Lincoln Westby's Permit School

Blue Horizon is thrilled to announce our first ever Permit Fly Fishing School located minutes from the best saltwater flats in the world!  If you are an experienced angler, but are new to saltwater flats fishing or have the desire to gain more knowledge, this is a perfect opportunity for you.  Learn about fly fishing for the elusive permit from one of the best ever. Lincoln Westby has 43 years of experience as a fly fishing guide. Around the world, he's known as The Permit Master.

Lincoln Westby's Permit School is held from September 18-23 at IZE island resort, located on South Water Caye off the coast of Belize.

Here is what's included:

  • 5 nights accommodations at IZE island resort
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • One-on-one instruction from Blue Horizon guides, including Lincoln Westby
  • Six hours of classroom time with instruction on the flats in Belize, your targets, and mother nature's influences
  • Lectures and stories fr0m three guest speakers and Lincoln Westby
  • Two half day fly fishing excursions
  • Two full day fly fishing excursions
  • Casting and fly tying lessons
  • Does not include gratuity or tax

 

5 Night Package Rate: $3600.00(USD) per person

 

The cost for attending the Permit Fly Fishing School is $3600USD; this price includes accommodations, all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, permit fly fishing lessons, 3 full days and 2 half days guided, and boat transfer to and from IZE. Airfare, personal fishing gear/tackle, and gratuities are not included.

Lincoln Westby has a staggering amount of knowledge about guiding, the habitat, and the fish that he has come to master in his 40 plus years of guiding Belizean waters

Lincoln Westby has a staggering amount of knowledge about guiding, the habitat, and the fish that he has come to master in his 40 plus years of guiding Belizean waters

Special guest speaker Michael Steinberg from the University of Alabama will give an introduction to the Belize fisheries habitat mapping project

Special guest speaker Michael Steinberg from the University of Alabama will give an introduction to the Belize fisheries habitat mapping project

Frank Smethurst will lend participants his vast knowledge on saltwater flats fishing; plus we are sure to get a great story, or two

Frank Smethurst will lend participants his vast knowledge on saltwater flats fishing; plus we are sure to get a great story, or two

A special presentation from the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust on their new permit tagging program in Belize. Blue Horizon is proudly participating in the tagging of permit for research purposes.

A special presentation from the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust on their new permit tagging program in Belize. Blue Horizon is proudly participating in the tagging of permit for research purposes.

There is limited space so please RSVP no later than August 15th.

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Permit School Itinerary

Subject to change.

September 18th

  • Arrive into BZE-Belize International Airport
  • Connecting flight to Dangriga
  • Ground Transfer to Marina
  • Boat Transfer to IZE
  • Settle in to your accommodations
  • 5-7PM Meet and Great Happy Hour-Opening Ceremonies (Roster and Schedule for the week)

September 19th

  • Half Day Fly Fishing 6am-12 pm
  • Classroom Time 2-5pm
  • Dinner 6pm (Presentation Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Tagging Program)
  • Fly Tying Night- Knots and More

 

September 20th

  • Full Day Fly Fishing 6am-4pm
  • Dinner 6pm
  • “Campfire” Tales with Frank Smethhurst and Lincoln Westby

September 21st

  • Half Day Fly Fishing 6am-12pm
  • Classroom Time 2-5pm
  • Dinner 6pm (Presentation with Michael Steinberg)

September 22nd

  • Full Day 6am-4pm
  • Dinner 6pm (Weekly awards ceremony)
  • Tying Knots and More

September 23rd

  • Departure
 

Permit School Syllabus

Rods

  • Best action fly rods for Permit and why
  • Which size rod is best for the type of Permit you could encounter
  • A complete breakdown on how Fly Rods are made and the graphite they are made of, and how that makes a difference in Permit fishing
  • How to best travel with your fly rods
  • Which rods to bring on your saltwater flats trip and why

Reels

  • What reels are best for Permit and why
  • Weight of the reel
  • Drag of reel, and design of drag system
  • Large arbor advantages
  • Size of Reel

Backing

  • What size of backing is best
  • Colors of backing
  • Different kinds of backing and which is best

Fly Lines

  • Which fly lines are best for Permit
  • Learn about how much tapers of fly lines effect
  • Learn about the many different makers of fly lines and there differences
  • What kind of thoughts go into designing a Permit fly line
  • Cores of fly lines and there differences
  • Complete break down of every section of the fly line and its individual contribution to the cast, presentation, and fishability of the line

Leaders & Tippet

  • Types of mono that's best for flats fishing vs other types of fishing
  • Length and tapers of leaders-the less knots, the better
  • Why correctly constructed leaders are SO important to be successful
  • Learn the importance of leader length, and stiffness vs type of fly line you use, and length of front taper of fly line
  • Learn how to construct the leader for all possible situations

Knots

  • Complete breakdown of all the best knots
  • Learn to tie all the best knots yourself
  • Learn the best line to line knots
  • Learn the best loop knots (for tying on the fly)
  • What you can do to prevent knot breakage
  • What knots are best for fly line to backing, backing to reel, and fly line to leader

Flies

  • Extensive outlook on the action of a good fly
  • Learn the most important features and what to look for
  • Learn how important the design of a fly is and why
  • Learn how to tie some of the best proven patterns in the world (you will be able to tie them yourself if you wish)
  • Learn the many different materials and ideas on the market to help you design your own favorite fly

Casting

  • Complete basic to advanced level casting instruction
  • Hints and tricks on casting from a boat and wading
  • How to correctly cast and battle with the wind
  • Techniques on distance and short range casting
  • Effective fishing casts to help catch more fish
  • The importance of accuracy and loop control in presentations to Permit
  • Effective techniques to accuracy casting

Fly Presentation

  • Learn how and when to present the fly to Pemit in all weather conditions
  • How to chose the correct fly for the conditions that you have
  • Understand the difference in water depth and current when you present the fly

Habitat

  • Food that Permit eat and when
  • Territory that Permit live in and why
  • Tides and how water depth effects Permit fishing
  • Learn about the anatomy of the Permit and why this makes a difference in catching them
  • Spawning activities
  • Lifespan