Paradise For The Hardcore Permit Angler
The Belize Permit Club offers all the key requirements for the hardcore permit angler and focuses heavily on making sure that each angler is on the water during ideal tide timing. Conveniently located just south of the small fishing village of Hopkins, permit fanatic Wil Flack has built lodging and fishing operation to host anglers in the pursuit of saltwater’s holy grail species – the permit. Wil Flack and his team carry decades of knowledge onto the flats each along with the tools to find, target, and land permit throughout the fishery surrounding Hopkins, Belize. Our team has determined this area as one of the most productive in southern Belize for targeting tailing and feeding permit on the deck on the panga or wading. Rather than providing excessive luxury, the guides and staff focus their resources on spending maximum time on the water and providing comfortable lodging and home cooked meals.
Belize Permit Club sits on the banks of the Sittee River minutes from the Caribbean Sea. Guests stay in comfortable rooms which are capable of hosting up to six anglers at a time. Basic but comfortable, they feature A/C, two beds, a private bath and shower with plenty of space for your gear. Each day guests will load into the boats a stone’s throw from the lodge. From the location of the dock, rooms, bar area, barbeque, and the horseshoe pit, the amenities are a testament to the fact that the lodge was built for one thing – providing anglers with a comfortable place to relax before another day on the water.
Food and Beverages
Meals are home-cooked and prepared in the main kitchen. Breakfast and lunch are usually taken in the boat each day, dinner is served in the dining area or outside to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The menu is a combination of fresh seafood, traditional Belizean cuisine which includes chicken, pork, rice and beans, fresh vegetables, and fantastic tortillas. Occasionally, guests can elect to go out in Hopkins for dinner.
The bar area at Belize Permit Club includes domestic beverages as part of the package, including ice cold Belikins and cocktails. If you would like specific alcohol, please let us know in advance and Belize Permit Club will do their best to provide this alcohol for you at a nominal charge. If you want an 18-year-old single malt, pack it in your checked luggage.
Typical Length of Stay
Belize Permit Club accepts stays as short as four nights and three days of fishing. Trips of any length can be accommodated. Contact Yellow Dog for your customized itinerary.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Belize Permit Club is focused on one thing, chasing permit.
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 Hopkins area.
How To Get There
International flights to Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto, Newark, Chicago, and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize is American Airlines, Continental/United, US Air, Delta, Aero Mexico, Southwest, Avianca, and Taca.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is best to arrive into the Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) before 3:00 PM in order to make your necessary domestic connections and allow ample in-country travel time to Dangriga. Your round-trip flights from Belize International Airport to Dangriga 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 Dangriga back to the International Airport begin as early as 7:00 AM each day of the week.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas. If you are traveling with anyone under the age of 18 and both parents are traveling together with a notarized letter stating that it is OK for you to take anyone under the age of 18 to Belize is required.
Minors Traveling To Belize Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 18 years of age or younger entering Belize accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian must have a NOTARIZED letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a NOTARIZED letter of consent signed by both parents. Please visit the Embassy of the United States web site for Belize to obtain more information. https://belize.usembassy.gov/information_for_travelers.html
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
For those wanting to focus specifically on permit on the fly, the waters of Southern Belize are arguably the finest in saltwater fishing. While other species are found throughout the area, it should be understood that the fishing in the Hopkins area and the South Water Caye Marine Reserve is focused 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 the fly! There are hundreds of prime permit flats in the area, many less than thirty minutes from the lodge. This is permit fishing in the traditional sense – you are looking for fish on the flats and tailing fish in skinny water.
Boats and Equipment
The Belize Permit Club fishes from extremely light, custom 23-foot pangas. These boats are ideal for poling the flats and running over open water. All the boats have poling platforms and are designed for fly fishing, with spacious casting decks and clean interiors. Belize Permit Club has loaner rods and reels available for guests that need them. However, we encourage anglers to bring their own gear that they know and are comfortable with. Flies, leaders, tippet, and other terminal tackle are provided if necessary.
When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars. Trips of five nights / four days and longer can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
2020 Rates (Maximum 6 anglers)
Double Occupancy (2 Per Boat / 2 Per Room)
6 Nights / 5 Days = $2,700.00
7 Nights / 6 Days = $3,100.00
8 Nights / 7 Days = $3,500.00
Single Occupancy (1 Per Boat / 1 Per Room)
6 Nights / 5 Days = $4,295.00
7 Nights / 6 Days = $5,000.00
8 Nights / 7 Days = $5,700.00
- 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 Dangriga Airstrip to and from the lodge
- Marine park entry fees
- Loaner equipment, flies, and terminal tackle
What’s Not Included:
- International flight to Belize City
- Round trip air transfers between Belize City and Dangriga on Tropic Air
- Belizean fishing license (can be purchased at the lodge)
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Nondomestic beverages – specialty alcohol