St. Peter's Saltwater Flats Fishing Packing List Example

We know that packing for a salt water destination trip can be challenging. There is a balance between packing too much stuff and not enough. Do not short yourself on fishing gear as you can wear the same pair of pants twice but if you run out of flies there is no place to buy them there. Below you will find a detailed list of items we recommend bringing on the trip.

Personal Items / Gear
- Passport, it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip!
- Flight Reservation confirmation

- Cash, Credit Card
- Flats shirts: 3-6 long sleeve, lightweight shirts
- Flats Pants: 2-4 pairs of lightweight, quick dry pants
- Flats Boots: need to be specifically designed for flats with soles impermeable to sharp coral
- Rain Jacket
- Sun Gloves
- Buff or Bandana for neck and face sun protection

- Polarized Sunglasses & cleaning cloth - and a spare pair of sunglasses if you have one
- Hat (a dark under bill is best)
- Sandals

- Garbage Bag - to pack wet clothing

- Sunscreen (full bottle)
- Lip Balm with SPF protection
- Camera
- Prescription Medications & medications for common ailments (ibuprofen, pepto, etc.)
- Bug Repellant

- Wading socks, neoprene wading socks
- Chest/Waist Pack
- Flies, Fly Box
- Leaders & Tippets
- Gear Bag to bring on the boat
- Clippers
- Hemostat/Forceps
- Medical Tape or “Nu-skin” – for your fingers from leader cuts

Tackle and Equipment List (Example is tailored to our Costa de Cocos destination)
Bonefish:
-Rod: 8wt fast action salt water rod
-Reel: Saltwater with at least 150yards of 20lb backing
-Lines: WF floating, high quality saltwater tapers are highly recommended
-Leader/Tippet: 10-12ft, 10-20lb mono or fluoro saltwater leaders tipped with 2 feet of     10-20lb fluorocarbon tippet
-Flies: Gotcha  #6-8, Silly Legs #6-8, Christmas Island Special #6-8, Mantis Shrimp #6-8, Ghost Shrimp #6-8,  Squimp #4-8, Spawning Shrimp #4-8, Pop’s Bitter #6-8, Pink Mini Puff #6-8. You will need 2-3 dozen flies with a variety of sizes and weights.*

 

Permit:
-Rod: 10wt fast action salt water rod
-Reel: Saltwater with at least 200 yards of 30lb backing
-Lines: WF floating, high quality saltwater tapers are highly recommended
-Leader/Tippet: 10-12ft, 12-16lb mono or fluoro saltwater leaders, tipped with 2 feet of 12-16lb fluorocarbon tippet.
Flies: Rag Head Crab #4-6, Fleeing Crab #4-6, Turneffe Crab #4-6, Flats Crab #4-6, EP Crab #4-6, Del Brown Permit Crab #4-6, Avalon Crab #4-6

 

Tarpon:
-Rod: 8-10wt fast action salt water rod
-Reel: Saltwater with at least 200 yards of 30lb backing
-Lines: WF floating, high quality saltwater tapers are highly recommended
-Leader/Tippet: 20-40lb maxima tipped with 40-80lb fluorocarbon bite/shock tippet
-Flies: Rattle Mullet # 2, Seaducer # 1/0-2, Black Death # 1/0, Cockroach #3/0-1/0, EP Mullet #1/0, Tarpon Toad(purple, chartreuse, tan) #1/0, Big Eye Tarpon fly # 1/0, Midnight Mullet # 2/0

 

Snook
-Rod: 8-10wt fast action salt water rod
-Reel: Saltwater with at least 200 yards of 30lb backing
-Lines: WF floating, high quality saltwater tapers are highly recommended
-Leader/Tippet: 20-40lb maxima tipped with 40-80lb fluorocarbon bite tippet
-Flies: Rattle Mullet # 2, Seaducer # 1/0-2, Black Death # 1/0, Cockroach #3/0-1/0, EP Mullet #1/0, Tarpon Toad (purple, chartreuse, tan) #1/0, Big Eye Tarpon fly # 1/0, Midnight Mullet # 2/0

 

Barracuda:
-Rod: 10wt fast action salt water rod
-Reel: Saltwater with at least 200 yards of 30lb backing
-Lines: WF floating, high quality saltwater tapers are highly recommended
-Leader/Tippet: wire leaders at 15-20lb or 20-40lb maxima tipped with 15-20lb bite wire
-Flies: Cuda Killer # 3/0, UMP Needle Fish # 2/0, Barry’s Pike Fly Chartreuse # 3/0

 

*When conditions are favorable you may not need to switch flies often, but when conditions become tough, variety may save the day.