Inshore Saltwater Fishing Charters – Light Spinning and Fly Fishing

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North Carolina Saltwater Fly Fishing Guides



Full day 8 hrs

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Includes a signed copy of my book, lunch, water, fruit.


1/2 day (two persons) 4 hrs




1/2 day (one person) 4 hrs


  Joe Guide Outfitters – North Carolina Saltwater Fly Fishing

Way out in the back country of North Carolina and  South Carolina thousands of acres of saltwater flats you can find me out on my skinny water Redfish skiff. I have posted a photo here so you can see it.

Friends, this is a unique, one of a kind skiff that I designed on a napkin, while studying at the Naval War College in Newport, RI back in 2009.

The D3 Marsh Master Flats Skiff  (19.9″ x 69″)  and is pushed  by a powerful Tohatsu 50 hp (2 Stoke) engine.

My sponsors includeSTIFFY maker of  Graphite Push Poles for the hard working guide, ATLAS, maker of their famous- Micro-Hydrolic jack-plate.  Power-Pole, creator of the Hydraulic boat anchoring system,  and Min kota, maker of the 55 pound thrust trolling motor. my YETI Cooler (keeps Ice “Chilli Willi Cold” for three or four days! H2O Inshore Spin casting rods 7ft (1 pc), and I love my  Shamino Inshore Spinning Reels, and last but not least- Royal Wulff Fly Lines created the exceptional (Saltwater Bimini Triangle Tapered- Fly Line) which is simply epic! TFO Flyrods, as well as their excellent- Spin and Casting Inshore Rods do their job very well indeed! You need to look at all these products via their websites and get you some of these great fishing and equipment needed to get out into the wilderness back country waters and catch you some fish!

I also  support outstanding programs- such as  “Project Healing Waters Saltwater Fly Fishing Programs” for our Veterans and also occasionally am requested for speaking engagements. I encourage you to look at their website. I assisted in getting PHWFF approved for working at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD back in 2011, when their Founder and National Director- requested my assistance. Great fly fishing Americans like Mr. Lefty Kreh also assists occasionally with PHWFF, and he also served his nation, a great number of years ago! Did I tell you I’m better looking than Flip Pillot, and Lefty Kreh?

I also use a 16×60 “Go Devil Surface Drive Boat” with a GDSD-35 Mud Motor throughout the  rail bird hunting season.

JOE GUIDE OUTFITTERS specializes in (Inshore Fishing the back country flats), especially exciting is sight fishing or wade fishing with both  Light Tackle and  fly rods. We use Flies by SPIRIT RIVER (Numero Uno)  “Crabby and Shrimp Flies” Size 1 with large bead eyes works mighty fine in calf to knee deep Spartina Grass!

We offer- during the summer and early fall charters: “wade fishing for redfish” in our Spartina Grass Flats, if you think you might enjoy stalking a red outside the boat, but you need to bring your wading boots!

I prefer to take my clients fishing prior to the flood tidal periods- where there are incoming high tides. We fish a half day (4 hour) charter- throughout the incoming and  falling tides- during the full and new lunar tides which are needed to properly flood our  spartina flats.

There  I know  are thousands of primary and secondary food species for reds. These are shrimp and crabs: these are the mud crab, the fiddler crab and smaller/jeuvie blue crabs. Prior to the flood tide we can find reds staging along deep cuts and deeper drop offs, especially off oyster beds prior to the higher incoming tidal periods, however, I must say that I enjoy fly fishing the flooded spartina grass flats best of all when the tides are calf deep and incoming, prior to flood tide and during the falling tides off a super high tide when wading and sight fishing can be exciting!

My local saltwater range in southeastern North Carolina is from Bogue Sound south to the Cape Fear’s lower delta region where you’ll find thousands of acres of shallow flats with cuts, as well as miles of muddy creeks and deep channels that flood into expansive duck ponds and massive old rice fields now taken over by spartina grass where I take my clients wade fishing or poling them in my skiff while sight-fishing for redfish in skinny water!

I also book a “limited number” of fly-fishing, waterfowl and marsh hen hunting trips in the back country outside of  Charleston, S.C.  This is wilderness  salt marshes and are areas as diverse as any spartina or back country delta. If you live in South Carolina, or perhaps planning on visiting that old port city some time this year, and desire to  book a flyfishing or wildfowl hunt with an U.S. Navy Veteran for a two (half day)’s charters- contact me, and we shall discuss tides and dates that are available in my Guide Book.

The Carolina Coastal back country  is where I grew up hunting and fishing. My family still has property down there.  Charleston is approximately- four hours o/w drive, south of my current hometown in Wilmington, NC;  however it’s these areas where  I grew up chasing reds and waterfowl during the days of my youth.

A minimum charter for fishing the back country coastal flats, rivers or bays near  Charleston, South Carolina is two half day booking, due to the distance involved trailering my skiff down there and back.

I talk about all of these back country wilderness areas along coastal South and North Carolina Atlantic Seaboard as well as a great number of other redfishing communities, and some out of the way fishing areas in my Fly Fishing book: RED FISH on A FLY. You can get my book on (,  or you can contact me for a signed copy which I will send to you while supplies last, for $35 and S/ flies work on reds

I am a Presbyterian (USA) Minister, and U.S. Navy Chaplain (Ret) following- thirty years of military service in peacetime and during war. This has kept me quite busy at times throughout my life.

