Grand Cayman Fly Fishing Charters

Grand Cayman Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Grand Cayman

Fly Fishing in Grand Cayman

Avid fly fishermen will find no shortage of opportunities in Grand Cayman. Flats, backwaters, and canals are home to some of this sport’s most prestigious species, including Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit — the iconic “grand slam.” You can enjoy fly fishing Grand Cayman anytime of year, on the water and on shore.

What to Catch and When to Target it

Bonefish is perhaps the best species to target on fly in Grand Cayman. Fishing the flats for this coveted catch is excellent, especially in spring and fall. Bonefish here tend to reach an average of 3-5 lbs (sometimes 8 or 9 lbs!) and they are not as easily spooked as you might think. Tarpon is also prevalent, with many juveniles in the 2-15 lbs range swimming in the island’s canals and backwaters. Late summer is generally the best time to target Tarpon, along with Snook.

Your chances of catching Barracuda and Jacks are excellent year-round. You can catch Triggerfish and Mutton Snapper on fly, as well. The best time to target Snapper inshore is in winter and spring. Permit have been overfished in Grand Cayman and are not as prevalent as they used to be. However, you may still have luck fishing for them in spring and summer. You can hope to catch Permit as a pleasant surprise rather than a sure bet.

How to Fish

There are many different ways to go about fly fishing Grand Cayman. Fishing the flats by boat usually requires a skiff, but you can also access these waters easily by foot. Over 30 miles of shoreline flats and the island’s famous Seven Mile Beach provide ample opportunity to cast lines from land. Some Grand Cayman fishing charters include guided wade fishing or shore fishing.

If you do not plan to fish by boat, renting a car is recommended so you can move about the island easily when you are ready to try a new spot. Some places locals recommend are Prospect Point, East End, West Bay, North Coast, Frank Sound, Rum Point, and Cayman Kai. Anglers usually need to provide their own gear when fly fishing in Grand Cayman.

Fly fishing for Bonefish in Grand Cayman calls for lightly weighted flies and long leaders that turn over gently. Standard Bonefish flies are too heavy and will get lost in the thick grass blanketing the flats. Implementing weed guards is also crucial. You can target Bonefish on the flats when the tide floods the shallows and these fish move inshore to feed. This presents the opportune moment for a gentle, accurate cast, which should land directly in front of the fish.

Juvenile Tarpon in the canals and backwaters of Grand Cayman are also very receptive to fly fishing. Chugging a popper or bass-bug along the surface is very likely to get their attention. These fish are hard-fighting, so a bite tippet of about one foot (or more) of 25 lb fluorocarbon is recommended. 

While targeting Barracuda, using a wire bite-tippet is recommended, or else you can end up losing a lot of lures. Long tube-flies with a stinger hook on a 10-weight will help you land this tough fighter on fly. Some consider a Cuda-Tube (orange or green) to be the weapon of choice. On the other hand, you can target Jacks using virtually any lure or fly, so long as you choose something flashy and implement a quick retrieval.

