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Founded by legendary fishing guide Lincoln Westby, Blue Horizon Fishing and it’s team of fishing guides are considered to be the utmost authority on fly-fishing the flats of Central and Southern Belize.

Blue Horizon operates inside the protection of the Belize Barrier Reef, the epicenter of the finest flats in the world. We fish daily around a chain of small cayes from north of Dangriga to south of Placencia. Miles of undisturbed flats surround each of our resort options, increasing your chances of success at hitting the grand slam: permit, tarpon and bonefish. Other targets such as barracuda, snook, jack crevalle, bonito and mackerel are abundant.

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Belize Reopening Plan

Belize Reopening Plan

Belize is OPEN & FISHING!


Prior to arrival, all visitors to Belize must:

1) You are required to complete the Customs and Immigration Form that is provided to you on your flight to Belize.


2) Effective August 9th, 2021 all travelers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, entering Belize from other countries will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test. (Accepted negative tests are RT-PCR Covid-19 test taken within 96 hours of travel, Or Negative Rapid Antigen test result from Sofia, SD Biosensor, or ABBOTT (Panbio) taken no more than 48 hours prior to travel.)

All travelers entering Belize at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) will be required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative result from any approved Antigen Rapid Test taken within 48 hours of travel. If no test is presented, a COVID-19 test will be administered at the airport for a fee of USD $50 per passenger. Children under the age of 5 years will not be required to present a negative test; but children 5 years and older will be required to present a negative test.

All travelers entering Belize through the Northern and Western Borders will be administered a Rapid Test for COVID-19 by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, at their own expense. No external COVID-19 PCR or Rapid Test will be accepted at these points of entry.

**Children under the age of 5 are not required to present a negative COVID test; Children 5 years and older must present a negative COVID test. **

If no PCR test presented, you will be required to take a COVID test at airport for $50 per passenger at passenger’s own expense. Testing will be done on a “swab and go” basis for tourists that are staying at Gold Standard hotels. Only positive cases will receive notification from Ministry of Health within 24 hours.

Note: Positive cases will be notified within 24 hours and required to quarantine at your Gold Standard hotel

Are there any current restrictions to enter Belize?

Presently, Belize has instituted a temporary travel ban on persons who have travelled to or originated from or have transited the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The temporary ban is due to the rising numbers of persons in these countries infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Upon arrival at Philip SW Goldson International Airport, visitors will proceed to health screen. (thermal imaging temperature check, disinfect shoes, verify information on Belize Health App, COVID Test if not provided in advance, etc.).

Wear your mask, practice physical distancing protocols and get ready to enjoy your Belize experience.

    • Tourists can move around freely but are highly encouraged to remain within the safe corridor and utilize Gold Standard restaurants, tour sites, gift shops, and certified transportation.

Upon Return to USA: Take a PCR Test within 1 day of Travel. A negative result is required for departure.

  • Testing available at the airport as well as through the lodge for departure.

Additional Information can be found here. 



General Information


Permit, known as the “Holy Grail” of fly fishing, is by far the most difficult, picky and frustrating fish you’ll encounter on the flats. They have superb eyesight and a well-developed sense of smell. Due to body shape, permit seems to be much more comfortable in deeper water. Although it is fairly common to see a permit with its tail and dorsal fin sticking out of the water, it usually won’t remain that way for long. Permit seem to suddenly appear on a flat for a brief feeding spree and then fade back into the safety of the deeper water. They’re constantly on the move.

Quick, accurate casting skills (and a lot of luck) are essential. Our experienced guides greatly increase your chance of catching this tricky fish.


Rod: 8,9, or 10 wt (Stiff to cast crab patterns in the wind)

Reel: Anodized, corrosion resistant saltwater model. Should be able to hold a full line plus 300 yards of 20 or 30 lb. backing.  A high-quality smooth disc drag is essential.

Line: Tropical Floating Line

Leaders: 10 ft. 16lb leaders are standard. Extra spools of 16 and 20 lb. saltwater tippet is nice to have.

Flies:  A large selection of crab and shrimp patterns in a variety of sizes, colors, and weights. Tan, olive and various shades of brown seem to be the most effective colors for most Belizean waters. Be sure to have a variety of different sink rates.


Tarpon is the largest, strongest and most acrobatic of the grand slam. Even juvenile fish will put angling skills to the test and strain tackle beyond belief. In Belize, tarpon are typically small- to mid-sized specimens (20-70 pounds), although fish over 100 pounds are seen. A large majority of these fish remain in Belize throughout the year. Migratory fish begin to show up around late March and numbers will increase significantly from April through July.

