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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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Gear Guide

Tarpon Flies

  • 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

  •   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
  • 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.
  • 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
  •   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 150 yds of #20 or #30 backing

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Fly Lines

  • 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

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

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Fishing Apparel

  • 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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