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Copal Tree Lodge – Belize

Location: Punta Gorda, Belize on a jungle hillside near the southern border with Guatemala.

Fishery: This is a world class permit destination. There are two main, very different areas that you’ll fish. This allows your guides to play to the conditions and go both where the permit are and where you’re more likely to be successful on a given tide/wind direction, etc. You’ll fish classic oceanside flats fishing and a nearshore lagoon where fish like to tail. In addition to permit, you can also opt-in for some good tarpon and snook fishing in the rivers, or bonefishing on the flats.

Accomodations: Copal Tree Lodge is luxury in the jungle. It’s a testament to Belize’s natural beauty and craftsmanship. The food is incomparable. The authentic Belizean cuisine comes from the nearby waters and from the lodge’s own farm. The suites are designed for comfort. Everything about the place screams paradise. There is a mirage of fun non-fishing adventures one can undertake, such as hiking, snorkeling, mountain biking and kayaking.

Copal Tree Belize Flies

Fishing Program:

After breakfast a short 10-minute ride to town from the lodge in a safari style Land Cruiser brings you to the Garbutt Brother’s marina where your guides will be waiting to take you to the expansive and permit rich waters of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve.

Sample Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Arrive Belize City International Airport (BZE), Arrive Punta Gorda and transfer to Copal Tree.
  • Day 2-7 Full days guided fishing.
  • Day 8 Depart Punta Gorda, Depart Belize City International Airport (BZE) for home.

2020 Rates: $3,775 -$5,300 per person for a 7 night/6 day package

Included: Accommodations at the lodge, all meals, complimentary use of all amenities (use of gym, laundry service, self-guided complimentary activities, kayaking/canoeing, mountain biking, onsite hiking).

Not Included: All airfare, fishing license, fishing gear (which may be borrowed based on availability), all beverages, gratuities.

Season: Year-round

Capacity: 8 anglers

All arrangements are handled by our trusty friends at Fly Water Travel.

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Gear Guide

Permit Flies

  • Bauer’s Flats Crab – #4 Tan, #4 Olive
  • EP Permit Crab – #1 3-Tone
  • EP Crab – #2 Olive, #2 Tan
  • Rag Head Crab – #6 Tan, #2 Tan
  • Lexo’s One Armed Bandit – #2 Sand
  • Slater’s Strong Arm Merkin – #2
  • Avalon Permit Fly – #2, #2 Lightweight

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Belize Bonefish and Permit Box

Bonefish Flies

  • Gotcha – #8, #6, #4
  • Bonefish Bitters – #6 Olive, #6 Amber
  • Bone Apetite – #4 Tan
  • Mantis Shrimp – #6, #4
  • EP Turneffe Micro Shrimp – #8 Pink
  • EP Turneffe Micro Crab – #8 Pale Olive, #8 Tan
  • Squimp – #6 Tan

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Tarpon Flies

  • EP Peanut Butter – 2/0 Black/Purple, 3/0 Black/Purple
  • Megalopsicle – 1/0 Purple/Black, 1/0 Tan/Orange
  • Super Mushy – 3/0 Blue/Pearl
  • EP Sardina – 3/0
  • EP Tarpon SP Bunny – 2/0 Black/Purple, 2/0 Chartreuse/Yellow
  • Seeker – 3/0 Blue, 3/0 Green

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Fly Rods

  •   Features

    • Matte Midnight blank
    • Reel seat is type III anodized aluminum Midnight black w/Matte Midnight carbon insert
    • Blue accent wrap, black/black main wraps
    • REC recoil snake guides, SiC/titanium stripping guides
    • Reinforced blank increases loop strength and dampens vibration for straighter tracking and a truer cast
    • American made
  •   Features

    • KonneticHD Technology’s improved energy transfer allows for more stable, accurate casts
    • Increased line lifting power for long range second shots
    • Oversized ceramic stripping, snake and tip guides allow bulkier knots in heavy tippet to smoothly move through
    • More pulling power in a slimmer, stronger blank
    • Heavy-duty stealth black anodized aluminum uplocking reel seat
    • 4-piece
    • Winner of IFTD 2017 Best of Show & Best Saltwater Fly Rod
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    Features

    • Guides are PVD coated in a low reflective coating for even greater durability and stealth.
    • Scott’s all new Carbon Web technology improves torsional stability.
    • Reel seat milled from aircraft grade aluminum.
    • CeRecoil stripping guides with nickel titanium frames and super slick Zirconia inserts.
    • Unmatched reliability for easily duplicated performance on the water.
  •   Features

