The fish brought us here, the people inspired us to stay.
Fly Fish Guanaja is an all inclusive saltwater fly-fishing lodge on the island of Guanaja.
Permit, bonefish, tarpon, and many other species surround the perfect Caribbean island off the coast of Honduras.
Guides, cooks, captains, pilots, and more make up a legendary local island team that never changes, only grows. Like the permit fishery.
Since 2008 we’ve advocated for protection of the permit species through our guides and several local impact partners.The permit fishery is prolific.When the tide is good, and the sun is out, we are on permit, simple as that. And we are on permit without big running times, minutes between flats, and miles to choose from.
For the last 12 years, our guides have dedicated their lives to the behaviors of these fish.From poling, to wading, rigging, fly-tying, fly-selection, and ultimately teaching, our guides are competitive with anyone in the world, and can’t be touched in their own fishery.
These islanders have British history and English is their first language, allowing for deeper levels of understanding, deeper levels of teaching.
Each guide has a different style. Deron will calm you down, Rankin will get you pumped.They all are held to only one rule: rule #1:Have Fun.Guides throughout the Caribbean vary so much and it’s often a toss up whether your guide is skilled, and if he will be a jerk.Salt is salty enough to have a guide shaming you.It’s comforting for our guests to re-visit their guides each year, watch them grow, deepen friendships, and develop the custom communication required to hunt seamlessly, inevitably getting more and more productive, all requirements for permit fishing, if you take it seriously.
On the other hand, luck goes a long way.
Permit fishing is about opportunities, the more you get the better your chances.Guanaja is full of opportunities.
Guanaja holds similar saltwater fly-fishing to Mexico and Belize. What makes Guanaja unique is we usually are the only ones fishing there. Guanaja is a diverse Caribbean fishery surrounded by sand, turtle grass, and coral flats. Although we mainly hunt bonefish, permit, and tarpon–we fish for other species in different venues. We wade fish about 65 percent of the time and fish out of the boat the other 35 percent.
Every kind of bonefish scenario exists in Guanaja, from the skinny of skinniest flats to the deep mud holes.Guanaja bonefishing is as good as it gets.And no, not because we catch 20 bonefish a day, rather we have beautiful and quality bonefish, with dynamic opportunities.Bonefish surround the entire island of Guanaja, and schools around every flat, around every island.Terrain is extremely varied, white sand, turtle grass, coral, reef.The most obvious chances are the hardest ones, big schools feed on something very specific, while large singles eat anything that gets in their way.In short our bone fishing is interesting and rewarding.And don’t be scared, any angler can catch bonefish everyday, now how many . . . if that is a huge concern then we have the Faraway Cayes!90 minutes in a helicopter gets you to many big schools of big bonefish who eat anything.
If you haven’t been to Guanaja or the Faraway Cayes, Guanaja is a great introduction and precursor to the Faraway Cayes, almost should be a requirement.We spend 10 years in Guanaja planning our expansion outside the limits of known tourism.
Steve Brown – Owner
Steven Calaway Brown (Owner)
Steve Brown is a Colorado native and has been fly fishing most of his life. For the past fifteen years he has been guiding in Southeastern Colorado running three-day float trips in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River, and wade trips on the Dolores, San Miguel, and many others. Steve is also part owner of Emerald Waters Anglers Colorado running trips in the Roaring Fork Valley. Several journeys through Central America during off seasons led him to the Bay islands of Honduras, saltwater fly-fishing. He found expansive flats empty of any other fishers, yet full of fish: permit, bonefish, tarpon, and more. He first explored Utila, then Roatan, and finally Guanaja–the crown jewel of them all. Guanaja was always hard to get to, until it all came together. Steve’s dreams of starting a small, sustainable fly-fishing lodge came to fruition in the Spring of 2008. 15 years of guiding in Colorado gifted Steve with top-shelf clients/friends who are now experiencing the dream in Guanaja. Steve also earned a Masters in English at Colorado State University. He created and taught writing courses at Colorado College including: River-related Literature and Writing through Fly-fishing, Boating, and Back-packing Summers of 2003-2006 and Reading and Writing Rivers and Oceans of Honduras: River and ocean-related literature through salt-water fly-fishing, sailing, snorkeling, and sea-kayaking. Summer of 2007. Steve has a deep rooted passion for fly fishing and conservation and developed Guanaja’s Sustainable Development Project with students and volunteers within the communities of Guanaja, a program which has also been running for the past 7 years.
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Beckie has always lived a life of adventure and is passionate about living a healthy life and sharing the fly fishing lifestyle with family, friends and her clients. Her commitment to conservation and education is unmatched. Fly fishing is Beckie’s passion, hobby, and her work. The ability to share the sport of fly fishing is what fuels her soul. Beckie has been featured in numerous magazines, fly fishing videos, and TV shows, but it is the deep connection to water that keeps her grounded.
She was a fly fishing guide in the Elk Valley, BC for over a decade, owning and operating her fly fishing company – Fernie Fly Fishing. She recently retired from her career in Canada to work full time with Fish For Change and Fly Fish Guanaja