Capt. Dave Best

My passion for fly fishing began as a kid, roll-casting live crickets with my dad – an oxymoron for most fly fishermen I know. We terrorized bluegill with Eagle Claw rods and Martin auto reels in Mississippi ponds, lakes and a few places we probably shouldn’t have been.

My passion began to grow as I went fly fishing for trout in the Smokies as well as out west in New Mexico. Fly fishing in New Orleans sealed the deal when I chased redfish with Capt Rich Waldner. I was addicted after catching in 30 redfish with one of his amazing spoon flies. Fly fishing in Louisiana has become my dream job since becoming a guide for the very same fish I love to chase.

our passion and the challenge

Fly fishing in New Orleans drives our passion, from tying flies in the shop to sight casting on the Louisiana Marsh. Fly fishing for redfish is about the challenge of lining up everything perfectly to pull in the fish we pursue. Spotting the fish, moving into position, casting the fly. We do our best to put you on the fish and maneuver into the best position for your cast.

Understanding the habits of redfish is crucial and the body language of the fish reveals best how to present the fly. Patience is key to our work - we want to serve you and watch as your passion for sightcasting grows. The Southern Fly is a place for beginners to learn and for seasoned anglers to continue doing what they love.

It’s about the challenge…

It’s about the thrill…

It’s about the chase…