The Clearwater Steelhead Syndicate

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The Best Swinging for Steelhead in the West?

The Clearwater Steelhead Syndicate specializes in providing the best spey fly fishing guides on the premier dry-line steelhead fly fishing river in the world…Idaho’s Clearwater.  

Imagine standing in a crystal clear river with the sun glistening in front of golden hills in the background and orange pines standing tall.  Long beautiful runs waiting for your cast and swing as you work through them.  Then you feel the tug of a steelhead as it interrupts your drift.  That dream is a reality on Idaho’s Clearwater River!

For many, fishing for steelhead is an obsession, stepping into that perfect run early in the morning as the fog lifts; step in, strip, cast, and swing. The anticipation of that fish moving to the fly on the next cast is mesmerizing. One of the most wonderful things about steelhead fishing is the environments and nature in which you fish for them. From rain forest to desert, they inhabit our earth’s most pristine lands.

Of all the rivers to swing a fly, the Clearwater is special. The Clearwater is an anomaly of a steelhead river. It is very large and carves its way through coniferous forest and sage laden desert. The water is constantly clear as its namesake suggests and is consistently stable, making concern over fishing conditions an afterthought. Clearwater fish can rival the size of western winter run native fish and can be much larger on average.  The Clearwater is legendary for bringing steelhead to the surface as well to take a dry which will provide you with an experience you’ll never forget!

Your fishing day:

Float trips are done in modern, state of the art drift boats operated by experienced guides. The drift boats are large, stable, and carry a large capacity of equipment. Equipment can be accommodated if needed. Ample communication in terms of equipment needs is needed to provide proper and adequate gear.

Approximately 75 miles of river is available to fish, 3 boats on the upper half and 3 boats on the lower half.  During different periods of the year fish will congregate in certain areas of the river.  Depending on the season we’ll make the pick-up at the hotel around 08.00 AM, floating different sections of the river through out the week. Since the runs are long enough to hold several anglers, and even if fished from both sides, the river is big enough not to create a crowd.  The day ends typically at sundown, so it’ll mean around 8 to 12 hours on the river a day.
*Day trips include lunch, snacks. Meals can be customized to fit any dietary requirements.

With over 20 years of guiding experience the guides of the Clearwater Steelhead Syndicate are knowledgeable and professional.  Their passion and love for fly fishing and willingness to share their knowledge is what truly makes them the best around.

At Leland, we know gear and we have what it takes for pursuing these hard fighting fish. We’ve put together a list of our “go to gear” for our travels to the Clearwater.  Feel free to browse away and contact us directly with any further questions.

                  Recommended Gear List:

-Rod: Red Truck Diesel Spey Rod, 13’6 foot #7 weight

-Reel: Red Truck Diesel Chrome Spey Fly Reel

-Lines: 
Mid-Belly: Ballistic Vector Series – 500 Grain
Skagit Head:425 grain Commando Head with 168 Grain Commando Tips
Scandi Head: Airflo Scandi 450
Running Line:OPST Lazar Running Line

-Leader and Tippet:  Umpqua Salmon/Steelhead 5 foot 16 lb leader, Umpqua 16 lb tough nylon tippet, and Leland BC leaders.

-Flies: Scott Howell Squidro Series, Green Butt Skunks, Lady Carolines, and Purple Peril’s.

-Net:  Leland Rod Co. British Columbia Boat Net

-Outerwear:  Kast Gear Boost Softshell JacketLOOP Leipik Liner Jacket, LOOP Lainio Wading Jacket

-Gloves and Accessories:  KAST Steelhead Glove, Leland’s Nature Boy Lanyard, Hatch Nomad Pliers

-Online Idaho Fishing License:  Click Here

To learn more about this fantastic fishery or book your Clearwater steelhead adventure simply send an email to info@lelandfly.com or give us a call at (415) 781-3474.

Winter Steelhead on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula



At Leland, we know gear and we have what it takes for pursuing these hard fighting fish. We’ve put together a list of our “go to gear” for our travels to the Olympic Peninsula.  Feel free to browse away and contact us directly with any further questions.

                  Recommended Gear List:

-Rod:  Red Truck Diesel 11 ft 7 wt Switch Fly Rod

-Reel:  Red Truck Diesel Chrome Fly Reel

-Flies: Scott Howell’s Squidro

-Line System:  BC Running Line, 450 Skagit, Flo Tips

-Net:  Leland BC Landing Net

-Waders:  Patagonia Rio Gallegos Waders

-Boots:  Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots

-Outerwear:  Kast Gear Boost Softshell JacketLOOP Leipik Liner Jacket, LOOP Lainio Wading Jacket

-Gloves and Accessories:  KAST Steelhead Glove, Leland’s Nature Boy Lanyard, Hatch Nomad Pliers

Pricing and Contact Info:

Season January 1 – April 15, 2016

Public Water Day Trips:  $525

Private Water Day Trips:  $575

To learn more about this fantastic fishery or book your OP steelhead adventure simply send an email to info@lelandfly.com or give us a call at (415) 659-9356.

