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The Fly Fishing Nation has been posted outstanding salty fly fishing content from Cuba. Now a new video with an impressive feat (two permit in fifteen minutes).
From the Fly Fishing Nation:
“It was Paulo’s second day on the flats. Just 24 before these two shots he had just lost his bonefish virginity.
Stephan decided to take him along for a day of Permit hunting which seemed to be addictive enough to lure Stephan into the monotony of wading, stalking and looking all week for a handfull of chances. After the first tailing fish spooked, it became evident to Paulo that they are not as easy as they seem… till all planets aligned and Stephan managed to hook and land two smaller Permit within 15minutes infront of Paulo’s camera.”
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More on this destination:
Just 90 miles off the coast of the United States, Cuba offers the flats fly fishing that anglers dream of. Fly fishing in Cuba is similar in many ways to the nearby Florida Keys. Bonefish, tarpon (and big ones at that), and permit are generally among the primary targets, but unlike the Keys, the salty critters of Cuba have seen a lot less pressure, thereby making Cuba a great place for grand slam (and even super slam) chasing. In addition to these three species, anglers also have access to snook, snapper, sharks, and barracuda, among other targets.
While anglers have accessed Cuba from all over the world for some time, access has been trickier for U.S. anglers, as the embargo and related travel restrictions have deterred anglers. In addition, the embargo’s effect on airline access from the U.S. has complicated things. Of course, with the recently announced “new course” on relations with Cuba, there are hopes fewer hiccups. But until then, U.S. anglers might still opt to seek the assistance of fly fishing travel agencies that make arrangements to overcome visa and other obstacles.
The changing relations between the United States and Cuba will certainly impact fly fishing there. While it is expected that the 1950s feel of Cuba will change with relaxed trade regulations, the angling will also change with the anticipated flood of anglers coming in. More pressure will change the fishery, but more fly fishing aficionados from the U.S. might also bring more opportunities via expatriate guides and new lodges.