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.

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Reviews of Fishing in Fly Fishing in Grand Cayman

Full Day with Real Esea
Gracie P. fished with ReelEsea Charters on February 10, 2020
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We didn’t catch the fish we hoped to but it is called “fishing” not catching!!! Not the captain and crews fault, just reality!
2 hour trip
John C. fished with Stress Relief Charters – Dusky on December 8, 2019
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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.
July fishing trip
John M. fished with Stress Relief Charters – Dusky on July 31, 2019
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I would make sure the boat has live bait.
Full day trip to the Caymen Bank
Lyles B. fished with ReelEsea Charters on July 24, 2019
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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.
Fishing with Daniel
Harry G. fished with Outcast Charters Cayman on July 2, 2019
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Put a variety of bait and lures, see what they are hitting and work those.
Half Day Reef Fishing with Captain Stephen
Yvette M. fished with Reel Vibes Charters on June 14, 2019
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Be patient but the captain will find the fish.
Most knowledgeable captain!
Stacy W. fished with Captain Asley’s Watersports on May 26, 2019
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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.
Full day trip with Captain Nick on the GUNNER
Patrick P. fished with Get Bent Charters on May 23, 2019
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Do arm workout the week proceeding...especially the fore arms

Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Grand Cayman