 

Fly Fishing in Iceland


At Leland, we know gear and we have what it takes for pursuing these hard fighting fish. We’ve put together a list of our “go to gear” for our travels to Iceland.  Feel free to browse away and contact us directly with any further questions.

                  Recommended Gear List:

-Rod:  Leland NZ Streamer Fly Rod 690-4 9′ 6 wt

-Reel:  Leland Classic 5/6 Trout Fly Reel

-Line:  Leland Custom Streamer Fly Line – WF6F

-Leader:  Leland Custom NZ Trout Leader 12 ft 4X

-Net:  Leland Trout Landing Net

-Waders:  Patagonia Rio Gallegos Waders

-Boots:  Patagonia Ultralight Wading Boots – Sticky

-Outerwear:  Kast Gear Boost Softshell JacketLOOP Leipik Liner Jacket, LOOP Lainio Wading Jacket

-Gloves and Accessories:  KAST Steelhead Glove, Leland’s Nature Boy Lanyard, Hatch Nomad Pliers

Pricing and Contact Info:

The cost per day is 100,000 Icelandic krona which is roughly USD $900 at the time of this writing.   The ground package includes all transport, fishing, lodging and food from the time guests are picked up in Akureyri from the time they are dropped off.  Alcohol is not included in the package price.

To learn more about this fantastic trip or book your Icelandic Adventure simply send an email to info@lelandfly.com or give us a call at (415) 659-9356.

 

The Steelhead Ranch

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At Leland, we know gear and we have what it takes for pursuing these hard fighting fish. We’ve put together a list of our “go to gear” for our travels to The Steelhead Ranch below.  Feel free to browse away and contact us directly with any further questions.

                  Recommended Gear List:

-Rod: Red Truck Diesel Spey Rod, 13’6 foot #7 weight

-Reel: Red Truck Diesel Chrome Spey Fly Reel

-Line System:  OPST Lazar Running Line, 425 grain Commando Head, and 168 Grain Commando Tips

-Leader and Tippet:  Umpqua Salmon/Steelhead 5 foot 16 lb leader and Umpqua 16 lb tough nylon tippet

-Flies: Scott Howell Squidro Series

-Net:  Leland Rod Co. British Columbia Boat Net

-Outerwear:  Kast Gear Boost Softshell JacketLOOP Leipik Liner Jacket, LOOP Lainio Wading Jacket

-Gloves and Accessories:  KAST Steelhead Glove, Leland’s Nature Boy Lanyard, Hatch Nomad Pliers

-Online Washington Fishing License:  Click Here

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Deep Canyon Outfitters

DAMIEN NURRE:

Damien is head guide and main Deschutes River guide. He has lived in Bend Oregon for the past 13 years, spending as much time as possible on the mighty Deschutes, chasing Redsides and summer steelhead. An avid fly tier, Damien uses his free time invent new patterns trout and steelhead haven’t seen yet. Check out his flies at montanafly.com.

Guided Oregon Fly Fishing Trips – Multi Day Trips

BEND FLY FISHING TRIPS ON THE DESCHUTES RIVER:

A Multi-Day Bend fly fishing trip on the Deschutes River is the best way to fully experience the beauty and the superb fly fishing the river has to offer. The trip begins at Trout Creek, where you and our staff will put on for this 32 mile float.

A 2-5 day fly fishing trip, most commonly done in 3 days, is as relaxing as it is exciting. Your only job is to do some fly fishing, eat, sleep, and enjoy yourself! Our staff of highly trained Oregon fly fishing guides, will make your time on the Deschutes River one to remember for years to come.

Our “Bagger” will go ahead of you and your guide down the Deschutes River, and have the camp set up and hour d’vours waiting for you when you arrive at our mobile Mecca.

Once at camp, you can choose to do some fly fishing in the prime water around the camp or relax in the beauty of the outdoors. A gourmet dinner is served every night while on your multi-day Bend fly fishing trip, by our camp chef. After dinner there is time for drinks, discussing the days catches and enjoying the starry night…that’s if you have not retired to the comfortable cot in your tent.

