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NEED HELP w/ SCHOOL DONATIONS

NEED HELP with School Donations: You have probably seen posts in the past about our visits in Cuba to a primary school where we bring supplies. Last time I asked them what they really needed, they said "a printer." I have done the research on finding something compact that I could carry, and somewhat efficient on toner which is the issue of course. My price for the printer, and one extra toner cartridge is $164.98. Many of you expressed interest before in contributing. If you would like to, reach out to me and I will give you details on how to make that happen. Thanks!


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LAST MINUTE OPENING FOR CAYO LARGO HOSTED TRIP!

Beautiful Permit from the flats near Cayo Largo

Beautiful Permit from the flats near Cayo Largo

I just had two customers have to cancel for my hosted trip to Cayo Largo. This trip should be great, aboard a beautiful live-aboard boat where we will target Permit, Bonefish and Tarpon. Cost is ridiculously good at $3500 per person, double occupancy. Read below for details on this trip, and reach out ASAP if you are interested.

To all of you who read these posts, my most recent entry was about some openings for a newly-offered live-aboard boat trip near Cayo Largo. Since then, I have spoken more with the outfitter and have secured a week that I will host, complete with Fly Water Travel customers.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this could be an amazing trip. I have fished at each end of the Canarreos Archipelago, at both Cayo Largo and Island of the Youth. Both have excellent and unique fishing, with Permit and Bonefish abounding at Cayo Largo, and Tarpon fishing being excellent at Island of the Youth. We will moore directly in-between the two, having the best of both worlds at our doorstep.

The yacht we will stay aboard is the JA1. This is primarily used as a dive boat. I stayed on it recently in Zapata. It is large, very new, and very comfortable. There are 8 cabins aboard with two beds per room. There will be some sharing! All rooms have a/c and unlimited freshwater.

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I can take 10 guests. The price is ridiculous……..$3500 per person which is about the lowest price you will ever find for fishing in Cuba. Please get back to me soon. I need to take initial deposits quickly in order to secure the week.

DATES: June 29-July 6, 2019

PRICE: $3500 per person based on double occupancy. Includes transportation from Havana, room and board (limited to a number of drinks per day), 6 full days of fishing. Not included are international flights, any time in Havana, Cuban Tourist Card, Eco Fee, and Staff Gratuities.

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MUSIC IN CUBA

Music in Cuba is everywhere, and most all of it is excellent. The short clips in this very short video were all taken on my most recent trip, and all but one on the streets and in the bars of Old Havana. Love Cuba!!!

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TRIP REPORT - Cuba Combo

Recently back from a trip to a Cuba with an absolutely great group of guys. Grandad Fritz takes his son and sons in laws on an annual fishing trip every year, and for 2019 it was Cuba. We had a great time first in Havana, and then fishing the Zapata Peninsula near Playa Larga.

The boys getting a little attention from the local ladies


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AVALON PERMIT FLY: When you do and don't need it

The Avalon Permit Fly is revered for landing many Cuban Permit. As such, it is highlighted in every tackle check list for anglers venturing to Cuba. And the truth is, it is a GREAT fly. That said, it is not the only fly for Permit you need while fishing in Cuba, and in fact, is entirely the wrong fly for several destinations. In this short video, I explain the origins of the Avalon Permit Fly and why those origins also determine where it is best fished. I also give some tips on tying variations to this fly as well as some alternatives patterns that you might consider having.

The Avalon Permit Fly is renowned for the number of Permit it is responsible for fooling in Cuba. That said, it is not the only Permit fly and angler needs, and in some cases, is exactly the wrong fly!


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CAYO LARGO LIVE ABOARD: SOLD OUT!!

I thought I should make people aware that the last 2 spots for this amazing trip just filled. There were quite a few of you nibbling around the edges, so now you know! Remember that I have several hosted trips to Cuba planned right now for 2020. Please consider joining me!

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THE PERFECT TARPON

I am a believer in Tarpon being best when they are under 100 pounds! Here is a perfect specimen about to be landed at Island of the Youth, Cuba back in 2006.

