Belize is known throughout the world as an outstanding fishing destination for anglers of all experience levels. The scenery is, of course, absolutely gorgeous, and at the right time of year the weather is perfect for relaxation and fishing. But the quality of the fishing is also impeccable, with the “big three” sport fish being bonefish, tarpon and permit (all of which are catch and release).
Sure, you’re not going to be able to take any of these fish home with you, but we can guarantee you that any time you’re able to chase these fish and get them biting, you’re going to have a great time with it. Belize makes for an especially ideal habitat for all three of these fish, because not only does it have the second-largest barrier reef in the world, but it also has a wide network of rivers, creeks and lagoons, a series of small caves and shallow water flats and some beautiful mangrove islands. Combine all of these geographical features, and you have a perfect spot for marine life, and thus, fishing.
Here are a few of the best spots you can hit up for Belize fly fishing if you want to catch any of these sport fish:
El Pescador Lodge in San Pedro: El Pescador Lodge is widely known for its fishing, diving and other eco-adventure opportunities. You’ll find it just outside San Pedro. They’ll take you out on to the flats to go fishing for all three of the fish listed above. Plus, if you’re in need of lodging, El Pescador has you covered with a wide range of accommodations, including guest rooms in the main lodge and a number of different sizes of luxury beachfront villas. Simply put, this has everything you need for a magical, relaxing getaway, whether it’s just you, you and a partner or you and your family or friends.
Glover’s Reef Atoll: Glover’s Reef features saltwater flats and adjacent deep waters, which makes it one of the world’s best fishing spots for bonefish and tarpon. Keep in mind that all fishing here is catch and release only. The Glover’s Reef Basecamp gives you plenty of options for lodging, as well as a range of other activities you can enjoy during your stay when you’re not fishing, including kayaking, snorkeling and much more. There is also a nearby marine reserve, where you can experience some first-class guided fishing trips to learn about traditional Belizean handline fishing, which is particularly popular with inexperienced fishers and children.
Tarpon Caye Lodge in Placencia: Tarpon Caye is just a 30-minute boat trip from Placencia Peninsula. At the lodge, guests can choose their saltwater fly fishing adventure with guided excursions. Tarpon Caye itself makes for an outstanding fishing location, because it’s right on a fringe reef that is known as the permit capital of the world.
For more information about some of the best spots for Belize flyfishing, or for information about some options closer to home in Colorado, we encourage you to contact Winter Park Flyfisher today.