What’s the view look like from your house today?
What’s the view look like from your house today?
Michael White (owner of Blue Ribbon Sales, representing Simms, and other lines in the Rockies) is on site at Andros South this week with Charlie Craven and a great group of guys. Here’s his report from today on the rigors of South Andros in January.
“All is well here at Andros South. Today we continued to have killer weather. Winds were light and the sun was out! Actually this entire week has blessed us with good weather. Days have been in the 80s with some sporadic clouds and a nice light breeze. It’s funny that we have the entire island and its amazing fishing resource to ourselves…after all January is supposed to be sketchy weather. At least that’s what they’d have you believe. Back home in Colorado, it’s been 15-20 degrees and snowing. It’s quite a nice change in the middle of the winter for me. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy this time of the year on South Andros.
I tell people all the time how killer this fishery is in November, December and January. It’s a great escape from the winter weather and poor trout fishing in most areas. Today I landed some pretty nice bones, the biggest being about 6, and I saw some even bigger boys cruisin’ the flats. Not a bad day in January!”
What I have learned is that I love big fish and tails glistening in the sunlight. Below is the rig I have come up with for just those things.”
“I love the Sage TCR 6 weight for a few reasons. It is light in hand and therefore easy to hang in your hand for long periods while scanning the flats. Even though it is a 6 weight, the bottom of the rod has incredible lifting power and can really put the hurt on a big bone when he is headed into the mangroves. Finally, nothing gets me going like a big bone tailing in mega-skinny water and I feel that I can make a much more delicate presentation with a 6 weight line.”
“The Sage 3400D reel has never failed me and has proven to be corrosion-free even after residing at the beach in Andros for 5 years….enough said.”
“I tie on 250 yds of Cortland Micronite backing to the spool with a double arbor knot. I like the Micronite because it is a happy middle road between Dacron and gel-spun. On the business end I whip on a double bimini that will then be looped to the fly line.”
“I have two choices for flylines. When conditions are calm and I plan on making long casts and delicate presentations I go to the 6 weight Equator Taper by Sage. If the wind is blowing or I am throwing heavier flies, I switch to the Teeney Bruce Chard Bonefish Line in a 6 weight. It has a shorter, more aggressive front taper and turns flies over better in the wind. It’s manufactured to be one half line weight heavy, therefore loading the rod better when making shorter casts.”
“I knot my leader directly to the flyline with an Albright Knot and treat it with Zap-A-Gap and the Aquaseal to give me the confidence it will stay put. I like this set up because it is a smooth sleek connection and has never failed. When it is calm I go with a long 12 to 14 foot leader tapered to 12 or 10 pound test and when it is blowing I will cut back a 10 foot leader to 8 or 9 feet and about 17 pound test to improve turnover and accuracy. I like the knotless leaders because there is no way they are picking up any salad. I curse enough when my hook picks up salad when I am in shallow and a tailer blows up because a piece of seaweed just started dancing!”
“At the end on the leader I am attaching my fly with a non-slip mono loop with a very small loop to allow freedom of movement without fouling.”
“My fly selection will vary but I will say that I am sure to be mindful of using the right amount of weight for the situation and I am not afraid to throw some big morsels to entice those bonefish. I am also sure to include in the fly colors that are present in the area I am fishing at that moment. The critters I am trying to imitate are certainly doing the same which makes it all important.”
“Finally – always rub some weeds or muck on your fly before you fish it to get all your nasty stink off it. You will be glad you did!”
Check out Andros South in the February 2009 print issue of Outside Magazine!
The article is on page 29 and is entitled ‘Ghost Fish’.
Why is that?
Maybe it’s not such a mystery after all.
We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of Rick, Vilma and Elias Sisler at Andros South. Rick is taking over as Operations Manager at the lodge and will work with our Bahamian team to deliver a fantastic experience to our guests on South Andros.
Rick is a long-time member of the Deneki Outdoors team, having started as a guide at Alaska West, ultimately acting as Operations Manager there during the summer and focusing on helping our Deneki guests with bookings during the winter. Vilma is also a member of our team at Alaska West, and Elias even has a summer at camp under his belt! Not to worry – Rick will be back in his role at Alaska West.
Rick, Vilma and Elias, welcome to South Andros!
We’re big fans of The Angling Report, the best source we know of for angling news and reviews of lodges written by the guests themselves.
Our operations have been covered in The Angling Report a few times– here are articles that have run about our lodges.