As the sun rises, so will you to find hot coffee brewing, and a warm breakfast on the griddle. Then it’s off to the river with your guide for another great day of fly fishing on the Deschutes River. Many of our clients come back year after year for this multi-day Bend fly fishing trip. It is the favorite fly fishing adventure of many of our large groups. We can accommodate up to 10 guests per trip. All of our camping equipment is state of the art, top of the line. We provide water tight bags to keep your personal items dry, cots so you sleep better than at home, and roomy tents, large enough to have a party in, and all the amenities available for “roughing” it.

This multi-day Oregon fly fishing trip is best enjoyed during the stone fly hatch from mid May through June, and the caddis/pmd hatches from July to September. From August to December we chase trout and summer steelhead.

Our multi-day fly fishing trips are the BEST way to experience fly fishing on the Deschutes River, in Oregon. Most of our clients choose to spent multi-day fly fishing trips on the Lower Deschutes River, year after year.

MULTI-DAY FLOAT RATES
$400 / PERSON / DAY for 2 anglers
$375 / PERSON / DAY for 3 or more anglers

INCLUDES:

Camping gear: cots, tents, kitchen, rain/sun shelters, tables and chairs, all meals prepared by our chef, non-alcoholic beverages, rental fly fishing equipment, and of course our expert guide staff. Deschutes River Trout fishing suggested fly list. Steelhead fishing suggested fly list.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Flies, leaders, Deschutes River boater’s Passes, Tribal permits, fishing licenses, alcoholic beverages, and guide gratuities.

Guided Fly Fishing Bend Oregon Trips – Day Trips

DEEP CANYON OUTFITTERS, BEND OREGON:

A day spent fly fishing is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors near Bend Oregon. Our guide service offers a variety of day long guided Fly Fishing Bend Oregon Trips.

FULL DAY TRIPS:

A Full-day boat trip on the Lower Deschutes River or Mckenzie river are our most popular trips. Guests meet their guide at a designated time, where they are outfitted with everything they will need for a day on the water. Groups depart shortly after, and travel to their destination near Bend Oregon.

Once at the water, our expert guides will show you were the fish are and help you master the techniques used to catch them. Chicken, steak, pork, or sandwiches with all the fixin’s are served when your tummy begins to growl, and snacks and beverages are available at any point in the day. A Full-day trip is 8 hours on the water, and don’t worry…if the fishing is hot we won’t leave before you’re ready to go.

One Day Boat Trips
1 anglers……………………………..$450.00
2 anglers……………………………..$475.00
3 anglers……………………………..$525.00

INCLUDES:

Expert guides, rods and reels, boots and waders, boat, lunch, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Deschutes River Trout fishing suggested fly list. Steelhead fishing suggested fly list.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

flies, leaders, applicable passes and permits (Deschutes River only), fishing licenses, alcoholic beverages, and guide gratuities.

HALF DAY TRIPS:

Our half-day guided fly fishing Bend Oregon trips are the same as our full day trips, but do not include lunch. A half-day trip is limited to 4 hours on the water, and guests maybe asked to meet their guide at the water.

Half-day Boat Trips
1 or 2 anglers……………………$350.00
2 anglers………………………….$375.00

INCLUDES:

Expert guides, rods and reels, boots and waders, boat, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. Deschutes River Trout fishing suggested fly list. Steelhead fishing suggested fly list.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Flies, leaders, applicable passes and permits (Deschutes River only), fishing licenses, alcoholic beverages, and guide gratuities.

guided Fly Fishing Oregon Trips – Walk In

Deep Canyon Outfitters Guided Fly Fishing Oregon Trips: Deep Canyon has expert fly fishing guides. Our service offers Walk-in guided fly fishing trips on 2 rivers in Central Oregon, the Crooked River and the Deschutes river.

Walk-in guided fly fishing Oregon trips are a great way to enjoy the rivers in our area, each river is utilized during it’s prime fly fishing season. Most of our walk-in guided fly fishing trips are to the Crooked river, a great fly fishing destination any time of year. Wherever our fly fishing guides take you, the scenery is sure to inspire.

We offer Full-day and Half-day walk-in guided fly fishing trips. Full-day guided fly fishing trips are 8 hours of fishing time, and a Half-day is 4 hours on the water. Included is any rental equipment (boots, waders, rods, reels), drinks, snacks, and of course the guide. Full-day guided fly fishing trips include lunch.

Walk-In Guided Fly Fishing Oregon Trips

Full Day Guided Fly Fishing Trips

1 or 2 anglers…………………………….$400.00+$100 per additional angler/4 anglers per guide max

INCLUDES:

Expert guides, rods and reels, boots and waders, BBQed streamside lunch, and beverages.

Half Day Guided Fly Fishing Trips

1 or 2 anglers…………………………….$250.00+$50 per additional angler/4 anglers per guide max

INCLUDES:

Expert guides, rods and reels, boots and waders, snacks, and beverages.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Flies, leaders, fishing licenses, ?boater’s passes, tribal permits, or guide gratuities.

