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FLY FISHING CHARTERS

 

 

Placencia Fly Fishing Charters

Placencia, Belize, offers exceptional opportunities for fly fishing in its coastal waters. The peninsula boasts extensive flats, Channels and lagoons that are home to sought-after species like bonefish, permit, and tarpon.  The prime time for fly fishing in Placencia is generally from late winter to early summer. The months of March to June are considered peak season, with favorable weather conditions and optimal water temperatures. However, different species may have their own peak seasons, so it's advisable to plan your trip based on your preferred target. Conservation practices, such as catch-and-release, are encouraged to sustain fish populations. Beyond fishing, visitors can explore the diverse activities the region offers, including the Belize Barrier Reef and cultural experiences. Placencia promises a memorable fly fishing adventure in a stunning tropical setting.  ​ "Fish the tides, not the clock" is a mantra often embraced by experienced anglers, and it encapsulates the idea that the best times to catch fish are dictated by the natural rhythms of the tides rather than a strict schedule. 

Permit 

The best time to target permit in Placencia typically aligns with the overall peak fly fishing season in the region. While permit can be found year-round, the months from late winter to early summer, specifically March to June, are considered optimal. During this period, favorable weather conditions and water temperatures increase the likelihood of successful permit encounters on the flats also known as "Permit Alley." Many anglers prefer the incoming tides, as permit often feed actively during this time. Additionally, early mornings and late afternoons are generally productive, taking advantage of lower light conditions when permit are known to be more actively feeding.

Permit
Tarpon-Fishing-Placencia-Belize

Tarpon

Tarpon, known for their strength and aerial displays, are a popular target in the coastal waters around PlacenciaThe prime time for tarpon fishing in Placencia generally aligns with the warmer months, typically from late spring to early fall. Specifically, Late April through August are considered the peak tarpon season. During this period, the waters around Placencia experience warmer temperatures, and tarpon are more active and present in greater numbers.

Bonefish

Bonefish are indeed found in abundance in the flats around Placencia, Belize, and the nearby Sapodilla Cayes. The extensive flats and mangrove-lined shores create an ideal habitat for bonefish, making Placencia a popular destination for anglers seeking these elusive and fast fish. The Sapodilla Cayes, a group of small islands off the coast of southern Belize, are known for their pristine waters and rich marine life. While the primary focus of many anglers in the Sapodilla Cayes is on flats fishing for bonefish, the area also offers opportunities for other saltwater species, including permit.

