Jan 10

Belize – 2010… maybe

I’m on the hunt for a trip that my dad and I can take to find some bones.  My dad has been going to the Babine for the past several years, but he’s not headed back in 2010.  The Babine is a beautiful place and the steelhead are amazing… last year my dad got a 25 pounder… the fish of several lifetimes.  His decision not to return, at least for now, means that he has some fly fishing capital freed up.

Yeah, the Babine is pretty sweet... and cold.

A father-son trip means this can’t be a DIY experience.  My dad has a lifetime of fishing experience, but only about 12-13 years of fly fishing, so I need a place where a double-haul isn’t mandatory, where the fish are 50 feet away, not 90 and where you find schools, not singles or doubles.

Enter Belize.  It seems like Belize and the Mexican Yucatan both provide the kind of fishing I’m looking for.

Looking at possible places to fish and outfits to book through, one has quickly risen to the fore… Ed Blank’s Adventures on the Fly.  Ed’s been very responsive on email as I’ve been asking questions and getting clarifications.  He’s let me know when the lowest cost dates are, what I can expect, what the options will be.

The option that is top of the list right now is El Pescador on Ambergris.  There are deals if you go slightly off-season that drop this lodge way down into the affordable range… below $2K.

Look for me and my dad on a flat in Belize in the summer of 2010 (if we can line up grandma to watch my daughter!).

El Pescador - Belize

Nov 09

Price Check, Bonefish, Isle 4

Now, I’m going cheap for my Jan.  trip, but I got to wondering what the price comparison runs for catching a bonefish.  For the purpose of comparison I’m looking at 7 nights, 6 fishing day packages.

Hmmm… the price of a bonefish seems to vary dramatically and it sucks if you are a guy going fishing by yourself.  That’s what my take away is.