Aug 16

Dammit Earl!

Some bad news for Belize, Mexico and Honduras… Earl is coming and he likely will become a hurricane some time tomorrow.


Not good.

Thoughts are with those in the path of Earl.

Oct 15

Bahamas Fly Fishing Hurricane Relief Fund

Bahamas Fly Fishing Relief Fund
Joaquin has caused some major damage in the Bahamas as it sat over islands like Long, San Sal, Crooked and Acklins for days. Since it formed locally, many of the precautionary measures normally taken were impossible. Once the immediate food and shelter issues are taken care of there will be a lot of folks who need some help getting their businesses back up and running to support their families. The Bahamas Fly Fishing Hurricane Relief Fund is intended to help members of the fly fishing industry who need help getting their businesses back up and running. This isn’t about giving a man a fish, or teaching a man to fish (they know how to do that already), it is about getting him back out fishing again.

How it works
Funds will be collected by the Abaco Fly Fishing Guide’s Association. To apply for help applicants need to be a member of one of the fly fishing associations (AFFGA or BFFIA). Applicants just need to say what they need the money for and how it will help them get their business back up and running (a more flushed out application will be made available once we get a sense of how much money has been raised). Funds will be administered by the AFFGA. Amounts given will be determined based on the total amount raised, the need stated and the principal of widest possible impact (helping as many people in a meaningful way as possible).

The total amount of money raised and the total amount of money given out, for what and in what amounts, will be posted within 3 months.

How to give
You can give to the fund through the AFFGA’s PayPal account (the link is on the left side, just click on the PayPay icon). Simply include “FLY FISHING HURRICANE RELIEF FUND” in the purpose.

First, we need to raise some money, then we can see how much support we can actually give so we can let the guides know how much help they can get. So, if you know some industry folks or a few hedge fund guys who love bonefishing, let’s get some money into the AFFGA so we can get some help to those guides impacted by that rat bastard Joaquin.

The Bahamas is a special place. These are good, hard working people. These are people we like and people we generally spend some of our best days with. Let’s do what we can to keep them in business.

Aug 11

Andros South vs. Hurricane Irene

For those of you keeping score at home, the final result was Andros South 1, Hurricane Irene 0.

They made it through.


Our team on South Andros is safe and sound, and we experienced no damage from the storm.

That from the Captain of the Andros South team.

Good news.

Aug 11

Irene Aftermath

Irene is slamming the East Coast right about now, but it has gone through the Bahamas already and now it is time to asses the damage.

This story is from the AP.  – “I met the kitchen door in the road…”

This is from Vince at Cattarugus Outfitters
I spoke today with representatives from Ivels B & B on Acklins Island who are in Nassau, and Ivels B & B sustained minimal damage–some lost shingles, small pieces of roof, etc. . . No apparent injuries to anyone associated with Ivels on Acklins island.
He did say he heard that some homes were flattened, but he could not elaborate where on Acklins.
I also just spoke with Clinton Scavella from Crooked Island (he’s in Nassau) and everything on Crooked Island is ok, some roof damage and a lot of cleanup, but everyone is definitely safe there.

He did say he heard that 19 homes were completely destroyed on Acklins, in the lovely bay/chesters area, and many others sustained heavy damage.

Lets pray that no one was seriously hurt.

I have heard second hand reports that some homes were damaged on Eleuthera, but nothing concrete yet.

From Vaughn Cochran who has Black Fly Bonefish Club in Abaco

Latest news from Clint…The lodge seems to have escaped with minor damage, amazing since we expected it to not even be there after 130 mph winds. Boats are OK and our guides and their families are safe also. clint is doing a flyover at some point today so I’ll have more details later.