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Fly fishing, fly tying, fish stories, BBQ’s, lounging, cold libations, relaxing, rejuvenating, paddling, swimming, campfires, stargazing, good friends, and lazy, lazy dogs.
Cayo Frances Farm & Fly
Cayo Frances Farm & Fly is a remote, off the grid, fly-fishing and SUP camp and small farm on the leeward side of Ambergris Caye, Belize. One by no means however has to be a fly-fishing or paddle sports enthusiast to enjoy the camp. The camp is well suited and outfitted for any slightly adventurous folks looking for a place to relax and escape.
After teaching himself how to be a chef, running the business for a decade and experiencing more than he could have ever imagined, things… had changed. The small town of San Pedro had begun to grow up. Ten years on, sandy streets were now pavement, quiet bicycles were replaced by traffic and trucks and a business that started as an out of the way destination spot had become a busy bar. Time for a change of venue and change of pace. Thankfully, the ideal location was waiting. “The farm,” a small property way up north on the back of the island, had long served as a hideaway… A place to fish… A place to escape to. A place too special and unique not to share.
After 2 years of construction the first version of the “Camp” opened its doors. Over the first years of operation, the Camp hosted dozens of anglers from all over the world and all walks of life… and transformed into a place of friendship, tranquility, fish stories, cold drinks, late nights, early mornings and days surrounded by endless fishable waters.
Recently the Camp has undergone a makeover, both in operations – with Matt Pourbaix and Cooper Beckett coming onboard as co-owners, and infrastructure – with upgraded cabanas, docks, new boats, paddle craft, new partnerships and of course our new palapa bar! All of which have turned this off-grid hideaway into a unique lodge experience.
All of us here at CFF&F couldn’t imagine life without the Camp or the relationships it has helped forge. Come join us, share a drink, a fish story and experience the unique flats that surround us… but most importantly come make unforgettable memories here at CFF&F.
— Jeff Spiegel, Matt Pourbaix, Cooper Beckett, Jacob Shemper, Bill Happy, Bill Hespe, Cort Dehart
Accommodations at the Camp are simple, airy, and comfortable. We have two 1 bedroom cabanas, with two single beds each, and the Bote House cabana, which has two bedrooms each with a queen bed, lofted single bed, a living room & large veranda. All three cabanas have en suite bathrooms, showers with hot and cold water, fans, and verandas with Adirondack chairs for relaxing, reading, and BSing about your day’s catch!
Our main lodge building has a lounge area, fly tying bench with two vices, and an indoor dining area for days when the weather does not cooperate. Most days, dining, drinking, party games, and fish stories take place outside at our renovated palapa/bar area. We have a floating dock perfect for afternoon lounging or casting practice! Our waterfront fire pit features chairs for everyone and is perfect for stargazing and nightly campfires.
The Camp is run on solar with diesel backup. Water is a combination of rain catchment and water produced through desalination. Purified drinking water is provided. There is internet service at the Camp throughout the main lodge area as well as cell service.
BOTE House Belize is a custom built cottage on property at Cayo Frances Farm and Fly. Featuring two queen beds & two lofted single beds, one bathroom, a comfortable living room and large veranda, the BOTE House was constructed in the spirit of BOTE brand.
BOTE stand-up paddleboards are the perfect watercraft to explore and fly fish in the protected waters surrounding the camp. With an entire fleet of paddleboards available for use at Cayo Frances, you can see for yourself why the BOTE brand belongs in Belize.
Ask about the BOTE House when booking your stay at Cayo Frances Farm and Fly.
What to Bring
In short, bring as little as possible. You are not going to need a lot.
General Vacation Stuff
- Lightweight breathable shorts and shirts
- At least one or two lightweight LONG sleeve shirts for longer days in the boat/sun
- Good polarized glasses
- Flip flops
- Wading booties or boots
- A hat
- An extra hat
- A sun buff
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Lightweight breathable rain gear
- Bug spray
For Fly Gear
- Rods, 7 and/or 8 wt for bones, 9 and/or 10 wt for permit and 10 and/or 11 wt for tarpon
- Large arbor reels saltwater reels with a GOOD DRAG and floating line with 200 yards 20# backing (we oft over line our reels by +1 wt.) For tarpon, it’s nice to have a set up with an intermediate line for when you’re trying to quickly get the fly down a bit and 200 yards 30# backing.
- Saltwater tapered leaders of 9-12 feet
- Shock leaders for tarpon
- Tippet, 10lb, 15lb, 20lb for bones and permit
- Flies, all the usual suspects…