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Recommended Fishing Gear to Bring

It’s important to have the right gear when fly fishing especially when you’re far away from home. The last thing you want to do is travel a great distance and find out you don’t have what it takes to fish. Below you find our recommendations for rods, reels, line, leaders, flies and other items you’ll want to have with you. If you have any questions about any of this don’t hesitate to write or call us, we’ll be happy to clear them up.

Important: Don’t count on buying fly fishing equipment and flies in Belize. There are not fly shops like you might find where you come from so you’ll need to come prepared. Your guide may be able to help you if you get in a jam but don’t count on it.

Fly Fishing gear


As you can see above the same eight weight rod, reel and line setup can be used for permit, bonefish and snook so don’t feel you need four different setups for the four species.


Two setups one for tarpon and the other for permit, bonefish and snook and you’ll be set for anything you want to fish for.


If you have several options in your arsenal you’ll find that bonefish will be more fun on a seven weight and you’ll be able to fight the larger permit for effectively with a nine weight setup.

Note: All rods need to be stiff and fast enough to cast a line in windy conditions – there’s almost always a breeze on the water.


The flies listed below all catch fish. Some work better at certain times of the year than others so be sure to check with us before your trip and we can give you specific recommendations for when you are coming to Belize. You don’t need them all to be successful.

    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 ( is a highly recommend company that should cover all situations.
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    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 We strongly recommend that both anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. We recommend Global+Rescue.
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