Dreaming of fly-fishing in the Caribbean? Here’s what you need to know

For winter-weary Canadians, the Caribbean conjures up visions of azure waters, warm breezes and lazy days on the beach. For fly anglers, it means something different: thrilling action for exotic, plentiful and mind-bendingly powerful fish. What’s more, both the islands and the mainland cater to fly anglers, offering accommodations and professional guide services, along with smooth travel connections.

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Still, the switch to saltwater can be jarring. The heat is punishing, the fish behave oddly, the tactics are unfamiliar, and the casting conditions range from tricky to extremely challenging. To up your odds of success, it’s important to understand what you’re getting into. If you’re ready to dip your toe into tropical fly fishing, here are some tips about where to go, what to expect and how to prepare…