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Fishing Gear for Belize

Fly Rods

Nine-foot fly rods are the norm for flatsfishing at El Pescador. Rods in the 7–8 wt. rangeare perfect for our bonefish, 8-10 wt for permit and10–12 wt are the right choice for tarpon. A lighterbonefish rod (7 wt) is great fun when there is littleor no wind and an 8 wt rod has more than enoughmuscle to deliver a fly in even the stiffest of gales.An 8 wt rod could double as a small permit rod, but many anglers prefer to have a larger 9or 10 wt, rigged up and in the boat because our permit can approach 30+ lbs. The ideal rod for ourresident tarpon up to 75 lbs is a 10 wt. But, whenfishing migratory tarpon, a 12 wt is needed for the100–150+ lb fish. Our inventory focuses on Orvis’ Helios 2 rodsVisit www.orvis.com for more info. 

Fly Reels

Should be anodized, corrosion-resistantsaltwater models that will hold a full fly line,plus approximately 200 yards of backing. Reelsequipped with high quality, smooth, drags areessential to prevent break-offs from the blisteringruns of a hooked fish. Large arbor reels arerecommended as they help pick up line fasterand allow the drag tension to remain constantregardless of how much line is out. We useexclusively Hatch fly reels. www.hatchoutdoors.com

Fly Lines

A weight forward saltwater floatingline is ideal for most of the sight fishing youwill encounter. There may be times when anintermediate sinking line or an intermediate sinktip line is the answer for tarpon or permit fishing.Anglers should also bring along some line cleaningsupplies since saltwater has a way of making themsticky after a few days use. We use Rio lines with Rio leaders. www.rioproducts.com

Leaders

Tarpon

Custom Fly Leader
Leader #1 - 9' long straight 60 pound or 80 pound for fish over 70 pounds
Leader #2 - 9' long - 30 pound class tippet with 60–80 pound bite tippet
Tippet Material
60 and 80 lb. for bite tippet, 30 lb. for class tippet (flouro or mono)

Bonefish

Tapered Leaders
9' long – 12 lb. (flouro or mono) we go heavy in case you run into a permit!
Tippet Material
12 lb.

Permit

Tapered Leaders
10-12 feet long with 16 to 20 pound (flouro or mono)
Tippet Material
16 lb, 20 lb

Spin Fishing Suggestions

Spinning Gear Recommendations

Catch and Release

Permit, Bonefish and Tarpon are always released; other species like Snapper & Grouper are kept for the table.

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