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Turneffe Flats Lodge – Belize

Location: Turneffe Atoll, approx. 30 miles due east from Belize City.

Fishery: Turneffe is a premier fly fishing experience with permit being the main attraction. The key to the permit equation is number of shots and the Turneffe Atoll system provides plenty. Including shots at tailing permit. Permit and bonefish are year-round targets. Migratory tarpon during the summer make Turneffe a Grand Slam destination offering anglers a good shot at catching the Big Three saltwater species in the same day.

Accomodations: Turneffe Flats Lodge is a quaint fishing village style lodge. Laid back and relaxed but very well kept. The villas provide incredible views, are air-conditioned, and have their own private bathrooms. Meals are simply fresh and delicious, served family style in the main lodge, and consist of seafood, chicken, pork and beef. The diving opportunities are incredible for non-fishing guests.

Fishing Program:

  • 7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast of fresh fruit, cereal, eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage and fresh baked goods is served
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Guided fishing. You can return to the lodge at 12:00 PM for lunch or have a packed lunch on the water
  • 6:15 PM Hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails
  • 7:00 PM Dinner is served

Sample Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Arrive. To get to Turneffe Flats Lodge you need to make flight arrangements to Belize International Airport. The lodge itinerary is Saturday to Saturday. All guests need to arrive in Belize before 3:30 PM on Saturday. You will be transported to the Princess International Hotel Marina. At the Marina, you will be notified of the boat’s scheduled departure time, which varies according to guest arrivals. The trip by boat to Turneffe Flats takes approximately 90 minutes.
  • Day 2-7 Six full days of guided fishing.
  • Day 8 Depart the lodge. You will leave the island on Saturday morning at approximately 8:00 AM. From the Belize City marina you will be transferred to the airport. Please schedule your flight home after 11:30 AM.

2020 Rates: $4,090-$4,690 plus tax per person for a 7 night/6 day package

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing/diving/atoll adventure, dive tank, weights, belts, round-trip transportation between Belize City and the lodge.

Not Included: Airfare, accommodations and meals in Belize City (if needed), staff & guide gratuities, fishing equipment rentals, dive equipment rentals, alcohol, $40 Blue Hole entrance fee.

Season: Year-round (tarpon: june-august)

Capacity: 16 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 sessions

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