Fly Fishing in Placencia, Belize. Starting the season with inside tips!
Dermin Shivers has mastered these flats for over 30+ Years.
There are over 2000+ permit flats in Placencia, Belize. Fly fishing is very difficult at times because this particular fish keeps you guessing. Time in the water is very valuable as the weather and tides can be a huge factor in your success.
You will only get 2-4 hours of good fishing for Permits. When the tide is on, you can see a vary of 10-15 Permit per tide. Fly fishing for permit is one of the hardest fish to catch. These permits can weight from 4 – 35 lbs on the flats and is you can get the opportunity to hook such a massive fish, it will be one oft the most happiest and unforgettable moment of your life. That is what keeps a Permit angler coming back for more – that unpredictable FISH! These tips and lessons that we have learned can help an inexperienced and experienced angler catch that famous Permit out in these famous Placencia flats.
When Fly fishing in Placencia, Belize, We start our day at 6 A.M. The flats start 5 minutes away to 45 minutes all depending on the weather. Get your fly line and fly rod rigged up. These fly lines and fly rods should be 8-9 weight. Place your 16 lbs leader and put a Cathy’s fleeing crab. This makes you fully equipped to catch a permit.
It is really hard to match the way a crab moves in the water and most crab flies have an awkward wobble when stripped and look unnatural, because of this process the Cathy’s Fleeing crab is easier to put in front and swim it by doing continuously 3 inch strips. If a fish is following stop stripping and get ready to set! You will see the dorsal fin and tail of the permit trickle. Then you can set.
The fly should land softly, have the appropriate weight for the depth and have a nice movement with materials like Artic fox etc. The fly should also have some color for little attraction – We love Orange.
Finally, the fly cannot foul because if it does then its game over. Make sure the rubber legs are placed appropriately to avoid fouling. Make sure you have a good quality hook such as Gamakatsu and Diichi, since you can easily dull hooks on coral etc. and you would want to have a 8 weight rod and if its heavy wind you will need a 9 weight rod. Now become that permit stalker! Once you found the permit present your fly and get within casting distance.
Step 1: Cast your Fly with 2-3 back cast and lay fly in front of fish
Step 2: Start stripping 3-6 inches, if the fly is not 12 inches to 1 foot RECAST until you get in front of the fish then strip.
Step 3: Make sure you do not raise your rod tip. If you fell a bite – keep your rod tip down until the fish starts to run. Then raise rod and let the line go to the reel. Immediately raise over your head until the fish stops running and then start reeling.
Step 4: If the fish wants to go right or left you turn your rod tip on thee opposite side of how the line is going.
Step 5: When the fish gets close to the tip you would want your guide to grab the leader and pull the fish to a net or grab it by the tail. Cast your fly with 2-3 back cast and lay fly in front of fish.
Now you get your trophy!