Tackle and Gear
Andros is a great fishing destination. Because of its remote location, it is difficult to acquire most fishing gear or personal effects on the island itself. The following suggestions will help you enjoy your time on Andros and assure that you have accounted for the proper equipment and clothing.
The rod you will want to make sure you have is a 7-8 weight, fast action rod. A back-up rod is recommended which could be another 8 weight, or maybe a 10-weight rod for barracuda or snapper. Travel rods in 3-4 piece construction are helpful for carry-on purposes.
Bonefishing will challenge any equipment you bring. Owning the best quality reel you can buy will ensure a problem free angling experience.
Make sure that the lines you purchase are specifically for saltwater, otherwise you will encounter problems with your line functioning properly. We recommend a weight forward, floating line with a saltwater taper. Back-up fly lines are highly recommended. Many fly lines have been lost or destroyed by fish and coral, and you will not have access to purchasing additional lines on the island.
We have assortments in $50, $100, $150 and $200 sizes designed specifically for this destination, order online now! Bonefish will be found primarily on the flats. Since water on the flats ranges in depth, a wide selection of weights must be incorporated into the flies. From no eye, to bead chain, to lead eyes, it is important to have each type of fly tied in many different weight categories. Make sure to have some of your flies with weed guards for grass flats. Your guide will be able to help you select appropriate flies for the different water types and species. Since there are several food sources available in the Bahamas, a well-stocked fly box is a necessity.
Permit Flies: You probably will only need about 1/2 dozen permit flies for the week. Many of the bonefish flies work for permit as well.
Barracuda Flies: You most likely will want to have at least 1/2 dozen flies to use for barracuda.
Gear and Packing List
The following is a list of additional items recommended to help make your trip more comfortable. It is certainly better to come prepared than to find yourself without something you may need. If you need help finding anything on this list, please let us know and we can assist you.