Captain | Eric Wallace
Coastal Fly Angler’s owner Captain Eric Wallace, providing guide services since the early 90s. His experience began as a river guide in the Rocky Mountains and throughout the Northwest, Guiding for shops like, Frying Pan Angler & Taylor Creek on Colorado’s Frying Pan & Roaring Fork and Kaufman's Streamborn & Gorge Fly Shop in Pacific NW Steelhead rivers for nearly 10 years prior to moving into a full-time Saltwater Guide. Combining over 27 years of Guiding Fly & Light Tackle Anglers..
Captain Eric lives in Portland Maine with his twin daughters and splits his year between the Florida Keys, Happy to guide anglers of all abilities and because he trailers his Maverick skiff, he has the ability to fish from any boat ramp that he feels will get you to the best fishing quickest!
Licensed United States Coast Guard certified Captain, Maine Registered Guide and holds the proper Licenses to guide in Florida’s Monroe County, guiding between Maine, Florida Keys since 2002. Captain Eric is also a member of the Thomas & Thomas Fly Rods, Hatch Reels Pro Teams,
If you would like to know more about fishing with Captain Eric Wallace and Coastal Fly Angler, please email him or call in the evenings.
Capt. Eric Wallace | Coastal Fly Angler
PH or Text (207) 671-4330
FL Keys | Maine | Cape Cod
Testimonies & Notes Over The Years.
Lefty Kreh "To Capt. Eric, you are a real professonial and fun to be with!! I want to thank you for sharing your boat and expertise and look forward to fishing together again soon and often."
Barry & Cathy Beck, Sage Fly Rods Pro Team "We spend our lives working with fly fishing guides around the world through our hosted trips with Frontiers International. Good guides are an elite group of individuals whose greatest passion is to find fish for their clients. We all sooner or later find that certain guide that stands head and shoulder above the rest. For us, Capt. Eric Wallace is that kind of guide. We look forward to our annual Maine Striper Fishing trip, and our days with Eric on the water. He's simply one of the best."
Jerry Gibbs, Fishing Editor, Outdoor Life"Capt. Eric Wallace is the wizard of Maine's, shallow water Striped Bass fishing. He'll conjure up fish where they shouldn't be, slip you a magic fly they can't refuse, and if you insist, even give you a time out to gulp your lunch."
Carl E. Anderson, Winner Gold Cup Alu-Marine Corporation"I've pretty much fished the entire world; from Marlin to sunfish. On fly, of course. Along the way many guides have poled me around. Rating from one to ten I easily give Capt. Eric Wallace an eleven. Casco Bay is an outrageously beautiful place but you must know your waters. The tidal swing is immense resulting in a very easily accomplished unwanted high and dry situation. Not only does Capt. Wallace know how to thread his way in and out of those tricky tides, he knows where the fish are moving to. But catching a lot of fish, which I did, is not the most important experience. Your guide should be friendly, accommodating and fun to be with. Eric is all of that."
Peter Smith, SS Flies "Thanks for the morning on the Casco Bay flats. It's such a blast to jump on the bow of a flats skiff and mess around sight fishing for stripers. Sure it's a good time to do the usual striper thing with heavy sinking lines and fishing the rocks, but seeing the fish in 18" of water and making the cast is so exciting. And the eat, with the fish pushing a wake towards the fly, shoulders breaking the surface and the last surge to inhale the fly, that is absolutely the best striper fishing to be had."
Capt. Curt Jessup, Cape Cod Outfitters "I can't tell you how impressed I was with Maine Striper fishing, specifically Casco Bay. Thanks to Capt. Eric Wallace for leading our group on three days of exciting striper fishing in the "Northern Bahamas" as all our fish were caught in less than 4 feet of water. Eric knows this water intimately and for a successful shallow water striped bass fishing trip--he is the guide to call!!!"
Drew Wing, Freeport, Maine"I fish Casco Bay about 60 days a year and really didn't think I would get much out of a guide. But last year was tough fishing so when my friend asked me to accompany him on a guided trip with Eric Wallace I said sure. I caught more quality fish that morning than I did all year. We fished skinny water, that most Maine guides would not touch. No trolling motors, just a pole, and some interesting fly patterns. I also fished with Wallace when in the Keys for several days in March. The conditions were tough but I had numerous shots at big Tarpon and Permit. One jump on a Tarpon and another eat by a big permit. 3 days of Northeast winds dropped the water temp by 7 degrees, and the Tarpon seemed to dissappear. I suggested that we might wrap it up after 7 hours of fishing. Wallace refused, and I got my hookup in the last hour. I like a guide that wants to keep fishing when I am thinking about beers on the dock. Also, I like a guide that pushes me to be a better angler by appropriately giving me shit. Wallace strikes a good balance."
Dave Skok, Boston, Massachusetts"If fantastic striper fishing is your goal, you'd do yourself well by making way to Casco Bay to fish with Captain Eric Wallace. Eric is a fun and knowledgeable captain whose office is one of the most picturesque and un-pressured stretches of water anywhere on the striper coast."
Curtis White, former manager, Saltwater Angler, Key West FL, currently at Patagonia, Freeport, ME"If you like fly fishing the flats, and find yourself in Maine, you need to go fishing with Capt. Eric Wallace. One of top guides fishing The Casco Bay area and his passion is poling for stripers cruising the shallows. One morning Eric poled us as skinny as his flats skiff would go so we could cast to healthy, broad shouldered stripers waking after baitfish. The takes were explosive! I would recommend a trip with Eric to anyone who enjoys fly fishing. He is a fun professional who is very knowledgeable about his sport and this fishery"
Jeremy Cameron, owner fliesandfins.com"I fished with Eric Wallace for the first time a couple weeks ago, in Maine. If you are in southern Maine and looking for a true flats sight fishing experience for stripers .. definately give Eric a call. He's been at it a long time and knows the skinny water striper game really well and not just in 1 spot .. and like the guy above me said he has lots of experience on flats all over the world .. But more than all of that, he works his A** off .. doesn't just drift across the flat and hope for the best .. He's willing to pole right into the tide time and time again to get you good shots at fish ... He is also heavily involved with conservation efforts here in Maine and well respected in the new england fly fishing community ... Eric is the man for quality, sight fly fishing stripers in skinny water."
Dennis Fay, Maryland "If you're planning a trip to the Portland/Yarmouth area and want to experience some really unique fishing, I enthusiastically recommend you book a day with Capt. Eric on Casco Bay. This is a place where a visitor really needs a guide, given what can happen in an area known for 9 to 11 foot tides which have carved away the rock, creating ledges, steps and undercuts in some areas while depositing their sediments in other locations to create grassy shoreline flats. You also have the added benefits of a good conversationalist in a guide who not only knows his local Striper fishing, but also Tarpon in his winter quarters in Florida Keys, and has lots of West Coast trout and steelhead experience. One other recommendation...get your arm in shape because there's not a lot of down time!"
As I backcast, a lobster boat chugged across our path and distinctive Down East accents could be heard over the diesel engine. Releasing the fly line, I was reminded that I wasn’t seeking bonefish in the Bahamas, but casting to skinny-water striped bass on Maine’s Casco Bay.
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