Deep Water Cay Saltwater Fly Fishing School

Orvis Fly Fishing School in the Bahamas

Deep Water Cay Saltwater Fly Fishing School


This school is closed until further notice due to damage from Hurricane Dorian.

Join Orvis at Deep Water Cay on Grand Bahama for a fun, immersive week with world-class cuisine and accommodations, professional fly-fishing instruction, and a staff committed to providing the utmost in service.

In addition to a full day with an Orvis fly-fishing instructor, you'll head out for three days of saltwater flats fishing with an expert, Bahamian fly-fishing guide. You'll learn everything from knot tying and gear selection, to how to spot fish, proper presentation of the fly, how to make effective casts, strip setting the hook, fish fighting techniques, and more. Your Orvis instructor, lodge staff and local guides are all dedicated to making this a relaxed, enjoyable learning experience from beginning to end.

The East End of Grand Bahama Island is renowned as one of the best bonefishing destinations in the Bahamas. Deep Water Cay is the only full-service, Orvis Endorsed lodge on the East End with access to over 250 square miles of flats.

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Getting There

There are two basic ways to get to Grand Bahama Island - via Nassau (NAS) or directly from one of several cities in the US. Many major airline hubs in the U.S. offer direct commercial flights to Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport (FPO). If you need even more options, there are connecting flights out of Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. You can arrive any time on your arrival day and leave anytime on your departure day.


Day 1: Arrival

You will be met at the Freeport, Grand Bahama airport (FPO) and transferred directly to the resort. The drive, and short water taxi ride, will take approximately 1 hour. Check-in time is 2 PM. If you arrive earlier, you can relax in the main lodge until your room is ready, or it may be possible to add an optional half day of fishing to your package. Drinks and appetizers are served in the Blue Hole Bar and dinner will be served in the main lodge at a set time each evening.

Day 2: Introduction To Saltwater Fly Fishing

Orvis has a long history of guiding and coaching fly anglers in the Bahamas. In preparation for three full days of guided fishing, your Orvis fly-fishing instructor will provide personalized instruction to help you maximize your opportunities for success. Over the course of the day, we’ll cover topics including equipment selection and rigging, knot tying, and basic saltwater fly casting. You'll also learn how to effectively work with your guide, tips for casting in windy conditions, proper techniques for presenting the fly and the secrets to hooking and landing your first bonefish.

Days 3-5: Guided Flats Fishing

Head out for three full days of flats fishing (two anglers per boat) with an expert Bahamian guide. You can choose to fish from the boat or wade as you practice the proper techniques for spotting, hooking and landing bonefish, one of the most elusive species known as "The Ghosts of the Flats". Once you return, you can relax at AJ’s Tiki Bar with a Kalik (The Beer of The Bahamas) or a cocktail before dinner. Appetizers and dinner are served in the dining room at a set time each evening.

Departure Day:

Check-out time is 10:00 AM. If you leave later in the day you can arrange for a tour of the island or relax in the main lodge while you wait for your airport transfer. It may also be possible to schedule an optional half day of fly fishing on your departure day. Regardless of your schedule, you will be transferred to the airport about two hours prior your flight departure. You may also choose to visit another destination after your stay at Deep Water Cay. Orvis Travel has a wide variety of options available in The Bahamas, and we will be happy to make a recommendation and handle the arrangements for you.

The Fishing

For over 50 years, Deep Water Cay has hosted some of the most distinguished fly anglers as well as hundreds of novice anglers looking for their first bonefish on a fly. Deep Water Cay guides and guests have access to over 250 square miles of flats teeming with bonefish. Many of the flats are hard-packed white sand, making the bonefish easier to spot, and wading is the ideal way to approach them. The softer bottom turtle grass flats and mangrove lagoons are more effectively fished from a boat. The area’s unique geography and tidal cycles allow guides to fish different areas throughout the day with little downtime waiting for the tide to turn. In fact, there is a three-hour difference between tides within a short ride to the north or south of Deep Water Cay, so when the tide is wrong in one spot, it is invariably perfect in a nearby spot.

Guided fly-fishing days usually begin at around 8:30 AM and end at 4:30 PM. In the event you haven’t had enough, there is a productive flat right in front of the lodge, where you can spend a couple hours stalking bonefish, before joining the other guests for dinner in the lodge.

