Stalking a Saltwater Trophy in Belize

TURNEFFE ATOLL, Belize — Less than 20 minutes from the dock at Turneffe Flats Lodge, my angling buddy Geoff Roach and I beheld a sight that would set any saltwater fly angler’s heart aflutter: the thin dorsal fins of a school of permit, slicing like a scythe through the clear Caribbean. Our guide, Michael Anderson, killed the motor, climbed onto his poling platform and began pushing us slowly toward the fish. Moving onto the skiff’s casting deck, I nervously peeled line off my reel and tried to steady my nerves.

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