Fly Fishing for Redfish in the Lowcountry | Capt. Owen Plair

Fly Fishing for Redfish

About Captain Owen Plair

Capt. Owen Plair was born and raised on the waters of Beaufort, SC. He was fortunate to grow up on the Broad River. It is one of the most productive fisheries in the Low Country.

He obtained his Captain’s License while still in high school at the age of 18 years old in 2009. It led to his Professional Career as an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide.

His specialty is sight fishing very shallow water schools of Redfish at low tide. He loves to tail Redfish on the flood tide, along with cruising Cobia aboard his custom Maverick HPX-S.

Owen enjoys instructing new Fly Fishing anglers. He teaches the Orvis National Fly Fishing School, and Redfish School for Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort, SC.

You can join Capt. Owen for your own experience on the beautiful waters of Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, and Fripp Island South Carolina.

You can target Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout, Cobia, Tarpon, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, and many other species on Fly, and light tackle!

Capt. Owen Plair’s professional career as a guide has taken him to renowned places like the Ponoi River in Russia guiding for Atlantic Salmon.

During his career Capt. Owen has featured in National publications including Field & Stream Magazine, Sport Fishing Magazine, Sports Afield Magazine, Atlantic Salmon Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine, South Carolina Sportsman, Hatch Magazine, and Southern Culture on Fly.

Maverick HPX-S

Capt. Owen Plair owns a custom-built Maverick HPX-S.

As an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing guide, he takes great pride in providing the best experience possible for anglers.

Full Kevlar hull only weighing 1,050lbs with the engine, smooth dry ride, and sub 6inch draft. It never limits your ability as an angler on the shallow water flats of the Lowcountry.

You can fish in mere inches of water sight casting to big schools of Redfish on the low tide. You can also tail fish on the flood tide, and cruise Cobia in the spring.

Experience for yourself the comfort and performance from the Maverick HPX-S.

It has redefined the technical poling skiff and the ultimate fly fishing skiff in Lowcountry.

The footprint of this boat is very small. It gives you the advantage in skinny water. It’s not only as quiet as a hull can be, but pushes almost no water while poling a flat.

The small footprint allows you to get a lot closer to fish than most skiffs. It allows for better fishing and an easier cast. If you look at the skiff in person on the trailer you can see how sharp the S is at the nose of the boat, almost like a knife.

The other great thing about its hull design is riding in rough water. It has a large flare to the bow which keeps you dryer than any other 17.8, 6inch draft boat on the market.

You can go days running in a true 2ft chop aboard, and get home completely dry.

The HPX-S is a little tippy compared to other skiffs. But that is a sacrifice you take to stay dry and have a better poling skiff. Many anglers over the age of 50, some as old as 75, have no complaints about the boat being tippy. That is very important and proves that the S is a comfortable boat to fish.

Charter Rates

  • 1/2 Day 4 Hours – $450.00
  • 3/4 Day 6 Hours – $550.00
  • Full-Day 8 Hours – $650.00

Price includes 2 people. Any extra person is $50.00 and can carry up to 5 people.

All tackle and equipment provided for your trip, including SC fishing license. Water and Ice provided as well. Feel free to bring any other drinks, or snacks along.

If you want to bring your own gear, you can check the Best Travel Fly Rod here.

Things to Bring

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Lotion
  • Camera
  • Non marking shoes

Be ready to catch some fish!

Contact

Bay Street Outfitters

825 Bay Street

Beaufort, SC 29902

Testimonials

“Fishing with Owen is special. He knows how to put you on fish and keeps you wanting to come back. Try him out if you haven’t already.” Client from Atlanta, GA- Scott Hinchmen.

“Had the pleasure of meeting and fishing with Capt Owen Plair this past spring with my buddy Brian. What an awesome day on the Broad river. Owen is young and full of energy but mature beyond his years. He put us on reds in the flats and my favorite topwater trout. One trout I will never forget was almost 6lbs. Great guide, and an awesome location can’t go wrong” Client from Charleston, SC- Marin Toporek.

“Been fishing with Owen for a few years now. Always an amazing time, very accommodating to all skill levels, and extremely knowledgeable. No trip to the low country is complete without a guided trip with Owen!” Client- Tyler Rutherford

“I highly recommend Capt. Owen Plair in Beaufort, SC. Tons of fish, few boats, beautiful marshes, and a guide who will pole to the horizon and back! Excellent equipment and instruction as well. Can’t wait to get back to the quiet corner of the Lowcountry!” Writer/Professor/Client- Michael Steinberg.

“Owen is responsible for showing me my first career Redfish on a fly. I’ve been out with Owen on a countless number of occasions and every time, I have a day to remember.” – Orvis Endorsed Guide of the year 2014 Johnson City, Tenessee Patrick Fulkrod.

“Owen was the kind of guide you want in a situation like this. He grew up fishing the area and was some kind of savant, owning his first boat at 8 years old. He knew this water as well as it can be known. Additionally, he was a great guy and fun to be around, which was a real plus given the long periods of poling. He worked hard to keep us on fish and succeeded sporadically.” Client from Souix Falls, SD- Dan Fraiser.

“Thanks, Owen! That was definitely the best guided trip I have taken, and I’ll definitely be back in touch next time I’m in Beaufort. I’m still smiling about the fish you put me on.”

“Thanks for an outstanding evening in the Low Country, and, once again, for guiding me to many opportunities at tailing fish. Next time I will be better prepared to provide more hookups. It is possible we will be back again for Thanksgiving, but if not, then a cobia trip for sure in the late spring. I absolutely can’t wait to be back.” Client from Birmingham, Al- Rich Vanchina.

“Had the pleasure of getting on the bow of Owen’s Maverick HPX-S this past November. First of all, what an incredible fishery in Beaufort. I was impressed by the populations of redfish, the incredible schools, and the sight fishing opportunities they presented. Owen is a very knowledgeable, and very hard-working guide. We had tough visibility on the day we were out, and he continually moved us, and located fish, resulting in multiple hookups and fish to the boat. Thank you Owen, and can’t wait to get back up to do it again.” Client from Florida- Jon Roberson.

“I fished with Capt. Owen Plair this past Fall and he guided me to an epic couple of days of tailing redfish in the flood tide grass. This dude definitely guides these waters and guides them well… Capt. Owen is at the top of my list for any guide you are looking to book in Beaufort.” Captain Honson Lau from Miami, FL.

Last Updated on November 5, 2021 by Cuttyhunk Fishing Club.