When a friend with an aircraft sends you a picture of your lodge taken from the sky, you post it.
Here’s Andros South, from way up high. Cool, huh?
During the majority of our season at BC West on the Dean River, we operate on a split shift fishing program – we get up early, fish until noon, head back to the lodge for a nice meal and some down time, and then hit the river again for a late afternoon-evening fish.
The mid-day break is a great time to mess with fishing gear, take a nap, or just enjoy some quiet time on the very relaxing lodge grounds.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a bonefishing newbie, a little practice goes a long way. Regardless of your experience level, there is always room for improvement. This is one of the great truths of our wonderful sport that keeps us coming back for more! Well, we recently made an addition to our casting area here at Andros South for those looking to sharpen their skills before heading to the flats. We are pretty excited about it and think our guests will be too.
What is it exactly? We hauled in a retired flats boat from our fleet and set it in our casting area. This way, you can become comfortable casting from the bow of a flats boat before hitting the water. We understand that fishing from a flats boat is often very different from what many of our guests are used to. We figured why not shake off some of the rust before cutting into that valuable fishing time!
We have labeled the bow of the boat with the appropriate clock face, and placed distance markers at 30, 45, 60, and 75 feet (labeled conch shells of course). That way, when your guide calls out, ‘bonefish, 10 o’clock, 30 feet,’ you will know right where to put it. We even made sure to face it directly into the prevailing wind to offer a little practice for those blustery days.
Whether you are aching to improve your skills or just looking to have some fun, our new casting platform is becoming a hit. Don’t just take our word for it – come check it out for yourself!
We announced a few weeks ago that we’re part of a bigger family now and our new ‘big brother’ is Rapids Camp Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
Lots of folks have asked us about Rapids Camp, so we thought today we’d tell you a bit about what Rapids Camp is all about.
Rapids Camp Lodge (RCL) is located smack dab in the middle of Alaska’s Bristol Bay Area – the beating heart of fish country. Situated about 7 miles downstream from Naknek Lake on the Naknek River, RCL offers anglers access to all species of Pacific salmon, trophy rainbow trout and monster halibut. Right next door is Katmai National Park and Preserve, which contains such famous rivers as the Brooks, Moraine, Battle and Kulik.
RCL is a fly-out lodge – our guests utilize 5 different airplanes to access the many different locations within the 150 operating radius. This means that within a day, someone can go over to the other side of the Alaska peninsula, catch big halibut and be back at the lodge for massages or cocktails before appetizer time.
The main thing that separates this fishing program from others is the fact that our guests design their own trips. There isn’t any set destination list – we make recommendations based on your goals and desires and you make the decision where you want to go the next day.
This is your vacation – we just help you along the way.
Yeah, the fishing is great at Alaska West. Chrome bright kings on the swing. Chums that will fight until you break your rod, or bloody your knuckles on a free-spinning reel. Silver after silver on the surface. Rainbows that put some steelhead to shame. Pinks, dollies, grayling too…
But one thing that is often overlooked is the atmosphere created in a fishing camp. Being at Alaska West all summer, we really notice the uniqueness each group of anglers brings, and it’s a lot of fun to be a part of that. Some anglers are more serious, others are more laid back, but no matter the group, it is always fun to see old friends and meet new ones.
One of our favorite parts of the week is to sit down on Thursday night and watch the end-of-trip slideshow with all of our old and new friends. It’s a ton of fun to hear the stories, see the fish that go along with them, and sometimes even appreciate the jokes!