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Isla Del Sabalo Lodge – Mexico

Location: Northwestern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Fishery: Literally translated to “island of the tarpon”, Isla Del Sabalo is home to world class baby tarpon fishing (5 – 30+ pounders). Get ready for a great backcountry adventure in environments ideal for juvie tarpon – gin-clear turtlegrass flats, mangrove lined creeks, channels, lagoons and bays. Juvie tarpon are usually considered very “bitey” creatures when it comes to eating flies. Making this a great destination for beginners, as well as for tarpon junkies and experienced anglers looking to do some technical casting in tight quarters.

Accomodations: Simple and relaxing beach-front cottages with AC, private bathrooms, and housekeeping services. The meals are served in a beachside palappa. They consist of fresh delicious meat, chicken, pork and seafood in the incredible Isla Arena atmosphere.

Fishing Program:

  • 5:30 AM Breakfast
  • 5:00 AM – 3:00 PM Guided fishing (with cooler packed lunch)
  • Evening Dinner is served in the palappa in the evening

Sample Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Arrive Merida and overnight
  • Day 2 Transfer to lodge around mid-day
  • Days 3-7 Full days guided fishing
  • Day 8 Full day of fishing. Afterwards transfer to Merida and overnight
  • Day 9 Depart Merida

Per person based on single occupancy and shared guiding:
At time of writing, subject to change

7 night/6 day package: $3,965
6 night/5 day package: $3,590
5 night/4 day package: $3,215
4 night/3 day package: $2,825
3 night/2 day package: $2,435

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing, non-alcoholic beverages, guest taxes, fishing licenses, Internet access, ground transfers to/from the Merida airport.

Not Included: Airfare, meals in Merida, alcoholic beverages, staff & guide gratuities, phone service, laundry service, fly fishing gear and tackle.

Season: May – November

Capacity: 6 anglers

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

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Tarpon Flies

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    • From oceanside migrators to ditch-bound juveniles, tarpon everywhere will eat this fly
    • Collar and bunny strip pulsate when stripped
    • Wide head allows the fly to constantly track straight
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  •   Features

    • Great for tanic Back Country situations
    • Tough, durable & realistic looking fly
    • Tied on a super sharp Gamakatsu SC15 with a prong style weedguard
    • Approx. 3″ long
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  •   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 Tarpon worldwide
    • Wide profile let the Tarpon see it well
    • Tied on a Gamakatsu SC15
    • Approx. 3.50″ long
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  •   Features

    • Excellent gurgler pattern, triggers eats with wounded prey action
    • Foam is wide enough to suspend the fly on top while maintaining its aerodynamics
    • Folded front section moves a lot of water when stripped, EP Craft Fur Brush tail shows signs of life on pause
    • Great for peacocks, largemouths, backcountry snook & tarpon, and a variety of other fresh and saltwater predators
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  •   Features

    • Lands softly and has a lot of movement with short strips
    • Go-to for laid-up and moving tarpon
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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

    • Incredible movement due to ostrich and craft fur tail.
    • Rides high in the water column due to deer hair head.
    • Stout Sl12S short hook.
    • 3 colors for different situations.
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  •   Features

    • Tough foam, pops and gurgles water
    • Deadly backcountry topwater pattern
    • Subtle flash in body with micro-moving legs
    • Seductive craft fur tail movement
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  •   Features

    • A must-have clear-water tarpon fly
    • Crab-like head with fluttery marabou tail proves irresistible
    • Easily visible when fished
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  • Megalopsicle – 1/0 Chartreuse/Yellow, 1/0 Dirty Olive, 1/0 Purple/Black, 1/0 Tan/Orange
  • Laid-Up Tarpon Fly – 1/0 Chartreuse, 1/0 Tan
  • Bunny Tarpon Toad – 1/0 Purple/Black
  • Tarpon Toad – 1/0 Orange, 1/0 Purple/Black
  • EP Tarpon Streamer – 2/0 Black/Purple, 2/0 Brown/Tan
  • EP Everglades SP – 1/0, 2/0
  • RIO’s Dread Pirate – 1/0 Tan, 1/0 Rust/Olive, 1/0 Purple/Pink
  • RIO’s Guido Shrimp – 1/0 Black, 1/0 Tan
  • EP Top Water – 2/0 White/Treuse
  • EP Peanut Butter – 2/0 Black/Purple

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Fly Rods

  • Scott Sector Fly Rod Video & Review


    • 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 juvie tarpon (most conditions)
  • Fast-action 9′ 9 weight for windier conditions, tarpon on the larger side of 30+ pounds

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  •   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


    • 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 150 yds of #20 or #30 backing

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Fly Lines

  •   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
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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, and punches into the wind.
  • Weight forward tropical floating WF9F fly line, that punches into the wind and carries big flies.

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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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  • RIO Saltwater Leader – 16 lb, 20 lb
  • RIO Fluoroflex Saltwater Tippet – 25 lb, 30 lb, 40 lb

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Fishing Apparel

  •   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

    • COR3™ performance standard: anti-odor treatment, mechanical wicking knit structure and UPF 50 rating
    • InsectShield® for long-lasting, effective and convenient insect protection
    • Quick-drying fabric
    • Flat-seam construction for maximum comfort
    • Hood designed to wear over a cap
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  •   Features

    • Superior bug protection
    • Lightweight, quick-dry & breathable with laser cut breathing holes
    • Longer cape for better sun coverage at neckline
    • Tall enough to fit over back of fishing cap
    • One size fits most
    • Weight: 45.4 g
    • SolarFlex® stretch fabric; 92% polyester/8% spandex
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  •   Features

    • Lightweight, quick-dry & breathable
    • Half-finger style glove with extended coverage on index/middle fingers for stripping durability
    • Long length to cover wrists with pairing snaps for storage
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  •   Features

    • COR3™ Technology boosts quick-drying, wicking, anti-odor & UPF 30 sun protection
    • Built with a stretch-woven polyester, combined with super stretchy side panels and underarms for maximum reach, comfort and sun protection
    • Lightweight, low profile plastic snaps at front placket
    • Cuffs constructed with SolarFlex® knit fabric, with extended length and envelope thumbholes for back-of-hand sun protection.
    • Zippered chest pockets for on-water essentials and convenient sunglasses chamois
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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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  • Lightweight, quick-drying technical fishing apparel with built-in UPF protection is best. Bugstopper gear is a good idea as tight quarter mangrove areas can be buggy. Have a rain jacket.

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