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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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MUSIC IN CUBA

Some of you will recognize Duo Iris if you have been on a recent trip with me to Cuba. They often perform in their apartment for us. Javier and Dayami are incredibly talented, and at the same time welcoming, gracious, and interested in us as visitors to Cuba. Watch their beautiful video if you have a few minutes…….

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TARPON, TARPON, TARPON! at ISLAND of the YOUTH!

I am hosting a trip to Cuba’s Island of the Youth, May 16-23, 2020. This is an incredible Tarpon fishery. Fun, resident fish can be found back in the mangroves and are super willing to grab a fly. But I planned this trip around the arrival of the big boys during their annual migration. There is nothing better than a 60 or 70 pound Tarpon on the fly. This very short video gives you a basic idea of the high quality of this destination. Join me!!


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CASTING IN JAGUEY GRANDE, CUBA

Felipe Rodriguez Alonso is famous among Cuba’s fishing guides, his local community, and fly fishing customers from around the world. I have fished with Felipe many times, and know much about his story, his family, and his incredible philanthropy and kindness. Not long ago, Felipe asked me to visit him and some of his fly fishing students to talk about the sport and to cast with them a little. It was a great experience, although humbling since I was asked to speak in Spanish if I could!!

Recently, a customer who has fished with me in Cuba (that’s you Toby!) pointed out this very nice film made about Felipe and his fly fishing school in his small home town of Jaguey Grande. It is SO WORTH you watching!

Me with some of Felipe’s incredible fly fishing students.


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HOSTED DATES FOR CUBA 2020

Cuba dates often fill out quickly. I have learned this the hard way, so I have done my best to procure great weeks at destinations I have great confidence in. Please reach out immediately if you or friends have interest as I do expect these trips to fill.

ZAPATA ABOARD THE YACHT GEORGIANA

Dates: January 25-February 1, 2020

February 22-29, 2020

Price: $4699 per person (double occupancy)

This trip has it all. Great service from a wonderful staff aboard Georgiana, in the remote waters bordering the Zapata Peninsula. This area has all the fish. There are resident Tarpon here, a great population of Permit, and hordes of Bonefish. A unique aspect to this trip is that all guests fish three days in a double skiff, and three days in a single. This is huge! This means every angler gets much more personal fishing time on this trip than on any other trip to Cuba.

Click here for more info: http://www.cubafishingoutfitters.com/new-index-1

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ISLAND OF THE YOUTH ABOARD THE YACHT AVALON 1

Dates: May 16-23, 2020

Price: $6900 per person (double occupancy & skiffs)

Island of the Youth is one of Cuba’s premier Tarpon fisheries. With close proximity to the reef and deep water, this area abounds with channels and interior bays that these returning Tarpon seem to love. Although there will be Tarpon in the 30 pound range, many of these fish will be between 50 & 80 pounds which are just about the perfect size. There are also Permit and Bonefish available in the eastern reaches of this fishery. The Avalon 1 is extremely comfortable, with an attentive crew and amazing food. This is a premier destination at peak season.

Click here for more details: http://www.cubafishingoutfitters.com/isla-de-la-juventud

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JUST IN........PRIME WEEK AVAILABLE in ZAPATA

Hey Everyone,

Our outfitter partner contacted us about a recent cancellation he had for May of 2019 during the prime fishing season at Zapata Cuba. These weeks are typically full, and we are lucky to have this offered to us. This will be aboard the yacht Georgiana which will moor in the remote waters of the Zapata Peninsula. It includes 6 full days of fishing (3 days in a double skiff and 3 in a single), 7 nights aboard, all food and most drinks, and travel to and from Havana. One of us at FlyWater will host the week……to be determined who!

Dates: May 11-18, 2019

Price: $5275 per person

Check out this short video to understand the trip and the fishing….




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PHOTO OF THE DAY

  • Beautiful underwater image of a Permit being released in to the pristine waters of the Jardines del Rey Archipelago (Gardens of the King), Cuba. I love Permit (when they eat the frickin’ fly!!!)

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ZAPATA & the LIVE-ABOARD YACHT GEORGIANA

I am continuing to produce detailed videos of all the fishing destinations in Cuba. Zapata and Georgiana is one of my favorite trips on the island, with varied fishing at a reasonable price without a great deal of travel hassles. In this video I cover all aspects of the trip including travel details, description of the boat and staff, and details about which fish are available. This is a must see if Zapata is of interest to you.

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Gardens of the Queen....All You Need to Know

I am working hard on videos which will explain all the details for each of the fishing options in Cuba. This one is long, but Gardens of the Queen is complicated, extraordinary, and worthy of the time. If you need more detail than you get from a short web-page write up, this video explains all that you need to know.

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TIPS FOR FISHING FROM A SKIFF

In my past few saltwater trips, I have been thinking about some very simple things I think are useful in being prepared for success on the flats. On a whim, I made this short video at lunchtime with my guide in Cuba last month. I have a couple of warnings! First, it is as I said, done off the cuff. Secondly, these are very basic items and could be obvious for people who are expert at this kind of angling. That said, I think these two or three minutes point out some quick tips useful to beginning and intermediate flats anglers.


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WHY OUR TRIPS ARE SPECIAL

You have probably seen previous posts from me about groups I lead to Cuba, especially those where we mix both Cuban culture with some days of fishing. Other companies send anglers to Cuba, and some others even lead trips. But I believe our trips go the extra mile, and take interested Americans in to places like this, the apartment of Dayami and Javier. Incredible musical talents, they mesmerize our small groups in a friendly and intimate setting.

Enjoy Dayami and Javier here singing a bit of “Llegaste Tu.” And, please consider joining me on and adventure to Cuba.


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