What To Bring - Fly Fishing

It’s important to have the right gear when fly fishing especially when you’re far away from home. The last thing you want to do is travel a great distance and find out you don’t have what it takes to fish. Below you find our recommendations for rods, reels, line, leaders, flies and other items you’ll want to have with you. If you have any questions about any of this don’t hesitate to write or call us, we’ll be happy to clear them up.

Important: Don’t count on buying fly fishing equipment and flies in Belize. There are not fly shops like you might find where you come from so you’ll need to come prepared. Your guide may be able to help you if you get in a jam but don’t count on it.

You will also need a Belize Sport Fishing License which you can get here.

Fly Fishing Gear
Rod Reel Line Leaders
Permit 8/9/10 wt Anodized, corrosion-resistant saltwater reel – capacity fly line plus 200 yards of 20 lb. backing with a high-quality smooth disk drag. Tropical WF Floating Line 9’-12’, 15-20 lb. tapered leaders and 15 & 20 lb. fluorocarbon tippet
Tarpon 11/12 wt Anodized, corrosion-resistant saltwater reel – capacity fly line plus 300 yards of 30 lb. or heavier backing with a high-quality smooth disk drag. Tropical WF Floating Line and Intermediate Sinking Line, 400 grain Sinking Line Pre-tied leaders with a 16-20 lb. class tippet and 40-80 lb. shock tippet
Bonefish 7/8 wt Anodized, corrosion-resistant saltwater reel – capacity fly line plus 200 yards of 20 lb. backing with a high-quality smooth disk drag. Tropical WF Floating Line 9’-12’, 10 lb. tapered leaders and 10 & 15 lb. fluorocarbon tippet
Snook 7/8 wt Anodized, corrosion-resistant saltwater reel – capacity fly line plus 200 yards of 20 lb. backing with a high-quality smooth disk drag. Tropical WF Floating Line Pre-tied leaders with a 16-20 lb. class tippet and 40-60 lb. shock tippet
Permit

8/9/10 wt

Anodized, corrosion-resistant saltwater reel – capacity fly line plus 200 yards of 20 lb. backing with a high-quality smooth disk drag.

Tropical WF Floating Line

9’-12’, 15-20 lb. tapered leaders and 15 & 20 lb. fluorocarbon tippet
Tarpon

11/12 wt

Anodized, corrosion-resistant saltwater reel – capacity fly line plus 300 yards of 30 lb. or heavier backing with a high-quality smooth disk drag.

Tropical WF Floating Line and Intermediate Sinking Line, 400 grain Sinking Line

Pre-tied leaders with a 16-20 lb. class tippet and 40-80 lb. shock tippet
Bonefish

7/8 wt

Anodized, corrosion-resistant saltwater reel – capacity fly line plus 200 yards of 20 lb. backing with a high-quality smooth disk drag.

Tropical WF Floating Line

9’-12’, 10 lb. tapered leaders and 10 & 15 lb. fluorocarbon tippet
Snook

8/9 wt

Anodized, corrosion-resistant saltwater reel – capacity fly line plus 200 yards of 20 lb. backing with a high-quality smooth disk drag.

Tropical WF Floating Line

Pre-tied leaders with a 16-20 lb. class tippet and 40-60 lb. shock tippet
As you can see above the same eight weight rod, reel and line setup can be used for permit, bonefish and snook so don’t feel you need four different setups for the four species. Two setups one for tarpon and the other for permit, bonefish and snook and you’ll be set for anything you want to fish for. If you have several options in your arsenal you’ll find that bonefish will be more fun on a seven weight and you’ll be able to fight the larger permit for effectively with a nine weight setup.
Note: All rods need to be stiff and fast enough to cast a line in windy conditions – there’s almost always a breeze on the water.
Flies
The flies listed below all catch fish. Some work better at certain times of the year than others so be sure to check with us before your trip and we can give you specific recommendations for when you are coming to Belize. You don’t need them all to be successful.
Permit Tarpon Tarpon Snook

