St. Petersburg, FL

Mel Simpson is a fly fishing guide on the west coast of Florida that fishes for redfish, snook and tarpon. Originally from the Pacific Northwest has spent the last 3 decades saltwater fly fishing. He is a tier at the FFF Expos in both Florida and Oregon.

A passionate steelhead fly tier and now saltwater fly tier, he uses a lot of the same materials, for both. “When I discovered Whiting feathers back in the 80’s my tying world changed!” After throwing flies at tarpon for 30 years he has a pretty good idea of what works and Whiting feathers work.

He lives in St. Petersburg, and fly fishes Tampa Bay and Homosassa, Florida.