If you’re planning or thinking of planning a fishing trip to Belize make certain you have your double haul down pat. One of the first things most notice when Fly Fishing in the tropics of Belize is that your game has to ellevate to catch fish. Not only are the fish a thousand times fore skittish then fishing some mountain stream with ripples in the water and structures such as rocks and large overhanging trees and brush. But the fish are typically 70 feet and out to reach them. Add on top of all that a prevailing trade wind that averages 12 to 16 knots from sun-up to sun-down and you have no choice but ensure your casting and presentation skills are top-notch.

I can’t recall how many times friends have come to visit for a week excited about a.) fishing for Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish here in my home off Ambergris Caye in Belize. And almost as important b.) they get to stay at my house for free thus reducing the costs of paying for lodging and the 200 to 300 per day charged by the majority of Belize fly fishing guides. (as you can imagine – this makes a Belize fishing adventure very affordable. Just food, gas for my boat, and airfare). Yet with all this stacked in their favor they still find themselves riddled with frustration and angst by the end of day three. The reason; they didn’t come prepared and have no had to be forced into using their valuable fishing time as real-life practice time. I’ve seen it take anywhere from 3 to 5 days before they catch a fish. At that moment they forget about the days of hell that have just pasted. But I guarantee they would have preferred to be catching fish those days prior to the first one.

So what can you do about? Well, I suggest finding a rather open stretch of water – preferably one with a stiff breeze blowing across the surface and practice various casting techniques such as the Belgium cast. Not to mention that you should make absolutely certain you have your Double Haul cast down. I’ve had great success by turning friends onto a DVD aptly named Joan Wulff’s Dynamics of Fly Casting. This woman has had more experience as a professional WINNING Fly Caster than probably anyone I’ve ever met. Watching the grace and rhythm of which she carefully guides her fly line will inspire anyone. I’m including a little video clip about her below, along with a link to Amazon where you can pick up her Dynamics of Fly Casting DVD for an extremely reasonable price of about 20.00 bucks. And trust me, $20.00 is the best investment you’ll make prior to coming down to Belize to fish the flats.

Fly Casting with Joan Wulff