POLICIES

Early season reservations will allow you to secure the dates desired. A 50% deposit is required to secure dates, refundable if cancellation is received no less than thirty (30) days prior to trip date. Trips proceed regardless of weather conditions. We reserve to right to cancel in the event of unsafe conditions or other circumstances beyond our control. If we cancel your trip, your deposit will be refunded or applied to a future date that is mutually acceptable.

For more information please contact Deep Canyon Outfitter

DEEP CANYON RECOMMENDED GEAR LIST:

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The Great Sailfish Company

Sailfishing in Guatemala:

If you ask around as to where the world’s finest sailfishing is to be found, it won’t be long before the conversation turns to Guatemala. The simple fact of the matter is that there are a lot of sailfish here and anglers typically raise 15 to 25 fish per day in the prime months of the dry season.

The Great Sailfishing Company Accommodations:

At the Great Sailfishing Company anglers can pick from private villas complete with personal cook or tasteful accommodations within the main resort. Both venues offer as secure setting, fine food,maid service, local alcoholic drinks, shuttles to and from the marina,tackle, and last night’s accommodations in Guatemala City. In addition,anglers fish from well maintained boats with experienced captains and mates that really understand the nuances of catching sailfish on the fly.

For those who want to break up their stay with guided tours of local craft markets or a few days of inshore fishing for roosterfish,snook and snapper, your host will be happy to accommodate you. For the finest sailfishing experience available at a fair price and custom itineraries built to suit your specific needs, this operation receives our highest marks.

Guinea-Bissau, West Africa

Guinea Bissau Fishing: The variety of available fishing is in large part the appeal of the Guinea-Bissau experience. What makes the Bijagos so unique is three-fold. First is its sheer size. As Africa’s largest archipelago, the region encompasses 30,000 sq. km. of largely protected saltwater wilderness. Of the 78 major islands, only 20 are inhabited with a total population of less than 5,000 residents. Second, the region is one the largest estuarine environments in Africa, fed by four massive hypertrophic river systems. The result is a biological marvel where in places clear waters team with brown clouds of plankton attracting incomprehensible quantities of baitfish, and an all-star cast of predators that prey upon them. And lastly the region has a remarkable diversity of water and habitat types that include murky rich tarpon waters, sand spits surrounded by crystal clear waters, mangrove channels and immense inner bays, mud flats covered with mollusks, and beautiful white sand beaches studded with rugged dark lava outcroppings. When seen in its entirety the role the region plays as one of Africa’s most significant spawning grounds for baitfish and sport fish alike is easily understood.

A partial list of worthy game fish to be found is equally as impressive: five species of barracuda, six species of snapper, twenty species of shark (five of which commonly exceed 400 pounds), amber jack, Senegalese jack, incredible numbers of jack crevalle, cobia, drum, bonefish, permit, pompano, grouper, guitar fish, ladyfish, leer fish, sierra, sea bass, blue runners, tarpon and triple tails are all caught most every season. There are sandy beaches, rugged lava points, mangrove inlets, river-like channels, and barren sand spit islands. While there are numerous places that qualify as “flats”, it is hard to categorize the region as a quality flats fishery as the tides average 6-12 feet.

As a result much of the fishing is done from boats (which are bit shabby by western standards). During low wind conditions there are numerous sight-fishing opportunities for Jacks, barracuda, large needlefish, snappers, African sierra and corvina. In less favorable conditions the same species are targeted by blind fishing points, edges, shorelines, and submerged structure.

Some of the most exciting fishing centers around the region’s remarkable Jack Crevalle fisheries. These fish can often be seen crashing bait in what the locals refer to as “hunts”. Jacks can also be targeted from the beach. Sometimes you will see large black pods of fish cruising in the waves, or single fish chasing bait.

While the region has the world’s largest tarpon, the fishery is not ideally suited to the fly. In the most productive regions the water is dark with plankton making sight fishing difficult at best. On the optimistic side, the vast majority of tarpon are hooked with baits that are suspended only 3-4 feet beneath the surface. Typically there is significant current, so flies could be left to hang in zone and stand a fair chance of being taken. Needless to say the tarpon fishery is a high stakes game where the fish average over 200 pounds. Even on conventional tackle anglers average only 1.15 bites per day.

Guinea-Bissau Accommodation:

Club Acaja has simple thatched bungalows that sleep two anglers. They all have private baths and simple showers. Rooms have generator-produced lighting that turns off around midnight.