Grand Cayman
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Grand Cayman

We were lucky. The previous two days were bad for fishing. Summertime (off-season) isn’t the best time for fishing. You will have to be patient and hope that you have a great Captain like Andrew that just has that instinct to find them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were lucky. The previous two days were bad for fishing. Summertime (off-season) isn’t the best time for fishing. You will have to be patient and hope that you have a great Captain like Andrew that just has that instinct to find them.
Jacob  J.
Jacob J. Roanoke, IN
July is a bit slower fishing, so I'd research the best time of year to fish for a better bite. Be prepared with your own snacks if you are particular, and definitely bring a UV dri-fit fishing shirt and a hat to protect you from the sun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
July is a bit slower fishing, so I'd research the best time of year to fish for a better bite. Be prepared with your own snacks if you are particular, and definitely bring a UV dri-fit fishing shirt and a hat to protect you from the sun.
Ryan  W.
Ryan W. Franklin, TN
In July- it was pretty hot, I suggest a boat with cover/shade. Most of the ride was calm but getting around the point had about 15 mins of rough waters- so if you get sickness- take Dramamine!! If taking kids- lots of suncreen and try to find a boat with a bathroom and shade because the slow ride out can get brutal from the sun. Overall- fishing was fun and got some good fish which we could recognize from prior snorkeling in the area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
In July- it was pretty hot, I suggest a boat with cover/shade. Most of the ride was calm but getting around the point had about 15 mins of rough waters- so if you get sickness- take Dramamine!! If taking kids- lots of suncreen and try to find a boat with a bathroom and shade because the slow ride out can get brutal from the sun. Overall- fishing was fun and got some good fish which we could recognize from prior snorkeling in the area.
Matt  H.
Matt H. Round Rock, TX
Captain Cody recommended November through March as the best fishing times. However, for July we did extremely well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Cody recommended November through March as the best fishing times. However, for July we did extremely well.
David  M.
David M. Mount Pleasant, TX
Fishing in the caymans is terrific from the standpoint of you drop from 15ft to 1000ft in just a few minutes. You don’t travel far to get on large pelagic sea creatures.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in the caymans is terrific from the standpoint of you drop from 15ft to 1000ft in just a few minutes. You don’t travel far to get on large pelagic sea creatures.
Jasen  W.
Jasen W. Atlanta, GA
A little slow this time of year inshore but everyday day is different so take a chance and go! If nothing else, the water is beautiful and the company is great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A little slow this time of year inshore but everyday day is different so take a chance and go! If nothing else, the water is beautiful and the company is great!
Lois  W.
Lois W. West Jefferson, NC
Just understand the weather doesn’t always cooperate. The chef at Tukka knows what he’s doing and you won’t be disappointed in the meal he prepares with your catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just understand the weather doesn’t always cooperate. The chef at Tukka knows what he’s doing and you won’t be disappointed in the meal he prepares with your catch.
Rich  R.
Rich R. Cypress, TX
May is a good month for fishing. The boat is comfortable with plenty of shade. Kids like to feed tarpon at the dock where the fish are cleaned. Sharks come in also. Good restaurants near the dock area. Finish a day of fishing with a good meal. Very accessible from the seven mile beach area.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
May is a good month for fishing. The boat is comfortable with plenty of shade. Kids like to feed tarpon at the dock where the fish are cleaned. Sharks come in also. Good restaurants near the dock area. Finish a day of fishing with a good meal. Very accessible from the seven mile beach area.
Elizabeth  R.
Elizabeth R. Durham, North Carolina
Be sure to clarify exactly what to do when you get a fish on in terms of setting the hook and adjusting the real
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to clarify exactly what to do when you get a fish on in terms of setting the hook and adjusting the real
Joe  K.
Joe K. George Town
A half day reef fishing trip is a great way to start. It’s not very far from shore and the water is beautiful. You’ll catch fish and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A half day reef fishing trip is a great way to start. It’s not very far from shore and the water is beautiful. You’ll catch fish and have fun.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Union City, New Jersey
Be prepared for active seas and if you get sick put your patch on in advance and take your meds in advance as we did and you will be good.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for active seas and if you get sick put your patch on in advance and take your meds in advance as we did and you will be good.
Trebor  S.
Trebor S. LaPlace, LA
Check out the winds and water conditions for deep sea if you get sea sick at all:)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out the winds and water conditions for deep sea if you get sea sick at all:)
Joe  T.
Joe T. Westerville, OH
We didn’t catch the fish we hoped to but it is called “fishing” not catching!!! Not the captain and crews fault, just reality!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
We didn’t catch the fish we hoped to but it is called “fishing” not catching!!! Not the captain and crews fault, just reality!
Gracie  P.
Gracie P. George Town
Told the captain we had young kids, so catching a good amount of fish was the goal more than keepers. Mission accomplished, plus the boat ride was fun and fast.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Told the captain we had young kids, so catching a good amount of fish was the goal more than keepers. Mission accomplished, plus the boat ride was fun and fast.
John  C.
John C. Northbrook, IL
Lots of options; deep drop, reef, or blue water. Grand Cayman is unique in that it has access to the deepest water in the Caribbiean. Try to hit the tuna bite earlier than July to give you the best options for a big catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lots of options; deep drop, reef, or blue water. Grand Cayman is unique in that it has access to the deepest water in the Caribbiean. Try to hit the tuna bite earlier than July to give you the best options for a big catch.
Lyles  B.
Lyles B. Winder, GA
Put sunscreen on before you get in the boat and dont forget your legs. Water can get rough farther out so take the less drowsy dramamine.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Put sunscreen on before you get in the boat and dont forget your legs. Water can get rough farther out so take the less drowsy dramamine.
Stacy  W.
Stacy W. Van Buren, AR
Beautiful weather! A bit rocky on the boat but with a little patience you will catch more fish than you expect!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Beautiful weather! A bit rocky on the boat but with a little patience you will catch more fish than you expect!
Gregg  C.
Gregg C. George Town
This year was better than expected. Many Wahoo were late to leave this year; making the trip that much more exciting :)
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This year was better than expected. Many Wahoo were late to leave this year; making the trip that much more exciting :)
Mike  P.
Mike P. George Town
Reef fishing is spectacular in Grand Cayman and you are all but assured bent rods and good eating. Mix that in with a trip to stingray city or snorkeling and it will make for an awesome day. We opted for an offshore trip and had a GREAT time. "Gunner" is an extremely well-equipped boat with the best tackle money can but (rare for a charter boat) with a top-notch crew that is both knowledgeable enough to impress an experienced angler and very kid-friendly. It is tough to find both.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reef fishing is spectacular in Grand Cayman and you are all but assured bent rods and good eating. Mix that in with a trip to stingray city or snorkeling and it will make for an awesome day. We opted for an offshore trip and had a GREAT time. "Gunner" is an extremely well-equipped boat with the best tackle money can but (rare for a charter boat) with a top-notch crew that is both knowledgeable enough to impress an experienced angler and very kid-friendly. It is tough to find both.
Joseph  M.
Joseph M. George Town
Take a keen look at the winds and weather. Unusually strong winds of 20 knots prevented us from deep sea fishing, but nonetheless, had a great day of reef fishing with a good variety of fishing options... along with a final pull of a barracuda as we trolled back to harbor.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a keen look at the winds and weather. Unusually strong winds of 20 knots prevented us from deep sea fishing, but nonetheless, had a great day of reef fishing with a good variety of fishing options... along with a final pull of a barracuda as we trolled back to harbor.
Hunter  K.
Hunter K. Cayman Islands

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