Belize Fly-Fishing School at El Pescador

You'll enjoy the bonefishing and the beautiful scenery on this fly fishing trip in Belize.

Belize Fly-Fishing School at El Pescador

Overview

Join Orvis fly fishing Instructor Peter Kutzer in Belize, one of our favorite destinations for saltwater fly-fishing. Huge flats, abundant fish, experienced guides and a wonderful tropical climate are all reasons to fly fish in Belize. Northern Belize is the destination of choice if you are new to flats fishing.

Peter has a long history of guiding and coaching fly anglers. Peter will be your host at El Pescador Lodge, on Ambergris Caye. Between your Orvis instructor, the friendly lodge staff and the local guides, you will have plenty of people dedicated to making this a memorable, enjoyable fly fishing trip.

Each day you will head out with a guide, two anglers per guide, and seek out the best conditions for your style of fishing. The guides use Panga boats with a small deck in the bow. The boats are shallow draft, about 18' - 20' long, and the guides ease them into every nook and cranny in search of fish.

Lodging is at El Pescador, a classic fly fishing lodge on the water's edge in Belize. The only fishing lodge on Ambergris Caye, it has catered to light tackle and fly fishermen for thirty-five years. Rooms are large, clean and comfortable, all recently remodeled by the American owners. Meals are family style in the spacious dining room or on the beach under the starry sky. There's a pool and outdoor deck for relaxing at the end of a full day of fishing. It's a great base for a Belize fly fishing vacation.

If you aren't able to join us for the fly fishing school, but would like to visit El Pescador at a different time, we would be happy to help you with your arrangements. Orvis Travel charges the same rates as the lodge and when you book with Orvis Travel you receive our world class customer service and the assurance that every detail of your trip will be taken care of by an Orvis Travel professional. Browse our Belize fly fishing trip reviews to read more about this school at El Pescador, Belize.

Getting There

Arrive at Belize International Airport before 4:30 PM where you will go through customs and immigration. Proceed to the Tropic Air counter, where your tickets will be waiting for you. The 18 minute flight will take you to San Pedro airstrip on Ambergris Caye, where an El Pescador fishing guide will be waiting to escort you to the lodge by boat, a 5 minute ride.

There are frequent, daily flights to Belize City on major carriers, and you can usually connect directly to San Pedro in one day.

Itinerary

Belize Fly-Fishing School Itinerary

Arrival Day | Day 1
Afternoon Guests arrive in Belize City any time prior to 4:30 PM and catch the local commuter flight to San Pedro. This hourly flight is included in the package and will be booked by Orvis Travel. When you arrive in San Pedro you will be met by an Orvis Travel representative and transferred by boat to El Pescador Lodge.
5:00 PM Welcome cocktails at the pool bar with a brief overview of the week’s activities.
6:45 PM Dinner is served on the veranda tonight (weather permitting).
Evening Free to explore the San Pedro nightlife or enjoy a relaxing evening sitting on the beach enjoying a cocktail with new friends.
 
Fishing Days | Day 2
6:15-9:00 AM Breakfast is served.
8:00 AM Overview  “Advanced Equipment Selection and Rigging” “Basic Saltwater Fly Casting” with Orvis Instructor “Working Effectively with Your Guide” with Orvis Instructor. Casting in windy conditions
“Spotting, Presenting the Fly, Hooking and Landing a Bonefish” 
10:00 AM Anglers will pair up, 2 per guide, and spend the afternoon practicing skills while fishing with the El Pescador Guides. Lunch will be packed in your boat so you are ready to go. Return to the lodge.
4:00 PM Cocktails and appetizers are served.
5:00 PM Presentation on flies and saltwater fish.
6:45 PM Dinner at El Pescador Lodge.
Evening Free
 
Fishing Days | Day 3
6:15-9:00 AM Breakfast is served.
6:00 - 8:00 AM Anglers will depart from the lodge's dock for a full day of guided flats fishing. Optional casting refresher before fishing. Lunch will be taken in the field.
2:00 - 4:00 PM Anglers return to the lodge.
4:30 PM Cocktails and appetizers are served. Videotape students casting followed by video analysis.
6:45 PM Dinner at El Pescador Lodge.
Evening Free
 
