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Zapata Peninsula – Cuba

Location: South-central coast of Cuba

Fishery: Zapata is an incredible inshore fishery that resembles a less pressured Florida Bay. A mangrove swamp that extends to expansive sand and coral flats that you’ll be able to both wade and fish from a skiff. These flats are feeding grounds for an abundance of bonefish averaging from 3-5lbs. Permit cruise the flats edges looking for meals. The lagoons, flats and channels are home to juvenile tarpon. Big tarpon show up in the spring.

Accomodations: The 100′ Georgiana is your mothership in Zapata. It’s spacey and comfortable with well-appointed bathrooms and showers. The food is fresh and simple consisting of chicken and pork, and a variety of freshly caught seafood.

Fishing Program:

  • 7:00 AM Breakfast
  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Board skiffs and depart for flats
  • Anglers can choose to return to ship for lunch or bring lunch out on the skiffs
  • Fishing days are long and can be customized to your liking

Sample Itinerary:

  • Overnight in Havana
  • From Havana your guide will take you overland to the skiffs waiting in the channel to take you to the mothership

2020 Rates: $4,113- $5,487 for a 7 night/6 day package (based on a group of 8 anglers)

Included: All accommodations and meals, 6 days guided fishing, 6 beverages per day (beer, soda and water)

Not Included: Round trip airfare to Havana, fishing tackle, personal expenses, staff & guide 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

Bonefish Flies

  • Gotcha – #8, #6, #4
  • Bone Appetite – #4 Tan
  • Beck’s Sili Legs – #6 Tan, #4 Tan
  • 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

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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
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    • 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
  • 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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  •   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 would work for wading but the Simms Flats Sneakers offer better protection around coral

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