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Montana River Outfitters Belize Adventure – 2017

Join Montana River Outfitters for an exciting Fly Fishing and Multi-Sport Adventure in Belize in Spring of 2017.  Montana River Outfitters has teamed up with Island Expeditions to offer a first of its kind multi-sport island and mainland trip with a fishing option. Enjoy a Rainforest cave float, nocturnal zoo tour, then out to the island Basecamp and white sand cayes of Glover’s Atoll for fly fishing and multi-sport adventures.  The March 26, Belize trip is a perfect trip for couples, families, or individuals.  Our goal is to allow you to choose between a classic Belizian multi-sport experience or add on the fly fishing option which allows you to enjoy 4 plus days of fly fishing as well as all the multi-sport activities of the classic trip.  The trip is designed to allow each individual the choice of adding the fly fishing option.
To book a trip, please call 1.800.800.8218 or 1.406.761.1677 or CLICK HERE.


Montana River Outfitters Fly fishing and Multi-sport Trip

This special custom trip adds a fishing focus to the snorkeling, sea kayaking and paddle boarding activities of the Glover’s Reef itinerary. Our Base-camp location on the southern edge of Glover’s Reef Atoll within a protected atoll lagoon has miles of untouched reef flats for fly fishermen to target bonefish, snapper and jacks… for those with heavier gear this area is also notorious for huge tarpon. We will have a dedicated fly fishing guide and flats skiff available during the reef portion of the trip. Alongside the fly fishing, all the great activities for which Glover’s Reef and Island Expeditions are renowned for will also be available.
To book a trip, please call 1.800.800.8218 or 1.406.761.1677 or CLICK HERE.

Activities: Sea Kayaking (Paddling), Sea Kayak Sailing, Stand Up Paddle-boarding, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Snorkeling, Birding, Cave Tubing, Photography, Natural History Interpretation. (Optional, cost not included in trip price – Scuba Diving, Nocturnal Zoo Tour)

Accommodations: Forest Cabana – Tropical Education Center; Southwest Caye Glover’s Base-camp

The Classic Glover’s Reef & River of Caves Trip

Our classic Glover’s Reef and River of Caves trip allows you to explore and stay on Glover’s Atoll, a protected marine park and designated world heritage site thirty-six miles off shore of mainland Belize. Spend five and a half days in one of the richest marine environments in the Caribbean Sea. You will have an opportunity to paddle, snorkel, kayak sail, fish, fly fish, and SUP as you explore the turquoise lagoons and thriving coral reefs. Stay at our Southwater Caye luxury Base-camp which provides comfortable, safari style tent cabanas and delectable cuisine of fresh seafood, tropical fruit and local favorites. Enjoy a flexible daily schedule on the reef, with activity choices geared to all interests and abilities. Venture inland for a cave hike and float through lush rainforest on inner tubes. Stay overnight at the Tropical Education Center, and enjoy an optional specially arranged nocturnal tour of the Belize Zoo.
To book a trip, please call 1.800.800.8218 or 1.406.761.1677 or CLICK HERE.

A New Trip is Born

The Montana River Outfitters Belize Fly Fishing and Multi-Sport Adventure came about from a chance meeting around hors d’oeuvres at a National Outfitters Conference in 2014. Craig Madsen of Montana River Outfitters and Tim Boys, founder of Island Expeditions, a Craig-Linda-saltwater-1024x768company that has specialized in providing outfitting services in Belize for 30 years. They found themselves talking about their mutual passion for fishing.  Craig shared his vision of a modestly priced Belize vacation package that would satisfy the interests of many of his friends and clients, to catch bonefish and reef fish on a fly rod, while also adding an exciting family and couples-friendly dimension of snorkeling, paddle-boarding, sea kayaking, and inland tours, all at a reasonable price. Craig was looking for a quality Belize fly fishing experience but less expensive than the Belize and Bahamas fly fishing lodges he was familiar with.  This conversation resulted in Craig and his wife traveling to Belize for a Glover’s Reef trip in 2015 and 2016. The experience for Linda and Craig was exceptional. The staff, guides, facilities, meals, lodging – the entire experience was absolutely first rate – and Craig indulged himself by catching plenty of bonefish and reef fish every day too! It has been  a wonderful experience and naturally we began to plan what we could do to enhance the trip for the fly fisher. The result is this custom fishing/adventure travel combo trip to Belize, where we have added a full time fly fishing guide with a fly fishing skiff to the standard Glover’s Reef trip. We have come up with an itinerary to provide a wonderful Belizean multi-sport experience while offering ample guided fly fishing opportunities on the flats at a remote tropical atoll off the coast of Belize. This trip offers great value and a reasonable cost.

Fly Fishing Option

This adventure travel/fly fishing trip is a fully guided experience, but not a fully guided fly fishing trip. While there will be guided options daily, including an option for fly fishing, not everyone will be able to have a fly fishing guide every day. This will not be a traditional 1 guide with 2 anglers in a boat experience; rather, fly fishing will be an option each day as will other activities like snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and kayak sailing. Each morning and afternoon there will be opportunities for 2-8 persons to either receive fly fishing lessons or enjoy fly fishing with a guide, or both. A skilled fly fishing guide and boat will be available each day. Craig will also be available to provide assistance and advice on salt water fly fishing throughout the trip. Additionally, there will be opportunities in the mornings before breakfast and afternoons before dinner for self-guided wade fishing around the island. Bonefish, a variety of other flats fish and reef fish are generally available at a number of locations around the island. (Craig caught fish every morning and afternoon, before and after guided activities, while others were sleeping, relaxing, or enjoying other activities.) Fly fishing for bonefish is not the only fishing opportunity available. Spin fishers and fly anglers alike will enjoy the great variety of opportunities for reef fishing, other flats fish, including permit, as well as opportunities for traditional hand line fishing.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own fly or spin fishing gear.  A fly fishing rental package is available that will include the use of a fly rod and reel, flies, leaders, and tippet.

