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  • Mangrove Cay Club



    Bahamas bonefish, Andros Middle Bight.     5 SPOTS LEFT

    7N/6D   $5,350.00 + 7.5% VAT                     February 11 to 18, 2017

    6N/5D   $4,700.00 + 7.5% VAT                     February 11 to 17, 2017

    Above packages include, lodging, all meals, alcohol, and guided fishing. Rates are for double occupancy. (please inquire for single rate)

    Without a doubt, the finest lodge in the Bahamas.

    See link below for brochure for Mangrove Cay Club.


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    As I watched the latest reports on hurricane Matthew’s path of destruction through the Caribbean, my hopes of our scheduled bonefishing trip began to fade.  The current radar images were indicating a direct hit on North Andros, our intended destination.


    In the grand scheme, a missed fishing trip paled compared to the horror the residents of that largest of the Bahamas chain of islands had to be experiencing at that very moment.  Yes, we would surely miss out on some great fishing that had been planned months ago.  But that’s certainly not the whole story.  Much of what lures us back to those spots has little to do with the “catching”.  I’m sure we’d agree that the expanse of the flats and the diversity of its wild inhabitants are what draws us back.  That coupled with the Bahamian people who make us feel welcome and ensure our visit is both productive and enjoyable are the appeal.  With a distinct laid-back approach to life, they quickly help you adjust to “island time”.  A welcome transition to the often hectic pace we lead here at home.  Those were the folks whose lives were being threatened by the massive storm bearing down on them during its northward trek.

    Fast forward to about two weeks before our scheduled departure.  We received communication from our contacts at Angling Destinations that things were looking up for our trip.  To say we were skeptical is a bit of an understatement.   Reports continued to improve as the days passed.  By the time we landed at the San Andros airfield, on North Andros, a collective sigh of relief could be heard from our International Angler contingent.

    After a minor baggage hiccup, we were greeted by a familiar, friendly face.  Allan, our taxi driver remembered us from last year’s trip and in typical Bahamian fashion, welcomed us with a broad smile and handshakes all around.  As we pulled up to the green frame house that would be our home base for the next week, it was apparent that the storm that had wreaked havoc on many of the surrounding structures completely missed this one!

    Phillip, our host and head guide along with Elias and Schemer, his current guide team, were happy we could make the trip and seemed as eager as us to return to the flats.  This would be their first foray into the Joulters, since Matthew left its mark.  This was another step for them getting their lives somewhat back to normal as well as bringing some much needed income to their local economy.












    Our first day of fishing made it apparent to Phillip and the boys that Matthew had made some significant changes to the flats.  Regardless, we all returned to the boat launch at day’s end with plenty of fish stories, thanks to their savvy and fish-finding skills.  Back to the lodge we’d go, to unload our gear from Phillip’s battle tested Ford F-350 pickup truck, hose off our tackle, boots and anything else that carried sand.  The next hour or so was spent performing various tasks (in no particular order) such as replacing worn leaders and flies, hanging up wet clothes, and enjoying a couple (or more) cold beverages, before getting cleaned up for dinner.  Dinnertime on any fishing trip is usually accompanied by a myriad of stories and discussions.  This one was absolutely no exception.  Subjects ranged from politics to pickle slicers and oh yes, a few more fish stories.

    There are always at least a few highlights throughout a week’s worth of fishing, and no trip would be complete without a “big fish” story.  Honors for this trip go to good friend and longtime customer of International Angler, Gene Ferguson.  Those of you who know Gene can attest to his enthusiastic approach to fishing.  Those who haven’t had the pleasure of sharing a day’s fishing with him are missing out on a chance to witness a guy who mixes intensity with a man-sized helping of boyish excitement!  This is a guy who managed a 50 bonefish day during a recent trip to Mars Bay, on South Andros.  Pretty impressive!



