MemberDecember 17, 2019 at 8:12 am
Headed to Belize to go fly fishing this Xmas. I fly fish for trout in NC. Is it possible for me to just take my fly rod down to Belize and catch a few offshore? It’s a 5/6 weight aluminium fly rod.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
DSess31GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 8:12 am
Don’t ruin your 5wt trout rod and reel in the salt….find someone with an 8wt and salt compatible reel. You can definitely catch fish just wading around the flats. Have fun. Wear sunscreen.
DGFlyGuyGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 8:12 am
It’s possible that your trout fly line will become borderline unusable down there, depending on the temperature. Most trout lines are made for cold to temperate waters, not the tropics. They’ll go limp and be very hard to cast.
A 5/6 weight is going to be pretty light. A 6 weight is a solid rod for things like bonefish, especially the smaller Belize bonefish, but the wind will probably make things difficult. The wind is the main reason people use larger rods in a lot of salt water applications. If you have any way to access a heavier rod, I would recommend you do so.
UrsinusGradGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 8:12 am
You have an aluminum fly rod?
Huge_Fly_FishermanGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 8:12 am
FLORI_DUHGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 8:12 am
No, that’s not possible or advisable. You’re going to need an anodized 8wt rod/reel and something that floats in order to catch fish in most of Belize.
dodgydodgersonGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 8:12 am
As others said, get a light and fast 8wt. Orvis Hydros SL is pretty good budget salt reel.
Even more important is fly line for hot weather. Your normal trout line will soften to the point where line guides will peel the plastic off the core.
Jasper2006GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 8:12 am
If you want to catch fish I’d suggest hiring a guide and using his equipment. I tried saltwater after a long time fishing for trout and never caught anything. Didn’t know where to go, what to use or how to catch the fish I might see. How to rig leaders. Floating or sinking fly line. It was just a completely different experience for me. As if it was my first time ever with a fly rod. Didn’t know where to start. After a guide showed me some methods I could do almost OK on my own but it was hopeless before that.
Have fun no matter what you decide.
Philx570GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 8:12 am
The other thing you’re going to need is a solid double haul, and accuracy in the wind.