For more than 20 years well-traveled anglers have targeted Bair’s Lodge on South Andros Island. Why? Because Bair’s is ideally located within striking distance of the island’s south and West Side fisheries, while also offering anglers exceptional diversity across endless miles of flats in adjacent creeks and lagoons. For best-in-class fly-fishing for bonefish in the Bahamas, Bair’s Lodge is it.
Upon arrival at Bair’s, you’ll be treated to plush ocean-side accommodations that go above and beyond the Bahamas status quo. Our team of veteran fly fishing guides includes the best “eyes” in South Andros, focused on delivering you quality, quantity, and an exceptional experience. Relax in style when your day’s done, with 5-star cuisine and services, a top-shelf bar, fully stocked fly shop, and a lodge designed for ultimate comfort off the water.
- Andros Island bonefishing is legendary and Bair’s Lodge is perfectly situated with access to everything that makes is remarkable: remote and seemingly endless Southern flats, intricate creek systems, and the fabled West Side.
- No trailering: Access all the best fisheries by skiffs that pick you up at the lodge every morning.
- The West Side offers one of the best opportunities in the world to land double-digit bonefish. You’ll see them! It’s up to you to make your casts count.
- Andros’ offers unprecedented options: singles, schools, large bonefish, and plentiful wading opportunities for catch-and-release fly fishing.
- Bonefish see very little angling pressure in this part of the Bahamas.
- Veteran Bahamian guide staff, with more than two decades of fly-fishing experience.
Excellent, ocean-side wading flats located in front of the lodge.
- Bair’s Lodge has unmatched accommodations and staff, providing the highest levels of service since 1989.
- Bair’s is easy to reach via 45-minute flights from Fort Lauderdale, FL, to South Andros.
- The best flats skiff fleet on South Andros. 16-foot Dolphins with lean bars and comfortable seats are at your service.
Bair’s Lodge consists of an attractive Plantation-style manor surrounded by tropical flowers and palm trees, idyllically situated on the east side of South Andros Island. The ocean-side property offers a beach with hammocks, a communal fire pit, and a view to die for. These prime logistics also mean no boat trailering, with convenient pickup by lodge guides every morning, delivering you to great fishing.
Living Room and Dining Area: The airy living and dining room areas—with ceiling fans and air-conditioning— include comfortable sofas, a TV, bar, plenty of fishy reading material, and ocean-facing vistas. Breakfasts and dinners are social, festive gatherings that include creative menus and inspired libations.
Bar and Fly-Tying Room: The lodge has a main bar fully stocked with spirits, cold beers, soft drinks, plenty of ice, and a blender and mixers for cocktails. Next to the indoor bar, we have a fully stocked fly-tying table for guests to use. Satellite TV has been installed for those who wish to catch-up on news or sports events during cocktail hour or anytime you’re relaxing off the water.
Shop and Guest Office: The guest office is located between the bar and the sitting room. You’ll find telephone facilities and a computer station with satellite Internet access for everything from e-mailing to web surfing. The lodge has loaner rods available for rent (there is also a flat charge of $250 for broken items that need to be sent back to U.S. manufacturers). We also have spinning rods and reels for outings to the reef for barracuda, jacks, or grouper.
Our shop is stocked with Sage rods, Hatch and Abel reels, Rio lines, backing and tippets, a great selection of the right flies, sunscreen and lip balm, Costa del Mar polarized sunglasses, and an assortment of Bair’s Lodge logo apparel.
Verandah: Most of the rooms in the house open on to a long verandah facing the ocean, with comfortable benches and tables to sip coffee in the morning or cocktails in the evening. There are handy rod racks beside the outdoor showers, and we have a hose with fresh water to wash down your tackle in the evenings. From the verandah, walk along the path to the beach, where our flats skiffs boats are moored. There you’ll find comfortable lounge chairs and a hammock. Prevailing southeast winds and verandah ceiling fans ensure there’s always a breeze, so you can usually enjoy evenings outdoors without insects.
Bedrooms and bathrooms: All of our bedrooms are light and airy, with terracotta tiled floors, 100% white cotton sheets, as well as tropical-weight duvets and plenty of down pillows. They are fully air-conditioned, with ample storage space, electricity outlets to recharge appliances, and a comfortable chair. All have en-suite bathrooms, full baths, powerful showers with hot water available 24 hours a day, and lots of white towels, robes, and amenities. Our housekeeping staff takes pride is maintaining spotless rooms. Laundry bags are provided in all the bedrooms.
At Bair’s Lodge we take pride in serving spectacular food, using local produce and specializing in fresh seafood (ahi tuna, lobster, conch grouper, and hog snapper), delicious pastas, and choice meats. We carefully stock our cupboards with quality items from the U.S. and Nassau. Our chef bakes breads, pastries, and cookies daily. Coffee is made from freshly ground beans and will be waiting for you every morning. Alternatively, we can bring a cup to your room!
A full breakfast features a variety of cereals, coffee and teas, as well as fresh fruits. Eggs can cooked any style, with bacon, sausages, and/or grits. Hot cereals are also available. Every evening you’ll fill out your lunch menu card, with a choice of fresh salads, wraps, and sandwiches, as well as your beer and soda requests. We have an open bar policy at the lodge. On your return from fishing you’ll find cold beers, spirits, and a blender for cocktails, as well as stacks of soft drinks. Delicious appetizers are served nightly, so you can sample local specialties.
