When asked which bone fishing destinations in the world get our highest marks, no conversation is complete without mention of Chris Yrazabal’s operation in Los Roques. The reasons are many. The flats fishing is truly remarkable; the accommodations are exceedingly tasteful; and the guides and staff are as good as they get.
The Los Roques Archipelago is a 22 mile ring of small islands in the Caribbean Sea located 80 miles north of Caracas, Venezuela.
Itinerary Key Points (
Typical Daily Schedule):
7:00 AM: Anglers typically eat breakfast
7:30 AM: Depart for the flats
12:30-1:30 PM: Lunch will be served depending upon the fishing and angler needs.
4:00 PM: Anglers typically return to the lodge
5:30 PM: Hors d'oeuvres are served. Late afternoon naps fit well into the schedule.
7:30-8:00 PM: Dinner
Rods: For bonefish we recommend 9ft, 4 piece, fast action rods for 7 - 8 weight fly lines. For permit, tarpon, barracuda and jacks, 9wt -10wt is ideal.
Reel: High quality, fully anodized, machined saltwater reels are recommended. Bonefish reels should have at least 125 yards of 20 or 30 pound backing. Permit/tarpon reels should have at least 200 yards of 30 pound backing.
Lines: High quality, weight forward tropical floating lines are recommended for all species. Full sinking intermediate lines are optional and may be used for tarpon and jacks. 30ft - 300 grain – 500 grain sink-tips are also optional.
Leaders/Tippet (Bonefish): 9ft – 12ft foot long leaders tapered to 8-12 pound test tippet are common. In some cases even longer leaders are employed at Los Roques, especially on the "Pancake Flats”.