Norm Zeigler's Fly Shop (Norm Zeigler's Fly, Bait, and Tackle Shop, L.L.C.) is located on Sanibel Island, Florida, the site of some of the world's best saltwater fly fishing. Unlike many other top saltwater fly fishing destinations -- i.e. the Florida Keys, The 10,000 Islands area of the Everglades -- on Sanibel Island it is not necessary to have a boat to enjoy world-class fly fishing. Sanibel Island fly fishing features tremendous opportunities from shore and wade fishing in very shallow waters.
Because Sanibel Island is a subtropical barrier island, good angling opportunities exist throughout the year and in most weather and wind conditions. The fish habitats around Sanibel Island range from sandy Gulf of Mexico beaches to mangrove estuaries, grass flats, tidal creeks, bayous, rocky groins, and oyster bars.
Common game fish species in the waters around Sanibel Island include snook, redfish, spotted seatrout, tarpon, pompano, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jack crevalle, false albacore, tripletail, and cobia. Only a few of the species -- i.e. tripletail, false albacore -- are not commonly fishable from shore. Sanibel Island is most renowned for fly fishing for snook.
Snook fishing on Sanibel is some of the best in the world. Sight fishing for snook from our beaches during the warm months -- May through October -- provides one of the greatest thrills in fly fishing. These magnificent game fish are fast and powerful. They are also spectacular jumpers.
In addition to the myriad shore fly fishing opportunities on Sanibel Island, there are hundreds of square miles of excellent angling water accessible by boat around Sanibel and its nearest sister island, Captiva. These waters include the Gulf of Mexico, San Carlos Bay, the Caloosahatchee River, Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass and Charlotte Harbor.
Norm Zeigler's Fly, Bait, and Tackle Shop is located at 2242 Periwinkle Way, Unit 1, Sanibel Island, Florida 33957 (across the driveway from The Sanibel Bean coffee shop). Phone: 239-472-6868.
We can provide you with all the gear, information and services you need to make your Sanibel Island fly fishing adventure a truly memorable interlude.
Photo by Bob Gerwig
Hooked to a big snook at sunset.