Eleven Proven Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit Patterns
Trying to limit my movement, I made a gentile sidearm cast a few feet in front of the lead fish. The water's glass-like surface erupted, and my dreamy trance was broken as I watched the fish engulf my fly and explode into the air. The vivid course of events was immediately galvanized as one of my fondest core memories.
Over the past 20 years, I have been blessed with the good fortune to have walked miles of white sand and explored some of the world's most picturesque estuaries, from Key West to the Cosmoledo Atoll. Each flat is surprisingly more unique than the last and home to a wide array of species; it’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite. But, when and comes to family-friendly, easily accessible places with a wide variety of species, it’s hard to imagine a more utopic fishing location than Belize.
Located in the Caribbean, on the northeast coast of Central America, Belize has a tropical climate and is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Over 60% of its land's surface is covered by lush forest, and off its coast is the world's second-largest barrier reef, which hosts over 500 species of fish. Not only are its waters teeming with life, but the flight from Florida is easy, and the fresh seafood is fantastic! What’s not to like? The only problem I have encountered with Belize is narrowing down the selection of productive patterns to include in this book.
I have written several species-specific books in the past, but this is the first that focuses on one location with countless species to target on the fly. Since space is limited, I have chosen to focus on the big three; bonefish, tarpon, and permit. It was not an easy task, but I am confident that the assortment of patterns outlined in this book will ensure you are covered given the opportunity for a shot at a slam … and the insight provided in the interviews of the contributing guides and gurus will help you understand what factors need to be considered for creating and fishing your own flies.
- Flack’s Fanta Shrimp
- Chicone's Magnum Mantis
- Mitchell’s Itchy & Scratchy
- The Bauer Crab
- Chicone’s Calypso Coyote
- Mathew’s Turneffe Crab
- Pop’s Bonefish Bitters
- Chicone’s Tide Slave
- Austin’s San Pedro Crab
- LeMay's Big Eye Tarpon Fly
The Black Fly
These eleven proven bonefish, tarpon, and permit patterns will tip the odds in your favor when tying flies for your next Belize adventure.
This is a 208-page book illustrated with ultra-hi-resolution images.
Very good, I’ve been tying flies from the book since I got it. It is also very timely for me because I’m going to Belize in August to Tarpon Caye Lodge.