My wife and I traveled to the Bay Islands of Honduras to celebrate our 5 year anniversary this past May. We stayed at the Mango Creek Lodge in Roatan, and Graham's Place off Guanaja. I was able to fish with a guide for a couple days, as well as plenty of sunrise and sunset DIY wading. It was the most technical and challenging, yet rewarding fly fishing I have experienced. The bones were finicky eaters, and on the rare occasion that I was able to convince one to eat, a break-off was likely, with coral boulder fields to wrap your fly line and leader. I managed 5 bonefish landed during the trip, and lost a few heartbreakers. However, my focus was chasing Permit, and after 6 six legit shots and three follows during the week, I finally accomplished the goal and got my first Permit. He wasn't big by Permit standards, only about 7lbs, but he took me deep into my backing on my 10wt, and landing the fish was the pinnacle of the trip.
Thanks to Terry, Patrice, Kessel and all the Mango Creek Staff, Graham & his staff, Cassidy, everyone at Yellowdog Fly Fishing, Doug McKnight for the Permit recon and the Danger Muffin recipe, and my patient non-angling wife for putting up with all the fishing and for helping to capture it on film. Enjoy.
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