Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Clearwater & Ronde
None of this will be helpful, but I went down there once 10 years ago or so. My parents had timed their retirement perfectly with a California bay area housing boom, sold our old family house, and then bought a small townhouse in the east bay and a catamaran to cruise the Caribbean. A bunch of years later, my wife and I and our 1yo daughter went down to visit when they were docked in Guatemala, and boated down the river to the coast of Belize. I had just started out spey casting and was totally smitten, so there was no way I wasn't bringing my new-to-me switch rod even though almost nobody spey casts for bones. On Caye Caulker, I bar-hopped my way to the northern tip of the island to find a fly shop, which sold me a few shrip-lookin' flies and some tippet while trying not to laugh at my plan to double spay from a dingy. Nevertheless, I persisted. I actually found a couple spots that worked pretty well for what I knew how to do. The tides and currents move laterally in enough places that you can actually get a decent swing sometimes. And the wading is glorious. I caught a couple wigglers, and found that even the little ones can put a hurtin on you if you grab them wrong. I woke up early one morning and took the dingy to a little cove of a mangrove island we were anchored next to, intending to fish but instead spent an hour or so watching dolphins chase fish around and herding them into the shallows to feed. Ultimately, I wasn't there for fish so I was fine with my experience, but for anyone else I imagine a guide would be worth the expense.
Anyway, it's a fabulous place. Enjoy your trip.