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Being a fisherman has provided me my fair share of sunrises and sunsets on the water. It’s an experience I’ve never taken for granted. After all I know many people whom miss sunrises and sunsets due to hectic schedules and being confined in the captive walls of an office building. In the past few years I’ve added kayak fishing to my repoitare of fly fishing methods. Like anything I seem to venture into for the first time I often struggle with and initial period of feeling much like a new born deer. Kinda wobbly, unstable, knees knocking and not quite certain of my surroundings or what in the world is going on.

After that learning curve has been concurred the benefits using a kayak to harass the local bonefish, permit, even tarpon here in Belize or any other flats destination is worth the day or two of the proverbial “Fish out of water.” Period of adjustment. For one the stealthy nature of kayak fishing is reason enough for skittish schools of bones or permit. Add to it the recent advancements of outrigger systems that enable one to stand securely and safely on the kayak increase ability to spot fish as well as cast a fly rod with ease.

Another huge benefit that sold me on kayak fishing was the lightweight and portability of the fishing kayaks themselves. With modern thermo plastic and injection molding processes many of these kayaks weigh less than 45 lbs. I admit that I’m a bit of a lazy fisherman and don’t desire to paddle miles upon miles to go fishing. I do still enjoy turning a key, hearing the purr of a finely tuned four stroke as I ease the that hammer forward an motor on towards my favorite fishing spots. However, it’s now a rarity that I leave the dock without a kayak strapped down in the front of my skiff. The kayak has enabled me to explore and discover new flats areas that were previously un-reachable by skiff or wading. These little “honey spots” as I fancy calling them are filled with virgin schools of bones and permit that are super aggressive. Lacking the constant pressure from guides and tourist has kept these spots sacred and more fun than a Crisco covered pig in a kid’s carnival.

As we all know the aggressive fishing and higher catch rate has probably convinced many reading this to give kayak fishing a try or incorporate it into your fishing regimen as well. There is yet one last thing I feel most might be interested to know. Kayak fishing cost significantly less than running a flats skiff all day with a local guide that’s trying to feed the family as well. Most kayak fishing destination such as BITE ME! Kayak Fishing Adventures in Belize charge around a hundred dollars per day which includes breakfast, lunch, and delivery by skiff to and from remote fishing flats that guides and other fishermen can’t travel due to the skinny water entrance or the mud and silt bottom composition that will have you sinking to your knees if one were to attempt wading it. As with most fishing flats once you paddle through these opening which range from fifty yards in to a hundred yards. The flats areas open back up into large mangrove lined private havens averaging 12 to 18 inches of water and a solid limestone bottom that make stalking these little “honey holes” a fisherman’s dream.

So, the next time you find your self feeling stagnate about your fishing spots. Grab a kayak from a local kayak-fishing retailer; they’ll usually have demo or rental kayaks for you to try. Load it on the boat or strap it to a car. Head on over to your local waters and explore and discover new and more productive fishing when you incorporate a kayak into your fishing.

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Coming up with the perfect gift Idea for your favorite Fly Fishing fanatic can, at times, be a daunting task. If you’re unfamiliar with a fly shop they can be stocked with thousands of little items to choose from. Below are a few that are on the top list of “Safe Bet” fly fishing gifts that your Fly Fisher (Man or Woman) will love.

Tarpon Movie | Tarpon DVD

Tarpon Movie | Tarpon DVD

TARPON – Movie featuring Tom McGuane, Jim Harrison, and Richard Brautigan. Another then-obscure artist, Jimmy Buffett, wrote the musical score. This Fly Fishing cult classic film was recently remastered and re-released on DVD. This is a classic Fly Fishing Video that any fly fisherman will enjoy.

Tibor Reels

Tibor Reels

TIBOR REELS – If the budget allows for it and you want to make the fly fisher in your life grin from ear-to-ear like a child and walk around the other fly fishers beaming with pride. Then get him or her a Tibor Everglades Fly Fishing Reel – or the Gulf Stream model depending on the type of fishing he or she does.

POCKET KNIFES – All fly fishers value a good pocket Knife. Take for example the Columbia River Knife and Tool companies’ latest edition. The Fishing Knife with integrated bottle opener for the beer bottles. The handle is even shaped like a fish.

Staying with the pocketknife theme this one is another excellent gift idea for fly fishermen and women. The Gerber Multi-Pliers tool. Similar to a leatherman but built much more ruggedly and designed to last a lifetime. It even comes complete with a Mag light mini-flash light.

Watermark

Watermark

WATERMARK (Fly Fishing Book) – A collection of beautiful fly fishing photos and scenery. This coffee table book is an excellent gift for any fly fishing enthusiast. This book features page-after-page of amazing photos fly fishing in action. By Grant McClintock 39.95

Waterproof Digital Camera

Waterproof Digital Camera

Olympus Stylus 1050 SW 10.1MP Waterproof / Shockproof Digital Camera – This indestructible digital camera is an excellent gift to help your fly fisher document their catches without brining them home. Not only does it assist them in catch and release but also they have proof they didn’t get skunked on the water.

Fishing Pack

Fishing Pack

William Joseph Catalyst Lumbar Pack – This little bag is excellent for carrying several fly boxes, all the tippet you need, and any other little things that you want to carry when fishing. It also features water bottle pockets on each side. It even features a lifetime warranty. Price $69.00

The ULTIMATE GIFT IDEA for any fly fisher – A week trip to Belize to fish for Permit, Bonefish, and Tarpon on the Belize Fishing flats on the island of Ambergris Caye. If the budget allows for it – BITE ME! Belize Fishing Adventures is featuring a full week of fishing in Belize for only $850 per week including the accommodations at their resort. Discover more about Belize Fishing on the BITE ME! Fishing website.

These are a few of the more popular gift ideas to get your fly fisherman or woman for this holiday season.

When I first began to take trips to Tropical destinations with crystal clear flats waters and no cover around for miles. I spent much time not catching fish but watching, learning and practicing what the guys who were catching fish were doing. Even after I had my “Double Haul” down pat and could cast a line 90 feet or further I still had troubles spooking the fish with improper presentation and false casting too much, resulting in me whipping the fly over head of a tailing group of Bonefish, or Permit. And sure as now fish likes to be chased by a fly, they certainly don’t like to be chased by one in the air over their heads. With one quick dart, the only thing left was a small cloudy patch in the water where they churned up the silty sandy bottom in their hasty retreat.

When fishing here in Belize I often tell anglers that you get three chances – TOPS! If you can have 70 – 80 feet of line out and letting that fly sink a foot in front of that Bonefish or Permit, well then, It’s over. They’ll move off and continue on their search for more food. I’ll continue to poll into position to get in position for working an area that the fish are feeding in. But I can’t stress enough the importance of excellent presentation and expert placement. Chico Fernandez has written a great article pertaining to this subject and highly worth a read. Read more about proper placement in Saltwater Fly Fishing by Chico Fernandez

You can book your Ideal Fishing Vacation in BelizeBook It Belize – can provide you with more detailed information about what gear to bring when fishing in Belize, to CHEAP Belize fishing packages that range form all-inclusive, even extremely affordable Belize kayak fishing tours that can only cost $1,000 per person for an entire week of fishing on Ambergris Caye.

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