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Bairs Lodge – Bahamas

Location: East side of South Andros Island.

Fishery: It’s all about the bonefish. You’ll have access to vast unpressured flats, to creeks, to bights, to cays and to pristine white sand where the bonefish can be abundant to say the least. You’ll also have the option to head to the south west flats of the island where the shots won’t be as plentiful, but they’ll be at some of the biggest bonefish in the world. The same area that offers the opportunity at a grand slam – bonefish, permit, and tarpon.

Accomodations: Bairs Lodge is intimate and cheerful. Although simple, the amenities are borderline luxurious. Attention to detail is relentless and the veteran staff deserves its reputation of quality and friendliness. Food consists of superb local specialties with fresh seafood being the foundation. Rooms are charming and air conditioned with their own private bathrooms. WiFi is available.

Bairs Lodge Flies

Fishing Program:

  • 7:00 AM Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM Boats leave dock (located right by the lodge, guide brings lunch)
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM Boats return to dock
  • 5:30 PM Appetizers
  • 7:00 PM Dinners

Sample Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Arrive Congo Town. Transfer to lodge (approx. 20 minutes) and get settled in.
  • Day 2-7 Full days guided fishing.
  • Day 8 Depart Lodge.

Rates:
Per person based on double occupancy:
At time of writing, subject to change

7 night/6 day package: $6,395
6 night/5 day package: $5,995
5 night/4 day package: $5,395
4 night/3 day package: $4,495
3 night/2 day package: $3,595

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, wines, beer local spirits and non-alcoholic drinks, roundtrip transfers from Congo Town to the lodge, lodge kayak, daily maid service, all Bahamian taxes.

Not Included: Airfare, laundry service, staff and guide gratuities.

Season: October – March (High Season) or March – July (Peak Season)

Capacity: 12 anglers

All arrangements are handled by our trusty friends at Fly Water Travel.

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Bonefish Flies

  •   Features

    • Stiffness of calf tail allows the sili legs to flow in the current
    • Extremely effective on bonefish in the Bahamas and Mexico
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    • Excellent bonefish pattern around the globe, especially the Bahamas and Caribbean
    • Bunny fur wing pulses in current even when the fly isn’t stripped
    • Clear legs with silver flake give bonefish an attractive glimmer to key in on
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  •   Features

    • Great on Caribbean Bonefish
    • Tied on a Tiemco 811S
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  •   Features

    • Great crab pattern for Bonefish, Permit and Redfish
    • Tied on a Gamakatsu SC15
    • All have weedguards
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    • Great for Bonefish everywhere
    • Tough, durable & shrimpy looking fly
    • Tied with a prong style weedguard
    • BC stands for Bead Chain eyes
    • #2 approx. 2.50″ long; #1/0 approx. 3″ long
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  •   Features

    • Classic Bonefish fly that works everywhere
    • Larger the fly the heavier it is
    • Tied on a Tiemco 811S
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    • Classic Bonefish fly that works everywhere
    • Bead Chain Eyes work best in shallow water
    • Tied on a Tiemco 811S
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  •   Features

    • Works well on Bonefish worldwide
    • Orange in the head and tail gets the Bonefish’s attention
    • Tied on a Tiemco 811S with Lead Eyes
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  • Beck’s Sili Legs – #6 Chartreuse, #4 Chartreuse
  • Gotcha – #8, #6, #4
  • Mantis Shrimp – #8, #6, #4
  • Bonefish Scampi – #6 Bead Chain Pink, #4 Lead Eye Pink
  • EP Spawning Shrimp – #6 BC Tan, #4 BC Tan, #4 Tan
  • Bone Appetite – #2 Tan, #2 Pink
  • EP Crab – #8 Tan, #8 BC Tan
  • Spawning Mantis – #6 Tan/Orange

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Save 10% vs Getting Each Fly and the Box Individually

Andros Bonefish Box - Sm Original price was: $159.94.Current price is: $145.49. 3 available
Andros Bonefish Box - Lg Original price was: $264.99.Current price is: $238.49. 1 available

Barracuda Flies

  •   Features

    • Made of a durable mesh tubing that has flex in the water and is easy to cast
    • Fly is 8″ long and comes with pre-rigged with a 9″ wire bite tippet
    • Super effective barracuda tube fly
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  • Ka-Cudda – 2/0
  • J-Rae Cuda Killer – 2/0 Chartreuse

Permit Flies

  •   Features

    • Designed for the flats of the Florida Keys
    • Tied with Lead Eyes and the material on the underside of the shank for better visibility
    • Rubber legs add extra movement
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  •   Features

    • Great for Bonefish everywhere
    • Tough, durable & shrimpy looking fly
    • Tied with a prong style weedguard
    • BC stands for Bead Chain eyes
    • #2 approx. 2.50″ long; #1/0 approx. 3″ long
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  •   Features

