Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip with Gallatin River Guides

Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip with Gallatin River Guides

Gallatin River Guides 2018 Tarpon Caye Hosted Trip by Big Sky Montana fly fishing shop

Casting Call! Anglers Wanted. 


Destination: Tarpon Caye Lodge (pronounced “key”) in southern Belize


Dates: Arrive Belize Monday, October 29. Depart Belize Monday, November 5.


Tarpon Caye Lodge is about 6 miles off the Belizean mainland from Placencia.


It is an ideal place for anglers making their first saltwater fly fishing experience—ample bonefish, plenty of pesky permit, and potential for resident tarpon. The fishing is a mix of walking and wading shallow flats and fishing from the bow of a flats boat.



Below are costs, travel details, gear details, as well as deposit info, cancellation policy, and trip insurance information. It is important to read all of the information here before committing to a deposit.


Feel free to reach out to Pat Straub at Gallatin River Guides with any questions. Additionally, Jimmy (General Manager at Gallatin River Guides) and Shane (Assistant Manager at Gallatin River Guides) have experience in Belize as well.


Tarpon Caye Fishing and Lodging Package. 7 nights and 6 days of guided fishing.


$2,500 per person. Inclusions below.


What’s Included in the $2,500 price


Ground transfers from Placencia airstrip to transport boat and return

Boat transfer to Tarpon Caye from Placencia and return

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (packed lunch on boat - upon request sodas, bottled drinking water, fresh juice.

Beverages (sodas, juices and bottled water)

Local rum

Accommodations: private cabin, double occupancy

Daily Housekeeping

Guided Fishing, two per boat: guide, boat, fuel

Complimentary use of snorkel gear and kayaks

Wi-Fi internet



What’s Not Included in the $2,500 price


Domestic flight from Belize City International Airport (BZE) to Placencia: approx. $230-$250 round trip. Tarpon Caye Lodge will arrange and we pay individually upon arrival at BZE.


Tips to guide and staff: Approx. $500. Cash is preferred and easiest for all.


Fishing license (paid for while in Belize): $30.


Belize Departure Tax. Most often included in ticket or paid at the airport, typically about $40. 


Fishing gear and tackle package supplied by Gallatin River Guides (GRG): $50 per person. See below for more information on this optional service provided by GRG.


Beer or Liquor


Travel Plans and International Airfare Costs


Flights and costs run the gamut. International flights to Belize City's Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Newark, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize are American, Delta, United, US Air, and Taca.


Once arriving at BZE, you will then take a domestic flight on Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. The thirty minute flight runs regularly. The domestic flights fly often and it is a simple process to get through customs and to the domestic flight departure area.


Documents Required


All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas.


Fishing gear and tackle package supplied by Gallatin River Guides:


Trip leader Pat Straub, owner of Gallatin River Guides, has been to Belize many times. If desired, GRG will provide the necessary fishing gear and tackle for six days of saltwater flats fly fishing for bonefish, permit, and tarpon. Required rods and reels will be one 7 or 8 weight rod and reel per person for bonefish; one 9 or 10 weight rod and reel per angling pair (boat) for permit; and one 11 or 12 weight rod and reel per angling pair (boat) for tarpon. Tackle requirements required will be a various selection of leaders and tippets. Flies required will be varied.


For $50 per person, GRG will provide these items and transport them to Tarpon Caye Lodge. This will be collected when the final balance is collected.


Not included in the $50 will be fishing packs (that can be purchased through GRG for a discount), flats wading boots (that can be purchased through GRG for a discount), and other personal gear such as nippers, hemostats/pliers, hats, glasses, etc. Wading boots are highly suggested—coral and urchins aren’t forgiving. Contact GRG for more information on the various options for flats wading boots.


For any other gear questions, please contact Gallatin River Guides. Jimmy, Pat, or Shane can assist with any questions and help you purchase what you may need.


Deposit Payment and Cancellation Policies


It is important to read and understand the deposit and cancellation policy. Receipt of deposit means you understand and accept the cancellation policy.


A 50% deposit of $1,250 is required to reserve your spot.


You can pay via check to Gallatin River Guides, PO Box 160212, Big Sky, MT 59716 or by calling Gallatin River Guides with a credit card at 406-995-2290. Be sure to reference “Tarpon Caye Fall Trip” when making your payment. A deposit receipt will be emailed to you.


The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to the start of the trip. For the Tarpon Caye Fall Trip that will be: July 29th, 2018. We will reach out to at that time to remind you of final balance payment.


Cancellation Policy:


All cancellations must be given in writing/email to Gallatin River Guides. Upon cancellation, Gallatin River Guides will assess a $100.00 handling fee to all deposits and payments received.


90 days prior to start of trip: 90% refund less handling fee. The remaining 10% can be applied to a future trip booked within one year.


31-90 days prior to start of trip: 50% refund less handling fee. The remaining 50% can be applied to a future trip booked within one year.


30 days or less prior to start of trip: No refund or credit will be given.


Trip Insurance Information


For any trip, travel insurance is highly recommended. Here are some options to consider. Whether you choose travel insurance or not is up to you. Do your own research and make the decision that is best for you.


Travelex:  Travelex is a traditional travel insurance company that provides everything from a flight interruption, to trip cancellation and medical evacuation coverage. If you are traveling with us we find their Travel Select Insurance meets most of our customer’s criteria.  However, it is important to note that just like any insurance policy it is critical to know and understand what you are purchasing and that in emergencies you will often need to pay for services and then submit claims to the insurance company.


Global Rescue:  When it comes to medical evacuation Global Rescue is the absolute best option out there.  Global Rescue is a membership as opposed to insurance so in the case of an emergency they manage the situation and take care of associated costs along the way.  They offer two main plans. Travel: Travel Memberships provide medical, security, evacuation, field rescue and intelligence services for travelers more than 100 miles from home. Total Care:  Total Care memberships provide 24/7 access to world-class virtual healthcare, including urgent and specialty consults. This membership includes all of the features of Travel Membership.


Global Rescue Travel Insurance:  Global rescue is now in the travel insurance business. They have partnered with IMG to create Global Rescue Signature Travel Insurance.  When you purchase a Global Rescue Membership you will automatically be asked if you would like to add on Travel Insurance.  


Which one is right for you?  There are a number of factors to consider but the very most important is the relative remoteness and logistical difficulty of where you are traveling.  If you are traveling to an extremely remote destination, purchasing Global Rescue Travel at a bare minimum might be a good idea.  If you are traveling to a remote destination and know you have a tight travel schedule that could mean missing a charter, or if you or someone in your family has a medical condition that could prevent you from traveling we would recommend adding their signature insurance.


If you are traveling to a destination that is relatively easy to get to but you or someone in your family has a medical condition that could prevent you from traveling we would strongly recommend purchasing Travelex Insurance. Additional reasons to purchase Travelex are: trip delay’s, lost or delayed baggage, emergency medical expenses, and travel assistance & concierge serves. 


Please note:  Insurance must be purchased within 20 days of initial trip deposit to cover pre-existing medical conditions.  No matter what coverage we encourage you to ask the insurer questions and/or read the fine print so that there are no surprises about what is covered in your policy and what the reimbursement rates are.




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