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Capt. Patrick Smith (Freshwater)

Capt. Patrick Smith fishes out of Palm Beach’s Lake Ida system as well as the northern freshwater Everglades by Alligator Alley.

South Florida has become the United States’s destination for peacock bass and Capt. Patrick is a staple guide in the foundation of a rapidly growing interest in catching these exotic species on a fly. These fish are beautiful and aggressive, and whether you’re blind casting or sightfishing for them it’s a blast.

In the peacock’s environment thrives another exotic, the clown knifefish. Only a handful of anglers have gotten these fish to eat a fly, but if you’re interested in a challenge Capt. Patrick will put you in position.

If you’re not into the urban fishing scene get away from the city and target largemouth bass in the northern Everglades with Capt. Pat. Depending on the time of year the bass are extremely abundant and the environment provides a little more of that warm feeling of nature and isolation that we’re drawn to as fly anglers.

Clown Knifefish on Fly

Boat:

  • 258 Carolina Skiff

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:

  • Trips starting at $400

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

    Contact Capt. Patrick Smith

    Requested Starting Date:

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

    Swamp to Sea Guide Service

    Call or Text Capt. Patrick Smith:

      561-503-0848

    What to Bring

    Flies

    •   Features

      • Spits a ton of water to attract bass from all over the area
      • Lots of movement from the rubber legs, marabou tail and palmered collar
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      • Weighted fly pattern catches fish just about everywhere
      • Variety of colors and sizes to imitate shrimp, crabs, baitfish & other food sources
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    •   Features

      • Great for tropical freshwater situations
      • Tough, durable & realistic looking fly
      • Tied on a super sharp Gamakatsu SC15 with a prong style weedguard
      • Approx. 3″ long
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      • Great for offshore and inshore species
      • Tough, durable & realistic looking fly
      • Tied on a super sharp Gamakatsu SC15
      • #1/0 is 2″ long; #2/0 is 3″ long; #3/0 is 5″ long (no weedguard on #3/0)
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    •   Features

      • Baitfish pattern that works under many situations
      • The body acts like the weedguard
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    •   Features

      • Polar fiber breathes and pulsate through water
      • Epoxy head prevents fouling
      • #4 Length: 2 1/2″, #2 Length: 3 1/2″, 2/0 Length: 5″
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    •   Features

      • Angle of foam causes unique wiggle/dive action
      • Polar fiber tail
      • 3″ long
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    • EP Peanut Butter – 2/0 Olive/Polar
    • EP Oscar – 2/0
    • Clouser – #2 Chartreuse/Yellow
    • Bass Popper – #10 Fl Green Splatter
    • Hud’s Bushwacker – #1 Bluegill
    • Polar Fiber Minnow – #4 Grey/White
    • Todd’s Wiggle Minnow – #6 Shad

    Outfits

    • Features

      • Better Spool efficiency.
      • Lighter and stronger then ever.
      • Sealed drag.
      • The matte type II anodized finish.
      • Smoothed out the reel foot as on for kink-free leader protection.
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    •   Features

      • CNC machined, anodized 6061-T6 aluminum design with quick release spool
      • Ultra-large arbor design for quick line retrieve
      • Smooth, compact carbon fiber drag system
      • Twin molded, soft-touch ergonomic handles
      • Oversized drag knob for easy adjustment
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    •   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
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    • A 6, 7 or 8 weight with floating line

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

    •   Features

      • 6-Panel structured front cap
      • Mesh back for ventilation
      • Black under brim helps reduce glare
      • Made by Simms for Ole Florida Fly Shop
      • One size fits most
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    •   Features

      • Breathable and quick-drying
      • Partial synthetic leather palm
      • 50+ UPF
      • Sizes: S(6¾”-7¼”), M(7½”-8″), L(8¼”-9″), XL(9¼”-10″)
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    •   Features

      • Made from quick-drying, fast-wicking 100% recycled polyester jersey with 50+ UPF sun protection and Polygiene® permanent odor control; same fabric as our Capilene® Cool Daily styles
      • Comfortable rib-knit neckband
      • Soft-hand graphic application
      • Original fishing-inspired art
      • Artists: Ryan Sharpe (Chase: Atoll Blue), Ed Anderson (Sketched FR Permit)
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    • Features

      • Be protected from the rain with confidence.
      • Two zippered handwarmer pockets and venting pit zips; all with welted exterior storm flaps with treated zippers.
      • Snag-free center-front zipper with external and internal storm flaps and zipper-garage chin guard.
      • Jacket self-stuffs into left handwarmer pocket with carabiner clip-in loop.
      • Two-way-adjustable hood with a laminated visor rolls down and stows with a simplified cord-and-hook design.
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    • Features

      • Be protected from the rain with confidence.
      • Two zippered handwarmer pockets and venting pit zips; all with welted exterior storm flaps with treated zippers.
      • Snag-free center-front zipper with external and internal storm flaps and zipper-garage chin guard.
      • Jacket self-stuffs into left handwarmer pocket with carabiner clip-in loop.
      • Two-way-adjustable hood with a laminated visor rolls down and stows with a simplified cord-and-hook design.
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    •   Features

      • Quick-dry, breathable stretch fabric with laser cut breathing holes
      • Longer cape for better sun coverage at neckline
      • Tall enough to fit over back of fishing cap
      • One size fits most
      • UPF 50 sun protection
      • 92% polyester/8% spandex
      • Lightweight, quick-drying, & breathable stretch fabric
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    •   Features

      • Simms’ COR3™ fabric technology – wicking, anti-odor & UPF 50
      • Built with Simms’ highest performing solar protective knit fabric that feels smooth to the touch, stretches for comfort, dries fast and keeps you odor-free with HeiQ Fresh and HeiQ Stain Away
      • 3-panel hood designed to shield from the sun and stay on with a stretch binding and snap closure
      • Extended sleeve length with envelope thumbholes and a center finger loop for back-of-hand sun protection
      • Combination of merrow seams & flat-seam construction for maximum comfort
      • Petal hem design for an elevated, feminine look and fit.
      • Body – 92% polyester/ 8% spandex 143 gsm single jersey knit finished
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    •   Features

      • Superior polarized lens. See specs below for details
      • Designed for medium – large fit/large coverage. However we’ve found that the Guide’s Choice is the model that fits well on the widest range of face sizes
      • Hydrophilic megol nose & temple pads for a secure fit
      • Out-of-sight spring hinges
      • 8 base lens curvature
      • Includes integrated/detachable sunglass leash
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    • 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, please try to use non-plastic containers if possible
    Patrick Smith Peacock on fly

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