North Carolina Inshore Saltwater Fishing (Light Tackle and Flyfishing) Traditional Rail Bird Flood Tide Hunts, and South Carolina Inshore Back Country Fly Fishing & Marsh Hen Hunting

North Carolina Inshore Light Tackle, Traditional Rail Bird Hunting,  South Carolina Inshore Fishing, Marsh Hen Hunts, and Wildfowl Hunts


Saltwater Fly Fishing,

Greetings from  Joe Guide Outfitters; Your saltwater fishing and hunting guide for North Carolina back country. Offering unique opportunity to catch the fish of your dreams.  Flood Tide Rail bird hunting is available along the Carolina coastal inshore, and wilderness areas behind our barrier islands, and delta estuaries.

Joe guide Outfitters is based out of  Wilmington, North Carolina- where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean at one of the sweetest vacation spots you will find along the Carolina Coast!

Saltwater Fly fishermen will easily see more tailing redfish  than the stars in the sky.Dinkins-Redfish

After a day of chasing redfish, you can take your loved one to one of Wilmington’s nice restaurants, and then take her dancing under a beautiful North Carolina Moon.

Wilmington historic  Port City is downtown off the Cape Fear River and located just off  N.C. Hwy 17.  Here you will find one of the most popular beach and retirement communities in the Carolina’s.

We have a number of wonderful beaches for your family to visit during your time here,  and you will also find two massive shopping areas for your loved one to go shopping, if they are not outdoorsy!

Wilmington, North Carolina is the home base of NC author: Walter (Joe Guide)  Dinkins, the author of The Rail Bird Hunter’s Bible (2014), and the fishing book on the state fish of N.C. (Red Drum. AKA Reds, Redfish, Spot tailed bass) according to YALE educated Professor of English Literature: Dr. Donald Millus PhD; (RED FISH ON A FLY) is the “most scholarly fly fishing book ever written on the Red Drum (RED FISH) in America”.

The Redfish is one of the most sought after saltwater inshore species that tails like  a bonefish, and feeds inshore on three species of crabs (mud, fiddler and baby blue), as well as  mud minnows, silver-sides, menhaden, and the brown and white shrimp that call the estuary system behind our barrier sea islands.

You will find a great many hotels and rental homes for you and your family to stay when visiting beautiful Wilmington, N.C. during  your next vacation.

How the guide got his nickname: “Joe Guide”…


Walter (Sonny) Dinkins is a Presbyterian (USA) Minster, US Navy Chaplain and OEF Veteran. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), Outdoor Writer and N.C. author: “Joe Guide”.

Former Captain of the 1984 Intercollegiate Sports fishing National Championship (USC Coastal Carolina (now Coastal Carolina University) hosts such Universities as:Harvard, Yale, Clemson, Georgia, USC, University of Tokyo, University of Toronto in the oldest ongoing US College Sports fishing Contest held every fall outside of Myrtle Beach, SC. He started guiding sports hunting and fishing at the young age of 9 while living in the low country of South Carolina.

In 1964 the famous outdoor writer and quail hunter from South Carolina- Mr. Havilah Babcock  nicknamed him “Joe Guide” during a quail hunt, and that nickname stuck throughout the years.

He has become well known around the United States through his scholarly saltwater fly fishing and wildfowl hunting articles about his real life outdoor adventures throughout coastal  cities and town throughout our nation and the world written by JOE GUIDE.  His aunt was Peggy Parish was the creator of the Amelia Bedelia children’s book series. He was the inspiration for two of her books- Granny and the Big Grey Thing, and Play Ball Amelia Bedelia.

Lefty Kreh, who is one of the most exciting fly fisherman this world has ever seen,  has said of Joe Guide- “I have never been with a guide who was a Presbyterian Minister & a U.S. Navy Chaplain, but I’d sure like to!” He doesn’t guarantee a miracle out there on the big water, but will do his best to put you on your target, and the client will have to make the shot, or make that important cast; what he will ensure is that, you or your family will have the “best of times” in the great outdoors!

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CAPT Walter Dinkins is sponsored by a lot of nice people: Wulff Flyfishing Products, Powerpole, Yeti, Go-Devil Manufacturing of LA, Rivers West Outdoor Clothing, and Creative Feather Fly Fishing Shop. He uses many different rods and reels like TFO, G.  Sage, Tibor Reels, H2o Inshore Spinning and Casting Rods, and Okumia Rods and Reels
Please take the time to look at all of my sponsor’s websites on the WWW, you will be happy that you did! They are all quite excellent.


“Joe Guide” and “Joe Guide Outfitters” ™ is a “Fly Fishing and Wildfowl Hunting Outfitter” during the various seasons of the year.  Fly Fishing for Redfish is done through poling my skiff, or by wading the saltwater flats while sight fishing for tailing redfish.

SEIZE THE DREAM.  Book a Inshore Fishing Charter where you use either Light Tackle or Fly Fishing and we will travel the back country flats fishing.   You decide on booking one or two half day (4 hr) charters. Let me know what days best fit your schedule, and I will let you know what dates are available, and what tides are like during those particular dates.

We take advantage of good tides and help you get to where you need to make those special  casts necessary to catch speckled sea trout, redfish, or flounder.

90% of my Clients are return customers, and many book charters – three or six months in advance- in order to obtain one or two (half day charters) during the highest of flood tides as many love to fish the back country flats searching for tailing reds, or those pushing throughout those creeks and flats.

For those interested in Wildfowl hunting, please note that  I will be  booking only  half day (4 hr) Big Water Diver duck hunting charters in the month of  January in North Carolina, which is the last month of our season.  This usually has the nastiest weather of our waterfowl season, and best time period when  we see the largest numbers of waterfowl migrating along Southeastern North Carolina.

At various time of the year I enjoy traveling all over the USA and the World- to some of the most wonderful fly fishing and waterfowl hunting locations!

In North Carolina or down around Charleston, S.C.  I can be found on my skinny water- D3 Marsh Master Flats boat fishing for for Redfish, Specks and Flounder- whenever the tide is moving, and especially enjoy wade fishing or poling my clients when the redfish are in the spartina grass!

In North Carolina, my local saltwater trailering range is from the lower Bogue Sound to the Lower Cape Fear Marsh Complex specializing in sight fishing for redfish!

I normally do not fish on  Sunday mornings,  as I am away and preaching at a PCUSA Church.

You see, I’m also a Presbyterian (USA) Minister, and retired US Navy Reserve Chaplain. I also worked at nine U.S. Embassies around the world, and traveled around the world a great deal too.

I’ve had my own Cable TV Show, and write articles on fishing and hunting and environmental fisheries issues that impact our estuary system. I also work with wounded warriors, and retirees, and have met some mighty nice clients from all over the USA.

I’ve been fly fishing for well over forty years, am blessed to have lived throughout the world and the USA.

What better person to guide you, than a USCG and NC registered guide. If you like to use light tackle, I have a few light tackle rods too you can use. If you want to wade fish, you will need to bring your own wade boots.