    • Easily and intuitively generates line speed and clean, smooth loops with powerful lower sections and energetic tip
    • Hard wearing composite grip
    • Titanium stripper guides
    • Anodized aluminum double uplocking reel seat
    • Flat sky grey color with cobalt blue accents
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  • Fast-action 9′ 8 weight for bonefish
  • Fast-action 9′ 9 weight for permit
  • Fast-action 9′ 10 weight for permit and tarpon

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Reels

  •   Features

    • Reel frame, spool, drag knob and foot made of 6061-T651 cold finished aerospace grade aluminum
    • Constructed with the patented “smooth as silk” drag system
    • Quick-change spool
    • Double pawl system
    • Made in USA
  •   Features

    • G-Spool (Giga Spool) significantly reduces reel weight and generates less line coiling and much faster line retrieval
    • CNC machined spool creates significant air space under the backing promoting faster backing drying
    • ActivSeal technology perpetually repels contaminants from
      braking system
    • Award-winning NV CCF Disc Braking System
  •   Features

    • Designed to balance perfectly with lighter rods
    • Zero start-up inertia and precise low-end control protects light tippets
    • Lighter version of the sealed and maintenance-free carbon and stainless steel disc drag
    • Adjusts from zero to full drag in a single drag knob rotation
    • 30% lighter and 30% narrower than Mirage
    • Strong, yet lightweight, 6061 T6 aluminum, type II anodizing
  •   Features

    • New Frost finishes utilize Tibor’s Certified Mil-A-8625 Type II Anodizing with fewer polishing steps for a less reflective surface with the same durability
    • Made from solid aluminum bar stock
    • Lightweight to balance with modern fly rods and reduce casting fatigue
    • Triple outgoing line signals, easily removable for silent operation
    • World famous Tibor drag system
    • Made and assembled in the USA
  • Durable 8 weight size reel with smooth drag system and at least 150 yds of #20 backing
  • Durable 9 weight size reel with smooth drag system and at least 200 yds of #20 or #30 backing
  • Durable 10 weight size reel with smooth drag system and at least 200 yds of #30 backing

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Fly Lines

  •   Features

    • Long head, and rear taper for maximum casting versatility
    • Hard, tropical coating that will not wilt in the heat
    • Easy to straighten, low-memory core that lays true on the water
    • High floating running line will not sink when wading
    • Surefire tri-color marking system improves casting accuracy by making it easy to gauge exact distances with a quick glance.
  •   Features

    • Perfect for bonefish, permit, tarpon, redfish and snook with low-stretch performance
    • Easy annealing, low-memory core that lays perfectly straight on the water
    • Low-stretch DirectCore for hard, solid strip sets
    • Mid length head & long rear taper for complete line control
    • High floating running line that will not sink and impede the cast
  •   Features

    • 16 strand braided monofilament core stays stiff in tropical heat
    • Welded loops on TT8F-TT9F
    • J3 coating for better shooting, higher floating, water repelling, and durability
    • Sand color shooting head blends into Tropical Blue running line to indicate optimal casting length
  •   Features

    • Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability
    • The perfect line for bonefish, tarpon, and permit on the flats; also great for snook, redfish, and sea trout
    • Overweighted by .75 sizes to load rods quickly; use designated line weight for your rod
    • Short, powerful head turns over long leaders with heavy flies
    • Tropi-Core technology remains stiff and slick in tropical environments
  • Weight forward tropical floating WF8F fly line, that loads easy, punches into the wind and can be presented softly. For bonefish.
  • Weight forward tropical floating WF9F and WF10F fly lines, that punch into the wind and carry big flies. For permit and tarpon.

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Bonefish Leaders & Tippet

  • RIO Saltwater Leader – 16 lb
  • RIO Bonefish Leader – 12 lb
  • RIO Fluoroflex Saltwater Tippet – 12 lb, 16 lb

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Permit Leaders & Tippet

  • RIO Saltwater Leader – 16 lb, 20 lb
  • RIO Fluoroflex Saltwater Tippet – 16 lb, 20 lb

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Tarpon Leaders & Tippet

  • RIO Saltwater Leader – 20 lb
  • RIO Fluoroflex Saltwater Tippet – 40 lb, 60 lb
  • RIO Tarpon Pro Leaders – 20 lb class/60 lb shock

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Fishing Apparel

  • Sun protection is critical. Lightweight, quick-drying technical fishing apparel with built-in UPF protection is best.
  • Simms ZipIt II Booties are perfect for wading

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Copal Tree Belize Gear

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