NORTH ANDROS FLYFISHING LODGE - BAHAMAS

 

NORTH ANDROS FLYFISHING LODGE - BAHAMAS

Phillip Rolle and his experienced guide staff are among the finest guides on Andros, concentrating primarily on the expansive Joulter Cayes fishing grounds on the northern part of the island. Lodging is in a small, comfortable guest house that is ideally set up for groups of four to six anglers. The three bedroom house is clean and comfortable, designed for those who care more about fishing and less about high-end amenities. Most importantly, it is only a 15 minute drive from Lowe Sound, the gateway to the Joulters and the boat ramp where you will begin most days. A collection of islands and small cayes, the Joulters are famous for endless, white sand flats that are ideal for extensive wading. This is some of the finest terrain on earth for stalking tailing bonefish, and Phillip’s guest house is one of the best values in the Bahamas.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips of any length are available, and the convenience of the Bahamas makes North Andros Flyfishing the perfect getaway for a week-long fishing trip or a quick weekend escape.

Accommodations and Lodging

North Andros Lodge AccommodationAccommodations are in a renovated, comfortable, air-conditioned house with three bedrooms and two private baths. There is a well decorated living room with satellite TV, and dinner is served each evening in the adjacent screened dining porch. The house is in a quiet neighborhood that is a short 3-minute walk from the beach. Your hosts Phillip and Betsy Rolle live just around the corner, and this is where the meals are prepared and then delivered to the guest house.

The beautiful beach is a three minute walk from the house and is made up of soft white sand that blends into the crystal clear azure waters of the ocean. Nicolls Town is a short 10 minute stroll south down the beach or a 15 minutes walk down the lane that parallels the beach. Phillip and Betsy have also recently remodeled another house next to the current property, which provides guests with more privacy if there are separate groups.

Food and Beverages

All meals are served in the privacy of the guest house. On arrival, the chef will serve you "family style" appetizers and dinner. N.A.F.F. provides delicious home-cooking with a diverse menu. After dinner you will meet your guide to discuss the fishing plans for the following morning. The lodge does not offer alcoholic beverages, but guests are welcome to bring their own. The lodge staff is happy to take guest by the liquor store on the way to the lodge.

Fishing Information

North Andros PermitThe guides at North Andros Fly Fishing make this destination a solid fishing-focused option for Andros or anywhere in the Bahamas. They have a passion for fly fishing and fish long, hard days. The guides are true professional, run quality boats, and are fun to spend the day with. They can work with all levels of anglers and take pride in their instructional capabilities.

The expansive fishing grounds in northern Andros offer what might be the most beautiful flats in the world. The lodge's favorite place to fish is the Joulter’s Cays, and the boat launch at Lowes Sound is only 15 minutes from Nicolls Town and the lodge. The Joulters Cays flats are hard, white, and sandy-bottomed, making this a wade-angler's dream. At times the flats reach to the horizon, and when conditions are right, it is not uncommon to be completely surrounded by schools of bonefish pushing water and tailing. The Red Bays access is on the West Side of Andros and is approximately 20 minutes from the lodge. The West Side is known for big bones, resident tarpon, and the occasional permit. There is an additional fuel surcharge of $200 per day to fish the west side. It is rare to see other anglers while fishing throughout the day in North Andros, generally because of the lack of guide boats visiting this region and the amazingly-huge fishing grounds that the guides have to choose from. The guides in North Andros use public boat ramps to launch their skiffs, therefore you will typically see other boats only at the beginning and end of the day. Once the boats are in the water, they disperse and spread out in a hurry.

The main target species are bonefish, which can be fished year-round. The average bonefish in the area is between 3 and 4 pounds, but expect quality opportunities at some larger bonefish in the 5-10 pound class. The guides of North Andros Fly Fishing know tarpon well and love to hunt them on the flats around the creeks and channels on the West Side and throughout the Joulters Cays. North Andros is also one of the most dependable permit areas in all of the Bahamas. The flats that border deep water are prime permit areas during settled weather. If you really want to pursue the Silver King or fish permit, then the late spring and summer months provide the warmer temperatures that these fish prefer. We rank this destination as one of the top economical values for fly fishing some of the most beautiful and productive flats anywhere in the world.

Boats and Equipment

Anglers fish from 16-foot Dolphin Super Skiffs and Mavericks, complete with poling platforms, 75-170 HP Yamaha outboards, and spacious casting decks. They are roomy, fast and comfortable. It is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Choosing the Right RecipeThis is a fishing focused destination that does not offer a great deal for the non-angler. That said, the guest house is a three-minute walk to a beautiful beach. There is good snorkeling and sunbathing at your fingertips. You can snorkel the ocean Blue Hole in Conch Sound or find a young person in Evans Town to walk you to the mysterious Evans Cave and Blue Hole, made famous by explorer Jacques Cousteau. Two bicycles are available for your use. The local taxi driver, Alan Russell, can be hired for half or full day tours of Andros Island. There are local hand-made straw baskets and wood carvings to purchase in Red Bays, the only settlement on the wild west side of Andros. Red Bays is also the home of the sponging industry. You can also visit other Blue Holes and Captain Morgan's Cave. On a full day trip you can tour the Androsia Batik Factory. Rental cars are also available. Don't forget they drive on the left side of the road!

How To Get There

Direct flights from Ft. Lauderdale to the Andros Town Airport are available through Sun Air. Make sure to leave ample time for connecting flights on your return trip, due to customs and immigration - at least an hour and a half. For daily commercial flights, fly direct to Nassau and use service from Western Air to the San Andros Airport (twice daily). Private air charters can also be arranged by calling Ian Davis at Yellow Dog.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Nicolls Town is one hour and fifteen minutes from Andros Town, and fifteeen minutes from San Andros. A cab driver will deliver you to the lodge from the airport, This taxi transfer is included in the fishing package price. (From San Andros airport only. Not from Andros Town.)

2012 Fishing Package Rates

All Prices are per person. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Length of Stay 2 Per Room
2 Per Boat
1 Per Room
1 Per Boat
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $1,350 $1,850
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,750 $2,450
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $2,160 $3,060
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $2,600 $3,600
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,140 $4,200

West Side fuel surcharge ------------------------------------------------------------ $200 per boat / per day

* 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.

What's Included

  • All accommodations at the guest house
  • Dinner each evening at the lodge or in Nicolls Town
  • Bottled water, sodas, juices, coffee, and continental breakfast
  • Guided fishing with boat and cooler lunch
  • Government room tax
  • Round-trip taxi to and from San Andros Airport

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from home town to Andros Town and overweight baggage charges
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Alcohol, beer, and wine (BYO, can be purchased at local liquor store)
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Round-trip taxi to and from Andros Town Airport

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has 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 info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

The main nightlife in the area is in Nicolls Town’s four small bars, located just down the beach from the house. It is an easy, safe walk. This is not a tourist town in any way, but rather a quaint fishing village that offers an authentic Bahamian experience.

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