FLY FISHING – CUBA, CAYO LARGO
Great fly fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon in Cayo Largo in Cuba. Fishmaster will arrange hosted fly fishing trip to Cayo Largo on 3.-12.2.2023. Cayo Largo is considered to be an excellent tropical fishing destination located in southern 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 Largo 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. The guides know the local waters intimately and speak well English.
Cayo Largo 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 Largo 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 Largo is the best location 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 Largo, so if you are dreaming of landing a big permit, Cayo Largo is the destination of choice. Cuba’s south 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 10-12 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 12-foot knotless leaders, and 12-pound fluorocarbon shock tippet. For tarpon we recommend 60-80-pound test fluorocarbon level leader.
Good bonefish flies 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: streamers, deceivers on hooks 1/0-4/0 in colours brown and orange, black and yellow, orange and yellow, olive and white, Black Death and Purple Death.
The guests will be accommodated in air conditioned double cabins in well equipped Jardines Avalon 1 yacht, close the fishing spots. All meals in the yacht are included in price.
Hosted or unhosted Fishmaster fly fishing trips. Fishing trips to Cayo Largo will be arranged during the fishing season. Anglers take a flight to Havana international airport in Cuba. We are able to offer this program as a Saturday to Saturday week. Clients will board the yacht in the Zapesca area 3 hours south of Havana on Saturday and navigate to Cayo Largo and fish 6 days Sunday through Friday afternoon. On Friday afternoon at 15-19 the mothership will return to Zapesca where clients will stay one more night in yacht and disembark on Saturday morning to make an afternoon flight out from the Havana airport. This program will require no additional nights in Havana and remove the early morning air transfers that have been characteristic of the Cayo Largo program in the past.
- Dates: 3.-12.2.2023
- Price: 6350 eur/person
- Special Offer: 4550 eur/person
- Trip length: 6 fishing days/7 nights in Cayo Largo
- Group size: 1 host + 5-9 anglers
- Fishing trip includes: Accomodation in JA1 Yacht, Meals in Yacht, Fishing licenses, Guiding, Boat transports
- Fishing trip excludes: Gratuities for fishing guide (130-150 eur), Gratuities for personal (130 eur), Visa, Open bar fee (180 eur/person), Conservation fee (90 eur/person), Hotel nights in Havana
- Bookings: Ask for open rods
- Species: Tarpon, Permit, Snook, Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, Barracuda, Snapper
- Fishing season: 1.1-31.12