Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

Our trip begins! The flight into Grand Bahama Island is a beautiful one. Just below this area lies the famed Port Lucaya Marketplace and the Pelican Bay Resort, where we stayed for two nights.
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

An important element of any successful Bahamas bonefish outing: A good box of flies. We came prepared.
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

Sue Cocking of the Miami Herald shows nice form, throwing a tight loop towards a school of bones.
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

The flats in the Bahamas often seem to go on forever.
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

Jason Franklin of H20 Bonefishing revives a fish caught and tagged during the Orvis ProAm Bonefish Classic.
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

The tag in this specimen could very well provide the Bonefish Tarpon Trust with valuable information on the habits and lifestyle of the bonefish.
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

It was time to move on, though! Geoff Mueller of Fly Fisherman magazine follows Kirk Deeter onto a southward-bound Regional Airlines flight.
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

As we came over Andros, the colors and clouds seemed to blend together, creating one of the more beautiful sights I've seen in a while. We all enjoyed it...
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

...thoroughly from high above.
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

The creeks and bights of south Andros all teem with amazing bonefish flats, and when we arrived...
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

...the boys were a little giddy after gazing at all that gorgeous, fishy water.
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

The giddiness only got worse when we realized the lovely Charlene, who runs Pleasant Bay Bonefish Lodge, would be escorting us from Emerald Palms Resort to the docks each morning. Lucky us!
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

Alas, your humble correspondent managed to keep his mind right, rigging up a barracuda rod the first morning at Emerald Palms.
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

Soon, we were at the docks, rigged and ready to jump onto the skiff!
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

And we were off!
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

Kirk Deeter stalks a big school of bones over a spectacular south Andros flat.
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

Not long later, we had our first silvery bone of the day. This was a small one...
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

...but we saw plenty of bigger fish cruising the flats all day and managed to hook into a few nice ones!
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

The evening brought a trip out on the town and a visit to Neely's Bakery, where...
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

...Neely put on a show, kneading and baking one of the world's great treats: fresh Bahamas bread.
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

The paparazzi were fascinated...
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

...and soon after we were equally in awe over a meal at Pleasant Bay, consisting of...
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

...grouper, conch, peas and rice and beans for dinner, and...
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

...the best Key Lime pie any of us ever had for dessert
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

The eating was good, but we really came to fish, and Timothy Smith got us hooked up the next day around the Water Cays again...
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

...and again...
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

...and again...
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

...and again
Bahamas on the Fly

Bahamas on the Fly

But soon a long day and a great week came to an end, and we slowly marched back to the skiff, rich with memories of fish, great laughs and good times.