Belize offers the tarpon angler a very unique selection of diversified conditions, ranging from inland river lagoons to shallow-water flats. Tarpon is attracted to Belize because of their affinity for brackish water.

River and Lagoon Fishing: Fish will be in deep, murky water where sight fishing is difficult. Rolling fish are somewhat common, but blind casting is the general rule.

Flats and Channel Fishing: Fishing will be done from small skiffs in clear, shallow flats (3-5 feet deep) or in the tidal channels which connect the flats.


Rod:  12 or 14 wt

Reel: Anodized, corrosion resistant saltwater model. Should be able to hold a fly line plus 350+ yards of 30 (or 45) lb. backing.  A high quality, smooth disc drag is essential.

Line: Tropical floating line. On a spare spool, it is recommended to have a heavy sinking line for deep water Tarpon.

Leaders: Pre-tied leaders with a 16 to 20lb class tippet and 80-100 lb. shock tippet.  A Tarpon stretcher is great if you are planning on specifically going for Tarpon.

Flies: A basic selection of Tarpon flies in a variety of colors and materials. Sizes 2/0 and 3/0 will cover most Tarpon situations in Belize.


The bonefish is the most abundant of flats species in Southern Belize. Bonefish display a great eagerness to take both flies and lures, but they are best known for their astonishing strength and reel-stressing runs.

Bonefish inhabit the shallow-water flats for food and protection. Bonefish will blend into their environment more than any other fish on the flats. Their eyesight is exceptionally good and the slightest hint of danger will send them bolting off into the deep blue yonder.

Larger bonefish are usually found in small, solitary groups away from the larger schools of smaller fish. Concentrate on the edge of the flats where the bottom drops off into deeper water. Big bonefish are less concerned with predators and feel secure in the deeper water. They will usually drift onto the flat for short feeding sprees and quickly return to the deep water.

From the angler’s perspective (especially the novice), spotting these elusive creatures can be somewhat of a problem. A good pair of polarized sunglasses and a long-billed hat (with a dark underside) will be essential for spotting fish. Look for the flash of an exposed tail, “nervous water,” or the shadow of a cruising fish.

Evolution has designed bonefish to be exceedingly wary, making the delicate presentation a key factor in the success of the angler.



Rods: 8 or 10wt (Stiff enough to cast in windy conditions)

Reel: Anodized, corrosion resistant saltwater mode.  Should be able to hold a full line plus 250 yards of 20 lb. backing.  A high-quality smooth disc drag is important.

Line: Tropical Bonefish taper line (WF8 or WF10)

Leaders: 9’, 20 lb. tapered leader. A spool of 10 and 20 lb. saltwater tippet is nice to have.

Flies: Have a good selection of Bonefish flies in a wide variety of sizes, colors and sink rates.  The standard sizes for Bonefish fly in Belize are #4, #6, and #8 with a general rule being the shallower water, the smaller and lighter the fly.



Known for both their explosive topwater strike and their acrobatic, gill rattling fight, snook is generally found along the inland lagoons and mangrove-lined tidal channels which connect Belize’s shallow-water flats. During times of strong climatic change, the snook will move out of the mangroves and gather at the mouths of the channel cuts. It is at this time when the snook fishing can become “fast and furious.”

Snook are most often found in small schools, so remember to thoroughly concentrate on an area where a strike or hookup occurs. Snook tend to feed most aggressively during periods of low light; therefore, the best fishing time will be during dawn and dusk. If you choose to fish during periods of bright light, deep running lures or flies should be used. Topwater lures and flies should generally be used during low light periods.

Snook often tend to stay close to structure such as mangroves or logs, so an accurate presentation is very important.


Rod: 8 or 10 wt (same rod you would use for Bonefish)

Reel:  Anodized, corrosion resistant saltwater mode.  Should be able to hold a full line plus 250 yards of 20 lb. backing.  A high-quality smooth disc drag is important.

Line: Tropical floating line (Same as Bonefish setup)

Leaders: A pre-tied leader similar for those used for Tarpon is the ideal set up for Snook. Use a 16 or 20 lb. class tippet with a 40 or 60 lb. shock tippet on the Snook leaders.

Flies: Selection of bright flies in red, orange, yellow, chartreuse, and white, plus saltwater poppers. Many standard Tarpon patterns will work for Snook.


There is a cornucopia of under-utilized species at Belize which will match the skill of the most sophisticated Fly Fisherman.

Barracuda, Jacks, and Sharks: Lurking at the top of the food chain, these tough flats predators offer some outstanding action on a fly. They will viciously strike anything that darts away from them in an injured manner. When hooked, they are some of the fastest and most powerful fish to be taken on a fly rod.


