Los Roques Archipelago is located about 90 miles off the coast of Venezuela. The people are gracious hosts and getting there is as easy and as safe as visiting Mexico or Belize.
Although the bonefishing can be productive year around, most anglers visit in late January through early September. During this time, the tides are lower, allowing anglers more opportunity to fish for tailing bonefish. In September through early January the tides are higher and although the fishing is still very good, anglers spend more time wading along the beaches or fishing from the boats (not flats boats). Los Roques isn't known for its tarpon fishing but there are usually some around in October and November so take a tarpon rod if you are planning to visit during this time. Large permit are occasionally spotted but anglers should expect to have little to none legitimate shots while fishing Los Roques.
Tropical storms rarely have an impact this far south and summer temperatures on the flats are usually milder than they are further north in the Caribbean.
7 night, 6 day fishing package
Caracas, Venezuela is about 3 hours from Miami, and most flights arrive late in the day. Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for the night. The hotel and transfers are included in the trip price. Dinner is on your own tonight.
You will be picked up from the hotel early in the morning for the 35 minute flight to Los Roques. Flights depart at 5:30 and 7:30 am, dependong on demand. The transfer and local flight is included in the trip cost. Please dress for fishing, as you will quickly check into the lodge and immediately hit the flats of Roques. Our outfitter will have you on the flats in minutes. The longest run from the harbor is less than an hour. After a full day’s fishing with lunch on the flats, you will return to the lodge to relax and enjoy a nice dinner and get to know the other anglers staying at the lodge. Dinner is served around 8:00 PM.
The typical day starts with an early breakfast and then you set off with your guide around 7:30am for a full day of fishing the flats. Typically you pack a lunch with you and stay out on the flats until around 3:30 pm. There’s no shade out there, but the boats have an awning to provide a break. The area has a wide variety of flats which means the guides can move you around, depending on the wind and tidal conditions, to put you in the best spot for fly fishing. By the end of the afternoon, you head back to the lodge and get there about 4:00 pm. The lodge is conveniently located and you can take a stroll on the beach or around the quiet village of Gran Roque before or after dinner. Dinner is served around 8:00pm.
If you don’t want to fish, the national park and white sand beaches attract snorkelers, divers and beach lovers. The sea turtles, coral and bird life are fascinating for anyone interested in nature. It’s easy to arrange a snorkeling excursion or a day sailing on a catamaran from the village. Many of these activities can be set up with the lodge staff during your stay. The nightlife is quiet and shopping is almost non-existent; this is a destination for nature lovers and fly fishers who enjoy isolated islands.
You fish the early part of the day, then return to the lodge to check out and catch a late afternoon flight to the mainland. Depending on your ongoing schedule, you overnight at a hotel near the airport (the most common scenario) or catch an international flight. (The transfer and overnight at a hotel near the airport are included in the trip price.) Dinner is on your own this evening.
In the morning, you will be transferred to the international airport in time to catch your flight home. This transfer is included in your package.
Surprisingly, some veteran saltwater fly fishermen who’ve fished all three of the famous bonefishing destinations rate Los Roques higher than the Seychelles’ famed St. Francois atoll and Christmas Island’s flats. The sheer number of islands and cays, plus coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangroves provide excellent habitat for bonefish and a wealth of opportunities to approach them. Although the island has been a lobster and conch fishing area for centuries, its complex marine habitat is in good shape and diligent conservation efforts have been mandated to protect them. Summer trade winds mean you need to have a solid double haul and understand the basics of working with the wind on the flats, but the rewards are hookups with large bonefish in crystal clear water. We will leave the decision about where Los Roques fits in the pantheon of flats fishing destinations to you, but it is a lot easier to get to the southern Caribbean, just a few hours south of Miami, than some of the others.
The variety of flats is one of the archipelago’s attractions. Some are coral and others are soft marl covered with turtle grass and sea weed. They tend to be firm, clean white or golden in color and easy to wade. There are also beach flats with sight fishing opportunities, channels, cuts, coral shallows, mangroves and massive muds created by hundreds of feeding fish. The numerous flats present you with multiple options in a wide variety of tides and wind conditions.
Each of the 28 foot center console boats come equipped with 75 Hp engines, a sun canopy for shade and, of course, safety and first aid equipment. You and your fishing companion will have a boat, captain and a guide assigned for the two of you to share. The captain will drop the anglers and guide on the flats and pick them up on the other side once the most productive areas have been covered. There is no need to backtrack and your fishing time is maximized. The wide variety of flats and fishing areas allows anglers access to productive water during any given time of day, regardless of what the tides are doing. This is wade fishing at its best.
An experienced outfitter who knows fly fishing The outfitter of this trip, veteran guide Chris Yrazabal, was first recommended to us by a member of our Board of Directors who spends more time saltwater fly fishing than he cares to admit. Chris is a friendly, professional guide dedicated to fly fishing and his guides put in a full day of fishing from about 7:30am to 4:00pm. His boats and gear are in excellent shape and things run efficiently. You won’t have to hassle with breakdowns or guides who want to head for home early in the day. He’s the kind of outfitter we respect and trust him to provide you with an enjoyable fishing vacation.
Los Roques isn’t known for its tarpon fishing but there are usually some around in October and November so take a tarpon rod if you are planning to visit during this time. Large permit are occasionally spotted but anglers should expect to have little to none legitimate shots while fishing Los Roques.
The national park and white sand beaches attract snorkelers, divers and beach lovers. The sea turtles, coral and bird life are fascinating for anyone interested in nature. It’s easy to arrange a snorkeling excursion or a day sailing on a catamaran from the village. Many of these activities can be set up with the lodge staff during your stay. The nightlife is quiet and shopping is almost non-existent; this is a destination for nature lovers and fly fishers who enjoy isolated islands.
Guests will stay at Acuarela Lodge on Gran Roque. This is a small Posada with 11 well appointed guest rooms located only a couple blocks from the beach and a few minutes walk from most of the area’s attractions. Each air conditioned room has a private bathroom with hot water, a room safe and two beds that can accommodate either a couple or two individual anglers traveling together. Although it is possible for two anglers to share a room, we recommend booking two rooms instead. Wireless Internet is available, but slow at times so guests can use the lodge’s computer to check email or even visit the local internet café if faster speeds are needed. Acuarela Lodge, used by anglers and non-anglers alike, features some of the best accommodations, service and meals on the island.
The food is good and a mix of Caribbean, South American, Italian and American will keep you full and happy during your stay. The islands have excellent access to the mainland and you can expect a good variety of fresh food, including tropical fruits and seafood. All meals at the lodge are included in your package. Beer and water are supplied on the boat. Drinks are available at the bar in the lodge, but are not included in the trip price. If your schedule allows and you are interested, you may have the option of enjoying an authentic lobster lunch at a local fish camp for at least one day during your trip.
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