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When You're Ready: Five Reasons to Book a Bahamas Fly Fishing Trip

May 03, 23

The Bahamas is home to hundreds of small islands and cayes and countless flats. Generations of dedicated and talented flats fly fishing guides call these flats home. Throughout the Bahamian islands lie a myriad of destination lodges across all tastes and budgets. But one thing constantly runs throughout this variety of lodging options and unique fisheriesā€”the quality of the fishing that exists in the Bahamas.

With gin-clear waters and endless flats with hard white sand bottoms, the Bahamas are among the best locations in the world for sight fishing and wade fishing.

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Year-Round Angling Season
. Few saltwater flats fishing destinations in the world can boast consistent action every month of the year. The Bahamas is one of them. In fact, the late summer, fall, and early winter months can see some of the biggest bonefish of the year cruising the flats. Spanning over a 100,000 square mile archipelago that covers more than 500 miles of clear, pristine water, there is rarely a week that a fly fishing trip to the Bahamas is considered risky.

Big Bonefish. There are plenty of destinations in the Caribbean with plentiful bonefish and experienced guides. However, guiding for trophy bonefish in the Bahamas is a generational pursuit with skills and knowledge of local fisheries passed down from generation to generation. So not only do the guides here know how to find big bonefish, the Bahamas is also home to plenty of big bonefish. From the backcountry flats on the west side of Andros to the easily accessible but relatively unpressured flats of Grand Bahama, anglers desiring a trophy ā€œgolden ghost of the flatsā€ should find plenty of opportunity in the Bahamas.

Variety of Amenities. With over two dozen lodges in the Bahamas, our two decades of experience can match you with your desired level of lodging and dining amenities. Do you want to dine with the guides and eat what the locals eat or would you prefer five-course meals paired perfectly with an award-winning wine list? Coupled with the passionate and experienced guides of the Bahamas is our ability to find the ideal match for your lodging desires.

Fish for The Big Three: Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit. Bonefish may rule the roost in the Bahamas but the guides here are passionate about chasing a diverse array of species. In many locations tarpon and permit can also be pursued, making this a destination to reach the penultimate angling goalā€”a grand slam on the fly. And if the tarpon and permit are coy, the bonefish, barracuda, sharks, mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, and jack crevalle provide ample quarry.

The Bahamas are Very Close to the U.S. Yet, They Still Seem Far Away. Despite being less than a 30-minute flight from the east coast of Florida, once you are on a Bahamian island, adjusting to island time is quick and a respite from the bustle of everyday life state-side. Close proximity to the U.S. makes this a fast and easy destination for anglers, with regular and direct access to islands like Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros, and Nassau. But even with being so close to the U.S., the Bahamas, and the fish that swim in the majestic waters here, feel worlds apart.

For more information on Bahamas lodges, trips, gear, how-to articles, and more visit our Bahamas Fly Fishing pageĀ or Recommended Gear for The Bahamas.

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