FLY FISH GUANAJA LODGE - HONDURAS

 

FLY FISH GUANAJA LODGE - HONDURAS

The Fly Fish Guanaja Lodge is perfectly situated in the middle of Guanaja’s South Cayes on a small caye that overlooks a productive and easily-accessed home flat. This small lodge is quite literally surrounded by bonefish and permit, and you can step outside the door of the guest house and cast to tailing fish at any time of the day. The guest house is loaded with comfortable rooms, a large kitchen, nice bathrooms, a giant deck, and a private beach, making this the perfect destination for small groups of friends or families. This small operation is a vacation home turned into a lodge, so it is both intimate and comfortable with a location that is unbeatable.

Typical Length of Stay

Standard package is a six day / seven night package (Saturday to Saturday.) Partial week packages are available with some restrictions. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Welcome to Guanaja!The Fly Fish Guanaja Lodge is located on the reef on a private key in the middle of the best flats in Honduras. A small, intimate operation, the lodge will only accommodate an average of 8 anglers per week. The main lodge is a comfortable house set-up with two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The interior is custom mahogany and the beds are new and comfortable. The lodge also features a guest cabin with two more bedrooms and a bathroom, allowing for a maximum of 8 anglers at a time. The deck on the lodge is expansive, lined with hammocks, and overlooks the flats where bonefish and permit feed in the shallow waters. At times, you can literally cast from the deck to tailing fish, or harass your friends as they attempt to stalk fish on the shallow flats. There are also a number of shaded hammock spots throughout the small island where you can relax during a slack tide, waiting for the water to shift and the tails to show up. There is also have a large white sand beach on the key that feeds into a bonefish hole. With a group of four to six anglers, you will have the key all to yourselves.

Food and Beverages

The chefs at the lodge have been trained by several culinary professionals flown in from the United States, and the food served at the lodge is the best on Guanaja. Using local delights like lobster, shrimp, fresh fish, vegetables, and fruit, the chefs put together a fantastic and diverse menu. Local rum, beer, tequila, wine, and sodas are also included and provided in the all-inclusive cost of the package.

Fishing Information

Stalking a Guanaja FlatGuanaja is home to similar saltwater fly fishing as is found in other popular areas throughout Mexico and Belize. What makes Guanaja unique is that when you're there, you're usually the only one fishing there! Guanaja offers a diverse Caribbean fishery surrounded by sand, turtle grass, and coral flats. Although anglers visiting Fly Fish Guanaja Lodge mainly hunt bonefish, permit, and tarpon, other species in different venues can be found as well. When fishing Guanaja, you can expect to wade fish about 65 percent of the time and fish out of the boat the other 35 percent. The Fly Fish Guanaja guides have been highly trained and are some of the best we have come across.

Bonefish
The bonefishing in Guanaja is productive and very dependable. It is possible to for large singles and double - some reaching 7-10 pounds - right in front of the lodge. Guanaja also has several flats surrounding the island where smaller bonefish in schools of 10-200 can be found throughout the day.

Permit
Guanaja is a destination where it is possible to see anywhere from 10-50 permit a day, often-times getting several shots at these difficult and elusive fish. Guanaja permit range from juveniles to full blown giants over 30 pounds. It is possible to find permit tailing on the flats all over the South Keys (the lodge is located on one of these keys), and also fish them in river mouths and deeper water from the boat.

Tarpon and Snook
Baby tarpon and snook are occasionally located and caught where the rivers meet the flats. Guanaja baby tarpon range from 1-40 pounds, and it is common (when they're found) to sight cast to them on moving tides. It is also possible to find schools of snook, and while they are not found every day, a couple of dozen are landed over the course of each season.

Trigger Fish
Every flat on Guanaja seems to hold a couple of trigger fish. The trigger fish are incredibly tough and strong, and some can grow up to 25 pounds. They are generally more forgiving than permit and put up a wild fight.

Barracuda
Guanaja is surrounded by barracuda ranging from 5 to over 40 pounds. It is possible to locate and fish barracuda on slack tides or when they are molesting schools of bonefish on the flats. It is great fun to watch them explode on flies, and it is possible to also use conventional tackle when necessary.

Jacks
There are several different kinds of jacks in the waters of Guanaja. From small jacks on the flats to large schools of really big jacks moving in deeper water, it is always fun to cast flies to these fish and watch the water boil!

