DATES: Sept. 27th - Oct. 2nd, 2020
LENGHT OF TRIP: 5 nights, 4 days
Shared Room/Shared Boat - $3150 per angler
Private Room/Private Boat - $4950
Non-Angler/Sharing room with Single Angler - $1025 (this option can only be applied to a private room/private guide booking)
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE LOCAL FLIGHTS - $195 Round trip per person
Join Orvis for Permit Palooza, a group fly-fishing trip to Belize with Blue Horizon. Founded by legendary fishing guide Lincoln Westby, Blue Horizon and its team of fishing guides are considered to be the authority on fly fishing the flats of Central and Southern Belize.
Blue Horizon operates inside the protection of the Belize Barrier Reef, the epicenter of the finest flats in the world. We fish daily around a chain of small cayes from north of Dangriga to south of Placencia. Miles of undisturbed flats abound, increasing your chances of success at catching the elusive permit, and possibly even hitting the grand slam: permit, tarpon, and bonefish in a single day. Other targets such as barracuda, snook, jack crevalle, bonito, and mackerel are abundant.
Upon arrival in Dangriga after a short, scenic flight over the coastline of Belize, you will be met by a Thatch Caye representative who will transfer you to the marina, then by boat to the Island. Your Orvis host will greet you there and help you gear up for the fishing days ahead while you settle in to island life. There are wadeable flats around Thatch Caye, so you are free to explore and do some DIY fishing at your leisure.
Fly Fishing for the elusive Permit. After a full breakfast, anglers hop in custom Panga skiffs and head out to the flats. Good fishing can be had within 5 minutes from Thatch Caye, and the seemingly limitless "pancake flats" extend in every direction from there. You'll spend each fishing day exploring the most productive areas based on conditions, while learning more about what it takes to target Permit on the fly from some of the most experienced guides in the region.
After each fishing day, guests will return to Thatch Caye with plenty of time to relax before dinner, go kayaking or paddle-boarding around the island, snorkel, or fish more on your own as the sun goes down. Members of the group will dine together at a common table, sharing stories from the day as new friendships emerge.
Guests will be transferred by boat from the island back to Dangriga to catch a short flight back to Belize City. Departure time will be based on your international flight home.
Thatch Caye Resort offers adventure and island fun in a barefoot casual environment. This private island only accommodates a total of 30 guests at any time, and features waterfront accommodations with a rustic, Belizean feel.
Accommodations in Premier Ocean Front Cabanas or Overwater Bungalows. Please call Orvis Adventures about available upgrades to other accommodation types on Thatch Caye.
What is included?
How many people are on this trip?
This trip is limited to 8 anglers. There is space for non-anglers as well.
This trip is recommended for fly anglers with some previous experience in Saltwater flats fishing. Permit can be incredibly difficult to catch, and while this trip is open to anglers of all abilities, we do not consider it the best option for those new to Saltwater fly fishing.
What am I responsible For?
How strenuous are the activities?
Is this a child friendly trip?
Children are permitted at Thatch Caye Lodge. Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip as an angler.
Meals and Dining:
Your All Inclusive, Island Style package includes three meals per day, snacks, and local alcoholic (Belizean Beer and Rum) and non-alcoholic beverages. Your typical daily menu consists of a fresh cooked, made to order breakfast, a traditional Belizean lunch, afternoon snack, and an authentic entree for dinner. We cater to most dietary needs, just let us know when you book your trip what you require.
Breakfast is served in the Coco Lounge from 7:00 – 9:30 am and includes coffee or tea, fresh juice, fresh tropical fruits, as well as items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, fried jacks, and toast. Self-serve coffee starts at 6:30 am. Self-serve coffee starts at 6:30 a.m. FISHING GUESTS: Depending on the best times for fishing, we adjust the breakfast start times.
Lunch is served on the boats or can be arranged to have lunch at the lodge. Happy Hour and a lite afternoon snack is served at the Starfish Bar between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm.
Dinner is a three course meal served at 7:00 pm. All meals are authentic and made with local ingredients. Dinners typically include a seafood/meat entree with a vegetarian entree upon request. Although we are an island, we do not serve seafood every day. Dinner is served community-style in The Grove under the sun or the stars, weather permitting.