Fishing Days | Day 4
6:15-9:00 AM Breakfast is served.
6:00 - 8:00 AM Anglers will depart from the lodge's dock for a full day of guided flats fishing. Lunch will be taken in the field.
2:00 - 4:00 PM Anglers return to the lodge.
4:00 - 5:00 PM Cocktails and appetizers are served. Free time to practice casting or relax around the lodge.
6:45 PM Dinner at El Pescador Lodge.
Evening Free
 
Fishing Days | Day 5
6:15-9:00 AM Breakfast is served.
6:00 - 8:00 AM Anglers will depart from the lodge's dock for a full day of guided flats fishing. Lunch will be taken in the field.
2:00 - 4:00 PM Anglers return to the lodge.
4:30 PM Cocktails and appetizers are served. Free time to practice casting or relax around the lodge.
6:45 PM Dinner at El Pescador Lodge.
Evening Free
 
Departure Day | Day 6
6:15-9:00 AM Breakfast is served.
10:00 AM Check-out.
TBA Guests will be transferred to San Pedro in time to catch flights back to Belize City for flights home or Orvis Travel extension. You should be able to catch any international flight departing Belize after 9:30 AM.
 
We can arrange extra nights at the lodge or a jungle extension before or after the school. Please inquire for details and pricing.

Activities

The Fishing

Ambergris Caye is conveniently located amidst some of the most productive bonefish, permit and tarpon flats in the Caribbean. The area has long been a favorite of anglers chasing the coveted tropical saltwater grand slam. Although still a difficult feat, even for highly skilled anglers, many would agree that El Pescador is probably home to more grand slams than any other bonefishing lodge in the Caribbean.

The flats extend for miles, providing ample opportunities and a wide variety of species. The nutrient rich ecosystem provides a tremendous amount of food to the bonefish, permit, tarpon and numerous other fish that inhabit the flats. From extremely large schools of small bonefish to incredible schools of permit and tarpon exceeding 150 pounds, variety is what fly fishing in this part of Belize is all about.

Bonefish

Bonefish are the most numerous game fish available in Northern Belize. Many experienced professional and amateur anglers caught their first bonefish with an El Pescador guide. The fish are plentiful and there are always options available to anglers of all skill levels. The average bonefish weighs in at around 2 pounds but there are larger fish available, and fish over 10 pounds have been landed. Most of the bonefishing around Ambergris Caye is done while casting from the platform of a Mexican style panga flats boat. The elevated position of the angler and guide makes spotting fish easier and oftentimes the boat can get closer to the fish than a wading angler can. There are some flats that are hard bottomed and well suited to wade fishing. However, anglers spend most of their time fishing from the boat.

Permit

Permit are a popular attraction for anglers visiting Belize. Although never easy to catch, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, this is one of the best places in the world to connect with this special fish. Permit sizes range from 5 pounds to over 40 pounds with the average fish landed running around 10 pounds.

Tarpon

Tarpon are available year round in smaller numbers and sizes. Resident fish ranging from 10-20 pounds are found in the mangrove creeks, and are a lot of fun on a fly rod whenever they are encountered. Larger resident fish, up to 90 pounds, are often found on the flats, and it is possible to sight fish for tarpon most months. Occasionally it is necessary to prospect the deeper channels with sinking lines, so anglers should be prepared to employ a variety of strategies. In approximately late April through early October the larger migratory tarpon move into the area looking for baitfish schools on their annual migration through the Caribbean. This provides the best opportunity to sight fish for tarpon. It is not unusual to see fish over 100 pounds and larger fish are caught every year. The lodge record was 196 pounds. Although this is one of the best destinations in the world to catch a tarpon on the flats, it is never a sure thing and anglers new to flats fishing should not expect to catch tarpon on their first trip.

The unique geography of the area allows El Pescador’s well trained guides to find fish throughout the day by switching locations and species as the tide fluctuates. In addition to bonefish, permit and tarpon, these guides are well trained and eager to pursue other species including jacks, snapper, barracuda and the occasional snook.

