DATES: Sept. 18th - 23rd, 2021
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.
The newly renovated Blue Horizon Lodge is situated on a 7-acre island, locally known as Northeast Caye. The waterfront lodge is perfectly located in the heart of “Permit Alley”, the most productive permit flats in Belize. The intimate Blue Horizon Lodge is ideal for all vacationing anglers.
Blue Horizon Lodge officially re-opened in the fall of 2020. The new lodge features many of the original buildings with a fresh redesign that incorporates the modern comforts this generation of traveling anglers has come enjoy and expect. The goal of the redesign was to create an atmosphere that honors the heritage of Lincoln Westby’s original lodge, while rejuvenating it with contemporary luxury elements. During reconstruction, much of the old lodge and guest cabins were salvaged and have been incorporated into new furniture, accents elements, and decor of the lodge and guest rooms. For those anglers who visited Blue Horizon Lodge in the 1990’s, there is no doubt you’ll recognize the remnants of the old lodge and you will certainly savor the updated and greatly improved accommodations.
The five guests cabanas, for a maximum capacity for 10 anglers, have been completely refurbished and deliver a surprising level of sophistication for such a remote location. Each room is furnished with two full size beds and a private bathroom, complete with on demand hot water showers. Air conditioning is standard in all of the rooms, giving guests the option of enjoying the ocean breeze or a controlled climate. Rod racks, shelving, and hangers will help you organize your gear during your stay.
Orvis is thrilled to introduce Guide, Outfitter, and fly-fishing Industry Leader Chris McCreedy as the host this years Belize Permit Palooza. Chris brings to the hosting role a genuine passion for sharing the world's great fishing destinations with fellow anglers.
A Montana native, Chris cut his teeth on the storied trout streams of the mountain West. As a young man he embarked on a career in guiding, and soon became known as both a master tactician and an easy companion. As his reputation and scope of experience grew, he ventured further afield, specifically leading trips to saltwater flats destinations across the globe and running a boat in the Florida Keys during the winter months. Chris has been fortunate to have provided friends and clients many 'days of a lifetime' – a number of those days resulting in world record fish caught on the fly. He has personally guided multiple world records including author Jon Olch's 36.5 lb. world-record permit.
Chris is known for his patience, calm, and curiosity. Orvis is privileged to have him share this unique saltwater experience with our guests.
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!
The South Water Caye Marine Reserve, locally known as Permit Alley, is home to prime pancake flats and many schools of permit, bonefish, and cruising tarpon. The nearby Meso-American Reef is home to many permit, as well as jacks, snapper, barracudas, and many other species. Tarpon are present year round and found on nearby cayes, channels, and in the large Placencia Lagoon., which is also home to healthy populations of snook. From late April through the month of August, anglers can cast their flies at the larger migratory tarpon. These fish can reach up to 150+ pounds.
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 surround each of our resort options, increasing your chances of success at hitting the grand slam: permit, tarpon and bonefish. Other targets such as barracuda, snook, jack crevalle, bonito and mackerel are abundant.
Throughout the year, air temperatures usually range from 80 to 95 degrees (average 84 degrees). Water temperatures are 79 to 80 degrees in the winter and 80 to 84 degrees in the summer. Our resorts on the main land will tend to have a 5-10 degree increase in temperature as you venture away from the coast line.
Rain can happen anytime of the year and will be more common at our main land resorts. The rainy season typically spans from late May through September. June through early October is the most common time frame for a hurricane or tropical storm to pass through.
What to bring?
We recommend you are prepared with plenty of sunscreen, sun glasses, hats and other sun protection. Please bring closed toed wading boots durable enough for walking on the sharp corral.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.
Limitation of liability
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