James Harper: A veteran fly fishing in Belize discusses the essentials to planning and booking your ideal vacation package to fish in Belize.

With the popularity of destination fly fishing in exotic waters become increasingly more popular. So to, does the number of people booking a vacation for fishing in Belize. I’ve been fishing in Belize for over eight years with my first year being a three month vacation package that covered the majority of the wonders of fishing that exisit in Belize. Starting from the north on the largest of the islands in Belize, named Ambergris Caye. Ending down south in teh village of Monkey River. That was it for me, six month later I was on a plane packed with new fishing gear, and saltwater fly fishing sponsor (Elkhorn Saltwater Fly Fishing Rods and Fly Fishing Reels), my laptop, a few other essentials and enough money get my self a new boat to fish from.

I’m going to list below the items that are a must for packing and brining with you on your Belize fly fishing adventure.

Aside from the regular type of clothing and personal effects that you would bring on any holiday, I have included a list of often-overlooked items that may be difficult to purchase or find here in Belize. Bringing these items, whether you’re staying with us in a resort town or out on one of the outer islands, will ensure that you are comfortable and properly prepared to get the most out
of your trip to Belize.

  • A light rain suit for the occasional shower or boat spray
  • Thick soled flats boots or old sneakers work too.
  • Polarized sunglasses (2 pairs) Amber, yellow, green or gray. I highly recommend Maui Jim Sunglasses.

You won’t find better glasses!

  • A good fishing hat that will both keep the sun off you as well as cut down on glare (dark billed)
  • Extra batteries
  • Reading materials
  • Good walking shoes
  • Sun gloves (if needed)
  • Hemostats
  • Band-aids
  • A supply of small US bills (1’s-and 5’s)
  • Zip lock bags
  • Shaving kit
  • Pocketknife

When choosing an outfit to go with you can contact myself and my staff at Book It Belize.com through our Booking site that provides you with cheaper rates for the top resorts even resorts such as El Pescador and Turneffe Flats on Turneffe Atoll. Or you can browse our specials we offer on our Belize Fishing vacation website

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