Trip Overview 

Located on southern end of Abaco, Blackfly Lodge is a great option for couples and small groups of friends looking for a lodging situation that is both intimate and private. Rarely do you find first-class accommodations and first-class fishing in the same venue. The newly-constructed Lodge emulates the style of traditional Bahamian family mansions characteristic of downtown Nassau in the early 1900s. As nice as the Lodge is, however, the strongest attribute of this operation is the guide team – some of the most in-demand professionals in the Bahamas. The waters fished by these pros are uncrowded and pristine, presenting excellent opportunities for big bonefish, occasional permit, tarpon, mutton snappers and numerous other species.

Destination Quick Facts 

Black Fly Lodge - Yellow Dog Fly Fishing AdventuresLOCATION:  Abaco Island, Bahamas (Schooner Bay)

SEASON:  Year-round

CAPACITY:  Maximum capacity is 8 anglers

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Marsh Harbour Airport (MHH) or Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)

TARGET SPECIES:  Primarily bonefish, permit and tarpon with some possibilities for barracuda, sharks, jacks, and snapper

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
This is a totally unique and specialized destination for the Bahamas. The all-new Blackfly Bonefish Lodge sleeps eight (8) anglers in private rooms with a private bath. The rooms open to a wrap-around second story porch that overlooks the stunning new harbor of Schooner Bay. Each room is named for a fly fishing celebrity and these flats are decorated with artwork portraying these individuals, painted by Lodge partner and renowned artist, Vaughn Cochran, founder of the Blackfly brand. Ideally situated, the Lodge is only minutes from the boat launch.  

Food and Beverage
Meals are prepared by local chef Devon Roker. An incredible made-to-order breakfast starts off each day, along with a great cup of coffee, homemade espresso or latte. Lunch is always a treat and the kitchen comes up with something new each day. The Blackfly kitchen uses organically-grown fresh herbs and vegetables from the Schooner Bay/Lightbourn Farm, and all seafood is caught locally. Chef Devon serves conch, lobster and a daily fresh selection of seafood. In season, you may find stone crab claws on your dinner plate or a fried lobster sandwich for lunch. The daily post-fishing routine kicks off with late-afternoon appetizers and Captain Clint’s famous Mojitos. The Blackfly Bar is an open bar except for select brands for which you would normally pay an additional charge. There is always an ample supply of Kalik (the official beer of Bahamian fly fishing) and several premium rums are also available.

Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length can be arranged. There are no specific transfer days so you can arrive and depart on any day of the week and stay for any number of days.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Blackfly Lodge is located in the heart of Schooner Bay, a new Bahamian village built as a sustainable community incorporating all of the qualities of the "New Urbanism" concept. There are no cars except for necessary delivery vehicles, and transportation is primarily by golf cart or bicycle. Miles of beautiful beaches are a short walk from the Lodge and are some of the most beautiful we have found anywhere in the Bahamas. The village of Schooner Bay offers extensive nature trails that were built in the old-growth Bahamian forest. Guided trips with a local naturalist are available. Other activities can be scheduled in other parts of the island, including diving and snorkeling packages. Marsh Harbour is 40 minutes from the Lodge and offers many tourist activities and shopping. Rental cars are available. 

Internet / Communications
The Lodge does offer high-speed Wi-Fi for all guests and a Vonage phone for international calling. Most U.S. cell phones will work throughout the area depending on your service plan. 

FISHING

General Information
Blackfly Lodge is located in the heart of Abaco’s exceptional flats systems, offering anglers great diversity with fishing scenarios. Its location on the southern end of the famous "Marls of Abaco" allows guides to easily access all the flats with minimal running time in boats.

The guide staff at Blackfly stacks up with any lodge in the Bahamas. They are all fun to fish with, true professionals, and very knowledgable of the local fisheries and species of game fish. Since the Lodge is centrally located between Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point, the guides have easy access to the finest flats on Abaco Island, including areas such as Cherokee Sound, the Southern Marls, Sandy Point and the "town flat", and Cross Harbor. If you are seeking minimal running time in the boat to maximize your fishing, the boat ramp is located across from the front entrance from Schooner Bay, minutes from the Lodge. This ramp allows guides to fish the flats between the Southern Marls and the Sandy Point area with virtually NO running time in the boat. On your arrival and departure days, or if you would like a day off from guided fishing, several prime wading spots are within walking distance of the Lodge.