The Guides

All of El Pescador’s fly fishing guides were born and raised on Ambergris Caye. Many of the guides have been working at El Pescador for over 20 years, and all are expert anglers. The guides have an encyclopedic knowledge of the fishery, coming from a lifetime dedicated to learning where the fish are and how best to catch them on a fly. El Pescador’s guides are happy to help teach you some of their secrets and will work hard to maximize your opportunities for success.

If fishing is an important part of your vacation to Ambergris Caye, there is no substitute for the well organized fishing program and friendly professional guides at El Pescador.

Lodging

The Lodge

Lodging is at El Pescador, a classic fly fishing lodge on the water’s edge in Belize. The only fishing lodge on Ambergris Caye, it has catered to light tackle and fly fishermen for thirty-five years. Rooms are large, clean and comfortable, all recently remodeled by the American owners. Meals are family style in the spacious dining room or on the beach under the starry sky.

There’s a pool and outdoor deck for relaxing at the end of a full day of fishing. It’s a great base for a Belize fly fishing vacation.

If you aren’t able to join us for the fly fishing school, but would like to visit El Pescador at a different time, we would be happy to help you with your arrangements. Orvis Travel charges the same rates as the lodge and when you book with Orvis Travel you receive our world class customer service and the assurance that every detail of your trip will be taken care of by an Orvis Travel professional. Browse our Belize fly fishing trip reviews to read more about this school at El Pescador, Belize.

Meals

A made to order breakfast, served at the hotel, is included your package. Breakfast typically consists of eggs, pancakes, French toast, meat, fruits, pastries, juices and coffee. You will have a nice lunch at the lodge on the school day. When fishing with your guide you can expect a boxed lunch consisting of your choice of sandwich wrap, salads and local favorites such as ceviche and salsa. Dinner is included in your package and will be served family style every evening at the lodge.

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for Belize Fly-Fishing School

2017 Schools:
January 21-26, 2017
April 3-8, 2017

$3995 per angler, double occupancy room, 2 anglers per guide
$1960 per non angler, sharing a room with an angler
$375 per session, private room supplement*
$1600 per session, private boat supplement**


Prices are subject to change without notice, so book your space early to lock in these low rates.
*Guests traveling alone, or requesting a private room, pay the private room supplement.
**Single anglers are not charged the private boat supplement as long as they are willing to share a guide with another single angler.

We can arrange extra nights at the lodge or a jungle extension before or after the school. Please inquire for details and pricing.

Orvis Travel Special Offer:

Each angler package includes a 908-4 Tip-Flex Helios 2 rod, Mirage Large Arbor IV reel, Orvis flyline, leaders, tippet, and flies (a $1300+ value)**.

Included:

  • Each angler package includes a 908-4 Tip-Flex Helios 2 rod, Mirage Large Arbor IV reel, Orvis flyline, leaders, tippet and flies (a $1300+ value)**
  • 3½ days fishing with an expert local guide. One guide for each two anglers unless you book a private boat
  • 5 nights lodging in double rooms, El Pescador Lodge
  • Hosted by an Orvis instructor and saltwater expert
  • All meals, including afternoon snack and packed lunch
  • Local Belizean beverages (beer, rum, and soda) at the lodge bar
  • Complimentary use of kayaks, bikes, Wi-Fi and three swimming pools
  • Local Air* and sea transfers between Belize City and El Pescador Lodge, 9% hotel tax*, 12.5% sales tax*
    "*Rates subject to change if airfare and/or taxes increase prior to final payment
  • Detailed packing list with recommended equipment and clothing
  • Orvis Travel VIP Merchandise Discount Card

Not Included:

  • International airfare to Belize City
  • $10 per person Tropic Air surchage
  • Tips to fishing guides and lodge staff
  • Laundry and incidental expenses
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Fishing Licenses

** If you prefer an alternate outfit to the one provided with this package, we will send you a $900 Orvis gift card instead. You can then use the gift card in conjunction with your Orvis Travel VIP discount for an upgrade or purchase of your choice. Equipment and gift cards will be shipped after final payment has been received.

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Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Dan Davala
Belize Fly-Fishing School at El Pescador Lodge
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)

Orvis Travel Special Offer:

Each angler will receive a FREE Helios 2 outfit

Orvis International Travel

800-547-4322 | 802-362-8790
orvistravel@orvis.com

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