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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


  • 258 Carolina Skiff


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

Best Season: Year-round


  • Half Day (4hrs): $325
  • 3/4 Day (6hrs): $450
  • Everglades (Feb – May) Full Day (8hrs): $550

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

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    What to Bring


    • 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


    •   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
    • 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

    • 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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