Guinea-Bissau Travel:

Travel to Guinea-Bissau typically entails departing JFK on Wednesday evening and arriving Dakar Senegal on Thursday morning. In Senegal we will recommend that you opt to be met by or greeting service and taken directly to the Lagon 2 for your day room. That afternoon you will transfer back to the airport at roughly 3PM for you flight to Bissau. We encourage all participants to book these tickets with Debi at African Travel Inc. (800) 421-8907 ext. 103 or (818)-507-7893 and mention that you are traveling with Fly Water Travel.

After being met in the Bissau airport, almost all groups will be able to transfer out to the lodge directly. In the event of rough seas, this 2.5 hour trip will be postponed until the following morning.

The following Thursday guest will depart the club at roughly noon and head back to Bissau. After arriving Dakar there will be a significant layover as your flight for the states typically departs around 3AM. Arrival in JFK is at roughly 7AM on Friday morning.

A valid passport, visa and a Yellow Fever certificate are required to enter Guinea-Bissau. While visas can be obtained through companies such as G3visas.com prior to travel, we can also arrange for you get your visa once you arrive in the country. While this process requires some faith, it works well and is what all Acaja/Africa Bijagos Tarpon Club guests do. It also costs less than setting up visa’s in
advance.

When traveling to Guinea-Bissau we recommend a conservative approach to health precautions. Of utmost importance is a certificate proving that you have received a Yellow Fever vaccination. Malaria is also strongly advised as is Typhoid, Hepatitis, and Meningococcal. As for all overseas travel we recommend that all travelers are current with Tetanus/Diphtheria as well as MMR.

Guinea-Bissau Currency, Cash and Gratuities:

During your travels in Guinea-Bissau and to a lesser degree in Senegal, US dollars, traveler’s checks and credit cards are virtually useless. We recommend that all travelers exchange a minimum of $600 US into Euros trough their local bank (this typically takes 3-4 working days and is at an exchange of roughly $1 US to 0.75 Euro).

While CFA franks are the national currency for both Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, Euros change hands regularly for larger transactions. Change will likely be given in CFA franks.

Anticipated fixed cost include:

Day room in Dakar 35-75 Euros depending on selected accommodations.

Cab rides in Dakar 20 Euros.

On site Visa purchase 35 Euros.

Boat ride to Rubane from Bissau 35 Euros.

Gratuities 100-150 Euros.

Bar tab at the Club 50-150 Euros.

Possible overnight in Bissau 85 Euros.

Total: 370-550 Euros

Note: The Lagon 1 restaurant gladly accepts credit cards.

Included:

All meals, transportation and guiding once the club is reached.

Not Included:

Transportation and airfare to the club, day rooms and meals in Senegal, overnight accommodations in Bissau if needed, all drinks and alcohol, gratuities and visa fees.

Crocodile Bay Lodge

Crocodile Bay offers a wide range of inshore and offshore fishing in the rich waters of the Pacific and Gulfo Dulce.Target species include marlin, sailfish, dorado, roosterfish, amberjack,snapper grouper, barracuda, pompano, sierra mackerel, snook, wahoo, and tuna.

The Sportfishing Fleet

The lodges fleet of 27 boats, easily accessed from the 750-foot pier, includes 17′ flats boats, 24′ center consoles, 27′ offshore center consoles and our 33′ Strike tower boats, plus the 35′ owner’s Strike tower boat.

Crocodile Bay Lodge Accommodation and Meals:

Crocodile Bay Lodge is Costa Rica’s newest and finest Sport Fishing and Eco-Tour Resort. The sport fishing resort is located on 44 acres with 34 air-conditioned rooms in Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula. The “Osa” has been described by National Geographic as, “The most ecologically intense place on earth.” The exquisite lodge features a top of the line daily menu, swimming pool, hot tub, massage room and a conference center that accommodates up to 80 people. Rooms include hand carved furniture and many have private Jacuzzi baths.

The lodge structures are strategically located throughout the 44-acre landscaped property with the main building housing the restaurant, bar and reception area. There’s also a tackle and gift shop where one can purchase inshore or offshore fishing lures (made on the premises) for souvenirs or for use at another time, as well as locally made gifts of all kinds. The pool and jacuzzi were designed utilizing our unique property characteristics including waterfalls and jungle environment. They are conveniently accessible to all guests. The lodge is staffed by friendly, English-speaking and well experienced personnel guaranteed to make your stay an exciting and unforgettable one.

After a day on the water, or returning from an adventure tour, enjoy your favorite cocktail or beverage at our open bar, take a relaxing swim, dine in our elegant air-conditioned restaurant or walk through our tropical gardens. Watch and listen for the sounds of local wildlife. At any given time you may see one of several species of monkeys or other mammals, lizards and other reptiles, or perhaps a parrot. Or what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful birds in the world, the scarlet macaw.

