Category: Travel

14
Mar

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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15
May

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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16
Aug

Fly fishing in Xcalak, Mexico // Part 2

More photos from Nick’s trip to Xcalak, Mexico below. To see part 1 of the trip photos click here.

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11
Mar

Fly fishing in Xcalak, Mexico

I had the opportunity to witness my dad’s first flats experience this past week down in the Yucatan near Xcalak, Mexico.  After a bout with food poisoning, two flights, and a five-hour shuttle ride into rural/coastal Mexico, he was more than ready to get into some fish.  Our gracious trip hosts, Dan and John, helped with rigging and final casting instructions.  A laid back group of guides got us onto some fish and the rest seems like a blur.  A few highlights stick out — the smile and first pump after a landed bonefish; the ear-to-ear grin of the first tarpon to hand, no matter the size; and the sheer chaos that followed the flash of light otherwise known as a barracuda attacking the needle fish fly on the end of my line.  It’s an easy rhythm to fall into: wake up, bacon and eggs, the daily boat ride past the Tropic Star, fish all day, come back to drinks and snacks, dinner, sleep, rinse and repeat.  A few lessons learned from the trip: you can never have too much gear or too many flies; beware of the exchange rate at Mexican 7-11’s; be prepared for a stop at the “jungle banos” after aforementioned 7-11 stop; 40 lbs wire is significantly stronger than 20 lbs wire; and never underestimate time spent making memories with great friends.

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27
Jan

Fly fishing on the South Fork

Another great memory from our time in Wyoming this summer: a day trip floating and fishing the South Fork of the Snake River with Rod Bowden of Worldcast Anglers.  Rod was top-notch, a total class act, and he knew his stuff.  From the moment we left the boat ramp to the time we pulled in, it was action-packed and nothing but fun.  His stream side lunch was phenomenal complete with homemade touches and all the fixin’s.  While we ate lunch, we stared at two juvenile bald eagles across the stream from us, right until we heard a splash from the other side of the river. We turned to see a moose nearly grabbing a seat and joining us.  What a special place and a special day.  And oh yeah, Kami caught the two biggest fish (both over 20″) and hands-down out fished me.  Even tilting the odds in my favor by taking the bow position couldn’t help.  Total domination.

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