Complaint Letter

Rebecca Garlock Complaint
Sorry, Rebecca!

It’s not often that we receive complaints from our guests, so we thought we’d share this scathing letter we recently received from Rebecca Garlock.

My Official Deneki Complaint Letter

It’s been exactly one year since I came home from a week of fly fishing for bonefish at Andros South and I have a couple of bones to pick over the following issues I experienced (suffered) as a direct result of a week at Deneki Fly Fishing paradise.

In No Particular Order

1) When I arrived home I was so high on fly fishing adrenaline that I promptly headed to the nearest Idaho river to keep the fly fishing mojo cranked up. My newly acquired tan was hidden (wasted) under thermal underwear and waders. What a shock to my Bahama climatized system that turned out to be! The Idaho cold never bothered me before Andros, so thanks for the location smackdown.

2) I discovered an injustice in setting the hook after my trip. In Andros, if you trout set you simply miss your bonefish. However, if you strip set on a trout, steelhead or salmon, you just break off a perfectly good fly. Way to foul up my hook set for the season.

3) Every fly fishing trip since returning from the Bahamas I’ve had a strong desire to cap the day off with a Kalik beer. However, there seems to be a shortage of Kalik Gold in Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington so in other words, you ruined beer time for me.

4) Not once have I returned from a fly fishing trip during the last year and been served a 5 course dinner where fabulous Bahamian cooks are heaping another serving on my plate and telling me I need to fatten up. Visions of that savory heaven spring up every time I’m trying to choke down my late night convenience store dinner. Pre-Andros Fly Fishing Food Staples: Ruined.

5) Not once have I gone into my backing since I left Andros South. Not once have I heard that glorious unstoppable peeling of line off my reel and I’ve hooked some nice enough fish over the last year. It’s made all fish since Andros seem wimpy and lacking in a certain fish bravado I experienced at your lodge. The thrill of “Fish ON” has been seriously diminished for me and I blame your legions of bonefish for putting a brown shadow over what was once ‘fantastic fishing’ on my home waters.

I could keep going on my list, but I think you’ll get the point I’m trying to make. All I ask is that you take responsibility for these Post-Andros residual issues I unknowingly brought home with me.

I imagine if I checked around with other anglers that have visited your lodge they would agree with me on many, if not all of my points.

In order to protect future innocent fly fishermen that are thinking about visiting your establishment, I strongly suggest you add a disclosure to your advertising. Something along the lines of:

Warning: Bonefishing at Andros South may cause a serious,
even permanent shadow over your regular fly fishing routine.
Known Side effects include: Daydreaming of bonefish and saving for an quick trip back.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Garlock

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FIBFest is Going Strong

FIBFest Report
Bloggers hard at work. Photo: Cameron Miller

We’re nearing the end of Andros FIBFest 2011 – a gathering of fly fishing bloggers at Andros South in the Bahamas.

Good times are being had!  A couple of folks caught their first bonefish ever (on day 1, of course).  A couple of folks produced a truly hilarious photo (don’t forget to weigh in on our caption contest).  Fishing has been great, socializing has been fantastic, and the time in the sun been much needed by all.

Our attendees have written a whole bunch online about the trip already, and we’ve got lots more to come.  Click here to check out the running list of posts on FIBFest.

Thanks for tuning in this week, and thanks to Rebecca Garlock, Michael Gracie, Tom Larimer, Cameron Miller, Kyle PerkinsEric Rathbun, and Bjorn Stromsness for making the event such a success.

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Andros FIBFest 2011

Andros FIBFest 2011
Typical blogger's office - this week, at least.

It’s time for FIBFest!

This week at Andros South we’re hosting a great lineup of folks who write about fishing online.  Here’s the plan: we’re all going to go fishing, and write about it online.  FIB stands for Fishing Industry Bloggers, and is in no way a reflection of the tendency of anglers to get creative with the truth.

Following Along

We’ll keep this page updated during the week with updates on the action on South Andros.  We’ll maintain a section down below with links to all the FIBFest content that our attendees post.

We’ll have lots of updates on our Facebook page.

If you really want the blow-by-blog you can see Twitter updates from all of at the FIBFest Twitter List.

The Lineup

Please help us welcome this star-studded lineup to Andros South.

Andros FIBFest 2011 Posts, So Far

Pre-Trip

Posts During the Week

Post-Trip

FIBFest is Back

FIBFest 2011
We'll be doing some of this, probably. Photo: Louis Cahill

We had such a good time with it last year that we had to do it again.

It’s Deneki FIBFest!  It’s an in-person gathering of folks who write online about fly fishing.  FIB stands for Fishing Industry Bloggers, and FIBFest is the most cleverest name we could come up with.

Starting on March 26th, a small group of us will spend a week at Andros South.  We’ll catch bonefish.  We’ll write about it online.  That’s the program!

Here’s the current lineup for Andros South FIBFest 2011 – in alphabetical order of course.

  • Rebecca Garlock writes The Outdooress, and created an incredibly successful platform for outdoor bloggers called the Outdoor Blogger Network.
  • Michael Gracie is an alumnus of FIBFest, and cranks out some of the most intelligent writing about fly fishing online at michaelgracie.com.
  • Kyle Perkins writes Compleat Thought, a blog on conversation, education and new media in fly fishing.  He’s also done a bunch of marketing consulting work for a variety of fly fishing causes.
  • Eric Rathbun is one of the masterminds behind Moldy Chum, a fly fishing blog that’s busier than Times Square.
  • Bjorn Stromsness – if there’s one guy who’s the right guy for FIBFest at Andros South, it’s Bjorn.  He writes Bonefish on the Brain, a blog about nothing but bonefish.

We’re going to do our darndest to give you a bunch of different viewpoints on what a week on South Andros is all about.  If you want to follow along with us during the week, you’ll have plenty of chances.  Don’t worry, we’ll give you a reminder or two when the event is about to start…

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