FLY FISHING – CUBA, CAYO CRUZ
Great fly fishing for permit, bonefish and tarpon in Cayo Cruz in Cuba. Cayo Cruz is considered to be an excellent tropical fishing destination located in northern coast of Cuba.
Aside from its fascinating culture and Caribbean hospitality, Cuba has long been synonymous with some of the finest fly fishing in the world. For the last decades of fishing operation has brought together the most exclusive areas of the country combined with a high level of service in what are logistically complex environments.
This huge Cayo Cruz area consists of several different types of flats that can be waded and fished from special boats. The fishing season is long and fishing can be done with single hand fly rod. Tarpon, bonefish, permit, jacks and big barracudas are plentiful. Local fishing guide will take you by boat to a range of interesting and challenging fishing locations and show where and when to cast. Two persons will fly fish with one guide in a boat. The guides know the local waters intimately and speak well English.
Cayo Cruz is an outstanding location for producing Grand Slams and Super Grand Slams, in part because the permit fishing is consistently so good. Each of these fisheries regularly produce 25 pound + permit for anglers and we don’t know of too many other places that boast the number of weekly Grand Slams that Cayo Cruz do. Anglers in this destination will periodically find permit tailing on the flats in 1 to 2 feet of water. As far more common way to find permit is to go looking for sting rays feeding in 2 to 3 feet of water. Permit are intelligent, opportunistic feeders. They will follow behind sting rays, using the rays to flush out crabs and shrimp which the permit will then eat before the ray has a chance to get its meal.
Cayo Cruz is one of the best locations in the world for finding big permit on the backs of rays and the guides are experts at reading the water and tides in order to find this unique phenomenon. Fifteen to 25 pound permit are commonly found feeding on the backs or rays at Cayo Cruz, so if you are dreaming of landing a big permit, Cayo Cruz is the destination of choice. Cuba’s north coast permit can also be found swimming with large schools of bonefish. This scenario presents its own set of challenges because bonefish will often take the fly before the permit has a chance to eat it, unless the fly is cast to just the right location.
FLY FISHING TACKLE
9 feet long 7 or 8 weight fly rod is good for bonefish and one 9 weight for permit and 10-11 weight for tarpon. High-performance reels with a good brake system are required, capable of holding 200-250 yards of 20-pound backing. We recommend weight forward tropical floating fly lines for bonefish and permit. For bonefish and permit we recommend 10-foot knotless leaders with 0,35-0,40 mm tippet. For tarpon we recommend 60-80-pound test fluorocarbon level leader.
Good flies for bonefish are for example Crazy Charlie, Bonefish Special and small crabs tied on hooks 4 or 6, sand and light-brown. Permit files: Avalon fly, Rag Head Crab, Brown Special, Velcro Crab and Del´s Merkin tied on hooks 2 and 4. Flies for tarpon and snook: Deceivers on hooks 1/0-3/0 in colours brown and orange, orange and yellow, olive and white, balck and purple, Black Death and Purple Death.
Accomodation will be in double rooms in a new five star Hotel Ocean Arena Blanca air conditioning, toilet, shower. Hotel is situated 200 yards from the marina, where you will board the skiffs each day. End of the day you are only a stroll away from a frosty mojito and an ocean view. All meals and also drinks are included in price. In Havana we stay in four star hotel in double rooms.
Hosted or unhosted Fishmaster fly fishing trips. Anglers will take an international flight to Havana airport in Cuba and stay one night in hotel in Havana. Next day we continue with a short domestic flight from Havana to Cayo Coco and from there we take an hour bus trip to Cayo Cruz. In both ends of this Cayo Cruz trip we stay one night in Havana.
- Price: 3850 eur/person
- Trip length: 6 fishing days/7 nights in Cayo Largo, 2 nights in Havana
- Group size: minimum group is 2 persons
- Bookings: Ask for open weeks
- Fishing trip includes: Flights Havana/Cayo Coco/Havana, Bus transport Cayo Coco/Cayo Cruz/Cayo Coco, Accomodation in hotel in Cayo Cruz in double room, Meals and drinks in Cayo Cruz, Alcohol drinks and beer in Cayo Cruz, Fishing license, Guiding, Boat transports, 4 drinks per fishing day (water/beer/soft drinks)
- Fishing trip excludes: International flights to/from Havana, Hotel nights in Havana, Gratuities (350 CUC = 280 eur), Conservation Fee (90 eur), Visa
- Species: Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon, Snook, Jack Crevalle, Snapper
- Fishing season: 1.1-31.12