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

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Belize Fly-fishing School At El Pescador


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DATES: Multiple dates available, see "Pricing & Dates" for full details.

LENGTH OF TRIP: 5 nights, 4 days (3 days of guided fishing)

PRICING: From $3,695 per angler

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The Story

If you are new to saltwater fly fishing, this is the perfect school for you! Orvis has a long history of guiding and coaching fly anglers in Belize. Northern Belize is one of our favorite destinations for flats fishing. The island of Ambergris Caye has an excellent year-round fishery with more than 400 square miles of sight-casting flats with abundant schools of bonefish, incredible schools of permit and tarpon exceeding 150 pounds. Each school is limited to a small group of anglers and will be led by a certified Orvis fly fishing instructor. You'll receive personalized instruction and learn tips and techniques for flats fishing, including how to spot fish, proper presentation of the fly, and the secrets to hooking and landing your first bonefish. In addition to daily casting instruction, each school includes several full days of guided flats fishing with an expert, Belizean guide.

El Pescador Lodge & Villas is the perfect location for our Belize fly fishing school. The lodge is nestled on an immaculate beach with easy access to the flats. The colonial-style lodge has been extensively upgraded and features three swimming pools and a long veranda with private rooms overlooking the beach and barrier reef. Each room is air-conditioned with two double beds, so sharing a room with another angler is easy. Private rooms are also available.

Belize Fly-Fishing School Itinerary

You'll meet your Orvis fishing instructor at El Pescador Lodge & Villas after a short, local flight to San Pedro from Belize City (included in your trip price). A staff member will meet you at the airport for a scenic boat ride to your beachside home for the week.

Orvis has a long history of guiding and coaching fly anglers. You'll receive personalized instruction from your Orvis fly fishing instructor as well as an expert, local Belizean guide to help you maximize your opportunities for success. We'll cover topics including equipment selection and rigging, knot tying, and basic saltwater fly casting. You'll also learn how to effectively work with your guide, tips for casting in windy conditions, proper techniques for presenting the fly and the secrets to hooking and landing your first bonefish!

You'll feel the exhilaration as you speed out to the serene flats aboard a Panga (a Mexican-style skiff, with a casting platform on the front, and a v-shape hull). The boats are well stocked with food and cold drinks, so you can enjoy a full day chasing fish and practicing the proper techniques for spotting, hooking and landing bonefish, one of the most elusive species known as "The Ghosts of the Flats". With more than 400 square miles of sight-casting flats, you may also have opportunities to fish for permit and tarpon.

After each full day on the water, return to El Pescador Lodge in the early afternoon for video casting analysis and/or casting instruction on the lodge’s dock. Cap off each day with a Belizean cocktail and hors d'oeuvres at the lodge's outdoor bar followed by an al fresco dinner of local Caribbean specialties prepared by the resort chef.

On the final morning, we'll take you back to San Pedro after breakfast for flights back to Belize City and flights home. You can catch any flight to the U.S. departing Belize City after 9:30 a.m. If you want to extend your trip to Belize, just give us a call. We can arrange extra nights at El Pescador and additional days of fishing, or help you plan a trip to one of our other destinations in Belize.

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Pricing & Dates for the Belize Fly-Fishing School



2021 Departure Dates Price Per Angler Non-Angler Price Private Room Supplement Private Boat Supplement
March 8-13, 2021 $3,995 $1,895 $500 $900
October 1-6, 2021 $3,695 $1,395 $500 $900
November 8-13, 2021 $3,695 $1,395 $500 $900
SPECIAL OFFER: Each angling package includes a Helios 3D saltwater fly rod, Mirage USA Large Arbor IV reel and Orvis flyline, ($1600+ value)

*Guests traveling alone or requesting a private room must 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. Offer only valid on this Orvis Adventures fly fishing school.

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Call Orvis Adventures at (800) 547-4322 and place your 25% deposit by credit card.

Upgrades and Extensions

PRIVATE VACATION VILLA: Upgrade to a 1, 2 or 3-bedroom private, ocean view villa for an additional $75-$100 per person per night.

EXTEND YOUR TRIP: It's easy to extend your stay at El Pescador for additional days or nights. We can also help you plan an extension to the inland jungles and Mayan Mountains of Western Belize. Call the Orvis Adventures team at (800) 547-4322 to check availability and pricing.

Included:

  • Each angling package includes a Helios outfit. Call for details.
  • 5 nights lodging in an air-conditioned, en suite room in the main lodge
  • 3 full days of guided fishing from flats boats (2 anglers per boat is standard)
  • 4 days of instruction from an Orvis fly fishing instructor
  • All meals at the lodge and boat lunches
  • Beverages, including local Belizean beer and rum at bar
  • Complimentary use of all amenities (pool, kayaks, bikes, Wi-Fi)
  • Local air and transfers between Belize City and El Pescador Lodge
  • Local sales and hotel taxes
  • Detailed packing list
  • Orvis Adventures VIP Customer Card

Not Included:

  • International airfare to Belize City
  • $10 per person local air (Tropic Air) fuel surcharge
  • Marine park fees (optional) & fishing licenses (approx. $25/person)
  • Guide & staff tips (approx. $70/day, per person)
  • Imported liquors
  • Fishing equipment (available for rent or purchase)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)

** 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.

Orvis Travel Terms and Conditions

Reservations, Deposits & Payments

The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.

A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.

All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.

Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.

