Trip Length: 7 nights, 6 days of guided fishing
Price: From $4,350
Call for 2020 pricing!
Open to anglers of all levels, this school will provide you with an opportunity to learn how to fly fish for all three species: bonefish, tarpon and permit. We've lined up the top local guides who have dedicated their lives to learning where the fish are and how best to catch them. In addition to personalized instruction from your Orvis host and FFI Master Casting Instructor, you'll spend six days on the water with two days dedicated to each species. There are few places where you can learn to fish for bonefish, tarpon and permit in one week.
We invite you to join us for a fun and immersive week at one of our favorite destinations in the Carribean!
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 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 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 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.
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.
El Pescador Lodge & Villas is the perfect destination for first-time saltwater anglers and is ideally located for our Belize Saltwater Fly Fishing School. The lodge is nestled on a quiet, immaculate beach, just a few miles north of San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye. The colonial-style lodge features a long verandah overlooking the beach and barrier reef and is surrounded by swaying palms and tropical flowering plants. The resort features three swimming pools as well as complimentary use of Wi-Fi, kayaks, canoes and bicycles.
You will have the option of staying in a recently renovated standard room in the main lodge or upgrading to a private, beachfront villa. Regardless of your choice, all of the air-conditioned rooms are comfortable and have a nice view of the beach. There are two double beds in each room, so sharing a room with another angler is easy. Private rooms are also available.
July 6-13, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
6 Days, 7 Nights | From $4,350
$4,350 per angler, double occupancy room, 2 anglers per guide
$1,750 per non-angler, sharing a room with an angler
$700 per session, private room supplement*
$1800 per session, private boat supplement**
July 18-25, 2020 Call for 2020 pricing!
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:
Package includes a Helios 3D Saltwater fly rod, Mirage USA reel and saltwater fly line ($1600+ value).
** 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 Special Offer:
Package includes a Helios 3D Saltwater fly rod, Mirage USA reel and saltwater fly line ($1600+ value)