I have always loved to fish. I grew up in Homestead, South Florida and began fishing in canals and other waters close to home as a child. At the age of 13, I purchased my first boat and began to explore the areas of Biscayne Bay and the Everglades. My love for fly fishing grew, as did the areas I fished. I obtained my captains license when I was 17 years old and began my chartering business fishing with customers from Homestead down to Islamorada in the Keys.
I fell in love with fly fishing. Although I have the equipment, knowledge, and ability to provide a terrific trip for customers pursuing light tackle fishing, my passion is for fly-fishing and if this is something you have ever dreamed of trying, or if you're a well seasoned flyfisherperson, I will do my best to make your trip special. I love to share my expertise and passion with someone interested in learning - you don't have to know anything at all in fact - I can bring both fly and light tackle and spend as much time as needed teaching the art of fly fishing, but we would also have the ability to pick up a spinning rod. Your trip can be personalized to whatever you would like to ensure that you have an amazing time. I continued to explore and learn and now am able to provide backcountry guided fishing trips from Biscayne Bay down to Key West. I guide approximately 220 days a year on one of my two backcountry skiffs. One is a smaller Waterman with a 40hp Yamaha that is able to go in very shallow waters, and the other is a 16' Dolphin Super Skiff with a 90hp Evinrude, both are excellent, well kept vessels which will get us to our spots with comfort and ease.
In 2004, I relocated to the heart of Islamorada, the Fly Fishing Capital of the World. I am a ÂÂÂtrailer guide' meaning that my boats generally stay on a trailer, making me mobile to be able to move to wherever the fishing is at its best. My home base is right here in Islamorada at the Angler House Marina, an excellent put-in spot that allows for easy access to much of Islamorada's best fly fishing. I have had the opportunity to fish in many local tournaments and some of my proudest accomplishments include winning Grand Champion in the Redbone Tournament, Grand Champion in the Baybone, Grand Champion in the Key West Slam, Grand Champion two years in the Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament, and most recently, both in 2013, Grand Champion Guide in the Hawley and Grand Champion Guide during the 50th Anniversary of the premier tarpon fly-fishing tournament, the Gold Cup.
I guide anglers from novice to expert and specialize in those anglers that prefer fly fishing. Whether this is your first day on the water or your 100th, come down for a fun day of fly fishing with me, Capt. Brian Helms!