Fly Fishing

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Private trip guided by Capt. Cam

BlackBird Guide Services 10-19 years of experience


Coastal North Carolina has a lot to offer when it comes to fly fishing. There are both opportunities inshore and nearshore for a large array of species. Generally, when talking about saltwater fly fishing we are also talking about “Sight Fishing.” Sight fishing means you are casting to fish you can easily see. We do this often in fishing and it is especially important when fly fishing. With a spinning rod you can make hundreds of blind casts to cover ground and catch lots of different species. When fly fishing we try to hunt the fish and provide a well-placed fly in front of them.

Red drum is a client favorite to catch while fly fishing. Red Drum are around all year long and make a fantastic target for the angler looking to sight fish. In the summer months you will find these fish belly crawling down the bank eating shrimp or moving up into the marsh grass on a flood tide with their tails out of the water. In the fall, spring and winter these fish will school up and make for incredible fishing. It is not uncommon especially in the winter and spring to find groups of red drum in a school of 200+ fish.

For nearshore fly fishing the most popular species is False Albacore also know as “Albies,” or “Little Tunnies.” These fish will absolutely rip drag and for that reason we refer to them as deep-water bonefish. That is why BlackBird Guide Services will make sure you are set up for success while fly fishing! Redrum are excellent to catch on fly it’s hard to beat a False Albacore that will get you into your backing in a matter of seconds. These fish are migratory and show up in okay numbers in the spring. In the fall, it’s game on for fly fishing for False Albacore. Don’t be surprised to find hundreds of these fish busting on the surface waiting for a well-placed fly.

Another species that is surprisingly great for sight fishing mainly in the summer months are sharks and they are not small! We generally use a 11 to 12 wt fly rod for these toothy critters and there is not shortage of them on the Carolina coast. Book your unforgettable fly fishing excursion today!

Targeted species

  • Redfish
  • Spotted Sea Trout
  • False Albacore
  • Sharks

What to bring

  • Bring your own lunch / snacks
  • Polarized Sunglasses


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  • Carolina Beach, NC
  • Sneads Ferry, NC
  • Surf City, NC

Exact meeting location will be discussed after booking.

Guided by BlackBird Guide Services

Wilmington, NC, USA10-19 years of experience

Hey Folks! My name is Cameron Pappas most people call me “Cam”. I was born and raised right here on the coast of Wilmington NC and grew up being on the water and operating boats from a young age. I have always had an affinity with fishing and it continues to be something that I can’t ever seem to get enough of, so much so that I made it my career. I started guiding in my late 20’s after working in the corporate world for close to 8 years. I began as a part time guide working my 9-5 on weekdays and guiding on the weekends until I was eventually able to leave my office job to pursue guiding full time. While guiding is my main profession I am also a part time outdoor photographer, fly tyer and podcast host.

I am dedicated to providing a professional and enjoyable experience for all skill levels of anglers and hope to share my passion for fishing with all my anglers.

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