Who do you want to guide you out on the back county flats?

Some guide with a slick flats boat, who’s never put his life on the line for our nation, or someone who’s served in times of war and peacetime- throughout the USA and the world? You just got to make that decision for yourself.

I’ve been fly fishing for well over forty years now, and am blessed to have lived throughout the world and the USA serving our great nation, yet I too am haunted by waters, and by memories of great flats not yet fished- around our nation and the world. Perhaps you see big redfish in your dreams?

You can book any guide, but I hope you will book a U.S. Veteran on your next adventure!

What better person to guide you, than a USCG Registered guide, and someone who’s a registered to guide in both North and South Carolina’s coastal inshore waters.

If you like to use your own rod, that is fine, you bring it down,  or you can use  one of my light tackle or fly rods. Just let me know. as I have plenty of fly rods and light tackle rods. Fly Fishermen I keep a good selection of big ol’ Crabby flies, and Shrimp, and Spoon  Flies, or you can bring your own if you desire. Light Tackle rods are 6.6 and 7′ MF action Spinning rods and we enjoy throwing top water plugs like Zera Spooks, YoZurri, Heldon, and even on old Frog… in the early AM during the summertime, and MR15, MR17’s, and Jig/Gulp, with our light tackle rods and reels.

My favorite areas to fly fish…

greenfliesrderedsdelight during falling tidesFriends, just take a while, and look at the Lower Cape Fear River’s lower Delta Marsh, and Bogue Sound Marsh which are two unique skinny water areas of approximately 34,500 acres of salt marsh back country bayous; with miles of flats, creeks, cuts, and thousands of acres of spartina grass flats, some tall, or short spartina- as well as hundreds of sweet little back country “saltwater duck ponds”  suitable for wading.

It’s here…but  way out in the back country wilderness where the big ol’ flats boats cannot get into- except during the highest of tides.

Your adventure in the Carolina’s low country is here behind our barrier sea islands, and there are millions of flats out there, and inshore fishing throughout the year. It’s here where you’ll find reds that come in pushing water, or tailing. Redfish need to eat one-half of their weight in crabs or shrimp each week to continue to grow at their rate of growth. (Research by Joe Guide;s RED FISH ON A FLY). It’s in the spartina grass flats where the small mud, fiddler, and baby blue crabs and the shrimp inhabit these estuaries.

Most of your shots at reds will be casts that will range from approximately 25 – 40 feet. You should practice yo’ casting before you come down.

These marsh complexes’ are where the red drum (Redfish) grows up. Friends, these areas will remind you of the back country of southern Louisiana, except in Bogue and the Lower Cape Fear Delta region, there are hundreds and hundreds of acres where you can wade and sight fish tailing reds.

*As you may already know, you can’t wade in southern Louisiana due to gators and deep mud.

The Carolina low country salt marsh has thousands of miles of back country flats and duck ponds where I will pole you around the flats, or if it’s summer or early fall, we will wade- fish, and you’ll certainly enjoy stalking redfish. We’ll find rat reds (< 24″),  and some mighty big over slot reds to 32″  pushing water, or tailing depending on the seasons of the year.

We might be fishing  along the flats, or back in the deeper creeks, or in the winter months in shallow mud and oyster skinny water bays near some deep creeks where they can warm up in the late fall and winter months. We also fish off the lower Cape Fear River’s back country flats for Flounder and Specks during the seasons when they are strong. You decide, and tell me what you would like to focus on prior to your charter.

Dink-Spartina grass+big flies=ol' red

We will get to them by poling my 19.9 x 69” D3 Marsh Master skiff, or we can wade for them – if you prefer to do that in skinny water flats during the warmer months. I focus on fly fishing during the flood tides from April – September.  I guide from Bogue Sound – south to the Lower Cape Fear Salt Marsh complex. Now, listen to me, if you take some time, look at these areas on Google Earth, and you can see just  how massive these salt marsh complexes are to navigate.

Perhaps you like to fish from a  “fly casting forward platform”, or you might simply enjoy being poled across a incoming high and falling tides- chasing redfish in singles, or  pods of 4-8 or 12 or more?

No matter the number, you with certainly experience fly fishing in a beautiful part of coastal North Carolina saltwater flats that lay just inside our barrier island’s back country!

                                                                WING SHOOTERS or WILDFOWL HUNTERS

There are four huntable species of rail bird, however in SE North Carolina we hunt the Sora’s and Clapper species (we refer to the larger Clapper Rail Birds as “Marsh Hens”). I am the only guide that charter’s hunts in the traditional method of hunting the noble  Rail Birds during their seventy day season that runs from  September and ends in November or December. Contact me and let me know what days you might be interested in, and I will let you know what rail bird flood tide date is available!

North Carolina Diver Hunting  will only be booking limited number of morning or afternoon Diver Duck Hunting Trips in the month of January 2016.

I am on these waters a great amount of time, and I  know these back country marshes and shallow bays  like the back of my hand. You just got to see these back country areas for yourself and you will see just how beautiful they are with your own eyes.  You will find that I am the nicest guide you’ll ever meet, and one who will always do my very best each trip, to get you where you need to be to be successful in your next outdoor adventure.

Wilmington, NC has a great deal of beaches, shopping malls, golfing, tennis, surfing for the kids and young people. Keep that in mind if you are bringing your family down this way.

Call  910. 685.6845 when confirming a booking date