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Superb saltwater fly fishing in the warm waters of the Caribbean for bonefish tarpon and permit. Top guides take you to isolated fished filled reefs for great sport. This is one of our top consultants favourite destinations. Dave Lewis raves about the rich fly fishing waters of Belize.
Resort style accommodation with access to top fly fishing guides. Superb on site facilities and great fishing close by.
Primarily Belize is a fly fishing destination, though there are opportunities for light to medium spin casting in several jungle rivers and coral reefs, for various species including tarpon and snook. For this I recommend a Shimano Beastmaster STC 4-piece spinning rod or similar, rated to cast lures between 10-60g. A 4000 size fixed spool reel loaded with around 20-30lbBS PowerPro completes the outfit. Carry a varied selection of lures being sure to include a few surface poppers such as the Rapala Skitter Pop. The sort of lures typically used for perch, zander and small to medium sized pike will be perfect.
An 8wt is the best ‘all-round’ fly rod for Belize, matched to a good saltwater grade fly reel complete with a weight forward Tropical fly line. This rod will be perfect for bonefish, snook and small permit, but I also carry a lighter 7wt for use on very calm days. When targeting permit and small tarpon a 10wt is recommended, while a heavier 12wt will be necessary if you plan on casting to large tarpon.
For bonefish all of the usual shrimp imitations such as Charlie’s, Gotcha’s, Bonefish Specials and small crab patterns work well. Crab imitations such as the Merkin and Bauer crab are a good choice for permit, while Clouser Minnow’s, Gummy Minnow’s, E.P. Minnow’s and classic Cockroach flies all work for tarpon. Most of the guides carry a small selection of ‘favourite flies’. Of course you’ll also need leader/tippet material and I always suggest carrying a few spare lines and backing.
Ensure your passport is valid for your trip. Most destinations insist that your passport must have an expiry date at least 6 months after your return flight. It is important that you check both your issue date and expiry date on your passport. If you have renewed your passport early in the past, the passport office could have added these extra months to your expiry date. Some countries, particularly in the EU, do not recognise these extra months. You should assume that your passport validity is 10 years from the date of issue.
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