    • Great permit fly for many locations
    • Crabby profile, good sink rate for shallow-medium depth flats
    • Flutter of fly tail (one arm) causes eats on sink
    • Single prong weedguard, fold it back before fishing
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  • EP Spawning Shrimp – #1 Tan
  • Colby’s Corona Crab – #2
  • Slater’s Strong Arm Merkin – #2
  • Lexo’s One Armed Bandit – #2 Sand

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Tarpon Flies

  •   Features

    • From oceanside migrators to ditch-bound juveniles, tarpon everywhere will eat this fly
    • Collar and bunny strip pulsate when stripped
    • Wide head allows the fly to constantly track straight
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  •   Features

    • Great for offshore and inshore species
    • Tough, durable & realistic looking fly
    • Tied on a super sharp Gamakatsu SC15
    • #1/0 is 2″ long; #2/0 is 3″ long; #3/0 is 5″ long (no weedguard on #3/0)
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  •   Features

    • Great for Tarpon worldwide, especially big fish in the Everglades and backwater bays
    • Wide flat profile tracks straight
    • Tied on a Gamakatsu SL12S
    • Approx. 3.50″ long
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  •   Features

    • Polar fiber breathes and pulsate through water
    • Epoxy head prevents fouling
    • #4 Length: 2 1/2″, #2 Length: 3 1/2″, 2/0 Length: 5″
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  •   Features

    • A must-have clear-water tarpon fly
    • Crab-like head with fluttery marabou tail proves irresistible
    • Easily visible when fished
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  • Tarpon Tapa – #1/0 Tan/Brown
  • EP Tarpon SP Bunny – #2/0 Black/Purple
  • EP Peanut Butter – #2/0 Black/Purple
  • Tarpon Toad – #1/0 Chartreuse
  • Bunny Tarpon Toad – #1/0 Black/Purple, #1/0 Chartreuse
  • Polar Fiber Minnow – #2 White

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Fly Rods

  • Features

    • Boosted control in less-than-ideal situations.
    • Advanced loop stability due to micro baffling.
    • Extremely durable rod known for its rugged construction.
    • 15% Lighter, faster and stronger then the previous NRX.
    • Refined from the previous NRX series of rods.
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  • Scott Sector Fly Rod Video & Review

    Features

    • Guides are PVD coated in a low reflective coating for even greater durability and stealth.
    • Scott’s all new Carbon Web technology improves torsional stability.
    • Reel seat milled from aircraft grade aluminum.
    • CeRecoil stripping guides with nickel titanium frames and super slick Zirconia inserts.
    • Unmatched reliability for easily duplicated performance on the water.
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  • Fast-action 9′ 8 weight for bonefish
  • Fast-action 9′ 10 weight for barracuda, permit and tarpon

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Reels

  •   Features

    • Designed to balance perfectly with lighter rods
    • Zero start-up inertia and precise low-end control protects light tippets
    • Lighter version of the sealed and maintenance-free carbon and stainless steel disc drag
    • Adjusts from zero to full drag in a single drag knob rotation
    • 30% lighter and 30% narrower than Mirage
    • Strong, yet lightweight, 6061 T6 aluminum, type II anodizing
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  • Why we love Tibors

      Features

    • New Frost finishes utilize Tibor’s Certified Mil-A-8625 Type II Anodizing with fewer polishing steps for a less reflective surface with the same durability
    • Made from solid aluminum bar stock
    • Lightweight to balance with modern fly rods and reduce casting fatigue
    • Triple outgoing line signals, easily removable for silent operation
    • World famous Tibor drag system
    • Made and assembled in the USA
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  • Durable 8 weight size reel with smooth drag system and at least 150 yds of #20 backing
  • Durable 10 weight size reel with smooth drag system and at least 200 yds of #30 backing for barracuda, permit and tarpon

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Fly Lines

  •   Features

    • 16 strand braided monofilament core stays stiff in tropical heat
    • Welded loops on TT8F-TT9F
    • J3 coating for better shooting, higher floating, water repelling, and durability
    • Sand color shooting head blends into Tropical Blue running line to indicate optimal casting length
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  •   Features

    • Features the revolutionary AST Plus slickness additive for superior shooting ability and increased durability
    • The perfect line for bonefish, tarpon, and permit on the flats; also great for snook, redfish, and sea trout
    • Overweighted by .75 sizes to load rods quickly; use designated line weight for your rod
    • Short, powerful head turns over long leaders with heavy flies
    • Tropi-Core technology remains stiff and slick in tropical environments
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  • Weight forward tropical floating WF8F fly line, that loads easy, punches into the wind and can be presented softly. For bonefish.
  • Weight forward tropical floating WF10F fly line, that punches into the wind and carries big flies. For barracuda, permit and tarpon.

