Fly fishing trip

Flats boat Fly fishing trip

The Flats boat is equipped with power poles. The best fly fishing gear will be used for the trips. XI3 Sage rods and Orvis Hellios available. Reels -Sage and Orvis and Rio lines. The main target is Big Bonefish -Snook and baby Tarpon (when available). We fish flats and mangroves in the back waters. Catch and release only! The trips starts at 6.15 am or later due to your like at the Renaissance harbour. 4 Hours trip is $350.

During a fly fishing trip you can expect to find Baby Tarpon, Snook and Bonefish.
The trips include use of the best fly-fishing gear; Sage and Orvis fly rods and reels. Rio lines and leaders. Top quality flies from Orvis, EPFlies and my own creations for every target.

You will need to bring shoes that can get wet (wading shoes, sneakers or boots are good), Polarized Sunglasses (best color is amber), sunscreen and a hat (baseball cap is best). Please let me know if you are left handed before the trip so I can change the set ups.

During the trip I will help you to improve your skills if necessary and give you tips on where to fish unguided on other days.
Aruba has some big bonefish. The bonefish in Aruba are not in big numbers like in Belize or the Bahamas, but are definitely worth fishing for. The average size is 4 to 6 lbs, and can go up to 12 lbs! They are here year round. Baby Tarpon are here year round and the big Tarpons might be here somewhere between May and November! Permits are hard to find but the best months to fish for them are October till February (Fishing for them will require very experienced saltwater fly fishers). Other common species are Snook, Barracuda, Rainbow Runners and Jacks!
The fish are here year round.

Your checklist for Aruba:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Wading shoes (closed shoes are best some of the flats do have rocks that can be sharp)
  • Polarized sunglasses (Amber is the best color!)
  • 8 or 9 weight rod. A 4 piece travel rod can be brought as hand luggage (This will prevent loss or damage)
  • A reel with at least 100 yards of backing!
  • 10 or 12 pound leaders /10/12 ft long is best.
  • Floating line WT/F 8 or 9 weight (match your rod)
  • Flies for Bonefish (Jacks or Permit can also be found sometimes on the flats)

My Favorite flies are:

All the Bonefish flies work here! Click here for my favorite Bonefish flies size 4 and 6.
Please check the picture for my favourite Tarpon flies ,size 1/0 and 2/0.

Please bring your own favorites too. I am a big believer in experimenting to get a better result. You can also bring a leader with steel tapper tippet, catching Barracuda’s are a nice change on a slow day!

High and low tides and weather conditions.

For the best tide table please click here

The best website to check the weather forecast is Wind Guru.

Things to bring to Aruba for unguided fishing:

Bring EVERYTHING you need.
local stores do not have any fly fishing materials. Also bring a leader with steel tapper tippet, catching Barracuda’s are a nice change on a slow day.

On Aruba you don’t need a fishing license for unguided fishing!

Looking forward to fish with you!

All the trips leave from the Downtown Marina at the Renaissance hotel in Oranjestad. See map on homepage.
We can also pick you up at your hotel.

Boat is suitable for a max of 2 person.