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Capt. Dave Saddler

Capt. Dave Saddler fishes out of Biscayne Bay. South Florida’s legendary shallow estuary in Biscayne National Park famous for its large bonefish.

One of the longest running guides in the bay, Capt. Dave has been chasing bonefish around Biscayne for over 20 years. His passion for what he calls “the chickens of the flats” is as strong today as it was on day one. The resemblance is striking between a group of bonefish milling around on a flat compared to a group of chickens pecking at stuff on the ground. One of the most patient and mild mannered guides on the flats, his little analogy is a testimonial to Dave’s experience and ability to defuse the situation and provide a relaxed environment in what is technically a difficult and high voltage fishery.

Although he loves the big three (tarpon, bonefish and permit), Capt. Dave doesn’t put the blinders on. He’ll gladly go target sharks, yellowjacks, spanish mackerel, and other species that aren’t as glorified but sure are fun on a fly rod. Making Capt. Dave an excellent experience for kids and beginners.

Capt Dave Saddler Bonefish

Boat:

  • 18′ Maverick HPX

Included:

  • Fly gear and tackle including flies (you’re welcome to bring your own as well)
  • Ice
  • All necessary licenses

Best Season: Year-round

Rates:

  • Half Day (4hrs): $500
  • Full Day (8hrs): $600

Rates are subject to change, contact Capt. Dave for official current rates.

Contact Capt. Dave Saddler

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Your message will be sent directly to Capt. Dave. He will respond as soon as he is able to. Ole Florida Fly Shop does not receive this inquiry.

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Call or Text Capt. Dave Saddler:

  954-254-2971

What to Bring

Flies

  • Triple Threat Flats – #2
  • Sad Flea – #2
  • RIO’s Shrimp Tease – #2 Cream
  • Kwan – #6
  • EP Spawning Shrimp – #4 BC Tan, #4 Tan, 1/0 Tan
  • Colby’s Corona Crab – #2
  • Bunny Tarpon Toad – 1/0 Chartreuse, 1/0 Black/Purple
  • RIO’s Palolo Slider – #2 Red (if tarpon fishing in spring)

Outfits

  • Scott Sector Fly Rod Video & Review

    Features

    • Guides are PVD coated in a low reflective coating for even greater durability and stealth.
    • Scott’s all new Carbon Web technology improves torsional stability.
    • Reel seat milled from aircraft grade aluminum.
    • CeRecoil stripping guides with nickel titanium frames and super slick Zirconia inserts.
    • Unmatched reliability for easily duplicated performance on the water.
  • Features

    • Blue rod blank really stands out and sets this rod apart.
    • Exclusive Axiom technology embeds a double-helix of Kevlar within the blank.
    • RECOIL guides by REC and ultra-lightweight chromium-impregnated stainless-steel snake guides.
    • TFO’s no-fault lifetime warranty.
    • Incredible tracking and recovery
  •   Features

    • New Frost finishes utilize Tibor’s Certified Mil-A-8625 Type II Anodizing with fewer polishing steps for a less reflective surface with the same durability
    • Made from solid aluminum bar stock
    • Lightweight to balance with modern fly rods and reduce casting fatigue
    • Triple outgoing line signals, easily removable for silent operation
    • World famous Tibor drag system
    • Made and assembled in the USA
  •   Features

    • Made from solid aluminum bar stock
    • Lightweight to balance with modern fly rods and reduce casting fatigue
    • Triple outgoing line signals, easily removable for silent operation
    • World famous Tibor drag system
    • Made and assembled in the USA
  •   Features

    • Revolutionary design allows for incredible loop stability and distance
    • Unique, easy casting taper that loads a fly rod at close range
    • High floating running line that will not sink and impede the cast
    • Welded loops
  •   Features

    • Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability
    • The perfect line for bonefish, tarpon, and permit on the flats; also great for snook, redfish, and sea trout
    • Overweighted by .75 sizes to load rods quickly; use designated line weight for your rod
    • Short, powerful head turns over long leaders with heavy flies
    • Tropi-Core technology remains stiff and slick in tropical environments
  • An 8wt with a floating line for bonefish
  • A 9wt with a floating line for windier bonefish conditions, calm/shallow permit conditions
  • A 10wt with a floating line for permit, medium size tarpon, and calm large springtime tarpon conditions
  • An 11wt with a floating line if oceanside fishing for large tarpon in spring

Capt. Dave can provide all gear and tackle, if you’d like to bring your own these are his outfit size and fly recommendations

  • Sun protective clothing
  • Brimmed hat
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Bring whatever snacks and lunch you would like
  • You may bring a camera, a waterproof case or bag is recommended
  • Bring plenty of water, try to use non-plastic containers if possible
Biscayne Bay Bonefish

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