Palometa Club

A group of fly fishing friends headed down to the Palometa Club on Ascension Bay, near Punta Allen with Tailwaters Travel. There may be no better way to team build than throw a group fly fishing addicts from across North America –  Calgary, Colorado, California, and Texas – feed ’em a steady diet of guacamole and margaritas, and let them chase after permit, one of the most elusive fish on the planet, for 6 days. Needlessly to say, none of us were ready for the week to end and we’re all ready to go back.  Two of the gals, Kami Swingle and Paula Shearer , each landed her first ever permit on the fly. David Leake took home big fish of the week from our group with a 26-lb permit. We also jumped several tarpon in the 15-40 lb range and landed numerous bonefish as well.

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Fly Fishing in Guatemala

During the making of Tidewater, we had spent weeks behind a lens and in front of a screen enthralled with catching billfish on a fly rod. A few months after the release of the film, we got the opportunity to experience the thrill first hand at one of the best locations in the world: Guatemala.

Our trip started with a half-day in the historic town of Antigua. Cobble stone streets led us to gourmet food and wine tucked inside courtyards and friendly bodegas. Add in the surrounding active volcanos, and it felt like being on the set of a movie.

Hosted by Sailfish Oasis, a top notch fishing lodge, we were comfortable throughout our stay. We spent three days on the water with Capt. Chris Vann Leeuwen at the helm of the Allure II. Our primary quarry were billfish, but we tangled with mahi mahi, tuna, and anything else we could throw a fly at among the blue water. The action was steady. We consistently raised +20 sailfish per day. Three of us caught our first sails on a fly rod. As exciting as those moments were, the time back at the lodge, sharing stories with friends new and old, was just as rich and memorable.

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BTS: Orvis Trout Bum Project

We are excited for our new project with The Orvis Company. Below are a few BTS photos from our shoot out in ID/WY.

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