A pattering pictorial through coastal Belize

Photographs by Jim Klug

Location: Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Guatemala and Mexico

Weather: Tropical (very hot and humid). Rainy season: May to November; dry season: February to May.

History: After the downfall of Mayan cities that ruled the area until the end of the first millennium, Britain and Spain laid claim to the land in the 17th Century. The country was first declared British Honduras in 1854 and thereafter, Belize gained its independence in 1981.

Political status: A territorial dispute about the borders of Belize seems incessant between Guatemala and the UK.

Economic status: Poor; the economy relies on tourism as the number one source of foreign income. The export of marine products, citrus, cane sugar, bananas, and garments are also important means for income.

Fishing potential: Excellent, so go support the economy!

The main docks at Turneffe Flats Lodge – Turneffe Atoll, Belize

Anglers wade the flats of Turneffe Atoll, Belize

Angler Rich Paini casting to permit along the reef – Long Caye, Belize

Ian Davis from Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures prepares to release a Placencia permit

A Bauer crab fly – Placencia, Belize

Placencia Guide Eworth Garbutt inspects a permit fly

The lodge pet at Garbutt’s Fishing Lodge in Punta Gorda, Belize

Main street in Placencia, Belize

Rich Paini releases a permit – St. George’s Caye, Belize

Belizean permit caught off of Ambergris Caye

Sunset at El Pescador Lodge – Ambergris Caye, Belize

Lighthouse Lager Beer Bottles at Sunset – Belize

Blue Horizon Lodge – Hopkins, Belize

Casting to permit north of Ambergris Caye

A permit caught on a spawning shrimp fly pattern – Long Caye, Belize

Tools of the trade – Permit rods rigged and ready

Permit rods rigged and ready – Southern Belize

Enrico Puglisi spawning shrimp patterns – Deadly flies for permit in Belize

A permit dorsal fin – Belize

Anglers wade the flats off of Whipray Caye, Belize

Whipray Caye Lodge, off the coast of Placencia, Belize

Sunset at Whipray Caye, Belize

A belikin Beer sunset – Belize

A small tarpon goes airborne in the mangroves – Belize River Lodge, Belize

An average-sized Belize tarpon

A guide from Belize River Lodge polls the flats at sunset