Charters & Instruction

This is a free listing extended to any CHFF member with a charter  / boat guide business. Don’t let the small space allotted these Captains fool you. Every man on this list is a top-notch, and in some cases, world-famous fly-fishing guide.

Captain Frank Ciurca

Captain Frank Ciurca

Capt Frank Ciurca has been an outdoor writer, fly designer, charter captain and light tackle guide in the Chesapeake Bay and Ocean City MDfor over 20 years. He now fishes the waters of Charlotte Harbor and surrounding areas specializing in skinny water fly fishing/light tackle. As an Environmental Engineer, specializing in water pollution issues for over 30 years, your fishing experience will include an informed discussion of the Harbor’s eco system.


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Captain Michael Manis

Captain Michael Manis

Hi, I am Captain Michael Manis, a native Floridian and since I was a young boy the shallows or flats of our inshore estuary systems have been my favorite place to be. Some of my fondest memories are from when I was very young growing up fishing the tidal flats of the upper Florida Keys.

I specialize in fly-fishing and light tackle angling with artificial baits. Teaching is what really drives me, and I feel that it is important that you come away understanding everything from fish movements to presentation patterns including some new knots and rigging techniques. Hopefully, some of the skills acquired will be applicable anywhere you may fish in the future. Moreover, I really enjoy teaching children how to fish.


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Captain Matt Crouse

Captain Matt Crouse

Area Fished:
Charlotte Harbor/Pine Island Sound.

Launch Site(s): I launch out of a few ramps depending on tides and weather conditions but I usually launch at a tiny local ramp and pick up either at Laishley Park or Ponce DeLeon Park. I will also do dock pickups depending on the location.

Capt. Matt Crouse grew up fly fishing the mountain streams of Pennsylvania before eventually moving to Punta Gorda Florida in pursuit of saltwater game fish. There he learned the intricacies of Charlotte Harbor and saltwater fishing techniques from a handful of the best fisherman in Southwest Florida. Utilizing an 1820 Action Craft and a push pole he “stalks” fish for clients giving them the best fly casting opportunities he can. Capt. Matt specializes in fly fishing, using many of his own fly recipes, and light tackle spin fishing, using both artificial and live baits.

With a B.S in Education, Capt. Matt enjoys the teaching aspect of fishing without placing pressure on his anglers. He also loves working with children and seeing their faces light up while fighting the tough fish that reside in the harbor.

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Captain Rod Walinchus

Captain Rod Walinchus

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Captain Ralph Allen

Captain Ralph Allen

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Captain Jamie Allen

Captain Jamie Allen

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Captain Dave Jackson

Captain Dave Jackson

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Private Fly Casting and Fly Fishing Instruction with Dusty Sprague

Basic Fly Casting is designed for those new to the sport. This clinic provides an introduction to fly casting and shallow-water fly fishing in the salt-water environment. Intermediate-Advanced Fly Casting is designed to expand casting knowledge and skills, particularly for the saltwater environment including casting heavier lines and rods, dealing with wind, moving fish, moving boat, longer distances, and casting quickly, while maintaining control.

Each session is approximately one and one-half hours and the cost is $75.00.

By appointment – 941-468-1467 or

Dusty’s passion is teaching fly casting and shallow-water fly fishing. He began fly fishing in the late 1950s, learning from his father, who was an avid fly fisher of both warm and cold-water species. He began tying flies and teaching fly casting in the early 1970s and guiding in the early 1980s. He has fly fished for fresh or saltwater species across the US, Belize, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Canada and has guided in Alaska. He has conducted saltwater fly fishing schools and hosted groups in pursuit of shallow-water species in the Bahamas, Mexico, and Belize. He is a senior instructor at Casey key Anglers and Outfitters and Ascension Bay Bonefish Club in Mexico. He is a former guide and manager of a fly fishing shop and fly fishing guide service. He has been a featured presenter of fly casting demonstrations at numerous fishing shows and has appeared on ESPN’s Fishing Across America and NBC’s Today Show.

Dusty is a Federation of Flyfishers Master Certified Instructor, a member of the FFF’s Casting Board of Governors, and Chairman of the FFF Florida Council Casting Committee.

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Pete Greenan’s Fly Fishing School

An Introduction to Fly Fishing

When: Saturday October 4, 2008

Time: 9:30 am ‘til 1:30 pm

Where: Philippi Shores Park

Cost: $95.00

Learn to fly fish from Sarasota’s premiere flyfishing school with Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Casting Instructors Pete Greenan and Rex Gudgel, with outdoor writer Steve Gibson.

Confused about flyfishing? See how easy it is to acquire the skills to start you on a lifetime of angling enjoyment.


  • All Tackle
  • Individual instruction
  • Text booklet
  • Reference materials
  • Refreshments


  • Flyfishing Theory
  • Fly Tackle Made Easy
  • Basic Casting
  • Line Control
  • Distance and Shooting Line
  • Basic Knots


Phone: 941-923-6095

Cell: 941-232-2960


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