Capt. Bruce Chard

Capt. Bruce Chard Hatch Outdoors Pro Staff

Pro Staff

Capt. Bruce Chard






Captain Bruce’s love and commitment to the sport of fly fishing is shown in his accomplishments within the fly fishing industry. Since becoming addicted to fly fishing in his teens, Bruce knew what his career was going to be right out of high school and didn’t waste any time after graduating by promptly starting his fly fishing guiding business in the Florida Keys. Bruce has since been a full time Florida Keys fly fishing flats guide gaining 25 years of experience and counting. Specializing in sight fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit along with some of the best salt water fly fishing instruction available, Bruce has become one of the most sought after fly fishing guides in all the Florida Keys.

Other accomplishments:

FFF Master Certified Fly Casting Instructor for over 20 years

Past American Fly Fishing Trade Association Board Member – AFFTA

Featured Angler in the full length fly fishing film “RISE”

Fly Fisherman Magazine Salt Water Digital Contributor

Designed and created a full line of Bruce Chard Professional Series Grand Slam fly lines – winning best of show award at 2013 IFTD show – Currently with Airflo – Tropical Punch Line

Has been featured on the cover of 18 different high profile fly fishing magazines

Top Advisory Pro Staff or Ambassador Member for the following fly fishing companies – Simms, Echo Rod, Airflo Fly Lines, Smith Optics, East Cape Skiffs, Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures and Gamakatsu Hooks

Over 24 custom Chard fly patterns with Riverborn fly company

Currently has first fly fishing book contract with Stackpole publishing

Currently hosts popular fly fishing schools for bonefish, tarpon, permit and sailfish throughout the Florida Keys, Bahamas and Guatemala for the past 18 years and has recently become the director of fly fishing schools for Blackfly Lodge in the Bahamas

Has fly fished in over 10 different countries world wide

Bruce is a popular paid speaker and casting instructor at fly fishing shows, fly clubs, and fly shops nation wide

Bruce resides in the Lower Florida Keys with his wife Sara and son BJ.