Glover’s Reef & River of Caves Custom Fly Fishing & Multi-sport Adventure

Rainforest cave float, nocturnal zoo tour, then out to the island Base-camp and white sand caves of Glover’s Atoll for fly fishing and multi-sport adventures.

Duration: 7 day/ 7 nights
Starts: Belize City
Finishes: Dangriga
Guides: 2-6
Price: $1739/$1939 + $240 taxes and fees ($1939 + $240 taxes & fees for fly fishing option)
Habitats: Reef & Tropical Savannah
Activity level:  No experience required.
2017 Departures: March 26, 2017


Typical Daily Itinerary:
Day 0:
Arrive at the Belize International Airport, where you will be met by Craig Madsen from Montana River Outfitters and an Island Expeditions’ representative and transferred to the Tropical Education Center. The Tropical Education Center is adjacent to the Belize Zoo, and is an ideal starting point for the adventure that awaits you. You will be able to explore the surrounding savannah forest through their network of interpretive trails and wildlife viewing platforms. They also offer a terrific Interpretive Center which details the diverse ecology of Belize. After checking into your forest cabana you can enjoy a Belizean dinner and have a chance to meet your fellow travelers. Later that evening, you can join an optional, specially arranged nocturnal tour of the Belize Zoo. This tour is a great introduction to the fauna of Belize, such as jaguars, ocelots, tapirs and other species native to Belize and is offered on a donation basis. ‘Day 0’ is the day to meet your fellow travelers and acclimatize to your new tropical environment. Transfers from the airport, lodging and dinner are included.

Accommodation: Forest Cabana Meals: Dinner is included on this night.

Day 1: Enjoy a tour of the River of Caves area of Belize, exploring the fascinating Darknight cave system. Walk on a trail through lush rainforest to the cave’s entrance, then hike underground through limestone caves rich with amazing crystallized flow stone, stalactite and stalagmite formations. Our guides are sure to point out ancient relics, clay whistles, Maya pots and other fossilized items along the way. To end the adventure, you’ll jump into inner tubes and float downstream, in and out of the cave system ending at your starting point. You will enjoy a Belizean lunch before returning to the Tropical Education Center mid-afternoon. That evening you can enjoy a bird walk along the beautiful Caribbean Pine Savannah Interpretive Trail.

Accommodation: Forest Cabanas Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 to 6: You’ll depart early in the morning and drive the scenic Hummingbird Highway through the Rainforest to the coastal town of Dangriga. Here you board a charter boat to our private Base-camp on Southwest Caye. Southwest Caye is located on the Glover’s Reef 12Marine Reserve. Upon arrival, you’ll receive an introduction to your new environment before settling into your ocean view tent cabana. Our guides will then conduct professional instruction to teach you the fundamentals of sea kayaking, paddle boarding, kayak sailing, snorkeling and tropical water safety. With an option to focus on fly fishing to the schools of bonefish feeding on numerous nearby sand and grass flats.  Glover’s Reef is one of the most spectacular marine environments in Belize and offers the best kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in the Caribbean. Due to its isolation from the mainland, the waters are exceptionally clear with a rich reef ecosystem.
Our itinerary is flexible in order to accommodate individual and group preferences. Activities include paddling, snorkeling the inner and outer walls of the reef, SUP and learning to sail a kayak. In the mornings and evenings, we host informative sessions on a range of topics. This allows our guides to share their vast knowledge of Belize, its unique marine environments, and the local culture with you. Guests who prefer a more leisurely pace can always take time to kick back in a hammock and relax with a good book!

Accommodation: Glover’s Reef Base-camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

“Base-camping”: sleeping in wall tented cabanas. These spacious safari-style tents have ample headroom to walk around and are on raised wooden floors with double or single beds, with all bed linen provided.

Day 7: Many guests choose to wake up early on this final morning and enjoy a coffee on the dock for the last time. Watch the sunrise over the atoll before enjoying a hearty breakfast or choose to enjoy a couple more hours of fishing. Your boat charter usually departs around mid-morning to take you back to the mainland, arriving at approximately noon. Your trip finishes in the Garifuna town of Dangriga, and our helpful staff will assist you with connecting to the next leg of your journey.

Accommodations: N/A Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch

Travel note: For travelers who will be leaving Belize on Day 7, international connections out of the country require a departure after 3:00pm. To connect with Sunday afternoon departures from Belize a short domestic flight is required. This flight is from Dangriga to the Belize International Airport. Our office can confirm pricing and book your domestic flight. For guests who would like to spend an extra night in Belize we offer a Flight & Hotel Package.

Please note all itineraries are subject to change depending on weather or safety considerations. Flexibility as our guest and as an international traveler is the key to an awesome experience.

Space is limited, call now to secure your spot!
To book a trip, please call 1.800.800.8218 or 1.406.761.1677 or click here.