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

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.

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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.

Cancellation Policy & Fees:

If you must cancel your trip, refund fees are based on the cancellation date, as follows:

  • +90 days prior to trip - Full refund
  • 60-90 days prior to trip - 50% of trip cost
  • 59 days or less to trip - 100% of trip cost

Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather. We strongly urge you to purchase trip insurance, by clicking here.

For questions please contact Orvis School and Reservations (toll free) 866-531-6213

Itinerary

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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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

Beachfront Accommodations

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.

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for the Belize Fly-Fishing School



2020 Departure Dates Price Per Angler Non-Angler Price Private Room Supplement Private Boat Supplement
September 22-27, 2020 $3,650 $1,350 $500 $900
October 20-25, 2020 $3,650 $1,350 $500 $900
2021 Departure Dates
March 8-13, 2021 $3,995 $1,895 $500 $900
October 1-6, 2021 $3,695 $1,395 $500 $900
November 4-9, 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.

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Terms & Conditions

 

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The deposit is 25% 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.

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

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