Mark & Patty visited us again this year and wrote a lovely newsletter of their trip.
November 12-18 was our second stay at Belize River Lodge, on the Belize River. This is the oldest continuous guide service in Belize. They have entertained all the rich, famous and infamous anglers that frequent saltwater flats, and the lodge has become an annual destination for us. They just do the best job of any lodge we have visited anywhere. They are also the most convenient. They are very secluded, but only fifteen minutes (10-minutes by SUV and 5-minutes by boat) from the Belize City International Airport. Our air-flight was from Portland to Houston and back again.
For the full newsletter: November 2016, Belize in the Off Season
“Jean and I had a great time. Aaron and Mick were easy going traveling companions. Mike, Marguerite, and the staff at Belize River Lodge were just great. The service, attention, and food were all top notch. And of course our guide Pedro and the fishing were great as well – it did not hurt that I caught my first grand slam on the first day!
We saw a crocodile out on the flats, another first for me. In addition to my first snook we caught many bonefish, lost a nice tarpon after multiple jumps, caught a small tarpon and visited several Mayan sites. That doesn’t cover the rejections we had on other tarpon and permit, which just makes me want to go back!
It was a fantastic trip.
Jean and I send our sincerest appreciation to everyone involved, both for this trip and for the work BTT is doing. We learned a bunch on this trip with Aaron and Mick”
With a follow-up:
“Really great trip, especially when you get back to the real world and start daydreaming about clear water and the open mouth of a snook inhaling your E P Everglades or the full body wiggle that a bonefish does when he turns down on your fly!”
Good evening to the folks at BRL, I wanted to say thank you to the entire staff for making my stay and first fly fishing experiences in Belize so memorable. The incredible Tarpon fishing I was so fortunate to experience will be etched into my memory banks forever. The fishery is absolutely beautiful and clearly prolific. The attention to detail from all of you at the lodge was remarkable. The folks at BRL have every right to beam with pride as you all have gone the extra mile to provide we, your customers, with a 5 star example of customer service and attention to detail. Thank you for providing me an incredibly positive experience from the first time I contacted you for information until the time you took me to the airport and saw me off on my flight back to L.A. The only word I can think of is “Exceptional”. With the utmost respect and very best regards
A flats fishing and naturalist’s paradise!
The last stop on our whirlwind adventure in Belize was a visit to our friends at Belize River Lodge, located on the Old Belize River in the town of Ladyville. My colleague Barbara and I arrived mid-morning after flying up from southern Belize and were met by the ever-smiling Misha, daughter of the one of the owners of the lodge. After a convenient five minute drive from the airport and a two minute boat ride over the “no wake” zone of the Old Belize River, we arrived at one of our favorite spots in Belize.
Long Caye is also known as one of the most productive tarpon fisheries in the entire Caribbean, and the area is home to resident fish that range in size from 20 to over 150 pounds. We love the permit fishing in this area as well, and feel that Long Caye is home to some of the largest permit in all of Belize.
Sent to Michael Caranci at The Fly Shop:
“Hi Michael … just a quick email to say thanks for recommending Belize and setting up such a great trip … the lodge was great, Mike and Marguerite are genuinely wonderful hosts, and the fishing was incredible … got an inshore grandslam on my 1st full day … over the 3 days, I managed a 30” snook taken to the table, a few baby tarpon to keep me on my toes, and more bones than I could have hoped for … throw in repeated legit shots @ permit every day … yeah man, incredible …
I will definitely go through The Flyshop for future trips – whether to Belize, or elsewhere … you guys @ the Shop, and the folks @ Belize River Lodge, are class acts …
With warmest thanks…”