Published Dec 23. 2011

Captain Mel Simpson

A fly fishing guide operating out of St. Petersburg, Florida

Flatwing tarpon fly -
Bend Back Up snook fly -
EP Kwan redfish fly -
Captain Mel Simpson - Tying at the 2011 FFFEXPO
Captain Mel Simpson and three of his fly patterns

Fly fishing has always been an important part of my life. I began fly fishing in the Pacific Northwest, and fished for steelhead from British Columbia to California. If someone asks me something about "fishing" I automatically picture fly fishing...I think in fly fishing.

After retiring in 1993, I moved to St. Petersburg, Florida and became a fly fishing only guide. Here we mostly sight cast to redfish, snook and tarpon. This area of Florida is where all the really large world record tarpon are.

As well as fishing with a fly it seems I have always tied flies, starting with steelhead and then saltwater in the 1980's. I like all types of materials and styles of flies and I am especially interested in new techniques. I only have one rule, a fly must catch fish before I share it.

I'm on the Whiting Pro Team, a Simms Ambassador Guide and a Sage Pro Guide. Other interests are my flats boat and did I mention fly fishing and fly tying?


Tampa Bay and Homosassa, FL



Capt Mel is a great guide , his knowledge of red fish snook and tarpon are over the top , his level of patience and professionalism are out standing

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