Non-angling Activities

Deep Water Cay does a great job catering to all guests, whether they enjoy flats fishing or not. The lodge’s activity coordinator works with guests to help them select and schedule adventures that are perfectly suited to their individual interests and abilities. Guests can choose from numerous activities, including SCUBA diving, snorkeling, sea-kayaking, paddle boarding, exploring, offshore fishing, biking, sailing, tennis, or enjoying the spa & gym.

The Resort

The resort is located on its own 2.2 square mile private island, about an hour’s drive east of the international airport in Freeport. The lodge is the social center of the resort, and features a great room, game room, dining room, Blue Hole Bar, fly tying station and infinity pool. While at the lodge, guests have access to the resort’s Wi-Fi network.

Most guests stay in one of the resort’s newly updated one-bedroom cottages, overlooking a beautiful bonefish flat. The cottages are comfortable with two queen beds, air conditioning, private bath and other amenities such as a coffee maker and refrigerator. The cottages are only a short walk from the lodge, Welcome Center, dock and infinity pool. Groups or families may consider upgrading their package to stay in one of the resort’s guest houses. The 2, 3 or 4-bedroom guest houses are more spacious than the cottages and include full kitchens, sitting and living rooms, dining areas, and wrap-around verandas. Those staying in the guest houses are treated to morning sunrises, evening sunsets, and unparalleled water views. An Orvis Adventures expert will be happy to help you select from a variety of guest house options to suit you or your group’s needs.

Deep Water Cay's food and beverage director has no shortage of passion or commitment to his guests. He has worked with the resort's dedicated kitchen staff to refine some favorite island dishes, and to expand the offerings to include some truly unique Caribbean offerings.


Do I Need A Passport Or Visa?

A passport valid six months past your planned stay is required for US citizens. Currently, there is no visa required for citizens of the US. Please contact Orvis Adventures if you are not a US citizen.

What Language Is Spoken In The Bahamas?

English is the official language of The Bahamas, but you may often hear Bahamian English, a mixture of Queen’s diction, African influence, and island dialect.

What Is The Local Currency?

The local currency is the Bahamian dollar which is at parity with the U.S. dollar. You can spend U.S. dollars, so though, so there’s no need to exchange money. Most lodges also accept personal checks and/or credit cards.

Does The Lodge Offer Internet Access?

Yes, Deep Water Cay offers complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.

Is The Lodge Able To Accommodate Special Dietary Requests?

Yes, please let us know in advance of any food allergies or other dietary concerns, and the staff will happily accommodate you. Please let us know of any special occasions such as an anniversary or a birthday so we can pass this along to the lodge staff!

What Weather Should I Expect?

Temperature averages about 75 &emdash; 80 degrees Fahrenheit from October through May.

What Type Of Clothing Should I Bring?

Choose either lightweight cotton or synthetic fabrics. Synthetic fabrics and blends dry very quickly and remain comfortable after minimal washing. Cotton has many advocates, but it does take a long time to dry. Due to the exposed nature of the flats, we recommend loose, long sleeve shirts and long pants for complete protection from the sun. If you prefer short sleeves and shorts, remember to use plenty of sunscreen.

Do I Need To Bring A Converter Or Adapter?

No, the electrical system in the Bahamas is the same as the U.S. (110 volts).

Pricing and Dates

This school is closed until further notice due to damage from Hurricane Dorian.

What's Included:

  • Each angling package includes a Helios 3D rod, Mirage USA Large Arbor IV reel and Orvis fly line (a $1600+ value).
  • 1 full day of instruction with your Orvis Host saltwater expert prior to your fishing days
  • 3 full days of guided fishing with an expert local guide. One guide for each two anglers unless a private boat is reserved.
  • 5 nights lodging in a shared, double occupancy waterfront cottage (private rooms and multi-bedroom houses available at an additional charge – call for price and availability).
  • All Meals and Non-bottled beverages (water, juice, etc.) served during meals, bottled water in rooms.
  • All taxes and resort service fees.
  • WIFI Internet access.
  • Transfers from/to Freeport Airport (FPO).
  • Orvis Travel VIP Merchandise Discount Card good for 20% off Orvis purchases before and after the trip.

What's Not Included:

  • International flights to Freeport (FPO).
  • Guide Gratuities ($80-100 per boat per day &emdash; can be split between two anglers).
  • Alcoholic Beverages and bottled beverages.


Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Dan Davala
Deep Water Cay Saltwater Fly Fishing School
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)

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