Thatch Caye Resorts sits on its own 9-acre private island off the coast of Belize. Accommodations limit the number of guests to 24 at a time, making it a truly unique experience. With overwater bungalows, villas, and island cabanas, there’s the perfect island home for everyone. The resort offers a SCUBA and fly fishing shop on site, a natural saltwater pool and overwater Starfish Bar. All vacation packages are all-inclusive.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Belize is so much more than beautiful beaches. Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world, ancient Mayan ruins, jungles and wildlife reserves. There’s no shortage of adventure options, but we have a few recommendations!

SCUBA Diving

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System lies off the eastern coast of Belize and is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world. Belize Underwater hosts incredible scuba diving and snorkeling in the best dive sites in the country. Visit the Blue Hole, South Water Caye, Glover’s Atoll, or Turneffe Island. Not certified? We also offer Discover SCUBA where you spend a few hours learning to dive, then you go on a real SCUBA dive, all in one day!


Experience the Belize Barrier Reef from above! Belize Underwater will take snorkelers out to any of our dive sites, but we also offer a shorter snorkeling-only option. Snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef is a must-do during your visit!

Mayan Ruins

Explore the history of the Maya and their traditions and be guided by an indigenous Maya from the region. Enjoy the orange farms, banana farms and a good view of our Maya Mountains, during the three hour drive through the Hummingbird Highway, one way. Then cross the Mopan River on a ferry. The reward for climbing to the top of El Castillo is a spectacular view of the Cayo District and Petén Guatemala. The tour guide will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back, enjoy the fresh dip at the inland Blue Hole.

Inland tours: Zip Lining & Waterfall Rappel, Cockscomb Basin & Jungle River Tubing, Horseback Riding, Half Day Chocolate Factory Tour


Belize International Airport is a small airport that provides excellent signage to help travelers get through customs and transfer to your in-country flight to Dangriga or Placencia. At the point of entry, a passport and proof of return or onward ticket are required. When booking your international flight, we recommend arriving in Belize City no later than 3:45 pm, as the last flight to Dangriga and/or Placencia, departs at 5:00 pm.


We work exclusively with Tropic Air and are happy to arrange your connecting flight. Tropic Air has a small fleet of new, safe and comfortable 14 seat Cessna Caravans. You will take a breathtaking flight down the coast of Belize.

As you land, one of our guides will be waiting to pick you up and take your by ground to the resort or to the marina to transfer to our island resorts.

Travel Documents Needed

DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT. A valid passport is required to enter Belize. We recommend that you carry a change of clothing and your necessary personal items such as medications in your carry-on bag. Although we have not had a substantial problem with lost luggage, this can help prevent some major headaches. Keep the bottom portion of your Immigration Form, which you will fill out on your arriving flight. It will be used when you depart Belize.

All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, de-laminated, or damaged in any way.

Travel Arrangements & Insurance

Front Range Anglers will assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for trips. Contact us at 877.935.2975 or 303.494.1375 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance. FRA highly recommends Trip Insurance

Cancellation/Refund Policy

At the time of booking 50% of the trip is due and payable. At 90 days the remainder plus all VAT and taxes are due. Cancellation greater than 90 days from the date of trip, all monies refunded less $100 fee if a replacement angler is found. Cancellation within 90 Days, no refunds are provided unless a qualified replacement angler is provided. No refunds are provided for trip cancellation due to Weather, Acts of God, Airline/Travel issues.

Trip Insurance is strongly advised & recommended!

Details about fly fishing at Thatch Caye

Black Friday Deal

30% off nightly rates for stays 11/16/21 through 12/18/2022 with a 14 day cancellation policy.

Island Property Package Include:
– Accommodations in an Oceanfront Cabana or Premier Ocean Cabana
– Full days of fly fishing
– 3 meals a day plus an afternoon snack
– Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
– Boat transfer to and from the island
– Use of island toys (kayak, paddle boards, snorkel gear, and catamaran) – WiFi
– Marine fee and taxes

Does not include:
– International flight
– In-country flight transfers
– Upgrades for different types of accommodations
– Extra tours
– Gratuity
– Fishing License

Muy’Ono COVID-19 Reservations Policies:

SPECIAL COVID 19 POLICY – “Cancelations due to the COVID19 virus, i.e. airport closures, travel prohibitions, mandatory quarantines during travel dates, and qualifying health concerns, will be able to cancel 14 days prior to the start of reservation. 100% of the payment value, will be transferred to a rescheduled date within one calendar year. 95% of the payment value will be available as a refund. This special Covid 19 policy is valid for all NEW reservations booked through November 30, 2020.” This policy will be extended if needed. Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to get a trip on the books.

**FRA’s Standard Cancellation Policy will apply to NON-COVID related cancellations **


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