DATES: June 27th - July 1st, 2020
LENGHT OF TRIP: 5 nights, 4 days
PRICING: $4,725 per angler + VAT
Join us for the Orvis-exclusive Bahamas Bonefish Bonanza group fly-fishing trip to Andros Island, and enjoy friendly accommodations at Bair's Lodge. Andros is often referred to as the "Bonefish capital of the world," and many experts consider the flats of South Andros to be the best of the best.
If you're looking for a small lodge with owners who really know fly fishing, Bair's Lodge gets our vote for the best place to stay in this area. Bair's Lodge on Little Creek is all about fly fishing, and you can't find a friendlier place for chasing bonefish.
The flats in the area are vast, and 5- to 7-pound bonefish are common. The fly-fishing guides are hand picked and grew up on these waters. They know the comings and goings of the fish, the tides, and the weather, and can spot fish from astounding distances.
Upon arrival at Congo Town Airport on South Andros, you will be met by a representative of Bair's lodge and transferred by vehicle approximately 25 minutes to the lodge. Your Orvis Host will be waiting for you there to help you gear up for the fishing days ahead while you settle into the Bahamian atmosphere. Relax with a cold beer or cocktail on the beach or grab a rod and wade the home flat right out back.
The day starts early with a traditional breakfast served in the lodge dining room. After breakfast guests meet with their guides and develop a plan for the day. By 8:00 AM all guests are in their boats and on their way to the flats. Depending on conditions and angler preferences, anglers may be casting within 15 minutes of leaving the dock. On occasion, the trip to the flats may be longer but seldom takes longer than 45 minutes. After your day on the water, all boats get back to the dock by 5:00 PM. Once you get back to the lodge you will have an opportunity to relax with a Kalik (the beer of The Bahamas), glass of wine, or a cocktail before dinner. The lodge has an open bar with a selection of mixers and liquors for your enjoyment. Dinner is served in the dining room at a set time each evening.
Check-out time is 10:00 AM. You will be transferred to the Congo Town airport in time to catch your flight back to Fort Lauderdale or Nassau.
Bair's is a small bonefishing lodge located in Little Creek, South Andros, and is perfect for small groups like this. The charming pink, plantation style house has six air-conditioned guestrooms, each with private bath. You are truly a guest here, and you’ll feel right at home.
The bright, airy lodge is nestled on a sparkling white sand beach. Stretch out and relax on the veranda. Enjoy a cocktail from the fully stocked bar and take in the laidback South Andros scene. Bair’s is the perfect location for anglers who are looking for a traditional, yet upscale, fly fishing lodge.
What is included?
How many people are on this trip?
This trip is limited to only 12 anglers.
Bair's Lodge is a great location for all levels of fly fishing experience, so it is an excellent choice for first time saltwater anglers and seasoned flats veterans alike.
What am I responsible For?
How strenuous are the activities?
Is this a child friendly trip?
Younger anglers are welcome to join this trip, though parents or guardians should use their discretion regarding the patience and maturity level of any children they wish to bring. Children will be charged the full adult angler rate, regardless of age.
Meals and Dining:
A full breakfast features a variety of cereals, coffee and a selection of teas, as well as fresh fruits. Eggs will be cooked to your preference, with bacon, sausages and grits. Hot cereals are also available to order.
Lunch is served on the boat and you have a variety of options to choose from the night before.
On your return from fishing you will find cold beers, spirits, and a blender for cocktails, and plenty of soft drinks. Delicious appetizers are served on the veranda, so you can sample local specialties such as cracked conch, grouper fingers and conch salad. A good range of local spirits will be available free of charge at the lodge.
Dinner starts with appetizers such as homemade soups or conch ceviche. Bair's emphasis is on mixing local dishes with light fresh recipes such as snapper with mango salsa, and some barbecued fish . Desserts will vary from chocolate decadence to key lime parfaits. House wines such as Malbecs from Argentina, Chilean Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon will be served with dinner.
Bair's Lodge is first and foremost, a dedicated fly fishing lodge. While non-anglers are welcome to join an angler on the trip, there are not too many non-angling activities available. This trip is recommended for anglers looking to share a double occupancy room and a boat with another angler in the group. Private room/private boat options are available as well.
Bonefish are the primary species targeted at Bair's Lodge, and sight fishing to tailing bones is the name of the game. Bonefish in the 3-10 pound class are regularly targeted on the surrounding flats. There are occasional opportunities for Permit and Tarpon as well, so it pays to be ready should the opportunity present itself. Sharks and Barracuda can also be targeted on the fly.
Bair’s is located on the east side of South Andros Island, Bahamas. The lodge is a five-minute skiff run north or south to Deep or Little creeks. These easily accessed “cuts” open up to more than 120 square miles of flats, with impressive populations of bonefish in the 4- to 6-pound class. These sheltered creek systems are both habitat for fish, and they offer anglers appreciated weather reprieve if the wind kicks up.
Little Creek connects to the island’s West Side, which can be reached by flats skiff in about 45 minutes. There you’ll find some of South Andros’ largest bonefish—adult specimens that have been known to reach the trophy 10-pound mark. Here anglers can stalk larger singles and doubles in skinny water on favorable tides. The pristine, undeveloped zone is protected by Andros’ West Side National Park.
The southern flats are home to some of the least pressured fishing in the region. Grassy Creek is a 40-minute boat run from Bair’s. Weather permitting you can ride on to Hawksbill Creek and as far as Cistern Point. This area is renowned for bonefish in high numbers, with wade-able flats, abundant schools, and very few competing skiffs and anglers.
The Bahamas enjoys a moderate climate. During the summer, temperatures rarely rise above 90°F, and fluctuate between 85- 90°F in the daytime and 75°F or less in the evening. Although humidity can reach about 80%, prevailing easterly winds keep things comfortable.
What else to bring?
9ft, 7-8wt. rods are perfect for Bonefish. Under normal conditions, you can make a delicate presentation with a 7-wt. rod, a long leader, and an un-weighted fly. A fast 8-wt is still the best option for all around Bonefishing. Use saltwater capable reels with adjustable drags and capacity for 150 yds. of 20lb. or 30lb. backing. Weight-forward tropic/bonefish lines should be paired with fluorocarbon leaders. 16lb. fluorocarbon leaders are recommended in lengths from 9-15 feet. Bring extra leaders and a few spools of tippet in the 8-16lb. range.
A 9 or 10-weight rod is recommended if you wish to target Permit, Tarpon, Sharks, or Barracuda.