Capt. Rich Santos is a 18 year Florida resident originally from Long Island New York and currently a 10 year saltwater Kayak and Flats skiff Guide, IFFF Certified Casting Instructor and Outdoor Photographer.
His Photos and Flies are featured in two new publications. Saltwater Flies of the Southeast & Gulf Coast and Fly fishing the Surf by Angelo Peluso. Rich has produced the largest collection of fly fishing videos in North Florida with over 200,000 views on his YouTube channel in the last 6 years. He has written articles including “Fishing Florida’s First Coast” in the Fisherman Magazine in February 2010 and frequently featured in the Florida Sportsman online Media. In addition was a board member of the local fly fishing club and was elected to be fly fishing Moderator on a fishing website forum and capturing several 1st place best fly fisherman award in local tournaments.
He specializes in helping new as well as experienced anglers learn the sport of fly fishing in Northeast Florida and covers 75 miles of NE Fly fishing with a wide verity of fishing opportunities by kayak, skiff or wade fishing.
Rich was born in New York City on Manhattan Island’s east side and was raised in the Bronx as a young child. Then his family relocated him at age 13 to grow up in the suburbs of Nassau county, Long Island, NY. He graduated from Bethpage Senior High School in 1977. He eventually moved to eastern Long Island’s north shore Port Jefferson-Mt.Sinai area and discovered the salty inshore waters of the Long Island Sound and learned to fish.
His passion for fly fishing began approx. 25 years ago on the rocky north shore beaches from Smithtown Bay to Orient Point to Montauk and around to the south shore fishing for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Northern Bonito and False Albacore with a stripping bucket at his waist and fly rod in hand. He then helped create a new fly rod club known as the “Eastern Fly Rodders of Long Island” and was an active board member and officer of the local fly rod club with desire to share and help others learn. He has always been an active board member and club officer of numerous fly fishing clubs.
Largest Redfish caught in the marsh at 34″ long (13.5 Lbs.)
Now a 18 year resident of Florida he was able to fish 12 months out of the year first living in south Florida’s Broward County. He was the fly tying director in the South Florida Fly Fishing Club and an VP and Education Director for First Coast Fly Fishers in Jacksonville, Florida.
In addition he was elected to be Moderator on a couple of internet fishing website forums. His recent accomplishments include capturing 1st place best fly fisherman award in the JaxKayakFishing Classic annual tournament in 2007 and 2008.
Rich enjoys and prides himself with helping others learn the sport of fly fishing and has the patience, understanding and teaching ability it takes to help any beginner or advanced persons and is completely committed to giving you the best guide trip possible.