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Dear Brian,

Tiamo is truly a remarkable and beautiful place. It is very evident
that a lot of planning went into the refurbishment and decor. (It is
under new ownership and they have done amazing things!)

The cottages are lovely…restful retreats (for those who retreat). We
loved being able to go to sleep at night with the doors wide open, the
curtains billowing, the waves quietly lapping and the palms clicking.
In the morning there was no need for an alarm…the birds woke us.

I enjoyed ALL the activities…swimming, sailing, snorkeling, a nature
walk and swimming in the blue hole, learning to fish, going fun-
fishing…everything. Bob fished, sailed and relaxed.

The staff is exceptional..friendly, solicitous, anticipating and
kindly providing for any needs at meals or at any time…

Food…what can we say? They have the most amazing chef ever!
We cannot truly think of any time when we have had a weeklong feast on
the level, taste and presentation that he and his assistants provided.

Our fishing guide, Darrin, was a pleasure to be with. Such patience to
deal with two such probably exasperatingly novice bonefishers. (I a
novice flyfisher person altogether!) We were so grateful for his
expertise and kindness. Bonefishing is challenging but so exciting.
The guides there really know where to take their clients…according
to ability, weather, sun/clouds, wind, etc.

It was enjoyable to meet people from different places and have
opportunities to share some activities. The number of guests is
limited to 20 I think. There were 13 of us there at the time. There
was plenty of time to be private too. Wonderful chaise lounges on the
beach!

We would go back in a heartbeat… Bob and I had an absolutely
marvelous time.

Thank you for helping us to arrange this trip, Brian!

Cris and Bob (Polk)

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Bair’s Lodge, Andros Island

Submitted by Jon P.

Bair's Bonefish

Bair's Bonefish

My father and I have been fly fishing together for the last 10 years, but had never tried saltwater fishing on a fly.  To celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday,  Fly Water booked us at Bair’s Lodge in South Andros, Bahamas for a four day trip.  For a first time “bonefisherman”, we had tremendous success!  Our first day we caught 10-14 fish each and also caught two great barracuda, one was over 20 lbs!  Our second and third days were more challenging, battling the wind can be tough, but we still managed to catch 3-4 fish each on those days.  Our last day was great.  After a tough morning we ended up having a great afternoon and catching 7-8 fish back to back right after lunch.

I would highly recommend Bair’s Lodge.  The couple running the lodge were fantastic and the accommodations were very nice.  Be prepared, this is a fishing trip!  No rest for the weary!

Thanks again, Rachel, for all your help in setting up our trip.

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There’s nothing better than a few flies in your pocket, a rod in your hand, and a cold “Kalik” waiting for you at the boat.

westra_as

People say you get obsessed over certain things…Yes, fishing is an obsession of mine, but in the last few years stalking bonefish on a flat has become a drug and I’m refusing treatment.

This was my first trip to the Bahamas (specifically South Andros), and I can tell you it won’t be my last. I took a small group of my loyal traveling clients to this destination on April 4 -11, 2009.

The ride in the 10 seater Cessna 402 from Fort Lauderdale was AMAZING. After the hour flight, our adventure was well underway. After clearing customs we were met by Kermit (the one and only taxi driver on South Andros). Within 15 minutes we were at the lodge and given a tour by Kateri Clay, one of our hosts for the week. We also met the ladies of the kitchen who cooked wonderful meals for the entire week. Everyone was so accommodating and available to lend a hand at any moment or answer our questions.

The rooms were simple, clean, and yes, had air conditioning. Paul and Sally Hayward took the Conch House with its decorated Conch Shell walls. The patio of the house served as our “after hours” spot after having a few drinks at the “Slack Tide Bar” on the beach. We continued the décor of the house with a line-up of Kalik beer bottles along the wall.

Our first night we were given an overview of how the week would work by John Toker. The organization of the operation impressed me as all details were clearly laid out, from lunches, to the guide/client chart, to even tipping.

westra_as3What amazed me most about this destination was the diversity of the fishing. Our first guide took us chasing after huge schools of bones, where others focused on stalking singles and smaller schools along the mangroves. I really enjoyed exploring some killer wading areas with Torrie, as he has a passion for bonefish that is so contagious. If you fish with him ask for a “Cheese Doodle” fly, the bonefish find it irresistible.

The amount of barracuda available was also amazing. Often, I would be running back to the boat to retrieve my “cuda” stick after a wade for a few bones. The speed of a pissed off cuda is insane and such a rush. They attack with a sense of determination that will blow your mind!

While fishing with our guide Josie, Don Nelson and I had a killer session with a small group of Blue Runners. I hooked one, and while the others stayed with it Don cast out and stuck another. While I landed mine the school stayed with Don’s fish so I cast out again and hooked a 2nd Runner. They are such a gorgeous fish.

While the bonefishing was good, I’d have to say one of the highlights of my trip was going out offshore on Roggie’s 25-foot Prowler. This is a “must” when you go down to the Bahamas. When the seas are calm a 30 – 40 minute boat ride will take you to one of the Naval Buoys out in the open ocean where the ocean floor drops to around 3,000 feet. The numbers of dorado and tuna are mind blowing this time of year. Birds are diving and the fish are busting on the bait. Take a 10 weight, some poppers, and hold on. Dinner is served! While the boat holds 4 clients, we found it easiest for 2 to fly cast while the others use light conventional tackle while holding onto a cold one. Roggie and Steve (his deck hand) will take care of supplying the conventional tackle and bait. Oh, and they will clean your fish as well and if you are lucky enough you’ll be taking a yellow fin home for some fresh sashimi for appetizers at the Slack Tide Bar. On our trip Sally Hayward landed a nice 60 lb. tuna and another in the group brought up on around 25 lbs. There were lots of dorado to be had and often we would have multiple hook-ups both on fly and conventional tackle. In fact the day we went out was so good we went out for a half-day on our last day in Andros, as our plane didn’t leave until 5:00PM. It was a great finish to the trip!

The characters I meet up with at these exotic locations always intrigue me; it often makes better memories for me than the fishing itself. When you go down to visit stop by and see “the shell man”, have a Kalik with Sterling and bring some extra cookies for “Boy” the dog. It was also “Back to the Islands” on Friday night so we went out and enjoyed some live music, carnival games, watched the kids play and roll down the inflatable slide and played a few rounds of pool at one of the local clubs. The Bahamian people are a friendly bunch and South Andros Lodge is an amazing place to take it all in.

Tight Lines Man!

Keith Westra
Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters

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