Fly Fishing List
FLY FISHING RECOMMENDATIONS
All flyfishing supplies (lines, leaders, flies) can be purchased at a local flyshop in your area. Or, if you don’t have a flyshop nearby, please search the web, for flies search “saltwater flies”, “saltwater leaders” etc. BRL also has a full selection of flies and leaders for sale at the main Lodge.
- Bonefish: 7 – 8 wt
- Tarpon (5 to 75 lbs), Snook, Permit, & Cudas: 9 – 10 wt
- Large Tarpon (80 to 150+ lbs): 11 – 12 wt
- Anodized with excellent drag systems.
- capable of holding your fly line and at least 150 yards of 20 lb. or 30 lb. backing.
- Floating lines (8 wt, 9 wt &/or 10 wt): All Bonefish & Permit fishing
- Floating lines (9 wt &/or 10 wt): Tarpon & Snook fishing on the Flats and along the mangroves.
- Intermediate lines (10 wt, 11 wt &/or 12 wt): Snook & Tarpon fishing in the rivers & deeper saltwater flats and channels
- Sink tips: For channels & river fishing 300 to 600 grain.
- Scientific Angler & Rio lines are good.
|Bonefish Tapered Leaders||10′ long leader, 10 to 12 lb tippet|
|Permit Leaders||10′ long leader, 12 to 16 lb tippet|
|Snook & Small Tarpon –
Custom Fly Leader
|20×40’s or 20×60’s|
|Large Tarpon –
Custom Fly Leader
|20×80’s or 20×100’s|
|Toothy Critter Wire Leaders||7 1/2′ tippet – 30 lb wire|
SHOCK TIPPET: Clear mono, 10 Yd coils in test #60, #80, #100.
If you are tying your own leaders, here are a few guidelines.
|FISH||BUTT SECTION||CLASS LEADER||SHOCK TIPPET|
|Bonefish||12″ to 24″ of 20 lb.||9 ft. Tapered||10 lb.|
|Permit||12″ to 24″ of 20 lb.||9 ft. Tapered||12 – 16 lb.|
|Tarpon||4 ft. of 40 lb.||2 ft. of 12 – 20 lb.||18” of 60 to 100 lb.|
|Snook/Jack||4 ft. of 40 lb.||2 ft. of 12 – 20 lb.||18″ of 60 lb.|
|Barracuda||4 ft. of 40 lb.||2 ft. of 12 – 20 lb.||1 ft. of 30 lb. Wire.|
Below are Mike’s fly recommendations, feel free to add or subtract depending on what you would like to fish for. This recommendation is based per skiff (2 anglers) for a 7 night/6 day package. This is a “barebone” list and if you would like to specialize on a particular species, you should get more flies for that species, i.e if you want to mainly target Tarpon, you should get more tarpon flies. Please note, that we have a full selection of flies available for sale at the Lodge.
Bonefish and Permit – Bonefishing is in very skinny water, all bonefish flies should have small eyes or no eyes.
|2 each||Chico’s Bonefish Special||6|
|2 each||Crazy Charlie- Tan or pink||6|
|2 each||Deep Water Gotcha||4|
|2 each||Bonefish Slider- Tan||4|
|2 each||Spawning Shrimp||4|
|2 each||Raghead Crab – Tan or Olive||4|
|3 each||Bauer Fur Crab – Tan or Olive||4|
|4 each||Money Crab – Olive||4|
|3 each||Cockroach||3/0 or 4/0|
|3 each||Red/White Tarpon||3/0 or 4/0|
|3 each||Grizzly Orange Tarpon||3/0 or 4/0|
|3 each||Toads – Black/Purple & Red/Black||2/0 or 3/0|
|3 each||Black Death||3/0 or 4/0|
|3 each||Whistlers||3/0 or 4/0|
|2 each||Tarpon Snake (large Tarpon only||3/0|
Tarpon, Snook and Jacks
|2 each||Deceiver – Green, Blue||1/0 or 2/0|
|2 each||Deceiver – Chartreuse||1/0 or 2/0|
|2 each||Puglisi Everglade||2/0|
|2 each||Seducer – Red/White & Red/Yellow||1/0 or 2/0|
|2 each||Deepwater Clouser – Red/White & Chart/White||1/0, 2/0|
|2 each||Big Popper – Yellow, Blue||3/0|
|2 each||Gurgler – Black, Yellow or White||2/0, 3/0|
|2 each||Half and Half – Chartreuse/white with & without flash||2/0, 3/0|
Note: In the fall months, the guides prefer to use chartreuse and white, some with flash, other no flash Deceivers, Clousers and Half and Half’s for Tarpon and Snook.
|4 each||Cuda Fly – Green (double hooked tandem Wire)||3/0|
We have in stock a selection of flies & lures that work well at BRL. If you cannot find a particular fly or if you don’t want the hassle, no worries, you can get the flies you need at the Lodge. We also have leaders and lures available for sale and rental fly and spinning equipment.
Mike’s Closet (Tackle Shop): BRL has a small tackle shop with an assortment of fishing supplies – flies, lures, backing, lines, leaders and tippet. Mike’s Closet has a good selection of flies and lures on sale (based on the BRL recommended lists), however, you can follow our fishing list and bring everything that you will need, using Mike’s Closet as a back-up. If you cannot find something on the recommended list, don’t worry, we have it available at the main Lodge. Rental equipment, both fly and spin, is also available.
Rental Equipment: Belize River Lodge has rental equipment, subject to availability. Fly fishing equipment is top quality, mainly Sage rods, 8 wt’s, 10 wt’s & 12 wt’s, & Teton or Sage saltwater reels. All reels have Rio lines. We also have a few 8 wt Winston rods in our rental equipment. Spin fishing equipment is also top quality, mainly Ugly Sticks with Shimano or Penn reels. If you find that you are short of the needed equipment, flies or lures, we have a good stock of flies & lures that work well for the local waters. Please check with someone in the office on availability and pricing.
Note: Rod Demo’s. If you thinking of purchasing a new rod when you get home and would like to try a specific rod or a day, please let us know. The latest models of Sage and Winston are available for demo at no charge for one day.
Fly Tying Bench: Belize River Lodge has a fly tying bench with tying materials available for guest use. If you have a particular fly that you like to tie, maybe bring a few of those materials with you. If you would like some instruction or would like to learn to tie flies during your stay, Mike & a few of the guides can help you. Only available at main Lodge, if you would like a tying vice available at Long Caye Outpost Lodge, please let us know. If requested for Long Caye, the vice will be available, not tying materials.