Packing & Preparation for Saltwater Fly-Fishing in Chetumal Bay Flats
Important Note When Saltwater Fly-Fishing Along the Yucatan
Your day of fishing starts with you being picked up from our private Caribbean dock. The owner or manager of The Xflats will introduce you to your personal guide for the day. A typical fishing day has you departing from the lodge at 8:00am and returning around 4:00pm. We are fortunate here in Xcalak to have very short rides to the fishing. On low wind days you often fish the Caribbean flats with no run at all, however on windier days or depending on the species you are targeting a common ride of 10-20 minutes to Chetumal bay is necessary.
As an important reminder; be sure to bring appropriate attire for your saltwater fly-fishing experience in the Yucatan sun (long-sleeves, light-weight pants, hat, and SPF 60 sunblock.) Also, remember to hydrate as often as possible; as we recommend drinking between three to four liters a day (roughly 132 fluid ounces.) We cannot stress enough, please alert your saltwater guide when you are feeling over-heated, we will happily stop the boat for a quick cool-down swim.
You are not required to have a license when fishing with one of our licensed guides. If you plan to fish unguided at any point on your vacation in Quintana Roo please acquire a license here:Mexican Fishing License.
Saltwater Fly-Fishing Personal Items & Clothing List
PDF Packing List coming soon …
Rental Car Confirmation
Small First Aid Kit
Sports Tape/Duct Tape
Lip Block with Sunscreen
Zip Lock Baggies
*You can pay for fishing with US Dollars or Pesos (15-1). It is best to get pesos for food and rooms. Speak with your bank about ordering pesos.
Lightweight Long Sleeves *
Sun Blocking Hat(s)
Sun Gloves |
Rain Pant(s) |
Rain Jacket |
*We recommend lightweight, breathable sun blocking clothing in neutral colors.
Laced Wading Boots |
All Day Wear
Best for Long Bonefish Wades
Neoprene Wading Boots |
Fast On & Off
Best for Permit Wading
Minimal Use for Bonefish Walking
Neoprene Wading Socks
Low Profile Dive Booties |
*We recommend that you wear your clothing for at least a few hours prior to your trip.
Recommended Saltwater Fly-Fishing Gear
Polarized Sunglasses |
Large Lens for Light Reduction
Small Pocket Knife
Wading Pack |
Recommended Chest Height
Hemostat(s) with Backup
Fly Rod(s) |
We would recommend four
fully rigged rods for each day.
Rigged for Bonefish, Permit,
Waterproof Boat Bag
Line Cleaner/Dressing & Pad
Don’t Forget To Bring Your Luck!
- Puglisi Mantis Shrimp Tan Size 1
- Mantis Shrimp size 4 or 6, & 8
- Becks Fleing Crab Size 2 & 6
- Casa Blanca Crab 2 & 4
- Turneffe Flats Charlie Tan Size 6
- Crazy Charlie Shrimp Pearl Size 6
- Crazy Charlie Shrimp Tan Size 8
- Chili Pepper Size 6
- Micro Crab
- Becks Sili Legs