Boats and Equipment

Fly Fish Guanaja utilizes four fishing boats that were made custom for fishing the waters of Guanaja. They are a flats boat / panga mix that allows guides and clients to comfortably navigate the waters of Guanaja while still being able to poll in under a foot of water. The lodge also offers a number of 7 to 12 weight rods and reels that can be used by clients at no extra cost, and the main room of the lodge features a fully-loaded and well-stocked fly tying table as well. Fly Fish Guanaja is run by experienced fly fishing guides who know how to teach casting, tying, and the finer elements of Caribbean flats fishing. This is a professional fishing operation that knows the waters and the area extremely well.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Relaxing at a Guanaja CoveFor non-anglers, the Bay Islands offer a multitude of activities and attractions. Roatan, Guanaja and Utila are rated among the world’s top dive destinations, and are the perfect place for either beginner or experienced divers and snorkelers. With pristine coral reefs, abundant marine life, and warm Caribbean seas, it’s easy to see why. Other activities include sea kayaking, hiking, birding, island tours, jungle trips to the mainland, classes on local cooking, and more. There are several small settlements on Guanaja that can be explored, and the main island offers trails and hiking opportunities to the other side of the island, jungle waterfalls, and more.

The reefs in the Guanaja region are untouched and dives range in variety between caves, shipwrecks, and more. Guanaja shares the same Barrier Reef as Roatan and Belize, the second-largest reef in the world. Fly Fish Guanaja works with G&G’s Clearwater Paradise for diving in Guanaja and affordable packages are customized for each client. Even if you don’t dive, plan on at least snorkeling. Snorkeling in Guanaja is safe and you can swim along vibrant coral reefs for miles. There is extra snorkel gear at the lodge, but it’s a good idea to bring at least a mask custom fit for you. Sea kayaking is also a great way to see the wild island of Guanaja, and sea kayaks are available upon request for a minimal fee.

How To Get There

Direct flights are offered to Roatan from Miami, Houston, Atlanta and Dallas on Taca, Delta, and Continental. American Airlines and Continental also fly to San Pedro Sula (Honduran mainland) daily, where you can catch regular flights to Roatan on Islena, Sosa, and Atlantic. We strongly recommend that you fly directly into Roatan International Airport (RTB) from the States, and then transfer to Guanaja via a private air charter, which Yellow Dog will be happy to set up and arrange.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Yellow Dog makes arrangements with a local airline that offers regularly scheduled flights from Roatan International Airport and San Pedro-Sula International Airport to Guanaja Airport. This is by far the fastest, most reliable and efficient way of getting to Guanaja. We work with a transfer company on Roatan who will meet you when you arrive on your international flight and check you in to the domestic flight to Guanaja. The airline that runs from Roatan to Guanaja does not run on Sundays, so please do not plan on transferring on Sunday. Be sure to arrive in plenty of time to make the transfer flight from Roatan or San Pedro-Sula over to Guanaja, a flight that has to be made during daylight hours. Please call Yellow Dog to discuss flight itineraries.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy and reflect a six day / seven night package (Saturday to Saturday). Please Call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Length of Stay Fishing Rate Non-Angler Rate
7 nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,850 $2,000

* Remember that our 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.

What's Included

  • Six days of fully guided fishing (two anglers per boat)
  • All lodging on private key in the middle of the flats
  • Round-trip flight from Roatan to Guanaja (arranged by Yellow Dog)
  • All meals, beer, alcohol and other drinks
  • Use of rods and reels
  • Use of fully stocked fly tying table
  • All taxes and GST's
  • Transfers from Guanaja airstrip to lodge

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Roatan
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • One or two days of lunches while traveling and fishing around Guanaja
  • Optional dive trips
  • Flies and terminal tackle

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 info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance..

Other Information

The Bay Islands rest upon the Bonacca Ridge, the result of an enormous crack which runs long the ocean floor, about 40 miles northeast of the north coast of Honduras. Lava from the earth's mantle welled up through this crack and formed the Caribbean plate, which buckled and created the Bonacca Ridge. Roatan is 40 miles long and less than 4 miles wide at its widest point. The island of Guanaja is 11 miles long and only 3 miles wide.

 

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