Rick Hartman – has been fly fishing for redfish for over 25 years and guiding full time for the last 14 years. He is a tournament caster and puts his skills to good use specializing in sight fishing for redfish, speckled trout and snook in the flats of southeast Texas. Rick takes pride in knowing the waters in South Texas like the back of his hand, a knowledge developed by putting in 175 to 210 days a year guiding anglers to redfish. Rick has been a part of several television shows and has won a number of competitions for casting and fly fishing including International Best of the West, Field and Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge, ESPN Great Outdoor Games Show, and the Fly-Fishing Masters.
Captain Dale Fridy – was the 2002 Orvis Saltwater Guide of the Year. He calls the 240 square mile lower Laguna Madre home and has been guiding its waters for the last 16 years. He specializes in super shallow flats fishing and really gets charged when he sees a “gator” trout. Redfish habits are second nature to Dale. He has a degree in Wildlife Resources and his knowledge of the local wildlife will be much appreciated on the water.
Captain Mark Cowan – Most of you already know me, having been on a number of trips where I was guiding or hosting. For those who don’t, I have been fishing the Lower Laguna Madre for 20 years and hosting or guiding Laguna trips for the last six years. I have been a national and international fishing guide for 27 years. You can read about my antics in a number of fly fishing publications and see my mug on the cover of some. I have developed a complete quiver of custom flies for all of our locations, including the Laguna Madre. Whether fishing the west side spoil banks and grass flats from my Maverick skiff, or wade fishing the crystal clear sand flats on the east side, you can expect an exemplary effort to connect you with fish. Ask me about the tarpon and snook alternatives, and the many other fly catchable species in the bay and gulf. I love those “outside the box” venues.