Cuba – Cayo Cruz Hosted Trip Report 2017:
“Cuba – Cayo Cruz Hosted Trip Report 2017: It sounded too good to be true. A remote fishery located off the northern coast of Cuba that has only been open for three years! Cuba has always held the interest of American fly anglers; not only for it’s low pressured and pristine flats but for its limited allowed entry for Americans. To sum it up, Cuba offers an incredible opportunity for fly anglers to experience culture, art, music, amazing food and fantastic flats fly fishing opportunities in one complete package!
Our trip started in Havana, Cuba’s largest city and central gathering point. As a melting pot of almost a five hundred year existence, Havana offers some of the most diverse styles of architecture, art, food and a history that includes famous revolutions, writers and dictators! No trip to Havana, Cuba is complete without a walk down the famous Malecon while watching the sunset with a Cohiba Cigar and Cuban Rum Mojito!
A day is needed to get from Havana to the north shore of the eastern province of Camaguey, where Cayo Cruz is located. We were greeted by the Avalon team and shuttled to our new home for the week, the Avalon I! The Avalon Fleet I is a luxury yacht/mothership complete with private cabins and bathrooms, a hot tub and combination open air lounge/dining room/bar area with amazing Cuban gastronomy!
The Cayo Cruz fishery is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems we’ve ever fished. Days were spent targeting a multitude of different fish species. Whether you wanted to look for Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon or Mutton Snapper; they were there! Low tide periods allowed anglers to wade and fish the vast white sand flats for Bonefish that averaged 4lbs. Anglers get landed bonefish that pushed the 8 – 10 lb mark! While we had some challenging weather and wind, the diversity of fishing kept all the anglers out on the water with plenty of stories to tell when arriving back to the Avalon I mothership for the evening.
If you are an angler that enjoys diverse saltwater fly fishing options in a pristine ecosystems while experiencing the history and a eclectic cultural mix not found anywhere else in the world, Cuba is the place to be. Cayo Cruz is only one of the six locations offered by Avalon Cuban Centers, thus the possibilities are endless! Be sure to check out our next hosted trip to Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina in February of 2018! More information is listed below!”
-WCA Vice President Mike Dawkins
2018 Trip Dates:
February 17th – 24th, 2018 (Spaces Available)
Host: WCA Vice President Mike Dawkins and WCA Head Guide Vance Freed
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Hosted by WCA Vice President Mike Dawkins and WCA Head Guide Vance Freed: