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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.

Rates:
Per person based on double occupancy:
At time of writing, subject to change

Jungle Suite:
January 7 – May 31

7 night/6 day package: $4,500
6 night/5 day package: $3,950
5 night/4 day package: $3,250
4 night/3 day package: $2,600
3 night/2 day package: $1,975

June 1 – December 20
7 night/6 day package: $3,775
6 night/5 day package: $3,375
5 night/4 day package: $2,750
4 night/3 day package: $2,200
3 night/2 day package: $1,650

Canopy Suite:
January 7 – May 31:
7 night/6 day package: $5,300
6 night/5 day package: $4,550
5 night/4 day package: $3,900
4 night/3 day package: $2,925
3 night/2 day package: $2,275

June 1 – December 20:
7 night/6 day package: $4,500
6 night/5 day package: $3,950
5 night/4 day package: $3,250
4 night/3 day package: $2,600
3 night/2 day package: $1,975

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

  •   Features

    • Specifically designed with Permit in mind
    • Tied with a keel with beads that rattle & help the sink rate
    • Lightweight version had med Plated Lead Eyes and standard size has lg
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  •   Features

    • Permit love this fly
    • Wouldn’t fish Belize without this pattern
    • Tied on a Tiemco 800S
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  •   Features

    • Excellent bonefish and permit small crab pattern
    • Chicone takes the best features of his favorite crab patterns and leaves out their shortcomings, resulting in optimum castability, hook gap, tracking and sink rate
    • Realistic profile and mottled appearance
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  •   Features

    • Great crab pattern for Bonefish, Permit and Redfish
    • Tied on a Gamakatsu SC15
    • All have weedguards
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  •   Features

    • Great heavy crab pattern for Permit
    • Tied on a Gamakatsu SS15
    • Has a mono weedguard
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  •   Features

    • Great permit fly for many locations
    • Crabby profile, good sink rate for shallow-medium depth flats
    • Flutter of fly tail (one arm) causes eats on sink
    • Single prong weedguard, fold it back before fishing
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  •   Features

    • Works well on Bonefish and Permit
    • #6 felt body measures 1/2″ x 3/8″
    • Tied on a Tiemco 811S
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  • 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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Bonefish Flies

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    • Excellent bonefish pattern around the globe, especially the Bahamas and Caribbean
    • Bunny fur wing pulses in current even when the fly isn’t stripped
    • Clear legs with silver flake give bonefish an attractive glimmer to key in on
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  •   Features

    • Epoxy head and rubber legs imitate small crabs
    • Proven effective on shallow bones in areas of South and Central America such as Mexico and Belize
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  •   Features

    • Ultralight crab for super shallow spooky Bonefish
    • Tied on a black Gamakatsu SL45
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  •   Features

    • Great for Bonefish in the Caribbean
    • Tough, durable & shrimpy looking fly
    • Tied on a Gamakatsu SSL45 with a lightweight mono eyes
    • Approx. 1″ long
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    • Classic Bonefish fly that works everywhere
    • Larger the fly the heavier it is
    • Tied on a Tiemco 811S
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  •   Features

    • Classic Bonefish fly that works everywhere
    • Bead Chain Eyes work best in shallow water
    • Tied on a Tiemco 811S
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  •   Features

    • Works well on Bonefish worldwide
    • Sili Legs give it plenty of movement
    • Tied on a Tiemco 800S with Brass Eyes
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  • 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

  •   Features

    • Great for offshore and inshore species
    • Tough, durable & realistic looking fly
    • Tied on a super sharp Gamakatsu SC15
    • #1/0 is 2″ long; #2/0 is 3″ long; #3/0 is 5″ long (no weedguard on #3/0)
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  •   Features

    • Great for offshore and freshwater predators
    • Tough, durable & realistic looking fly
    • Tied on a super sharp Gamakatsu SC15
    • Approx. 5″ long
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  •   Features

    • Great for Tarpon worldwide, especially big fish in the Everglades and backwater bays
    • Wide flat profile tracks straight
    • Tied on a Gamakatsu SL12S
    • Approx. 3.50″ long
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  •   Features

    • Buoyancy from head keeps fly right above eyes of moving tarpon
    • Prey-like movements from bunny collar and tail bring fly to life
    • Polar fiber tail (Chartreuse/Yellow & Purple/Black)
    • Craft fur tail (Dirty Olive & Tan/Orange)
    • Two-prong style weedguard
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  •   Features

    • Bigger baitfish fly to give a big fish a mouthful
    • Wide profile with an epoxy head to push water
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  •   Features

    • Has a ton of flash to attract pelagic predators' eyes
    • Durable super hair core supported by epoxy maintains the baitfish profile
    • Sheds water nicely for easy casting
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  • 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

