Crooked Island, Bahamas
Bill Leuchten

Front Range Anglers has been working hard to develop relationships with fly fishing destinations, so that we can bring our customers the best trips with great value. With that in mind, I went to the Bahamas a couple of weeks ago to check out an awesome, and not well known, spot called Crooked Island. (Don't say I don't work hard for you.)

We all love and respect our fellow anglers except when they show up where we want to fish. Given the 100 square miles of flats that surround Crooked Island, which has a population of 300 people on a good day, there really is no chance of that.

The resort is called Pittstown Landing. It's a small venue with lodging for only 8. The airstrip is right next to the dining area and the rooms so there really is not a long way to carry your bags. The rooms are clean and rustic and don't even have locks on the doors -- and there really is no need for them. Meals are served family style, the bar is always open so you can help yourself, and within a couple of hours you're on a first-name basis with everyone there. It's not fancy, but a lot of fun.

But what about the fishing? The first day was frustrating -- not from not catching fish but because of the superb fish spotting eyes of the guides. They could see fish 150 yards out when they were looking in the opposite direction. Many times I was blind casting to fish only they could see. The ability the guides had to spot fish was the most amazing part of the trip. My eyes warmed up but never to the ability the guides had. The guides are skillful and friendly, and you get the chance to go out with a different guide each day, which definitely enhances the experience.

The 3 day trip was 70% flats fishing and the rest by boat. The flats were beautiful and were teeming with fish. The Bonefish were plentiful and readily took all flies that were presented, even the poorly tied ones. Wading in the warm water is always a special occasion for me and is such a departure from trout fishing. There have been many permit and tarpon caught here although it is not considered a destination to pursue them. I never had any shots at any although my traveling companions had a couple casts to some finicky permit and had stories of the fish taking interest in their flies. However, these stories were unconfirmed.

Front Range Anglers is organizing a trip to Crooked Island and is now collecting interested parties. There is a 3 day fishing/4 night trip for $1295 and a 6 day fishing/7 night trip for $2395 not including airfare.

Compared to other Bahama destinations that may have over 100 boats of anglers crawling over the flats, Crooked Island is relatively untouched, which accounts for the lower price tag. Because of the lack of pressure, it's also a great place for a beginning saltwater fly fisher to have a successful experience. If you're interested in giving the Bahamas a try, drop me an email at info (at) frontrangeanglers.com.