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Jardines De La Reina – Cuba

Location: Some 50 miles off the south central coast of Cuba

Fishery: The Gardens of the Queen is grand slam territory at its finest. This 100 mile archipelago is made up of close to 600 mangrove islands. It consists of white sand flats, coral flats, grass flats and mangrove edges. Pristine habitat for bonefish, permit and tarpon. With no commercial pressure allowed, it’s a thriving ecosystem. Bonefish are plentiful and there’ll be permit throughout the year. Baby tarpon hang out in the mangrove nurseries year round and bigger migratory tarpon stop by from April – June.

Accomodations: You’ll have a choice of 3 motherships to stay on. The main differences between them are capacity and amenities. Ranging from clean & comfortable to super luxurious (aka a waterslide). The staffs are incredible and the food is superb on all 3. When you submit an inquiry Fly Water will reach out with more info to help you pick a ship.

Fishing Program:

  • Breakfast and dinner are served on the mothership
  • Anglers can choose to return to the mothership for lunch or have lunch on the skiff
  • Guides are given a large area per skiff to fish, ensuring that you rarely see other fishermen

Sample Itinerary:

  • Guests overnight in Havana, and with an early wake up call board a bus for a 5 hour cross-country ride. After a few break stops and lots of time to view life in Cuba from the window, the bus arrives at the port of Jucaro.
  • There, guests either join the boat they will be staying on or a transport boat if staying on the Tortuga, and travel another 3 – 4 hours to the fishing grounds.
  • Standard packages here include five full days of fishing and typically a few hours on both the arrival and departure days.

2020 Rates: $3,990-$6,850 (depending on choice of mothership) per person for a 7 night/6 day package.

Included: All accommodations and meals, guided fishing, 10 beer per angler/per week, wine with dinner, welcome cocktail after fishing, 30 drinks (water & soft drinks) per angler/per week, all ground transfers inside Cuba, national park license.

Not Included: Round trip airfare to Havana, fishing tackle, departure tax, personal expenses, taxis and meals in Havana, staff & guide gratuities, $250 required donation to Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

Season: Year-round

Capacity: 6 – 20+ anglers

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

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Gear Guide

Bonefish Flies

  • Gotcha – #8, #6, #4
  • Bone Appetite – #4 Tan
  • Beck’s Sili Legs – #6 Tan, #4 Tan, #6 Chartreuse, #4 Chartreuse
  • Crazy Charlie – #8 Tan, #6 Tan, #4 Tan
  • Mantis Shrimp – #8, #6, #4
  • EP Spawning Shrimp – #6 BC Tan, #4 BC Tan, #4 Tan
  • Bonefish Bitters – #6 Amber
  • Tailer’s Beware – #6

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Cuba Flats Box

Permit Flies

  • Avalon Permit Fly – #2, #2 Lightweight
  • Slater’s Strong Arm Merkin – #2
  • EP Crab – #8 Tan, #8 Golden Sand
  • McCrab – #4
  • Mantis Shrimp – #4, #2
  • EP Ascension Shrimp – #6 Golden Sand, #6 Ghost, #1 Golden Sand, #1 Ghost
  • Flexo Crab – #2 Sand
  • EP Descendent Crab – 2/0 Tan
  • Grand Slam Crab – #4 Tan, #4 White

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Tarpon Flies

  • Big Eye Tarpon Toad – 1/0 Orange/Grizzly, 1/0 Brown, 1/0 Sand Devil, 1/0 Yellow
  • Laid-Up Tarpon Fly – 1/0 Chartreuse, 1/0 Tan
  • EP Tarpon Streamer – 2/0 Black/Purple
  • EP Peanut Butter – 2/0 Black/Purple, 3/0 Black/Purple
  • Tarpon Tapa – 1/0 Tan/Brown, 1/0 Tan/Orange
  • Tarpon Toad – 1/0 Chartreuse, 1/0 Purple/Black, 1/0 Orange
  • EP Back Country – 2/0 Brown/Orange
  • EP Mangrove Baitfish – 2/0

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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

    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 and small permit, and baby tarpon
  • Fast-action 9′ 10 weight for big permit and medium tarpon
  • Fast-action 9′ 11 for big tarpon

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Reels

  •   Features

    • Reel frame, spool, drag knob and foot made of 6061-T651 cold finished aerospace grade aluminum
    • Alternating stacked carbon composite and stainless steel disc drag system
    • Quick change spool, user convertible retrieval direction
    • Completely sealed drag 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

    • 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 10 weight size reel with smooth drag system and at least 200 yds of #20 or #30 backing
  • Durable 11 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.
  • Weight forward tropical floating WF10F fly line, that loads easy, punches into the wind and carries heavy flies.
  • Weight forward tropical floating WF11F fly line that loads easy and punches into the wind.

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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
  • Fluoroflex Saltwater Tippet – 16 lb, 20 lb

Tarpon Leaders & Tippet

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

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