If you have a preferred brand of liquor, let us know in advance so the lodge can have it ready for you upon arrival (payable upon arrival to the lodge). Otherwise, you can bring your own bottle. Please note that local spirits and major U.S. brands will be available free of charge at the lodge.
Dinner starts with appetizers such as homemade soups or conch ceviche, and all entrees are served with fresh salads. Desserts vary from chocolate decadence to key lime parfaits. House wines such as Argentine Malbecs, Chilean Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon will be served with dinner. After dinner, coffee and tea and liquors will be served in the sitting room.
Bair’s caters to special dietary needs. Fill in our questionnaire with any requirements or food allergies you might have, so we can inform the chef.
The lodge has a good supply of drinking water via our reverse-osmosis system. You will find water in your bedroom and your boat, and you can drink the tap water. In our arid climate, conservation is always appreciated.
Bonefishing at Bair’s Lodge, Andros Island, Bahamas
Bair’s Lodge on Andros Island has long been synonymous with the largest bonefish in the Caribbean. Andros’s west side, for instance, continues to produce giants on an annual basis. The south end, on the other hand, is vast, sees limited pressure, and along with South Andros’s intricate creeks and interior lagoons, provides no shortage of opportunity to deliver a big one, on any given day.
What makes flyfishing at South Andros so prolific can be summed up in two words: quality habitat. Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas chain, which means it houses more unpressured flats per square mile than anywhere else in the country. In fact, these fisheries are some of the largest and most varied in the world, offering you opportunities to wade or fish from the boat on white sand ocean-side flats, tidal creeks, Turtle grass expanses, bights, and mangrove riddled environments.
This incredible variety also makes South Andros somewhat of an anomaly. No matter how many years anglers have been returning to the island, there’s always someplace new to explore. Different fly-fishing guides specialize in different areas. Everyone has favorites. No two places are alike on any given day. And getting lost in this Bahamian bonefishing trance is a large part of South Andros’s overall appeal.
Great bonefish live here. In addition, Bair’s Lodge guests will encounter the occasional permit or tarpon. So be ready. Offshore and reef species such as wahoo, tuna, dorado, (seasonal billfish), snapper, barracuda, and grouper also provide good sport and trips can be arranged via your lodge hosts.
Every morning after fuelling up on caffeine and a hearty a la carte breakfast, step out of the lodge, onto the beach, greet your guide, and board your flats skiff. Lunch and indigenous (and delicious) Kalik beers are loaded and ready. All you need to focus on is the fishing, which at Bair’s Lodge is always within close range.
Deep and Little creeks are short runs from the lodge in our comfortable, high-powered flats skiffs. They each open into large bays scattershot with small cays, appreciated wind reprieve, and bonefish in abundance. Both creeks also access the fabled West Side and other remote cays to the south and southwest that provide flyfishers with shots at elusive Bahamian permit and tarpon. Catch all three in one day—bonefish, permit, and ’poon— for a “Grand Slam” finish and join the ranks of the inshore saltwater elite.
South Andros’s southern flats are home to some of the island’s largest schools of bonefish. Grassy Creek is a 40-minute boat run from Bair’s Lodge. Weather permitting, you can ride onto Hawksbill Creek and as far as Cistern Point. This area sees little fishing pressure and is regarded as the place to come for numbers of fish. The flats stretch as far as the eye can see and wading next to these huge schools is the experience of a lifetime.
Bair’s Lodge is situated amid palm trees and spectacular ocean vistas on the east side of South Andros Island, Bahamas. Andros is the largest of what Bahamians call “the Family Islands,” and remains one of the least developed in the archipelago. This laidback setting delivers a fly-fishing dreamscape divided by inland creeks and large channels, called bights.
Bair’s Lodge is a 5-minute boat run north or south to Deep and Little creeks. These ocean cuts open up to vast interiors of inland flats, scattershot with more than 120 square miles of small cays, mangrove habitats, connecting channels, and vibrant bonefish populations. Little Creek, depending on tides, connects to the island’s West Side, which can be reached by flats skiff in about 45-minutes. There you’ll find some of South Andros’ most impressive bonefish—adult specimens that can push 10+ pounds.
The southern flats, also about a 45-minute to an hour run depending on ocean conditions, feature some of the least explored angling opportunities in the region. Think endless, wadeable flats, abundant bonefish schools, spectacularly mysterious blue holes, and no competing boats or anglers in sight. Wading and boat fishing opportunities abound and a handful of permit have been hooked and landed in this land of plenty.
Rainbow TroutIs there a more beautiful or popular fish? Depicted on corporate logos, ball caps, and gas station signage, the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchusmykiss) is an angler’s favorite because it fights hard, looks sexy, and requires some skill to catch.The rainbows of Chilean Patagonia and the Futaleufu River are of the wild variety and can grow to impressive sizes, pushing 20+ inches throughout the system. Opportunistic feeders, they fatten up on the river’s rich supply of macroinvertebrate life and—depending on the season—can be fooled with an array of dry-fly, nymph, and streamer patterns.
Brown TroutThe Futaleufu’s wild brown trout population boasts some beautiful specimens.These territorial fish ranging from 14 to 20+ inches prefer structure-rich environments in and around cutbanks, deadfall, and boulder-strewn runs. And they feed on everything from small minnows and rainbow parr to mayflies, caddis, and larger terrestrial insects.They’re also known to be nocturnal predators, and skating mouse patterns under the moonlight is a great way to stalk some of the river’s bigger fish.