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ALL CUBA DESTINATIONS

If you are getting posts from this blog, you know that I have been doing videos on each of the fishing destinations around Cuba. Finally, I have them finished!!! This last video is longer, but it is a compilation of all the fishing areas in Cuba, with a short segment on each that describes what makes that area unique and different.

In this video, Jon Covich visits each of the important fly fishing destinations in Cuba. He highlights the quick facts you need to know in order to understand what makes each of them unique, and which might be the best destination for you.


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DOU IRIS Continues to amaze.....

You have seen multiple posts on my blog with music sung, and sometimes composed by, my friends Dayami and Javier. This duo (Duo Iris), is finishing their studies of music in Havana, and performs many nights during the week at a restaurant in Old Havana named Rum Rum. That is where I first met them, in 2017, when a fishing group of mine was dining at the restaurant.

We have become good friends, and I have watched them really grow over the couple years I have know them. They are now collaborating with other musicians, and obviously working with videographers to produce high quality videos that they post via Facebook and You Tube to grow their audience. Here is a recent, very beautiful version of a Jorge Drexler song done with their friend Maylin Quintana.



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3 SPOTS LEFT for CAYO LARGO HOSTED:

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Please read my last Blog post if this is a trip that interests you. Cayo Largo, and the archipelago that stretches all the way to Island of the Youth, is an amazing fishery. This very unique trip on a live aboard in this part of Cuba is unique……and extremely well-priced. We now have 3 spots left open.

Dates: June 29-July 6th, 2019

Price: $3500 per person (double occupancy)

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CAYO LARGO HOSTED TRIP

Beautiful Permit from the flats near Cayo Largo

Beautiful Permit from the flats near Cayo Largo

To all of you who read these posts, my most recent entry was about some openings for a newly-offered live-aboard boat trip near Cayo Largo. Since then, I have spoken more with the outfitter and have secured a week that I will host, complete with Fly Water Travel customers.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this could be an amazing trip. I have fished at each end of the Canarreos Archipelago, at both Cayo Largo and Island of the Youth. Both have excellent and unique fishing, with Permit and Bonefish abounding at Cayo Largo, and Tarpon fishing being excellent at Island of the Youth. We will moore directly in-between the two, having the best of both worlds at our doorstep.

The yacht we will stay aboard is the JA1. This is primarily used as a dive boat. I stayed on it recently in Zapata. It is large, very new, and very comfortable. There are 8 cabins aboard with two beds per room. There will be some sharing! All rooms have a/c and unlimited freshwater.

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I can take 10 guests. The price is ridiculous……..$3500 per person which is about the lowest price you will ever find for fishing in Cuba. Please get back to me soon. I need to take initial deposits quickly in order to secure the week.

DATES: June 29-July 6, 2019

PRICE: $3500 per person based on double occupancy. Includes transportation from Havana, room and board (limited to a number of drinks per day), 6 full days of fishing. Not included are international flights, any time in Havana, Cuban Tourist Card, Eco Fee, and Staff Gratuities.

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NEW OFFERING! CAYO LARGO EXPLORATION

We have just been contacted by the agent for most of the fishing in Cuba regarding something that they have just decided to offer. They will move one of their beautiful live-aboard boats to the remote waters of the Canarreos Archipelago, in between the well-known fishing destinations of Cayo Largo and Island of the Youth. This is new, and something that to me seems very exciting.

Amazing Bonefish flat near Cayo Largo

They have advertised this as an “exploratory trip.” As such, they are offering what I think are very good rates at $3500 per person. The fishing for me is a bit of an unknown, but this is what I would expect. Very good opportunities for medium-large Bonefish, and ample shots at Permit. The variable will be Tarpon, although this area can be very good for these migratory fish. The question is whether or not the weather will keep the fish there, or move them in to deeper water. There should also be all other species including Cuda, Jacks, and Snapper.

Available dates and openings are:

  • June 22-29…….. 4 rods available

July 13-20……….8 rods available

Obviously, these are first-come first-served openings. Reach out immediately if this is of interest!


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