Crocodile Bay Lodge Travel:

To reach Crocodile Bay anglers must make flight reservations in and out of San Jose, Costa Rica. Be sure to reconfirm your lights directly with your carrier 72 hours prior to departure.After clearing customs, anglers are met in the airport by a lodge representative and escorted either to over night accommodations in San Jose (included) or taken directly to an air charter headed to Puerto Jimenez. Upon departure anglers will also be escorted to their overnight accommodations or directly to the airport. NOTE: Carry all film in carry on luggage, do not check!

Crocodile Bay Lodge Documentation:

Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your date of entry to Costa Rica.

Non-Fishing Activities:

Ocean and Mangrove Kayaking — Begin at the pier and head up the nearest mangrove. Gliding along the mangroves will allow you to explore narrow channels and access a beach where swimming and beach combing remind you what a special place you are in. On this tour you will have a chance to see egrets, sandpipers, heron, osprey,pelicans, parrots, macaws, crabs, rays, turtles, and dolphins.

Bird Watching — You will take time to focus on the different species of birds that inhabit the Osa with our inland birding tours and new pelagic tour. The inland tour will take you to a section of the Tigre River called Dos Brazos. This is an excellent area for viewing inland birds because it is a secondary rainforest, which envelops a grand river. The lodge’s unique proximity to the blue water allows it to offer a pelagic tour within 30 minutes from the lodge.

Beach Exploration — Come spend time on a beautiful sandy beach in paradise. A perfect beach for children and swimming,Playa Platanares is one of the most quiet and secluded beaches the Osa Peninsula has to offer. While at this beach you will have the chance to see scarlet macaws, parrots, tanagers, kingfishers, pelicans and herons.

Rainforest — Come and see first hand the exquisite beauty of the rainforests of the Osa Peninsula. While on this tour you will have the chance to see countless species of birds including toucans, hawks, parrots, and the famed scarlet macaws. Indigenous mammal species include armadillos, sloths, raccoons, howler monkeys,spider monkeys, white faced monkeys, and squirrel monkeys.

Snorkeling — You will get a first hand look at what beauty resides beneath the water. We will take you to sheltered areas in the Golfo Dulce, perfect for snorkeling. Underwater volcanic outcroppings with attached aquatic plants attract Pacific reef fish including Golden Jack, Blue and Gold Snapper, Freckled Porcupine fish, Bumphead Parrot fish, Spotted Eagle Ray, Spotted Scorpion fish and Giant Hawk fish.

Waterfall Rappelling — For those who are looking for pure excitement on their vacation the lodge offers rainforest waterfall rappelling. This is an excellent chance to get your adrenaline pumping while seeing the beauty of the rainforest at the same time.

Butterfly House — Experience the electric Blue Morpho fluttering nearby as you walk through our on-site butterfly houses. Among the many species raised by our butterfly expert are Morpho Amathonte, Morpho Peliedes, Caligo Eurilochuis, Caligo Memnon and the Papilio Cresphontes.

Horseback Riding — Gentle horses allow the whole family to explore inland trails or beaches. Ride on the beach at sunset and discover why many call this area pure paradise.

Surfing — Costa Rica attracts thousands of vacationers every year that are interested solely in the surfing. The most famous spots include, Matapalo (20 minutes from lodge on the Osa Peninsula) and Pavones (across the Golfo Dulce), renown for the second longest left break in the world.

ATV EcoTour — New to Crocodile Bay. This very popular adventure tour is often fully booked so make your reservations early.

Crocodile Bay Lodge Climate:

Costa Rica’s microclimates vary from the barren cold volcanic tundra to the exotic cloud forest, from the deep dense jungle of Talamanca to the tropical dry forests of Guanacaste, from quiet gold-hued beaches where the Baulas Tortoises build their nests to the winding Tortugero Canals where the crocodile is king. Even so, Costa Rica’s overall climate can be best described as mild. Being located within the tropics, seasonal changes in Costa Rica are not as drastic as they are in countries on other latitudes. There is a ‘dry’ season (equivalent to summer and spring) during which temperatures pleasantly in the high sixties (20 degrees C), which goes from December to may, and a ‘wet’ season from June till November during which mornings are usually sunny and showers might be expected after noon. On areas near the coasts temperatures may be as much as ten degrees higher, where as in the Chirripo Peak, the highest mountain of Costa Rica (3800 meters) temperature may drop down to freezing point although snow is unheard of,even at the Chirripo. Tourists should bring light clothes, a jacket and a aincoat is all the protection you’ll need unless you go hiking.