Bonefish
  • TARPON
    Rabbit Strip Black Death #1/0, 3/0 Cockroach #1/0, 3/0 Abel Anchovy #3/0 Tarpon Toad #2/0, 3/0 Tan, Black Death, Purple/Black, Brown Traditional Black Death #1/0, 3/0 Enrico Puglisi Mullet Fly #2/0, 3/0 Assorted Colors Deceivers #1, 2/0 Assorted Colors Enrico Puglisi Peanut Butter Fly Black/Purple, Black/Red, Gray/White, Chartreuse/White Gummy Minnows #2/0 Assorted Colors
  • SNOOK
    Clouser Deep Minnows #2/0, 2 Pearly Poppers #2/0, 2 Big Fish Deceivers #4/0 Saltwater Poppers #2/0 Assorted Colors Barracuda Needlefish #1, 2/0 Gummy Minnows #2/0 Assorted Colors
  • PERMIT
    Bauer Crab #4 Olive, Tan Raghead Crab #2, 4, 6 Merkin #4 Half Brown, Half Tan Ragin’ Cravin Crab #4 Enrico Puglisi Crab #2, 83-Tone, Tan, Olive, Sand, Brown Turneffe Crab #4, 6 Perterson’s Spawning Shrimp #2, 4 Enrico Puglisi Spawning Shrimp #1/0, 4 Olive, Tan Enrico Puglisi Permit Crab #1 3-Tone, Tan, Olive, Sand, Brown Avalon Shrimp Fly #2, 4
  • BONEFISH
    Gotcha #2, 4, 6, 8 Pearl, Gold or McVay’s Sili Legs #4, 6Puff Fly #4, 6 Pink, Tan Borski’s Bonefish Slider #4, 6 Gotcha Clouser #4, 6 Crazy Charlie #4, 6, 8 Tan, White, Pink, Chartreuse Skinny Water Gotcha #4, 6, 8 (No eyes) Squimp #6, 8 Bonefish Bitters #6, 8 Amber, Olive, Hermit Crab Horror Bonefish Fly Missing Link #4, 6 Olive, Tan Turneffe Crab #4, 6 Olive, Tan Enrico Puglisi Bahamas Shrimp #1, 6 Assorted Colors Christmas Island Special #6, 8 Pink, Pearl, Orange Avalon Shrimp Fly #6 ,8
  • OTHER ESSENTIALS TO CONSIDER BRINGING:
    Sunglasses Sunglasses are one of the most important pieces of equipment you need to have. You need them to see fish, period. We recommend polarized lenses in either copper, amber or brown. If they have side shields on them or they wrap around all the better. Bring a second pair just in case and also cleaning solution, clothes and wipes. Sunscreen Sunscreen is a must. You certainly don’t want to ruin your trip because you didn’t bring it and use it. We suggest 30 SPF at a minimum and it should be waterproof and sweatproof. Also, bring lip balm that is at least 30 SPF as well. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after applying sunscreen so that it doesn’t get on your leader, tippet or fly. Clothing You don’t need to bring a lot of clothing for Belize. It’s usually between 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit both day and night. Shorts, t-shirts, and a pair of long light weight pants will do it. Everything is casual in Belize so no worries about dressing properly. When fishing be sure to wear a long sleeve fishing shirt and long light weight pants that you can get wet. The sun is intense and it’s best to stay covered up. We also recommend a baseball style hat with a lightweight neck gaiter. The neck gaiter will protect your face and help to keep your hat on during windy boat rides. Some of our guests also like to wear sun gloves to protect their hands. Rain Gear It can rain at anytime in Belize so be prepared. Bring a lightweight waterproof rain jacket with a hood. It’s always wise to bring a few large garbage bags to cover your gear and luggage during the downpours. Footwear It’s flip flops when you’re not fishing but you’ll need to bring a pair of wading boots for fishing. When wading the flats you’ll encounter coral, sea urchins, shells and other sharp things that will cut your feet up. Do a little shopping and you’ll find flats booties or wading boots that are specially designed for fishing in saltwater – that’s what you’re looking for. Camera Equipment At minimum bring your cell phone so you can get some shots of you with your fish. If it’s not waterproof get a case for it that is. If you have high end cameras an lenses put them in waterproof cases to protect them. Tools Most of the time your guide will have the tools you’ll need while fishing; however, if you think you may do some fishing on your own we suggest putting together a toolkit of your own. Here are a few things to include: fishing pliers, multi-tool knife, forceps, hook file, nippers, flashlight, headlamp, set of eyeglass size screwdrivers and of course some duct tape. Travel Documents You must have a valid passport with you that is valid for at least six months beyond the duration of your stay in Belize. It’s always wise to make photocopies of your passport, driver’s license, travel insurance documents, credit cards and any other important documents and keep them somewhere different than where you keep the originals. Travel Insurance You never know what may happened in the world that could disrupt your travel plans so we suggest getting travel insurance. Global Rescue (https://www.globalrescue.com/) is a highly recommend company that should cover all situations.
  • Please Review Terms & Conditions
    To reserve your guide and accommodations a 50% deposit is required within 10 days of booking. Upon receipt of the deposit the guides and accommodations will be reserved. The balance of the payment is due 90 days prior to the date of the trip. All payments are to be made payable and sent to Charlie Leslie Fly Fishing or by credit card over the phone at +501-673-0553. Trips cancelled or shortened as a result of inclement weather and/or acts of nature including hurricanes or due to airline delays, strikes or political unrest are not refundable. Any unused portion of these packages by guest’s choice is not refundable. ​ Cancellations received before 90 days from arrival date, 100% of deposit may be transferred to another date or to another angler or refunded minus 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations between 45-90 days from arrival date, 50% of deposit may be transferred to another date or to another angler or refunded minus 10% cancellation fee Less than 45 days before arrival date, No deposits will be refunded or credited to another date/angle All cancelations must be in writing and sent to charlie@charlieleslieflyfishing.com. We strongly recommend that both anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. We recommend Global+Rescue.
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