Fall Edition: Yellow Dog's Must-Visit Saltwater Fly Fishing Destinations

Posted by yellowdog on 9/5/18 10:30 AM

With fall hanging in the air, kids heading back to school, and temperatures beginning to drop, it’s only natural to find yourself daydreaming about the next saltwater adventure. Now is the time to start planning saltwater trips! Prime weeks and dates are still available!

Working with Yellow Dog gives you access to a team of experienced and dedicated professionals that provide assistance every step of the way, including finding a location that fits your needs, booking plane tickets, securing the very best guides, reviewing pre-trip itineraries, and following up with post trip reports. We pride ourselves on finding a destination that caters to your specific preferences.         


Fly Fishing Belize El Pescador Lodge

This laid-back, English speaking country of nearly 350,000 people is a great destination for anglers and non-anglers alike.  Belize boasts world-class fishing for tarpon, permit, and bonefish, and it’s the ideal fishing destination for beginners and seasoned anglers alike.

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El Pescador Lodge is a perennial Yellow Dog favorite. It offers a diversity of species and easy access to a host of non-angling activities. For the angler looking to target bonefish or permit from a boat or while wading, Turneffe Flats Lodge is a great option.

And if you are looking, specifically, for permit, our lodges in the southern Belize (including Copal Tree Lodge and Garbutt’s Fishing Lodge) see many anglers returning year after year. 


The Yucatan

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There’s a reason that the fisheries of the Yucatan Peninsula are collectively one of Yellow Dog’s favorite destinations. The value with many of these area lodges is unparalleled, with terrific rates, reasonable travel expenses, direct and easy flights from the US, and of course, outstanding fly fishing.

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The fishing in Ascension Bay is considered some of the best saltwater fishing in the world, which is why Yellow Dog is adding four more lodges to the Yucatan programs for the 2018 season! Check out locations like Pesca Maya Lodge or Grand Slam Lodge, both ideal for beginning saltwater anglers and great destinations for focusing on permit, snook, bonefish and tarpon.


The Bahamas
Fly Fishing Grand Bahama for Bonefish

The Bahamas are home to over 500 square miles of crystal clear flats and shallow waters, boasting some of - if not, arguably the best – bonefishing in the world. Add to bonefish possibilities for seasonal tarpon and permit, ease of travel from the states, and the ability to cater to schedules of any length, and it’s a no-brainer why the Bahamas are one of Yellow Dog’s most popular destinations.

One of our favorites is Swains Cay Lodge, an operation that sits on the white sand beaches of Andros. The perfect Caribbean beach getaway, this locally-owned lodge is a great option for families and couples, as well as non-anglers. For those looking for a focused, hard-core fishing destination, Grand Bahama’s East End Lodge has access to trophy bones and as well phenomenal spring and fall permit fishing. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the lodges that Yellow Dog works with in the Bahamas.


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Although Cuba has received some bad press over the past couple of months, there really hasn't been a better time to travel south to the island. Even though, the logistics of traveling to Cuba are somewhat complicated, the Yellow Dog team has done it for decades. When you arrive in Cuba it’s like taking a step back into the 1950’s -  the country has been virtually untouched for the last 60 years. The same can be said about the fisheries.

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Nicknamed the Permit Capital of Cuba, the fishery of Cayo Largo offers bonefish, the occasional tarpon, and of course, permit. For the die-hard tarpon chaser, Isla de la Juventud and Jardines de la Reina, both supply first class flats. You will be living aboard a mothership at both the destinations and taking small skiffs to the fisheries each day.  Spots for the 2018 season already being filled. Remember that booking earlier is always better than later.


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The small island in the South Pacific is one of Yellow Dog’s top destinations in the world. Phenomenal fishing, white beaches, and friendly locals make Christmas Island a trip of a lifetime. 

Christmas Island InsiderBonefish, giant trevally, triggerfish, milkfish, and barracuda are all in the waters surrounding the island. Yellow Dog works with two lodges on Christmas Island - Ikari House and The Villages. Both accommodations offer incredible food, and close proximity to the flats.  For any first-time saltwater angler, Christmas Island is the perfect place to start. 

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Cajun cuisine, shrimp boats, the bayou, warm southern hospitality, and some spectacular redfish angling, Louisiana is a great fall getaway.  

Dogwood Lodge is a little of a misnomer because the lodge is actually a historical vessel.  Wake up on the boat and step onto your guide’s skiff to begin fishing the marshes.  Return after a long day of chasing reds on the fly to enjoy some shrimp and grits. Sportsman’s Lodge is another great destination for experiencing the saltwater fly fishing of Louisiana.  With its close location to several barrier islands in the gulf, the angling for big bull redfish can be unprecedented as they move into the shallower marshes.  Stalking a tailing bull redfish that has made its way onto a spartina grass flat with a rising tide should be experienced at least once by every saltwater fly fisher.

Yellow Dog’s saltwater team – including Cameron Davenport, Shaun Lawson, Doug McKnight, Kristen Tripp, Camille Egdorf, Jake Wells, and Ian Davis are available at any time to assist with trip research and planning. Be sure to get in touch with Yellow Dog to begin planning your next trip. 

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