Crocodile Bay Lodge Currency:

The national currency is the colon and dollars are easily exchanged at banks of the National Banking System, other foreign currency can be exchanged through private agencies. Money can also be changed at the front desk of the Hotel Herradura. All major credit cards as well as traveler’s checks are widely accepted. The colon per dollar exchange can be expected to increment by 0,17 on average per day.

Included:

First and last nights lodging at a first class hotel in San Jose, ground transfers between airport and hotels, round trip air transportation between San Jose and The Lodge. At the Lodge, your package includes; lodging, fishing boat with fuel, fishing gear, guide,fishing license, and all meals including beer, local liquor, and soft drinks.

Not Included:

International airfare, meals in San Jose, airport departure tax and gratuities.

Fly Fishing Africa

GUINEA-BISSAU, WEST AFRICA

The variety of available fishing is in large part the appeal of the Guinea-Bissau experience. What makes the Bijagos so unique is three-fold. First is its sheer size. As Africa’s largest archipelago, the region encompasses 30,000 sq. km. of largely protected saltwater wilderness. Of the 78 major islands, only 20 are inhabited with a total population of less than 5,000 residents. Second, the region is one the largest estuarine environments in Africa, fed by four massive hypertrophic river systems. The result is a biological marvel where in places clear waters team with brown clouds of plankton attracting incomprehensible quantities of baitfish, and an all-star cast of predators that prey upon them.

This destination is brought to you Fly Water Travel. To reserve a spot or receive additional information please email or contact Brian or Kenny at 800-552-2729.

Christmas Island Outfitters

The fact that virtually every fly angler in America has heard of Christmas Island is far from coincidence. Amidst the vast inventory of the world’s saltwater destinations, Christmas Island is a unique natural masterpiece that magically, as if designed by committee, combines all the elements critical to fly-fishing success: Endless hard sand flats, remarkable numbers of cruising bonefish and trevally, and consistent year round weather await all who visit this remarkable atoll. Whether you are an experienced saltwater angler returning for your tenth trip or a novice keen on honing your flats fishing skills, we invite you to join us for the finest and most intimate angling experience the island has to offer.

Christmas Island Location:

Located 1,200 miles south of Hawaii and 200 miles north the Equator in the Republic of Kiribati (pronounced Kiribas), Christmas Island is the world’s largest coral atoll. Visiting anglers typically spend Monday night in Hawaii and depart Tuesday at noon for a 3 hour flight to Christmas Island. Upon arrival the group will be greeted and taken to the secluded beachfront lodge.

Christmas Island Accommodation:

Catering to no more than eight anglers per week, accommodations at Christmas Island Outfitters consist of four private bungalows that sleep two anglers each. Rooms are simple clean and spacious and have private baths, fans, screened windows, a table with chairs and refrigerators. The common meeting area features a friendly bar and a casual dinning area where fresh simple meals are served in the morning and evening hours. Small by design to ensure flexibility and quality fishing, the daily schedule and meal times at Christmas Island Outfitters often vary slightly in order to take advantage of the best tides and fishing conditions.

Christmas Island Fishing Program:

All guides at Christmas Island Outfitters have been hand picked for their overall level of experience and skill, calmness under pressure, and instructional abilities. We feel that visitors will be hard pressed to find a better crew of saltwater fly-fishing guides anywhere in the world.

Each day anglers will depart via truck or catamaran for the day’s fishing. While standard packages include one guide for every two anglers, one on one guiding is available at a reasonable additional cost. Virtually all fishing will be done while wading and entails sight casting to visible fish in shallow water. Christmas Island’s plentiful bonefish average 2-4 pounds with each week presenting numerous opportunities at larger specimens in the 5-10 pound class.

For anglers keen on the challenge of trevally, (giant, golden, blue fin, and striped) the guides at Christmas Island Outfitters are highly skilled and passionate in their pursuit. While a somewhat higher stakes game than bonefishing, the results are often spectacular!

Christmas Island Travel:

To get to Christmas Island you will need to make travel arrangements to and from Honolulu, Hawaii and also hotel arrangements in Honolulu. All trips to Christmas Island start and end in Honolulu. You should plan to arrive in Honolulu on Monday. Most guests prefer to stay at the Honolulu Airport Hotel (808-836-0661). The flight to Christmas Island departs Honolulu Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. from the Aloha Airline inter-island terminal. It is essential to arrive at the Airport two hours before your flight. The following Tuesday the return flight from Christmas Island typically leaves about 7:30 a.m. and arrives in Honolulu at 10:30 a.m. Due to the somewhat unpredictable nature of the arrival time on your return flight we recommend that you schedule your flight out of Honolulu to leave after 12:00 or 12:30 p.m.

