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Turneffe Flats Caribbean Fly Fishing and Diving Vacations, Belize - Turneffe Flats Belize

Fishing Tackle for bonefish and permit.  Recommendations for fly fishing and spin fishing equipment, flies, and terminal tackle.  Advice for a successful bonefishing, permit fishing, and tarpon fishing trip at Turneffe Flats.

FISHING TACKLE

Belize's Best Fly Fishing Lodge - Turneffe Flats

               FLY SHOP  |  FLY FISHING TACKLE  |  FLIES  |  SPIN FISHING TACKLE  | RENTAL EQUIPMENT                       

We keep our small fly shop stocked with everything needed for fishing at Turneffe.  We also have top-quality fly fishing and spin fishing equipment available for rent at the lodge.

Flies for fly fishing in Belize.

 

 

Our well-stocked shop with everything you need to fish at Turneffe, including our most productive flies, leaders, tippet, accessories and an assortment of fly lines.  

 

Fishing tackle for fishing in Belize.

 

 

 

If you can't find what you need at your local fly shop, we can take care of your needs here. 

 

 

 

TACKLE RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommended Bonefish Tackle

  • Rods: 7 or 8 weight
  • Reel: Saltwater reel holding at least 200 yards of 20 pound backing
  • Fly Line: Weight forward floating line
  • Leader: 9-14 feet - depending upon the fishing situation
  • Tippet: 2X-0X - Fluorocarbon offers an advantage
  • Flies: size 6-10, with bead chain eyes or no weight 

Recommended Permit Tackle

  • Rods: 9 or 10 weight
  • Reel : Saltwater reel holding a minimum of 200 yards of 20 pound backing
  • Fly Line : Weight forward Floating
  • Leader : 9-12 feet
  • Tippet : 1X - 0X
  • Flies : #4 to 1/0

Recommended Tarpon Tackle

  • Rods: 11 or 12 weight
  • Reel : Saltwater reel holding a minimum of 200 yards of 30 pound backing
  • Fly Line : Intermediate or sink tip
  • Leader : 4 - 6 ft. butt section, 16 - 20 pound class tippet and 60 - 100 pound shock tippet
  • Flies : Size 3/0 to 4/0

Recommended Barracuda Tackle

  • Rod : 8 to 10 weight
  • Reel : Saltwater reel holding a minimum of 200 yards of 20 pound backing
  • Fly Line : Weight forward floating
  • Leader : 20-30 pound wire shock tippet (8 to 12 inches in length) 
  • Flies : Size 1/0 to 3/0

flies

Bonefish Flies

A variety of bonefish flies work well at Turneffe, and the best patterns vary somewhat from day to day. Small flies (#6's, 8's, and some 10's) work best on our shallow, wadeable flats.

Bonefish flies for the ocean-side flats at Turneffe should be unweighted or very lightly weighted. These bonefish are often in a few inches of water and weighted flies hang up too easily.  Some anglers prefer weed guards and they can be useful; however, most of our guides feel that the disadvantages of making it harder to hook fish outweigh the advantages.

On deeper flats and particularly around the mangrove islands in the center of Turneffe, larger, weighted flies are preferable. Small crab patterns also work well here.

Some of the better Bonefish patterns for Turneffe are the following:

  • Pops' Bonefish Bitters, #6 and #8 (Olive and Amber)
  • Pops' Egghead Bitters, #6 and #8 (Olive and Amber)
  • To-Dy-For, (a small unweighted shrimp pattern in white and olive)
  • Crazy Charlies - chartreuse, white, pink & brown (unweighted for outer flats)
  • Gotcha, #6 and #8
  • Horror, #6 and #8
  • Baited Breath, #6 and #8
  • Enrico Puglisi's Turneffe Micro Shrimp & Turneffe Micro Crab
  • Various small crab patterns and several other unweighted shrimp patterns

Permit Flies

Although Del Brown's Permit Fly,  in various modifications,  is nearly always "the crab of choice," a wide  variety of other crab patterns work well. Generally, larger, heavier crab patterns (#2 to 1/0) are preferred for the deeper flats and smaller, lighter flies work well on the shallow or wadeable flats.

Popular permit patterns include:

  • Del Brown's Permit Fly (Merkin),  size #2 to 1/0
  • Enrico Puglisi's EP Crab (#2 to 1/0)
  • Craig Mathew's  Turneffe Crab
  • Various other Crab patterns (#2 and 1/0)
  • Smaller, lighter variations for the shallow flats

Tarpon Flies

Apte-style tarpon flies in various color combinations. Dark colors tend to be better in the early morning and brighter colors work best when the sun is bright.

  • Deceiver patterns - various colors
  • Abel Anchovy
  • All tarpon flies in sizes 3/0 to 4/0
  • Barracuda Flies

Various barracuda patterns with 2/0 tandem hooks and wire leaders

  • Saltwater Poppers (#2 to 2/0)
  • Clouser Minnows (#4 to #2)
  • Saltwater Poppers (#2 to 1/0)

 

FLY FISHING RENTALS

We rent top-quality fly rods and reels (Sage rods and Hatch reels) as well as Flats boots such as Simms Flat Sneakers and Patagonia Marlwalkers

Fly Fishing Rentals

  • Sage Rods (Sizes 8, 10 and 11)
  • Hatch Reels (both right and left hand)
  • Patagonia Marlwalker boots (sizes 5 - 14)
  • Simms Flats Sneakers (sizes 5 - 14)

Rental Rates

  • Rod and Reel - $25 per day or $140 per week.
  • Wading boots - $7.50 per day or $45 per week

Although we have a substantial inventory on hand, it is a good idea to confirm rental arrangements prior to leaving to ensure that we have your size.

 

Spin Fishing

We maintain a good selection of lures as well as all of the spin gear needed for the spin fishing at Turneffe. 

Jack and Snapper Tackle

Rod: 7-8 foot
Reel: Spinning reel with capacity for 200 yards of 10-15 pound line
Leader: You will need a 12-18 inch wire leader or an 80-100 pound mono shock leader. 
Reef & Mangrove Lures: Poppers, Mirrolures and Rapalas are the best baits.


Barracuda Tackle

Rod: 7-8 foot
Reel: Spinning reel or an open face reel with 200 yards of 20 pound line
Leader: You will need to use 20-30 pound wire leader (9-12 inches). 
Lures: Bright colored tube lures are the best baits for barracuda.


Tarpon Tackle

Rod: 6-8 foot
Reel: Spinning reel with capacity for 200 yards of 15-20 pound line. 
Leader: 12-18 inch shock leader of 80 or 100 pound mono
Tarpon Lures: Mirrolures (20MR, 52M, 52MR, 65M, 77M) and Rapalas (CD11Mag - CD18Mag). 


Permit Tackle

Rod: 7-8 foot
Reel: Spinning reel with capacity for 200 yards of 12-15 pound line
Permit Lures: Live bait on 1/8-1/4 ounce jig heads is very effective. Also some larger crab patterns like the McCrab work well.  1/0 to 2/0 naked hooks for live bait are useful as well. 


Bonefish Tackle

Rod : 7-8 foot
Reel : Spinning reel with the capacity for at least 150 yards of 10 pound line
Bonefish Lures : Live bait on 1/16 - 1/8 ounce  jig heads works best for bones.  


SPIN gear RENTALS

We rent the following spin fishing equipment.

  • 7'6" medium action rods with 150 feet of 12 pound line (for bonefishing)
  • 7'6" medium action rods with 20 pound line (for permit, tarpon or snapper fishing)

      Rates:  Rod & Reel - $15/day or $85/week