What type of Tackle, Flies, and Gear do I need for Fly Fishing in Cozumel?

We provide you with all Fly Fishing and Spin Fishing Tackle you ́ll need to fish the flats of Cozumel. We know our game so well that we even make some of our custom flies and will share them with our customers.

However, if you prefer to bring your tackle, we'll help get set up right to cast the flats of Cozumel.

Cozumel flats, oceanside flats, and sandbanks located on the north.west side of the Island offer a beautiful variety of saltwater species, amongst the famous and elusive bonefish. Perhaps, Cozumel flats are the best place around the Yucatan Peninsula to pursue a Bonefish, small tarpon or snook on the fly in the same day.

Add a permit, which is entirely possible, and you are having just an excellent fishing day. In addition to this four species, the flats have Barracudas, Jacks, small sharks, triggerfish, and you want to prepare for all of them.

We know you have been out there before, but here is a list of essential Gear we recommend you to bring along:

  • Polarized sunglasses (we use Costa ́s).

  • Long sleeve shirt (bring the good one, you are on vacation).

  • Long pants.

  • Wading boots.

  • Fishing hat w/sun protection for the neck (our Guides wear a Gone Fishin baseball cap).

  • Sunblock 30+. (We have alligator skin, so we stopped using it).

As for the Tackle, below there's a suggested list for both Fly Fishing and Spin Tackle sorted by target species.

What is the best Fly Fishing Flats Tackle?

Bonefish Tackle

  • Fast action fly rod, 9ft, for a 7- 8 weight.

  • Salt water reel capable of holding at least 150 yards of 20 lb. backing.

  • Fly-line: weight forward, saltwater taper, floating.

  • 12 ft leaders 8-or 12-lb. clear mono.

  • Tippet material 8-12 lb. Fluoro-Carbon.

Bonefish flies

  • Crazy Charlie type (pink, white, tan, rootbeer) #6 - #8.

  • Gotcha #6 - #8.

  • Pink Puff #6 - #8.

  • Snapping Shrimp w/o eyes #6 - #8.

Note: We have our own custom made Flies that will gladly share with you.

Permit Tackle

  • Fast action, graphite fly rod 9 ft. for a 8-10 weight.

  • Saltwater large arbor reel with at least a 150 yards of 20-30 lb. backing.

  • Fly Line: Weight forward saltwater tapered floating line.

  • 12 - 15 ft. leaders 12-15 lb. mono

  • Tippet material 12-15 lb. Fluoro-Carbon

Permit Flies

  • Raghead Style #2- #6 (tan, olive, white).

  • Del’s #2 -#4 (tan/brown, white/tan) light, medium, and heavy.

Tarpon Tackle

  • Graphite fly rod 8-10 weight (same as permit).

  • Saltwater, large arbor reel.

  • 150 yards of 20-30 lb. backing.

  • Weight forward saltwater taper line.

  • 9-ft. leader 10-15 lb. class tippet.

  • 30-50 lb. shock tippet.

Tarpon Flies

  • Cockroach #2-1/0.

  • Seaducer #2 –1/0.

  • opper (medium size in white)#2-1/0.

Snook Tackle

  • Fast action fly rod, 9 ft, for a 7- 8 weight.

  • Salt water reel capable of holding at least 150 yards of 20 lb. backing.

  • Shock tippet 20 to 30 lb. mono.

Snook Flies

  • Seaducer #1 & 1/0 (red/yellow/grizzly, white/red).

  • Saltwater poppers (white, white/red).

Barracuda Tackle

  • Fast action, graphite fly rod 9 ft. for a 8-10 weight.

  • Saltwater large arbor reel with at least a 150 yards of 20-30 lb. backing.

  • 9-ft. clear mono leader.

  • Shock tippet (6 inch. of 20 - 30lb. wire section).

Barracuda Flies

  • Long, slim ‘Cuda Flies (chartreuse w/double or single hook).

  • Poppers

What type of Spin Fishing Tackle do I need?

Bonefish Tackle

  • Rod at least 7-ft. length, medium-light action.

  • Reel capable of holding 200 yards of 6-10 lb.

  • Clear mono.

Bonefish Lures

  • 1/8,1/4 oz. Jig heads (white, pink, tan, olive, chartreuse).

  • Wiggle jigs (PSW9601, 9602,9603.).

  • Johnson Silver Minnow 1/8,1/4 oz.

Permit Tackle

  • Rod 7ft. - 9 ft. length

  • Reel capable of holding 250 yards of 10 - 15 lb. clear mono.

Permite Lures

  • Assorted jig tails (tan/white).

  • Permit flies (with split shot).

  • Epoxy flies (white, tan, brown).

Tarpon Tackle

  • Rod 6ft. - 7ft length.

  • Reel capable of holding 250-300 yards of 15-20 lb. clear mono.

  • Shock leader (30-40 lb. mono).

Tarpon Lures

  • Mirrolures.

  • 1 oz. White jigs.

  • 3” floaters divers.

  • Rapalas (CD14’s) in bright colors.

  • Bombers in bright colors.

Snook Tackle

  • Rod at least 7-ft. length, medium-light action.

  • Reel capable of holding 200 yards of 6-10 lb. clear mono.

  • Shock leader (30-40-lb. mono).

Snook Lures

  • Bomber 600 & model A, in green

  • Small bucktail jigs w/jelly tails

  • Grub tails 3”

  • Multicolored Rat-L-Traps

  • Mirrolures (shallow runners or floaters)

  • Creek Chub Darters

  • Poppers, Chuggers

  • Zara Spooks

Barracuda Tackle

  • Rod at least 7-ft. length, medium-light action.

  • Reel capable of holding 200 yards of 6-10 lb. clear mono.

  • Steelon leader (15-30 lb.).

Barracuda Lures

  • Tube lures (yellow, red, and chartreuse)

  • Shallow running spoons.

We hope you find this information helpful.