Belize

El Pescador Permit
El Pescador Permit

El Pescador Permit image credit: El Pescador Lodge

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El Pescador Tarpon
El Pescador Tarpon

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Tailing Permit
Tailing Permit

Tailing Permit credit: Saltwatersportsman.com

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El Pescador Permit
El Pescador Permit

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As a fly fisherman, I have made trips to the Bahamas, Florida Keys, and Mexico multiple times. I have been to Belize once, back in 1984. Of the saltwater destinations I have fished, Belize is by far the place I would recommend first. I say this for several reasons. First, the fishing...on a daily basis you can have opportunities for bonefish, permit and tarpon. There are also barracuda, snook, snapper, grouper and jacks  and a host of other fish I cannot even name. There are miles and miles of saltwater flats, cuts with deeper channels and just a mile or two offshore from the barrier islands or cays (pronounced "keys") is the second largest barrier reef in the world. All of this combines to make Belize a magic place for the fly fisher. Although Belize is tucked between Mexico (the Yucatan) to the North and Guatemala to the West and South, I never met a person in Belize that did not speak English...many of them with a bit of a British accent. Belize was an English Colony from 1862 until it gained it's independence in 1981. It was a little bit disconcerting when when you are in that part of the world and you meet someone who looks more like a Mayan Indian than most Latin Americans I know and they speak like a Londoner. I will write more about my experiences in Belize somewhere below but first I want to give you more information of value.

From what I know, have heard and read, I do not think there is any "bad" fly fishing in Belize. There are bonefish, tarpon and permit (the big three) from Ambergris Caye in the North to Punta Gorda in the far South. (Note: if permit is your target, the Southern part of Belize is probably the place for you.)

When to go - From what I know, heard from friends and read, the information here is accurate and may help you plan your trip if Belize is a destination of interest http://www.tarponcaye.com/fishing/best-time-to-fish-in-belize/