I ran across this excellent travel blog, Pebble Pedalers, written by two young men as they rode their bikes, self-supported, 17,000 miles  through 15 countries—from Prudhoe Bay, the northernmost point accessible by road in Alaska, to Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of Argentina. But it seems they did a lot of fly fishing along the way, especially when they got to Belize.

If you love fly fishing, you’ll want to read their first-hand account of fishing on the reef in Belize (the section on Belize starts half-way down the page at the section titled Tarpon Caye Lodge. Here’s a sample about their pursuit of their most difficult prey, the permit:

“Casting to permit is like taking a freethrow to win the game with one second on the clock. The pressure is always on, you have one shot and if you miss your chance you replay the scenario over in your head a thousand times. God it is addicting.”

We have a resident very-hard-to-catch permit that we see snorkeling near our island all of the time. Fishermen go crazy trying to catch him… well, on one of the last trips of the season Jeff Griswold of North Bend, Washington caught him and he’s got photos to prove it! Jeff came in December of 2010 on our Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef trip, and then came back again 5 months later. I guess that permit just swimming around loose was bugging him! It’s catch-and-release only at the Glover’s Reef National Marine Reserve, so he’s still there swimming around if any of you want to try your hand at him.

Fishing for permit in Belize

Permit fishing in Belize