Fly Fishing Playa Del Carmen
…the OTHER type of local fishing…
Playa Del Carmen is famous for its deep sea fishing.
But there are some excellent fly fishing spots all around Playa Del Carmen.
In the crystal clear saltwater lagoons there are a wide variety of fish to be caught, like tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, and jack.
From Playa Del Carmen it’s just a short boat trip to the famous Bocapaila flats and Ascension Bay flats.
Check out some of the locals who know these waters.
They might look like kids and can hardly speak English, but their whole education seems to have been based on fly fishing.
They can see fish, when everyone else just sees water.
Read on for the different challenges available when fly fishing in Playa Del Carmen.
What Fish Can You Catch In Playa Del Carmen?
Bonefish are abundant all year round and are always looking for an easy meal.
So you’re going to catch more than you can remember.
Guides always start beginners on schools of small bonefish until they get used to the waters and techniques.
Tarpon are trickier and are known for their violent jumps out of the water.
Challenging and exciting, these fish often provide the most memorable moments.
Permit are very clever and the ultimate challenge for fly fishers in Playa del Carmen.
The highest honor for an angling guide is helping an angler to the grand slam of bonefish, permit, and tarpon in one day.
Barracudas whiz around like maniacs and are one of the most fun fish to catch.
They’re not easy, but angling was never supposed to be easy!
Where To Go Fly Fishing In Playa Del Carmen?
Depending on the weather and your preferences, there are different fly fishing spots.
The Boca Palia flats are known for their bonefish and permit populations.
Many flats anglers have never landed a permit, but in these waters it’s common to catch 2-3 per week.
Ascension Bay is further away, but these waters are famous across the world and you can find every one of the Caribbean flats fish.
Sometimes the winds can really rip across the peninsula, so the guides will head to protected flats and lagoons.
At some spots it’s easy to wade into the shallows and literally fill your boots.
In others a small skiff ensures you’ve got a chance at each of the species on your checklist.
With the different destinations there are a range of ocean side flats, open flats, and mangrove lined creeks.
These waters have been featured regularly in US fishing magazines like American Angler and Saltwater Sportsman.
And those guys know what they’re talking about.
When To Go Fly Fishing In Playa Del Carmen?
Unlike other fishing destinations in the Caribbean, fly fishing is possible all year round in Playa del Carmen.
- For bonefish and barracuda conditions are excellent from February to November.
- If you want the challenge of Permit and Tarpon you can seriously increase your chances by coming in the peak seasons of May to October.
- Snook are infrequent visitors and these aggressive fish have a different season – November to January.
Fly Fishing In Playa Del Carmen With A Local Guide
It is possible to journey out to the Boca Palia flats and cast your rod.
But it could be a frustrating day.
The locals have been fishing here since they were old enough to walk, and most anglers choose a local guide and boat package.
Guided trips are usually for two people and include the skiff, lunch, a few drinks, and 1 rod with reel per person.
Usually trips will have one guide and one apprentice who both have expertly trained eyes.
This also means that each person gets some dedicated help.
A full day trip will cost around $300 – $400 USD per boat that you rent. Also, don’t forget to include transportation.
Terminal tackle like leaders, flies, jigs, lures, etc… is extra.
A full day is usually 8 hours.
But if there are lots of fish around, the guides are never looking at their watches.
As passionate anglers, they’ll keep fishing until there’s nothing left.
It’s good practice to tip the guide and his assistant.
How much? Well that depends on how many fish you catch?
If you land the grand slam then you’ll appreciate just how much of a role your guide played.
Playa Del Carmen Fly Fishing Tour Guide #1 – Carlos Vega (Most Experienced Fly Fishing Guide In Area)
In my relentless quest to find the best fly fishermen in the area, I ran across someone special.
I met him when a visitor contacted me regarding the best fly fishing in the area.
I felt obligated to reply.
Thus, I searched and searched for a person that would not disappoint.
After making a number of calls, sending several emails, and talking to some of the local fisherman at the docks about fly fishing, I found Carlos – Carlos Vega, to be precise.
Here’s some info about him:
If you’re looking for an excellent fly fishing experience in the Playa Del Carmen area, he’s your man.
You can contact him using the form below:
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Why Fly Fishing And Not Deep Sea Fishing?
Most anglers head to Playa Del Carmen with grand ideas about deep sea fishing and landing some massive Marlins.
They usually ignore that it’s also one of the world’s top fly fishing destinations.
If you think you can fish just check out the locals.
Their eyes seem to have specially evolved just for these waters.
The challenge of the different species means this can be a half day, full day, day trip, or a multi-day obsession when you visit Playa del Carmen.
And when you catch some great fish, please make sure that you send me a picture!
Lots of love,