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
Excellent
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Grand Cayman

Kind of a slow fishing time of the year, so have fun in the reef or in the harbor, but don’t expect the big fish this time of year. Still a blast with a Captain like C!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Kind of a slow fishing time of the year, so have fun in the reef or in the harbor, but don’t expect the big fish this time of year. Still a blast with a Captain like C!!
Jah Bless Charters
Jah Bless Charters
Be prepared to have to go through some choppy water to get to the leeward side of the island. Charters won’t go out if it is too rough but it can get bouncy on the windward side!
Very good
4.0 / 5
Be prepared to have to go through some choppy water to get to the leeward side of the island. Charters won’t go out if it is too rough but it can get bouncy on the windward side!
Jah Bless Charters
Jah Bless Charters
HIRE HIM, do not hesitate, he is AWESOME! You will truly enjoy your experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
HIRE HIM, do not hesitate, he is AWESOME! You will truly enjoy your experience.
Cayman Live Bait
Cayman Live Bait
You only have to travel 2 minutes to get to your deep sea action! Great views of the island while you are fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You only have to travel 2 minutes to get to your deep sea action! Great views of the island while you are fishing.
Reelistik Charters
Reelistik Charters
Weather was not cooperative, rough seas but Captain Bobby navigated to calmer seas for a enjoyable experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was not cooperative, rough seas but Captain Bobby navigated to calmer seas for a enjoyable experience.
Happy Day Charters
Happy Day Charters
I did wish we caught more and a variety, but that's how fishing is at times. We faired better than others that didn't catch anything at all. So overall it was a great day. I highly recommend Andrew and Y-Knot
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I did wish we caught more and a variety, but that's how fishing is at times. We faired better than others that didn't catch anything at all. So overall it was a great day. I highly recommend Andrew and Y-Knot
Y-Knot Charters – 29' intrepid
Y-Knot Charters – 29' intrepid
You can’t always expect to catch something but this crew knows the best places that will increase your odds
Excellent
4.7 / 5
You can’t always expect to catch something but this crew knows the best places that will increase your odds
Y-Knot Charters – 38’
Y-Knot Charters – 38’
Yes! This was our first time deep sea fishing and Captain Steve was great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes! This was our first time deep sea fishing and Captain Steve was great.
Reel Vibes Charters
Reel Vibes Charters
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.
Y-Knot Charters – 29' intrepid
Y-Knot Charters – 29' intrepid 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.
Cayman Live Bait
Cayman Live Bait 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.
Captain Jerry's Watersports
Captain Jerry's Watersports 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.
Infinity Private Charters – 33'
Infinity Private Charters – 33' 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.
Happy Day Charters
Happy Day Charters 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!
Jackson Watersports
Jackson Watersports 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.
Outcast Charters Cayman
Outcast Charters Cayman 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.
Outcast Charters Cayman
Outcast Charters Cayman 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
Reel Vibes Charters
Reel Vibes Charters 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.
Happy Day Charters
Happy Day Charters 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.
Jah Bless Charters
Jah Bless Charters 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:)
Reel Vibes Charters
Reel Vibes Charters Westerville, OH

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