Bauer Crab #4 Olive, Tan

Raghead Crab #2, 4, 6

Merkin #4 Half Brown Half Tan

Ragin’ Cravin Crab #4

Enrico Puglisi Crab #2, 83-Tone, Tan, Olive, Sand, Brown

Turneffe Crab #4, 6

Perterson’s Spawning Shrimp #2, 4

Enrico Puglisi Spawning Shrimp #1/0, 4 Olive, Tan

Enrico Puglisi Permit Crab #1 3-Tone, Tan, Olive, Sand, Brown

Avalon Shrimp Fly #2, 4

Rabbit Strip Black Death #1/0, 3/0

Cockroach #1/0, 3/0

Abel Anchovy #3/0

Tarpon Toad #2/0, 3/0 Tan, Black Death, Purple/Black, Brown

Traditional Black Death #1/0, 3/0

Enrico Puglisi Mullet Fly #2/0, 3/0 Assorted Colors

Deceivers #1, 2/0 Assorted Colors

Enrico Puglisi Peanut Butter Fly Black/Purple, Black/Red, Gray/White, Chartreuse/White

Gummy Minnows #2/0 Assorted Colors

Gotcha #2, 4, 6, 8 Pearl, Gold or McVay’s

Sili Legs #4, 6Puff Fly #4, 6 Pink, Tan

Borski’s Bnefish Slider #4, 6

Gotcha Clouser #4, 6

Crazy Charlie #4, 6, 8 Tan, White, Pink, Chartreuse

Skinny Water Gotcha #4, 6, 8 (No eyes)

Squimp #6, 8

Bonefish Bitters #6, 8 Amber, Olive, Hermit Crab

Horror Bonefish Fly

Missing Link #4, 6 Olive, Tan

Turneffe Crab #4, 6 Olive, Tan

Enrico Puglisi Bahamas Shrimp #1, 6 Assorted Colors

Christmas Island Special #6, 8 Pink, Pearl, Orange

Clouser Deep Minnows #2/0, 2

Pearly Poppers #2/0, 2

Big Fish Deceivers #4/0

Saltwater Poppers #2/0 Assorted Colors

Barracuda Needlefish #1, 2/0

Gummy Minnows #2/0 Assorted Colors

Permit

Bauer Crab #4
Olive, Tan

Raghead Crab #2, 4, 6

Merkin #4
Half Brown Half Tan

Ragin’ Cravin Crab #4

Enrico Puglisi Crab #2, 8
3-Tone, Tan, Olive, Sand, Brown

Turneffe Crab #4, 6

Perterson’s Spawning Shrimp #2, 4

Enrico Puglisi Spawning Shrimp #1/0, 4
Olive, Tan

Enrico Puglisi Permit Crab #1
3-Tone, Tan, Olive, Sand, Brown

Avalon Shrimp Fly #2, 4

Tarpon

Rabbit Strip Black Death #1/0, 3/0

Cockroach #1/0, 3/0

Abel Anchovy #3/0

Tarpon Toad #2/0, 3/0
Tan, Black Death, Purple/Black, Brown

Traditional Black Death #1/0, 3/0

Enrico Puglisi Mullet Fly #2/0, 3/0
Assorted Colors

Deceivers #1, 2/0
Assorted Colors

Enrico Puglisi Peanut Butter Fly
Black/Purple, Black/Red, Gray/White, Chartreuse/White

Gummy Minnows #2/0
Assorted Colors

Bonefish

Gotcha #2, 4, 6, 8
Pearl, Gold or McVay’s

Sili Legs #4, 6

Puff Fly #4, 6
Pink, Tan

Borski’s Bnefish Slider #4,6

Gotcha Clouser #4, 6

Crazy Charlie #4, 6, 8
Tan, White, Pink, Chartreuse

Skinny Water Gotcha #4, 6, 8
(No eyes)

Squimp #6, 8

Bonefish Bitters #6, 8
Amber, Olive, Hermit Crab

Horror Bonefish Fly

Missing Link #4, 6
Olive, Tan

Turneffe Crab #4, 6
Olive, Tan

Enrico Puglisi Bahamas Shrimp #1, 6
Assorted Colors

Christmas Island Special #6, 8
Pink, Pearl, Orange

Snook

Clouser Deep Minnows #2/0, 2

Pearly Poppers #2/0, 2

Big Fish Deceivers #4/0

Saltwater Poppers #2/0
Assorted Colors

Barracuda Needlefish #1, 2/0

Gummy Minnows #2/0
Assorted Colors

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