Trip Overview 

For over fifteen years, the Garbutt Brothers – Scully, Oliver, Dennis and Eworth – have been guiding the waters from Punta Gorda, east to the Sapodilla Cayes, and north to Placencia. After years spent working for other lodges throughout the region, they finally built a fishing lodge of their own in 2008 – a centrally-located, fishing-focused operation with the best permit fishing in all of Southern Belize. Located on a small point of land on Joe Taylor Creek, the lodge sits directly in the town of Punta Gorda. You can walk or ride a bike to several bars or restaurants, or you can wander the small fishing village, meeting locals, seeing the sights, and taking in the culture of Southern Belize.

Destination Quick Facts 

Garbutt's Fishing Lodge - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION:  Punta Gorda, Belize (Central America)

SEASON:  Year-Round

CAPACITY:  Eight (8) anglers per week

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Belize City, Belize (BZE)

TARGET SPECIES:  Primarily permit, with some possibilities for tarpon, bonefish, snook and more

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport only

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
The main lodge building overlooks Joe Taylor Creek on the back-side, and the Caribbean Sea to the front. Guests will stay in one of three separate and private cabanas – each built on stilts overlooking both the creek and the open ocean. The rooms are spacious and clean. Basic but comfortable, each cabin features A/C, two beds, a private bath, shower, and plenty of space for your gear and equipment. Each morning and evening, guests will load and unload the boats off the main deck of the lodge – a walk of only a few feet from the nearest cabin. Every aspect of the lodge – from the location of the dock area to the rooms and the bar – are a testament to the fact that this operation was built BY anglers, FOR anglers.

Food and Beverages
Upstairs in the main lodge building is the Garbutt’s “Grand Slam Bar” – the lodge’s eating and drinking area that has great character, decor, and photos from the brothers’ years of guiding. Meals are mostly home-cooked and prepared by the Garbutt family. Breakfast and lunch are usually taken in the boat each day, and dinner is served in the dining area or on the expansive upper deck. The menu is a combination of fresh seafood dishes and traditional Creole cuisine that includes stewed chicken, pork, rice and beans, and fresh vegetables. On some nights, guests will be taken into town to eat a one of several local restaurants. Just like the meals at the lodge, these “in town” meals are included in the package.

Typical Length of Stay
Since there are daily flights to and from Belize City to Punta Gorda, packages of any length can be arranged, and trips can start and end on any day of the week.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
For non-anglers visiting the lodge, the Punta Gorda area and this region of Southern Belize does offer a host of activities such as biking, canoeing, bird watching, kayaking, jungle tours, snorkeling on the outer islands, visiting Mayan ruins throughout the area, reef trips, and manatee watching. The lodge will be happy to arrange a river trip on the Rio Grande and Moho Rivers, a visit to a local Indian village, or a tour of the Nim Li Punit or Lubaantun Mayan ruins.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for lodge guests. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, some cell phones will also work in the Punta Gorda area.

Fishing

General Information
For those wanting to focus specifically on permit on the fly, then the waters of Southern Belize are arguably the finest in the entire world of saltwater fishing. And while other species are found throughout the area, it should be understood that the fishing in Punta Gorda is focused almost completely on permit. This means that as a stand-alone trip, this trip may not be for everyone – unless of course, you’re someone who really wants shots at permit on a fly! There are hundreds of prime permit flats in the area, many less than thirty minutes from the lodge. The outer reef islands (the Sapodilla Cayes) also offer opportunities for bonefish, and can be well worth the hour-long run from the lodge. Relatively untouched and numerous, the bonefish on the outer Cayes average two to three pounds, with four to five pound bonefish occasionally found. The rivers of the Punta Gorda region can offer seasonal (and somewhat spotty) fishing for snook, large jacks, and tarpon that can run anywhere from 10 to over 100 pounds. Over the years, the Garbutt brothers have also located numerous flats along the reef where tarpon can be found throughout the year. If you’re serious about wanting to catch permit on the fly, however, this is a great all around destination.

