Randall Bryett grew up on the Sunshine Coast of Australia with some the worlds best fishing around every corner. He has worked in many aspects of the fishing industry including chasing the Giant Black Marlin at the prestigious Lizard Island. He is a avid fly fisherman who likes to find his own path. When not traveling he resides in Northern California with his wife Kate and their adopted cats.
We last saw Raul at a fishing show at the Belize River Lodge booth he was excited about getting a FFF casting certification but had a flu from the cold weather. He was a really nice guy and forgave me for pronouncing his name Rule in my Aussie tongue but I think he got a laugh from it really.
Another great loss to the fly fishing world. Rest in peace brother.
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Board member Mick Kolassa is coordinating efforts to assure that his family will be taken care of. Anyone wishing to help in this effort is urged to contact Mick at
You can read more about Raul here at Raul Navarrette
Six days has passed and it still does not seem real. On Saturday, May 5th, on the morning of the "super moon", Raul's wife, Luisa called to say that they were rushing him to the hospital, it appeared that he had a heart attack. After trying to revive Raul, the doctor's could do no more and with a very sad heart, we have to say that Raul passed away on May 5, 2012.
Raul was one of the good guys! If you know him, fished with him or just heard about him, you will know that Raul was special - always upbeat, always a smile and always willing to learn and try anything. He has worked at Belize River Lodge for 22 years, with the last 20 as a guide. He was very young, only 40, so he started his carrier as a guide early in life. Raul was born and raised in Orange Walk, with little sea coast. He used to tell us that he would go down to the New River as a boy and catch fish to bring home to eat. When Raul started working at the Lodge at the age of 18, he was very interested in the how's and why's of guiding. He spoke with many of the older BRL guides and picked up as much as he could on the "when's" to fish for which species, the flies or lures that are best and so on. With training on boating and marine life and currents, Raul quickly picked up the necessary tools of being a fishing guide and became one of the best in Belize.
Raul leaves behind his wife, Luisa, his 20 year daughter, Odalis, and his 14 year old son, Raul Jr. His mother, brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces, aunts and uncles, friends from all around, and along with all of us at BRL, we will miss him dearly.