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Bonefish & Permit

  •   Features

    • Medium-stiff material for turning over larger flies
    • Easy knotting, high strength leader
    • Hand tied perfection loop in the butt for quick rigging
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  •   Features

    • 100% fluorocarbon
    • Excellent abrasion resistance
    • Medium stiff
    • 8 lb – 12 lb 30 yd spool, 16 lb – 20 lb 25 yd spool, 25 lb – 50 lb 20 yd spool, 60 lb – 100 lb 15 yd spool
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  •   Features

    • Medium-stiff material with great knot strength
    • Easy casting taper design that casts typical saltwater flies
    • Maximum strength and abrasion resistance
    • Hand tied perfection loop in the butt for quick rigging
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  • RIO Saltwater Leader – 16 lb
  • RIO Bonefish Leader – 12 lb
  • RIO Fluoroflex Saltwater Tippet – 12 lb, 16 lb, 20 lb

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Barracuda

  •   Features

    • Tough multi stand wire for bite tippets.
    • Flexible for knot tying.
    • 15Ft or 50Ft Guide spools available.
    • Perfect for shark, barracuda, bluefish, muskie, kingfish and more.
    • Softer wire for better turnover on leaders.
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  •   Features

    • Medium-stiff material with great knot strength
    • Easy casting taper design that casts typical saltwater flies
    • Maximum strength and abrasion resistance
    • Hand tied perfection loop in the butt for quick rigging
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  •   Features

    • Ideal for toothy fish such as barracuda, bluefish, and pike
    • Bronze – a supple, easy to knot, nylon coated braided wire
    • Silver – a nylon coated single strand steel wire with snap link
    • Medium stiff nylon leader that tapers down to 16 lb
    • Pre-looped for easy rigging
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  • RIO Saltwater Leader – 20 lb
  • RIO Toothy Critter Leader – 20 lb (bronze or silver)
  • RIO Powerflex Wire Bite Tippet – 20 lb

Tarpon

  •   Features

    • 100% fluorocarbon
    • Excellent abrasion resistance
    • Medium stiff
    • 8 lb – 12 lb 30 yd spool, 16 lb – 20 lb 25 yd spool, 25 lb – 50 lb 20 yd spool, 60 lb – 100 lb 15 yd spool
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  •   Features

    • Medium-stiff material with great knot strength
    • Easy casting taper design that casts typical saltwater flies
    • Maximum strength and abrasion resistance
    • Hand tied perfection loop in the butt for quick rigging
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  • RIO Saltwater Leader – 20 lb
  • RIO Fluoroflex Saltwater Tippet – 40 lb, 60 lb

Fishing Apparel

  •   Features

    • Ultralight nylon/polyester blend dries in a flash and has 30-UPF sun protection
    • Mechanical stretch in the fabric allows for greater comfort when casting
    • 2.25-oz 52% nylon/48% polyester with mechanical stretch and 30-UPF sun protection
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  •   Features

    • Elastic back for comfort and great fit
    • Two back pockets one zipper closed; two front slash pockets with mesh drainage
    • Double layer fabric on front of leg for durability and protection; drop in utility pocket on right thigh
    • 50+ UPF sun protection
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  •   Features

    • Hood is designed to be worn over a baseball cap
    • Vertical zip closure on front pocket
    • Sculpted cuff with thumb holes for sun protection
    • 100% polyester double knit with 50+ UPF sun protection
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  •   Features

    • Lightweight, UPF50 sun glove with improved coverage & fit
    • Synthetic overlay on the index finger for stripping durability
    • Half finger style with extended coverage on index/middle fingers, long length to cover the wrists & pairing snaps for storage
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  •   Features

    • Quick-dry, breathable stretch fabric with laser cut breathing holes
    • Coolcore technology – up to 30% lower surface tempature when wet
    • Longer cape for better sun coverage at neckline
    • Tall enough to fit over back of fishing cap
    • One size fits most
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  •   Features

    • UPF 30
    • Durable and lightweight with COR3™ and Cool Control™ technology – perfect for warm weather fishing
    • Zip-secure back pocket and slash hand pockets with an internal cell phone pocket
    • Partial elastic, brushed tricot lined waistband for adjustability, comfort and moisture management
    • Crotch gusset for comfort and ease of movement
    • Inseam 30”
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  •   Features

    • Easy on/easy off saltwater wet wading shoe with gusseted zipper opening & YKK® locking corrosion-resistant zipper
    • Durable vulcanized rubber outsole & molded EVA sockliner & full length Bi-Fit™ lasting board for puncture resistance
    • Designed to be worn barefoot or with a light liner sock; order straight shoe size or nearest whole size up
    • Men’s whole sizes: 8 – 14, Width: EE
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  • Sun protection is critical. Lightweight, quick-drying technical fishing apparel with built-in UPF protection is best.
  • Simms Zipit II booties are perfect for wading sessions.

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