The small Central American country of Belize has some of the best waters in the world for saltwater fly fishing. Belize’s coastline is protected by a barrier reef that runs the length of the country and is the second largest reef system in the world, the largest being Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. A tropical climate with very little temperature fluctuation and a seemingly endless expanse of flats running the length of the country, Belize is a bonefish paradise. Anglers venturing south to experience the diverse Belize fly fishing opportunities will most likely be met with exceptional bonefishing!
Weather In Belize
Belize’s weather doesn’t vary by much throughout the year. With the average temperature of about 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, Belize doesn’t see huge swings on the thermometer. Combined with a pleasant wind on the flats, the climate of Belize is enjoyable.
Since temperatures doesn’t vary by much, the fishing isn’t subject to drastic weather changes found in other parts of the world. What this means for the bonefishing is that it’s consistently good throughout the year. However, with that said, there are certain times that are more optimal for catching large bonefish than others.
When To Go Bonefishing in Belize
The Belize bonefishing season is virtually year-round. However, historically April through November have been considered the prime months to find lots of bonefish. December through March are considered peak season for Belize. (In order to reserve prime bonefishing dates in Belize, we recommend booking at least a year in advance!) However, this has nothing to do with fishing. It has more to do with weather in North America than anything else.
During December through March is when you need to factor the possibility of cold fronts. Cold fronts typically move through Belize, especially the outer islands and Atoll, quickly but it does effect the fishing. Cold front bring with them increased wind speeds and cloud cover which makes spotting fish more difficult. Another thing to keep in mind, although can’t generally be planned for, is fishing on either side of a warm or cold front is typically very productive.
With Belize’s barrier reef running the entire length of the country’s coastline the opportunities to fish for bonefish are virtually endless. The light colored sand with patches of turtle grass makes for the perfect habitat for bonefish. Furthermore, Belize has a number of rivers that dump into the ocean. At the mouths of these rivers, as they pour into the flats, bonefish can be found patrolling for their next meal.
What to use
The tried and true bonefish rod is the 8-weight; however, a 7-weight fly rod can be used and a 9-weight is useful during windy days. As far as flies go, small shrimp imitations and Crazy Charlies will get the job done.
There are plenty of reasons to fly fish in Belize and the incredible bonefishing is one of the best. With Belize’s excellent weather and superb flats habitats, fly fishing for bonefish is excellent virtually year-round. Be sure to check out our other world-wide fly fishing trips!
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