Girls Can Have Fun Fly Fishing: Learn in Belize

by Tanya McNab

Class is in Session with a San Pedro Fly Shop and Tour Company

As a fishing novice, the adventure of learning the skill that many spend years perfecting is a special treat and more so when its an untraditional sport for women – gives me even more reason to want to “give it a go”. The idea of being able to reel in my first bonefish had me up bright and early! By 7:00 AM we were on our way to fuel up and head over to Cayo Rosario with our guide, Jorge from Blue Bonefish Fly Shop and Tours. Cayo Rosario is a small mangrove caye that is a short 10-15-minute ride North West of Ambergris Caye, it is an absolutely stunning location, the water is crystal clear. As a haven for the fly fishing community, it is located in the center of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and attracts fishing aficionados from all around the world.

Check out our day in this video below –

It was the perfect day, the wind was blowing, the sun was out and we were in good spirits. The first lesson was about familiarizing ourselves with the gear and fly fishing practices. Preferences for the types of gear or flies used are surprising very important. I was fascinated with the variety of flies that are meant to imitate shrimp, crab, and minnow. Depending on the flats you’re fishing, you choose flies based on the retrieve. There are stripping flies, sitting flies, tailing flies and splashing flies. Honestly, we were just too excited to get in the water and start catching fish to focus on fly types, so we got the short version on our first lesson. We then decided to focus on working on our casts instead.

From our 23 foot Panga, we practiced our cast on the poling platform as well as in the water. While we ultimately didn’t catch a fish, just being out in the elements and appreciating the natural beauty around us was fulfilling – it was also good practice for the second time we head out. If anything was caught it was us, because now we’re hooked and know that one day we just might catch a grand slam! Believe it or not, its highly recommended for a girls trip!

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