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When You’re Ready: Five Reasons to Book a Fly Fishing Trip to Mexico

May 03, 23

We’ve been traveling to fly fish in Mexico for over twenty years. In that time we’ve experienced all that this unique country has to offer the traveling angler. From the broad expanse of the Pacific Ocean and fly fishing for roosterfish in Baja, to the jungles of the tarpon fisheries near the Gulf of Mexico, to the protected flats of Ascension Bay, the variety of fly fishing can truly be considered endless. If you desire stalking large permit, jumping massive tarpon, or exciting offshore and roosterfish opportunities, all paired with a country full of exciting culture and pride, a trip to Mexico is a must. Add in plenty of options for non-anglers, a Mexico fly fishing trip should be on every angler's docket.

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Tradition and History at Longstanding Lodges. Many of the lodges we book in Mexico have been providing services for decades. These lodges work with the best local guides and offer guests ease of logistics and amenities that often set the bar for lodges throughout the world. Recently, as a few new lodges have come online in southern Yucatan, these operations have learned from their longtime peer lodges and offer the same quality of guides and attention to service. Simply put: Mexico is home to some of the world’s best fly fishing lodges and guides.

Ascension Bay is a very special place. The waters of this protected marine environment provide some of the planet’s best saltwater flats fishing opportunities. The pristine waters of Ascension Bay provide the ideal habitat for a wide variety of sea life, including diverse game fish in the vast estuary, flats system, and adjacent reef. It has been said that this part of the Caribbean boasts the world’s largest population of permit. Ascension Bay is also loaded with large schools of bonefish that provide consistent action all year long. It is also home to one of the world’s most diverse selections of gamefish. When conditions are right, an angler can cast to bonefish, tarpon, snook, permit, jacks, barracuda, cubera snapper, mutton snapper, sharks and several different reef species in a single week of fishing.

Tarpon Country abounds in Mexico. It is almost like the angling gods spun the globe and their finger landed on the Yucatan as a tarpon anglers paradise. Migratory tarpon can be seen off the Caribbean coast, but the diehard tarpon angler will surely want to visit the waters that enter into the Gulf of Mexico. Campeche, Isla Holbox, and others, bring visions of jumping tarpon to the minds of traveling anglers. And, we’ve been sending anglers to these special destinations for a long time. Because many of these fisheries are intimate jungle fisheries, solitude and stealth provide an exciting fly fishing trip for tarpon. Many of these trips also allow anglers to experience the culturally invigorating town of Campeche.

Grand Slams Happen Often in Mexico. Catching all of the Big Three—permit, tarpon, and bonefish—is not a rare event here. Good anglers who happen to be in the right spot at the right time with the right guide, have a very real possibility of landing a Grand Slam. Because of our experience in Mexico, lining-up all the right things is in our DNA. If notching your first, or subsequent, Grand Slam, is a desire, a fly fishing trip to Mexico should be a contender. In addition to the abundant permit, bonefish, and tarpon; dozens of species like Jacks, barracuda, sharks, amberjack, snook, snapper, and grouper all offer outstanding action on a fly or light tackle setup every month of the year. Vast estuaries and flats make up the region’s pristine and highly productive fishery. When conditions are right, an angler can cast to bonefish, tarpon, snook, permit, and more in a single day.

Many of our operations in Mexico are ideal for non-anglers. From hiking Mayan ruins to snorkeling to SCUBA, non-angling companions will find plenty of activity while anglers are out pursuing fish. Hiking abounds on the Pacific Coast, while the Yucatan serves up plenty of unique activities including birdwatching, snorkeling, exploring Mayan ruins, beachcombing, and just plain relaxing. One of the world’s largest protected wild areas, the Sian Ka’an, Biosphere Reserve, is located in Mexico. This pristine reserve covers over 1.3 million acres and has been designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. The abundance of marine and wildlife in Sian Ka’an is hard to imagine until you have seen it for yourself. Found here are over 325 species of birds, four different types of marine