For non-anglers, or after fishing, Thatch Caye provides the following equipment complimentary with the purchase of any package. Snorkel around Thatch Caye and catch glimpses of rays, starfish, amore eel and many other species. Explore the surrounding waters with the kayaks and paddle boards.
The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System lies off the eastern coast of Belize and is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world. Belize Underwater hosts incredible scuba diving and snorkeling in the best dive sites in the country. Visit the Blue Hole, South Water Caye, Glover's Atoll, or Turneffe Island. Not certified? We also offer Discover SCUBA where you spend a few hours learning to dive, then you go on a real SCUBA dive, all in one day!
Experience the Belize Barrier Reef from above! Belize Underwater will take snorkelers out to any of our dive sites, but we also offer a shorter snorkeling-only option. Snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef is a must-do during your visit!
Brown trout and rainbow trout are the main species. Atlantic salmon are available and can be targeted in March and April and King Salmon are also targeted in spring with a program called 'The Game Changer'.
The mountains of the southern Andes are nothing short of spectacular. The Andes are the longest mountain range in the world, and once seen, each angler will soon realize they have finally arrived in Patagonia! From the mountain rainforests to the open pampas, there is a postcard view around every corner. The majestic peaks of Cerro Castillo hang over Lago Azul, a spectacular lake that every fly fisherman needs to experience. As you enter the foothills on your way to the rivers the terrain begins to steepen and the view becomes more rugged and even hostile looking at times, then just as abruptly, you corner a bend to find a heart-stopping, majestic view of a sapphire green lake—a view that could not be more different than the one10 seconds prior. Every bend and turn in the road yields something new and exciting.
Daytime highs range from 40°-80°F throughout the season. The climate in Chilean Patagonia is similar to that in the western United States, so it can change rapidly. Anglers should always be prepared for variable conditions throughout the day and week. It is best to dress in layers to adequately adapt. The mountains experience more rain than the open pampas on the eastern slope, so being prepared for rain is a must.
What else to bring?
Your Orvis Trip Host will have an appropriate rod/reel/line outfit for any guest needing to borrow one for use during the trip. If you already have or will be purchasing your own, we recommend the following by species.
Recommended Permit Tackle
Rods: 9 or 10 weight
Reel : Saltwater reel holding a minimum of 200 yards of 20 pound backing
Fly Line : Weight forward Floating
Leader : 9-12 feet
Tippet : 1X - 0X (12-20#)
Flies : #4 to 1/0
Recommended Tarpon Tackle
Rods: 11 or 12 weight
Reel : Saltwater reel holding a minimum of 200 yards of 30 pound backing
Fly Line : Intermediate or sink tip
Leader : 4 - 6 ft. butt section, 16 - 20 pound class tippet and 60 - 100 pound shock tippet. Alternatively, a straight, untapered length of 60-100# fluorocarbon may be used depending on the size of fish targeted.
Flies : Size 3/0 to 4/0
Recommended Bonefish Tackle
Rods: 7 or 8 weight
Reel: Saltwater reel holding at least 200 yards of 20 pound backing
Fly Line: Weight forward floating line
Leader: 9-14 feet - depending upon the fishing situation
Tippet: 2X-0X - Fluorocarbon offers an advantage
Flies: Please arrive with a selection of flies. We recommend 4-6 of each pattern.
Bauer’s Crab - Olive and Tan size 4 and 6
Camo Crab - Olive size 4 and 6
Del Brown's Permit Fly (Merkin) - Tan size #2 to 1/0 Enrico Puglisi's EP Crab - Olive, Tan, Tri, size 6, 4, 2 Various other Crab patterns in olive or tan - size 6-1/0 Smaller, lighter variations for the shallow flats
Pops' Bonefish Bitters, #6 and #8 (Olive and Amber)
Pops' Egghead Bitters, #6 and #8 (Olive and Amber)
Crazy Charlies - chartreuse, white, pink & brown (unweighted for outer flats) Gotcha, #6 and #8
Apte-style tarpon flies in various color combinations. Dark colors tend to be better in the early morning and brighter colors work best when the sun is bright.
Deceiver patterns - various colors
EP - Peanut style flies - various colors
All tarpon flies in sizes 3/0 to 4/0