The flats throughout the area are fantastic for wade fishing and poling; the tides will dictate when and where to wade and when to fish from the boat. Weather permitting, the guides at Blackfly can also make the 45-minute run to Moore's Island and to Gorda Key, some of the top bonefish and permit waters in all of the Bahamas long known only to the most traveled anglers. We have found the fishing in this area to be uncrowded and pristine, with excellent opportunities for big bonefish. Permit, occasional tarpon, mutton snapper and numerous other species also frequent the area.

Boats and Equipment
New East Cape “Blackfly Lodge Edition” skiffs are perfect for making the run to the outer islands, as well as for poling the shallow waters closer to the main island. Many clients comment that the boats are the best designed and most comfortable flats boats from which they have ever fished. Each custom boat is equipped with the latest safety equipment, including local cell phones with pre-programmed Lodge phone numbers, Spot Messenger for satellite communication, spare parts boxes with extra prop, and fully-inspected first aid kits.  The front deck of each boat provides your choice of custom leaning post, casting platform or clean deck. Yellow Dog recommends that anglers bring their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle. All of this gear can be purchased beforehand at the Blackfly Outfitter online store. Items such as leaders, flies, sunglasses, hats, Buffs, and Blackfly Lodge clothing are available at the Lodge’s fly shop.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
Abaco Island is one of the easiest spots to access in the Bahamas and can easily be reached in one day from just about anywhere in the U.S. Direct daily flights from Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and New Smyrna to the Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH) are available through United, American, Bahamas Air, Silver Airways and numerous small carriers. Bahamas Air and Abaco Air offer daily flights from Nassau International Airport (NAS) directly into Marsh Harbour as well. Delta also offers direct seasonal flights from Atlanta and LaGuardia. The downtown area of Marsh Harbour is only minutes from Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH). Marsh Harbour is 40 minutes from the Lodge.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Blackfly will provide transportation from Marsh Harbor to the Lodge and back. Upon arrival you will be met by a Blackfly representative and transferred to the Lodge.

Documents Required
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars.

January 1 - May 31, 2017 (Private room and shared boat)

        3 Nights / 2 Days fishing = $2925.00
        4 Nights / 3 Days fishing = $3900.00
        5 Nights / 4 Days fishing = $4850.00
        6 Nights / 5 Days fishing = $5575.00
        7 Nights / 6 Days fishing = $6200.00

June 1 - December 31, 2017 (Private room and shared boat)

        3 Nights / 2 Days fishing = $3075.00
        4 Nights / 3 Days fishing = $4100.00
        5 Nights / 4 Days fishing = $5100.00
        6 Nights / 5 Days fishing = $5850.00
        7 Nights / 6 Days fishing = $6500.00

*Single Angler Surcharge (Flats Skiff) = $350/fishing day

Half Day Option
Half-Day Fishing on Arrival/Departure = $550.00

Non-Angler Rates (Year-round)
Double Occupancy = $150.00
Single Occupancy = $375.00

Blue Water Fishing Rates: 31-Foot Yellow Fin
*Per day up-charge for flats fishing guests (4 anglers max.)
1 Angler = $1,425.00
2 Anglers = $550.00
3 Anglers = $275.00
4 Anglers = $125.00
Full-day Charter = $1,750.00 

What's Included

  • Airport transfers
  • All accommodations at the lodge
  • All meals
  • Daily guided fishing
  • Alcoholic beverages* and bottled water
  • Laundry Service
  • Loaner Rods - Thomas & Thomas Rods, Hatch Reels
  • GLOBAL RESCUE Coverage included for guests under age 75
*The complimentary bar service at Blackfly Lodge includes a very good assortment of local beer and imported alcohol for your enjoyment.  Premium brands are available for purchase by the bottle and case at local package store prices.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from home town to Marsh Harbour
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Flies, terminal tackle, other fishing equipment
  • Bahamas fishing license: $5 per day, $10 per week, $20 per month, and $50 for the year (Yellow Dog will ensure the lodge has your license until the on-line system is in place)
  • 7.5% VAT Tax
OTHER INFO

"Managed by long-time friend Clint Kemp, Blackfly is exceptional in every respect. We fished to a number of really large bonefish and were presented with numerous shots at some gagger-sized Permit.  A few were ridiculously large, at well over thirty pounds! Our visit was nothing short of outstanding."
- Doug McKnight (Yellow Dog Bahamas Program Director)