Dig into the research and you’ll quickly discover that the often-quoted advice, “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man to Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime” has not only been re-worded over time, but it’s been attributed to the likes of Maimonides, Lao-Tzu, Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie, and even Mao Zedong!
Every one of the versions sends a powerful message about persistence, practicality, and wisdom—and for men and women for whom fly fishing is the ultimate thrill, what’s being broiled, boiled, or fried at the end of a day can’t compared to the benefits you derived from this exciting pursuit:
•No other fishing experience is as exhilarating and addictive.
•Fly fishing is the best way to relieve stress and improve focus.
•Enthusiasts are intrigued by the challenges casting techniques present.
•There’s always room for improvement so the fascination never goes away.
•No other fishing method requires one to move as many muscles. It’s an intense workout.
•Fly-fishing fans release more endorphins than folks who choose other types of fishing.
Can the destination you choose for your next fly-fishing adventure make a difference? You bet. In fact, Belize have been elevated to “best waters” status thanks to the world’s second largest barrier reef located along the coast. Belize weather is seasonal year-round so it’s always fly-fishing season.
The best time to come? Since water temperatures average between 78- and 80-degrees F in winter, even June rains won’t put a damper on your experience, and fall weather is delightful. While December to early March may be impacted by cold fronts from North America, veteran fly-fishing enthusiasts simply wait until these fronts pass by checking out ancient Maya ruins, exploring jungles and forests, and indulging in the nation’s fabulous food, arts and music scenes.
Part of the magic of fly fishing is the surprise of feeling the tug, reeling in the catch, and finding a brag-worthy fish at the end of your line. While the type and number of fish species may depend upon your location, jacks, barracuda, mackerel, wahoo, snook, snapper, grouper, mahi, tuna, marlin and sailfish are all worthy of your efforts. But the big boys within the fishing community are trophies you’ll most aspire to during your stay. They include:
•Bonefish. These readily available game fish can be snagged year-round, though your likelihood of success is heightened between March and November. They’re found near shore, within lagoons, and off the reef.
•Permit. Called “one of the 10 best permit destinations in the world” by Fly Fishing in Saltwater magazine, your chances of landing permit off Belize are superior to other Caribbean spots. Cold fronts may impact numbers, but if you target April through early March, your chances of success skyrocket.
•Tarpon. There is no shortage of tarpon off Belize year-round—especially June, July, and August. They can be found in rivers, creeks, channels, and lagoons. If you’re seeking a photo-worthy catch, set your goal high: You could snag a tarpon weighing up to 180 pounds, so make sure the tackle you purchase is up to the job!
Everything about your dream fly-fishing trip to Belize is best left in the hands of a resort catering to folks who can’t get enough fly-fishing and no property surpasses the proximity to all things scaly and slippery like Ray Caye Island Resort, a small island designed for fly fishing enthusiasts with big ambitions.
No need to make a single arrangement thanks to Ray Caye staff who have designed a Belize fishing package that covers every aspect of your getaway. Get hooked, fly-fishing fan, and do it expeditiously given this island’s limited occupancy and number of visitors who wouldn’t think of fishing Belize without staying at this haven.
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