Ascension Bay Expedition

Ascension Bay Expedition

Fly Fishing the Riviera Maya of the Yucatan

The sleepy Mexican fishing village of Punta Allen, known as the permit capital of the world, is the setting for this amazing fishing Adventure! Located close enough to Cancun to be convenient, but far enough away to avoid the crowds, Punta Allen boasts miles of deserted white sand beaches, and the surrounding Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve provides excellent habitat for Permit, Bonefish, and juvenile Tarpon. We will arrive in Cancun and immediately head South through the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Punta Allen. We will spend 4 full days on the flats fishing from boats with local guides while staying 6 nights at an intimate lodge in Punta Allen, with one day of community service, wade fishing, and beach games. Sound interesting? Send us an email at [email protected] for more details. Flies, tackle, tips, food and beverage, lodging, and transport to and from Cancun to Punta Allen are included in the trip price. Roundtrip airfare to Cancun is not included.

*Returning student and early registration discounts can not be applied to this trip

Upcoming Trips

Dates Cost Arrive/Depart Location
Jun 13 - Jun 19, 2021


Cancun, Mexico
Entering 9th Grade
Entering 10th Grade
Entering 11th Grade
Entering 12th Grade
Entering College Freshman
College Student
What to Bring

We have put together a list of all that you will need for a successful and comfortable expedition. We offer a rental program for most of the big ticket items like fly rods, reels, sleeping bags, etc..

  • Visit Mayan ruins
  • Go for the Caribbean Grand Slam
  • Experience Mexican culture and cuisine

Day 1

Arrive in Cancun, catch our transport to Punta Allen and the Ascension Bay Lodge.

Day 2 - 5

Saltwater Fly Fishing with local guides in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

Day 6

Community service project in Punta Allen, wade fishing near town, with beach games to round out the evening.

Day 7

Drive from Punta Allen to Cancun, depart back home from Cancun.

  • Grass Flats
  • Mangrove Swamps
  • River Estuaries

Ready to Enroll?

Click "Enroll Now" or give us a call to get started. You can also send us an email at [email protected].

If you have any questions you can Request Information and we will contact you soon with answers.

Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions was started in 2010 as a graduate thesis for my Master's Degree in Environmental Conservation Education at NYU. The operating premise was simple - by coupling amazing wilderness fly fishing camps for teens with environmental education and service learning we can help inspire future generations of fly fishing conservationists. We have been growing our unique list of trips and experiences ever since.

When it comes to choosing a summer program for your teen the options are endless. For the teen who loves to fish, be outside, and has a strong sense of adventure we have made the choice easy. We are the leader in teen fly fishing adventures and are dedicated to providing the best backcountry fly fishing experience with opportunities for teens to engage in leadership training, community service, and backcountry camping.


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Will Lillard, Founder/Director/Guide

Contact Us

[email protected]

Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions
2540 King Road
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

(828) 577-8204