Christmas Island

CUBA - JUNE 2017

Your Hosts:
JOHN HAZEL ( June 17th - 23rd )
ALEX GONSIEWSKI ( June 17th - 23rd )

Cuba offers some of the very best saltwater fly fishing in the world. Target species: Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit. The variety of fish species, the beauty and pristine nature of the Islands, the remote location, and the friendly happy fishing guides make this our favorite saltwater experience—perfect for fly anglers of any skill level.

Fishing during this week is predominately aimed at migratory tarpon. Fish in the 50-150 lb range. Anglers will also have plenty of shots at permit and bonefish. There is also the option of targeting baby tarpon in the 5-15lb range. Anglers are staying aboard the La Tortuga, which is a floating lodge in the Jardines de la Reina. These are a series of islands (keys) the size of the Florida Keys.



Tarpon of various sizes are available year round in the Jardines. Baby Tarpon (5-20lbs ) can be found in the mangroves and offer great sport on a 8 or 9wt and a saltwater popper. These fish are very acrobatic and generally eat anything put in front of their faces.

Migratory tarpon are available in the Jardines in May and June. Our trip June 17th-23rd lines up perfectly with the heart of the migration. These fish are the primary reason that we chose to host a trip in Cuba during this time frame. Migratory fish range in size from 50-150+ lbs. The majority of the fishing for these fish is done on flats with a mix of sand and turtle grass in less than 10 feet of water. These fish are hungry and eager as they do not see the same pressure as Florida Keys’ tarpon.


Permit will make you pull your hair out, try to put it back on your scalp, only to pull it out again. The cast and presentation must be perfect in order to get a permit to look at your fly...and then the fish has to choose to eat it! Nobody ever said permit fishing was easy, but when it all comes together, and you hook a powerful permit, it just might be the best feeling in fly fishing! Though not as plentiful as in other parts of Cuba, permit are available in the Jardines, so having a 10 weight with a crab pattern tied on will ensure that you are ready for action when they appear.


Bonefish are the bread and butter of flats fishing in the Caribbean. They are a great introduction to casting and presentation techniques required in the salt, and they pull hard when hooked. Bonefish numbers are very good in the Jardines, and these silver bullets offer a nice change of pace if you get tired of casting a 12 weight to larger fish.


The accommodations and cuisine are excellent, but what really sets this lodging option apart from others in Cuba and the Caribbean is the fishing program. Breakfast is at 7am and boats are ready to leave the La Tortuga by 7:45am. With endless flats close to the lodge, fishing is a quick boat ride away and it is possible to come back to the lodge for lunch. However, for those of you who want to FISH lunch can be packed in the morning and you can stay on the flats all day, an area the size of the Florida Keys is your playground! There is no restriction on the amount of fuel used each day, so longer runs to secret distant flats and cuts are always in the cards. Furthermore, the La Tortuga allows guided clients to fish late into the afternoon if they wish. Upon return to the lodge, Mojitos and appetizers will be waiting.

Though we have scheduled this trip to coincide with the tarpon migration, your guide is happy to chase whatever species you wish. If tailing bonefish and the sickle shaped dorsal fin of permit are what you love, your guide will structure the day around chasing these fish. Want to jump baby tarpon? Ask and you shall receive.


$6'100 All inclusive from Havana

Guests will stay two nights in Havana at a 5 star hotel as part of trip cost. Bar bill is also inclusive aboard the La Tortuga!!!


Contact the Shop as soon as possible to book your spot as they will fill fast:
Thank you to Jim Klug and the crew at Yellow Dog Fly Fishing for their assistance and photos