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    • 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
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  • Scott Sector Fly Rod Video & Review

    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.
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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

    • 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
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  • Why we love Tibors

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    • 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
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  • 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

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    • 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
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  •   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
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  • 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

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    • Medium-stiff material for turning over larger flies
    • Easy knotting, high strength leader
    • Hand tied perfection loop in the butt for quick rigging
    • Available in 10′ & 12′
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  •   Features

    • 100% fluorocarbon
    • Excellent abrasion resistance
    • Medium stiff
    • 8 lb – 12 lb 30 yd spool, 16 lb – 20 lb 25 yd spool, 25 lb – 50 lb 20 yd spool, 60 lb – 100 lb 15 yd spool
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  •   Features

    • Medium-stiff material with great knot strength
    • Easy casting taper design that casts typical saltwater flies
    • Maximum strength and abrasion resistance
    • Hand tied perfection loop in the butt for quick rigging
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  • 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

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    • 100% fluorocarbon
    • Excellent abrasion resistance
    • Medium stiff
    • 8 lb – 12 lb 30 yd spool, 16 lb – 20 lb 25 yd spool, 25 lb – 50 lb 20 yd spool, 60 lb – 100 lb 15 yd spool
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  •   Features

    • Medium-stiff material with great knot strength
    • Easy casting taper design that casts typical saltwater flies
    • Maximum strength and abrasion resistance
    • Hand tied perfection loop in the butt for quick rigging
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  • RIO Saltwater Leader – 16 lb, 20 lb
  • RIO Fluoroflex Saltwater Tippet – 16 lb, 20 lb

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Tarpon Leaders & Tippet

  •   Features

    • 100% fluorocarbon
    • Excellent abrasion resistance
    • Medium stiff
    • 8 lb – 12 lb 30 yd spool, 16 lb – 20 lb 25 yd spool, 25 lb – 50 lb 20 yd spool, 60 lb – 100 lb 15 yd spool
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  •   Features

    • Medium-stiff material with great knot strength
    • Easy casting taper design that casts typical saltwater flies
    • Maximum strength and abrasion resistance
    • Hand tied perfection loop in the butt for quick rigging
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  • Features

    • Hand tied for precision every time.
    • 100% strength advanced knots.
    • Heavy butt section for wind penetration and turnover.
    • Fluorocarbon bite tippet for abrasion resistance
    • 2 per pack, ready to fish out of the package.
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  • 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

  •   Features

    • Made from quick-drying, fast-wicking 100% recycled polyester jersey with 50+ UPF sun protection and Polygiene® permanent odor control; same fabric as our Capilene® Cool Daily styles
    • Comfortable rib-knit neckband
    • Soft-hand graphic application
    • Original fishing-inspired art
    • Artists: Ryan Sharpe (Chase: Atoll Blue), Ed Anderson (Sketched FR Permit)
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  •   Features

    • Ultralight nylon/polyester blend dries in a flash and has 30-UPF sun protection
    • Mechanical stretch in the fabric allows for greater comfort when casting
    • 2.25-oz 52% nylon/48% polyester with mechanical stretch and 30-UPF sun protection
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  •   Features

    • Hood is designed to be worn over a baseball cap
    • Vertical zip closure on front pocket
    • Sculpted cuff with thumb holes for sun protection
    • 100% polyester double knit with 50+ UPF sun protection
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  •   Features

    • Lightweight, UPF50 sun glove with improved coverage & fit
    • Synthetic overlay on the index finger for stripping durability
    • Half finger style with extended coverage on index/middle fingers, long length to cover the wrists & pairing snaps for storage
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  •   Features

    • Quick-dry, breathable stretch fabric with laser cut breathing holes
    • Coolcore technology – up to 30% lower surface tempature when wet
    • Longer cape for better sun coverage at neckline
    • Tall enough to fit over back of fishing cap
    • One size fits most
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  •   Features

    • UPF 30
    • Durable and lightweight with COR3™ and Cool Control™ technology – perfect for warm weather fishing
    • Zip-secure back pocket and slash hand pockets with an internal cell phone pocket
    • Partial elastic, brushed tricot lined waistband for adjustability, comfort and moisture management
    • Crotch gusset for comfort and ease of movement
    • Inseam 30”
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  •   Features

    • Easy on/easy off saltwater wet wading shoe with gusseted zipper opening & YKK® locking corrosion-resistant zipper
    • Durable vulcanized rubber outsole & molded EVA sockliner & full length Bi-Fit™ lasting board for puncture resistance
    • Designed to be worn barefoot or with a light liner sock; order straight shoe size or nearest whole size up
    • Men’s whole sizes: 8 – 14, Width: EE
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  • 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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