    On this day, Gene was paired-up with our guide Schemer as they exited the skiff, onto “Shark Bight” just as the incoming tide was beginning to flood.  With little or no wind to mask the anglers’ movements, the few fish that were soon seen had already sensed danger and were sneaking away.  As Gene scanned the blinding white sand, he detected movement, 45-50 feet to his left.  Two fish quartering toward him.  Since they were already within casting range and had not yet spooked, Gene quickly shot a cast to what appeared to be the larger of the two bonefish. The size 2 Puglisi Spawning Shrimp entered the shallow water quietly just ahead of the oncoming targets.  One strip… two strips… Unlike the numerous times you and I have tried that tactic, only to have the smaller fish dart in and grab the fly, the fishing gods were smiling down on Gene at that moment, and the big brother rushed in and pounced!  As often happens when a big bonefish eats, mayhem ensued.  For the next few minutes the tug of war continued, the silver streak peeling out flyline and going deep into Gene’s backing not once, but twice.  As the big bonefish tired from Gene’s relentless pressure, he circled closer and closer until Schemer was able to cradle the fish at his feet.  Both angler and guide recognized this as an exceptional fish, and Gene laid his fly rod next to the fish, in order to gauge its length.  That mark was later measured at 30”.  A ten pounder in any book!  Schemer handles many bonefish during the course of a season, but Gene chuckled as his guide revived the huge fish for what seemed to be an unusually long time.  Since neither of them had a camera, he wanted to admire the jumbo bonefish just a little longer.  Once it was apparent the fish was back to full strength, he was gently released back to the flats to fight another day.

    The general theme, as the week progressed seemed to be that fish were being found in very small groups of 2 to 5 bonefish, but the vast majority were found as those difficult to spot ghostly singles.  Challenging and rewarding best describes it.  Slowly wading the shallows… spotting, intercepting, making an accurate cast with a quiet presentation to one of those big singles, getting the “eat”, then playing, landing and finally releasing that silver bullet, all the while standing in the middle of a huge white sand flat that seems to stretch to the horizon in every direction.  Ask anyone who’s been there, done that, and they’ll surely agree that it’s at or near the top of the list of great fly fishing experiences.  Many of the gents I’ve had the privilege to share a bonefish flat with have been repeating it for 25 to 30 years, or more.  Their enthusiasm on each trip doesn’t seem to be waning.  If you haven’t felt the blazing rush of a hooked bonefish yet, don’t put it off any longer.


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  • Alaska 2016 Royal Coachman Lodge and the Copper River Lodge

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    Alaska 2016

    Alaska 2016


    What a great trip. The accommodations were great; the staff and guides were some of the best and the food: OMG.

    The fishing was out of sight, some days better than others, but hands down the good days were the best Rainbow Trout fishing I have ever experienced.

    The first 3 days were at the Royal Coachman Lodge where, via float plane, we fished 2 different rivers and one day we fished the home river in front of the lodge. Two anglers and a guide to a boat.

    After fishing on day 3, the plane took us to the Copper River Lodge where we fished the Copper River for 3 days. Three anglers and a guide per boat.

    The Copper River Lodge is newly rebuilt and a very nice place.  Fish were caught using mostly eggs (beads) and streamers, floating and sinking tip lines and 6 and 7 wt rods are recommended.

    Join us in 2017 for the split trip for the week of Sept 24-Oct 1. Cost $7300.00 per person.





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  • New Zealand 2018


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    New Zealand 2018

    In January 2018, INTERNATIONAL ANGLER will be hosting our first trip to New Zealand. If you’ve ever wondered where the best trout fishing in the world can be found… wonder no longer.

    New Zealand offers a surprisingly diverse number of trout fishing experiences and our itinerary will allow us to sample what both the North and South Islands have to offer… HUGE TROUT!

    In order to make the most of the travel required to get there, we’ve put together a “split” trip that provides (4) full days of fishing at the Tongariro River Lodge, on the North Island, and (4) full days of fishing on the South Island’s Owen River Lodge. Attached to this email are links that provide plenty of information about both destinations.

    Though January 2018 seems like a long way off, early planning for such an adventure is key to good preparation. The following is a brief summary of the trip pricing and payment terms. In addition, a copy of our itinerary is attached, providing more details about our trip. We encourage you to study all of this information and give us a call to discuss in more detail.

    * Trip Dates – Jan 18, 2018 through Jan 30, 2018

    * 50% deposit due before Jan 10, 2017

    * Final payment due before Nov 21, 2017

    * Trip price – $6,775 (based on double occupancy)

    In addition, INTERNATIONAL ANGLER will sweeten the deal with an “early bird” incentive. By committing and sending in your deposit beforeNovember 10, 2016, you will receive a $200 INTERNATIONAL ANGLER GIFT CERTIFICATE that can be used for gear, clothing or accessories for your trip!

    Contact us soon so we can begin helping you make arrangements for what will surely be the trip of a lifetime!

    tongariro lodge owen river itinerary

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  • 2016 Fly Fishing Schools

    2016 Fly Fishing Schools

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