Hey there. I’m Captain Derek Rust and I’m ready to take you out to experience some of the finest shallow water angling in the world. It’s just a short run out of the Hawks Cay Marina to the finest backcountry fishing in the Florida Keys. My specialties are fly fishing and light tackle sight fishing. If you ask me, there’s nothing more exciting than silently stalking a school of skittish game fish, making a perfect cast, and feeling one of those bad boys take your line on a high speed run.
Whether it’s the elusive bonefish, mighty tarpon or snook, beautiful redfish, or my personal favorite, the tricky permit (who always seem to know they’re being fished and can disappear like Houdini), I live for shallow water fishing. It’s my life and I love sharing my passion with the folks who come aboard the Rusty Fly, a sweet and shallow 16-foot Hells Bay Biscayne that I’m lucky enough to call my office.
You can be an experienced fly fisherman or it can be your first time; a grown-up or a kid casting one of our easy-going spinning rods, I’ll customize the trip and tackle to make sure you have a great experience. I’ll always let you know what’s biting, and depending on the season and conditions, and I’m happy to target whatever species you desire.
So let's go backcountry fishing! I look forward to planning a great day.
About the Boat
The Rusty Fly is an 16’4” Hells Bay Biscayne. She’s made to get across the big water safely and comfortably, but when we reach the flats, she floats plenty shallow to get in the skinny water and right on the fish. We supply world-class fly or light tackle gear, depending on your preference. There’s a poling platform and plenty of space for carefree casting.
"Let us help you plan your trip! Enjoy a stay at Hawks Cay Resort and your fishing adventure will be just steps from your door."
Phone: (877) 423-6403