Included:

Accommodations, meals, guide fees, Christmas Island ground transfers, flats transportation, and fishing license.

Not Included:

Round trip flight from Honolulu to Kiribati, alcoholic beverages, gratuities ($20-30 per guide per day and $5-10 per day for room service plus Island departure tax).

French Polynesia Live Aboard

French Polynesia Live-Aboard Without question, this is the ultimate bonefishing expedition. From the comfort of a beautiful 58-foot French Catamaran,six anglers will explore the untapped bounty of Polynesia’s Tuamotu Archipelago – a true tropical paradise characterized by uninhabited islands, white sand flats, and large unsophisticated bonefish that have rarely, if ever, seen a fly. These heavy-shouldered fish range from 4 to 12 pounds and chase flies with reckless abandon.

Featuring an experienced captain, a full-time chef, and a seasoned Polynesian sailor, life aboard the boat is both comfortable and relaxed. Anglers sleep two per berth, each complete with ventilation, air-conditioning, and compact ensuite bathrooms. Add to that skilled American guides, a host of breathtakingly beautiufl and proven flats, and time to explore new areas where no fly anglers have ever fished before, and you will quickly come to understand why this is among the most interesting saltwater destinations in the world today. Incredible snorkeling, sea kayaking,birding, and virgin beaches make this trip a natural for non-anglers as well.

Best suited to private parties of six, these trips are most enjoyed by skilled anglers content with low numbers of very large bonefish. In addition to excellent flats fishing, certain moorages provide excellent and exciting reef fishing for a wide range of exoticspecies. For the true saltwater explorer, this trip offers solitude,incredible natural beauty, and some of the world’s heaviest and mosthandsome bonefish.

Blue Horizon Lodge

BLUE HORIZON LODGE, BELIZE

The fishing program at Blue Horizon Lodge is unique in that it has been designed around the seasoned angler who is serious about catching a permit on the fly. Through years of trial and error,the Westby’s have developed and mastered permit-fishing techniques that consistently produce. This fact coupled with the lodges geographical location make it one of the best destinations available to get honest shots at permit on the fly.The lodge uses 4 panga-type skiffs, complete with casting platforms,each with plenty of horsepower to scoot anglers between fishing grounds. The majority of fishing is done wading solid bottom flats.Typically one angler will be wading out front with the guide while the other pulls the boat a safe distance behind. When a fish is hooked,everyone gets back in the boat to chase the fish as it exits the narrow flat in search of deeper water. Other species available at the lodge are bonefish, barracuda, jacks, snapper, and tarpon.

Blue Horizon Lodge Accommodation:
Blue Horizon Lodge is a small rustic operation taking only eight anglers per week. The lodge is located in the heart of permit country on the Northeast Caye, which is one of the islands in the Pelican Range, 18 miles Southeast of the small sleepy village of Dangriga. The lodge/camp at present features four private Cabanas, each with its own shower and bathroom. A generator supplies electricity. The food is a combination of traditional Belizean and fresh seafood. Fresh vegetables and fruit are incorporated in the meals, as Dangriga is in the heart of Belize’s agricultural region. Plenty of cold Belikin beer is always available as well as soft drinks and fruit juice.

Blue Horizon Lodge Travel:
To reach Blue Horizon Lodge all anglers must fly into Belize City. Belize City is easily reached by flights from Houston, Miami,and Dallas. Upon arrival to Belize City, you will clear immigrations and customs and then be met by the lodge’s logistic coordinator.

The coordinator assists all travelers in catching the twenty-minute Tropic Air flight to Dangriga (also known as StannCreek). Once in Dangriga there is a fifty-minute boat ride east to the Lodge.

Blue Horizon Lodge Climate:
Temperatures typically range from the low 70’s to the mid 90’s. Isolated afternoon thundershowers are a possibility year round. Wind can be factor while fishing and the sun is very strong.

Blue Horizon Lodge Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Belize City and clear customs. Meet Blue Horizon Lodge representative and take 20 minute flight on Tropic Air to Dangriga.Take boat from Dangriga to lodge. Arrive at the lodge, get settled and ready tackle for the next day.

Day 2-7: Six days of Guided fishing at Blue Horizon Lodge.

Day 8: Boat transfer back to Dangriga to catch Tropic Air Flight to Belize City. Transfer to flight home or other destinations.

Blue Horizon Lodge Documentation:
A valid passport is mandatory.

Included:
Accommodations, meals, meet and greet at Belize International airport,meet and greet in Dangriga, transfers to and from Blue Horizon, guiding.

Not Included:
Transportation to and from Dangriga (about $105 US), gratuities, flies, beer, alcohol, sodas, departure tax.