"For the past several months I have been "getting in to fly fishing". I can tie a fairly decent fly but until this past week I had never actually caught a fish on fly tackle. I had taken a fly casting lesson, attended group clinics, practiced in the back yard, thrashed the water a bit and generally throw an
inconsistent loop. This changed after attending a school hosted by Drew Chicone and Joe Mahler at Abaco Lodge (Bahamas). Both Drew and Joe are Certified Casting Instructors and Drew is also a commercial fly tier. Last Saturday six students flew to Marsh Harbour airport (attempted is more like it, we arrived Sunday afternoon...) for fishing and instruction.
Each day was organized with morning casting lessons followed by a full day of fishing, more casting instruction in the afternoon and fly tying after dinner. Drew and Joe did a great job of fishing with each student for focused one to one coaching. This was a great group of people that quickly got to know each other and many fish tales were told late in to the night. The skillset of the group was widely varied and I can honestly say that everyone left with new knowledge.
Drew and Joe did a wonderful job picking the lodge for their first school. The guides were amazing (thanks Paul, Travis and Trevor), the managers and staff really took care of us and the accommodations were first class. Ann and Ken made us all feel at home. Every day we saw plenty of bonefish, sharks, barracuda and many other species of fish. I really learned a lot about the Bahamian fisheries.
I am happy to say I landed seven bonefish and hooked several others. First bonefish, first fish on fly and first fish with a fly I tied. A lot of awesome firsts!" -Orv Curry
"Special thanks to Joe Mahler and Drew Chicone for organizing an incredible trip to Abaco Lodge. Catching my first and many more bonefish on fly was something I'll never forget. Also got to spend the week with old and new friends." - Jason Duke