Planning information

When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:

Days Prior to Trip Fee
+ 90 days $300 per person
89 days or less 100% of cost

For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.

We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.

Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.

Cancellation Insurance

Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.

Share policies

Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.

Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.

Passports and documents

International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.

Arrival and Departure

Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.

Equipment & clothing

You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.

Airline reservations

The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.

Limitation of liability

This section defines Orvis Travel’s responsibility with regard to all travel arrangements made by Orvis Travel, including individual travel and pre- and post- trip extensions. Please read it carefully.

Upon sending your deposit to Orvis Travel, you acknowledge that you have read and understand all the terms and conditions outlined here, and agree to be bound by them.

All trips that involve outdoor sporting activities such as shooting or fishing, or travel through remote places by vehicle, boat, small plane or on foot, put you at risk for accidents and serious injuries in the normal course of the activity. That is the nature of travel to such destinations and you acknowledge that you accept these hazards as a condition of participation.

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Baggage and personal effects, including items purchased, guns, fishing equipment or sporting goods are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times and no employee/agent of Orvis Travel, its subsidiaries, affiliated or associated companies is authorized to accept these for storage, safekeeping, or transportation.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Way to Learn!! Great way to get an intro into the world of saltwater fly fishing, or in my case become a better angler. The Orvis hosts were top notch, extremely knowledgeable, and helped identify some minor issues with my casting. The staff at El Pescador made you feel at home and the hospitality provided was amazing. Kudos to the kitchen staff, the meals were DELICIOUS! You will not go hungry. The rooms were clean, cozy, and the beds provided some of the best night's sleep I've ever had. The fishing was fantastic, double-digit bones everyday and had a shot at achieving the Grand Slam (except couldn't land the tarpon or permit). The guide was energetic, friendly, provided excellent instruction and passionate about his job. Learned a lot!!!
Date published: 2019-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Experience After years of fresh water fly fishing, this was my wife's and my first salt water fly fishing experience and it was fantastic! We encountered warm, friendly people who provided excellent service and instruction throughout our trip. Orvis and El Pescador run a first class operation!
Date published: 2019-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Trip My father and I just completed a trip to the EL Pescador - The Orvis staff did an amazing job from assisting with the booking and answering questions to (Kyle) the onsite Orvis guide who was awesome. The class was a good nitro to salt water fishing and helped during our fishing. The Lodge staff is amazing and very helpful. The food was great and the overall experience was superb. If you enjoy the outdoors and want to get away for some good fishing I would highly recommend. My father completely forgot to take a tropic weight line and our Orvis guide (Kyle) basically just let him use his personal real while we were there. Cannot say enough of what an all around experience this was.
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible learning and fishing experience The Orvis reps (Pete and Kyle) were technically amazing and totally focused on ensuring a great client experience. Can't say enough good things about them. And due to their guidance, I left the trip a significantly better fisher. Learned a lot about salt water fishing and will definitely go again - really great fun (I exclusively trout fish in western rivers). Also my El Pescador guide (Cesar) was wonderful; knowledgeable, patient, and always willing to teach. The top guide, Isa, also was one of the best fly fishers I've ever seen and an excellent teacher. Loved his attitude and customer focus.The lodge staff and lodge were truly outstanding and always striving to improve.
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to learn This was my first attempt at salt water fly fishing and I learned a lot. Travel was easy, but check your flight connections so you don't spend 8 hours sitting in some airport. Once I landed at Belize City I was met by El Pescador representatives, and in good hands. Peter Kutzer is a great instructor, complete with tablet enabled videos for feed back and the ability of all the best teachers to be patient while giving you their full attention. He and the El Pescado staff were very helpful supplying a variety of rods and lines to use and compare. As advertised, there were sessions on fly selection, knots and lots of casting instruction and practice. One learned different points from the various guides, and we saw a variety of places on and around Ambergris Cay.The accommodations at El Pescador were very nice, meals were gourmet, family style, and the comraderie and commiserations of the whole class added to the fun . Bone fishing is tough, and hard work. Start with a school like this and you will be confident that you can go on to experience and learn more about salt water fly fishing all over the world.
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Trip To Remember! Brenda and I had a great experience at El Pescador Lodge during our Orvis Fly Fishing School this past week. Our Villa accommodations were very nice and all staff members treated us like friends and family. We enjoyed socializing with our new Orvis Fly Fishing Friends during the evenings over dinner and drinks telling stories and planning the next day adventure.The hunt for fish in the breathtaking flats was something we will never forget. Fishing with Peter Kutzer made the trip a Solid 10, what a BONUS! Sincerely, Randy & Brenda
Date published: 2015-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an experience! I'm a saltwater novice. Always wanted to go but it can be an intimidating venture your first time. To have a "school" by Orvis truly made this possible. Everything is so very well planned out and organized that I can't imagine a better experience for the novice. Peter Kutzer is so perfect for his role as instructor (one of a kind) and you'll find the Lodge staff is second to none!
Date published: 2015-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It doesn't get any better! This was our first salt water fishing adventure. it could not have been better! The team of fishing experts at Orvis guided us through the experience from inquiry to travel with attention to our interests and with extraordinary responsiveness. From the Orvis seminar to the El Pescador Lodge, the fishing support, guides, food, customer service, all of it, our experience was exceptional! Oh yes, the fly fishing was great! Lots of fish and the color of the waters!! Thanks Orvis, we'll do this one again! J & D Ryan
Date published: 2013-04-26
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