Boats and Equipment
The Garbutt brothers fish from 23 foot super-pangas, boats that are ideal for both polling the flats and running over open water. All of their boats have polling platforms and are designed for fly fishing, with spacious casting decks and clean interiors. While a limited number of loaner rods are available if necessary, it is advised that anglers bring their own tackle, equipment and flies.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
International flights to Belize go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Newark, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize are American, Delta, United, US Air, and Taca. From Belize City, guests fly Tropic Air to the town of Punta Gorda in Southern Belize.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is best to arrive into the Belize City International Airport (Phillip Goldson International) before 3:00 PM in order to make your necessary domestic connections and allow ample in-country travel time to Punta Gorda. Your round-trip flights from Belize International Airport to Punta Gorda are NOT included in your trip package, but Yellow Dog will be happy to arrange these for you. On your departure day, you can book a return international flight at any time, as flights from Punta Gorda back to the International Airport begin as early as 7:00 AM each day of the week.

Documents Required
A valid passport is required for all visitors to Belize and must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your stay. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

Double Occupancy  (2 Per Boat/2 Per Room)        
3 Nights / 2 Days                     $1,305
4 Nights / 3 Days                     $1,650
5 Nights / 4 Days                     $2,035
6 Nights / 5 Days                     $2,450
7 Nights / 6 Days                     $2,865

Single Occupancy  (1 Per Boat/1 Per Room)
3 Nights / 2 Days                     $1,695
4 Nights / 3 Days                     $2,295
5 Nights / 4 Days                     $2,795
6 Nights / 5 Days                     $3,395
7 Nights / 6 Days                     $3,995

What's Included

  • The number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package
  • All guided daily fishing
  • 9% hotel tax and 12.5% sales tax
  • Three meals per day
  • Local Belizean beverages (beer, alcohol, and soda)
  • Transfers from Punta Gorda Airstrip to and from lodge
  • Marine park entry fees

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Belize City
  • Round trip air transfers between Belize City and Punta Gorda on Tropic Air
  • Belizean fishing license (can be purchased at lodge)
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Flies, leaders and terminal tackle and equipment

OTHER INFO

Visitors who utilize the Port Honduras Marine Park for fishing, snorkeling, sight seeing, etc. are required to pay a $10.00 US per day usage fee. (This fee is INCLUDED in your Garbutt Brothers Lodge package). The great news is that 60% of this fee goes directly to park management and park ranger budgets. The remaining 40% goes to the Belizean Department of Fisheries. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and the lodges that we work with in Belize support this effort to fund protection and enforcement in the marine preserves, and applaud the Belizean government for taking a stand on important fisheries resources.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS:

"I wanted to give you some feedback on my fantastic trip to Punta Gorda and the Garbutt Brother's Fishing Lodge.  From the minute I landed in Punta Gorda, Belize, I was welcomed and made to feel at home by Dennis Garbutt.  Throughout the trip Dennis continued to check in with me, making sure all of my expectations and needs were being met. As for the fishing and the P.G. fishery?  I would say that fly fishing for Permit is a lesson in patience and resiliency!  Disappointment is in the expectations, meaning that if one expects to land five Permit a day,  more then likely, there will be some serious disappointment.  Due to our conversations leading up to the trip my expectations ere kept in check.  And - although I did not land a Permit - I had multiple shots each day and had four fish eat. Despite the opportunities, I just could not make a solid hook connection!  That said, I learned more in three days Permit fishing with Scully Garbutt than I had in the previous four years fishing with other guides at other lodges.  I can't emphasize enough how pleasant it was to fish with Scully.  His optimism and commitment to the angler is present from the minute he sees you in the morning.  Permit hunting is a long, sometimes boring, process and Scully knew the exact moments he needed to interject learnings or fill the silence with conversation.  He is the model all fly fishing guides should be patterned after.

The fishery itself had me in awe.  At times, it was Permit Nirvana!  We saw schools, single fish and everything in between.  I didn't keep track, but I would guess I had an average of ten legitimate shots each day at Permit.  Additionally, some of the other guests joked one night, asking if I had paid extra for the eco tour.  Because in one day, I also saw dolphins, a very large manatee right at the boat, and a sea turtle.  Not to mention the bonefish, baby tarpon, jacks, multiple species of fish and birds, birds, and more birds. Overall, the accommodations, the food and all the ancillaries met or exceeded my expectations. The Permit fishing is why you go to Punta Gorda and the Garbutt Brother's fishing lodge.  I can't wait to get back - it's that good!"

          - Brad B.
             St. Louis, MO