New kayak fishing program at Black Fly Bonefish club, Abaco

In case you just stumbled onto this blog…. and before I launch into a blatant plug for our lodge in the Bahamas and our new kayak program, I should tell you that I am a part owner of the Black Fly Bonefish Club. This is an endeavor that I swore I would never do again. My wife and I have managed several lodges throughout Latin America and when we decided to settle down back in the states we never dreamed we would be working with another lodge again, much less owning one. Well, the fishing was so good we couldn’t resist. Bonefish, permit, tarpon and tailing mutton snappers all in one place, not to mention all of the offshore possibilities that lurk just off the entrance to our marina. So here we are, owners of the most exciting lodge we’ve ever been a part of and to tell you the truth we’re thrilled to be part of this. Now, we’ve added and new dimension to fishing in the Bahamas and…..

Lean Green Fighting Machine
Vaughn's Lean Green Fighting Machine

WE’RE REALLY EXCITED !!!!!….. The decision has been made by my partner Clint Kemp and myself to bring kayak fishing to the Bahamas. This is unusual because most lodges don’t want you to fish on your own because it takes money out of their pocket. We found that there are lots of dedicated kayak guys who would be happy to pay a reduced price from the normal guided price, not because they’re cheap but because they just want to fish out of a kayak. Our kayak package will be just like a normal fishing package that includes airport pickup, private room, unbelievable Bahamian cuisine and kayak guide.

Kayak bonefishing
Kayak Bonefishing

At most lodges the fishing grounds are somewhat distant from the lodge and not very convenient for kayak fishing.  At our lodge in Abaco, we have the perfect place to fish out of a kayak.  At our boat ramp there is a lagoon and a series of flats that you have to motor through to get out to open water. As we have been fishing and learning the fish routines, we have discovered that we have incredible bonefishing right at our boat ramp. In fact, you can fish right from the main highway on the right tide and see hundreds of fish.  The lagoon is a large but shallow body of crystal clear Bahamian water that has a series of mangrove islands and creeks to fish in. On the western edge of the lagoon is a large creek that meanders through another incredible flats system that you could fish in for weeks and never see it all. We have seen 10 pounders in the creek not to mention snook and loads of  jacks and snappers. No need to paddle far to have success.

We are currently working with Freedom Hawk Kayaks to bring in their special “stand up” kayak that seems to be special made for bonefishing.  This is an incredible boat and perfect for standing up to get a better view while wading the flats. This kayak is in a standard mono hull configuration when paddling, but with the pull of a lever swings open into the configuration that is pictured below. In addition to the stern portion opening as shown, there is an additional stabilizing bar that can be raised if wanted to assist in standing and act as an additional aid to balance.  These kayaks are extremely well built, easy to paddle and a joy to fish from.
We’re sure that this will be a huge hit and a real eye opener for anglers who try this for the first time.

Freedom Hawk Kayaks

Keep checking back with us to find out when the launch date will be or if you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, click on the link in the sidebar to start receiving  Black Fly News and you’ll get the launch in our newsletter.

ALSO…Check out our regular fishing packages…. Black Fly Bonefish Club Fall Special from Sept. 15th to Dec. 15th, 2009…..any combination of days…..BRING  THREE ANGLERS, GET ONE FREE !!!!!   Nobody has ever offered a package like this, it’s usually bring seven or nine and get one free.  Take advantage and come visit the construction site of the new town of Schooner Bay and try the unbelievable fishing.  Call the store at 904 997 2220 or read all the details at Black Fly Bonefish Club.

Who we are and why

In my opening post back on the 7th of June, I talked a little about how the title for this Blog came about and just a little about what I have been doing over the years. I would like to take a few minutes of your time to bring you up to date on what I’m doing now and also tell you where I’m headed in this wonderful sport of fly fishing.

When I retired from guiding in the Keys in 2002 my wife Jean (also an accomplished fly caster) and I moved back to my home town of St. Augustine Florida and opened Black Fly Outfitter in the heart of old St. Augustine. Black Fly Outfitter is a retail store selling fly fishing equipment and an Art Gallery where I could display and sell my art work. Although I had retired from guiding, I knew that I would always be involved in the sport. Having a fly shop that geared itself to the local fishery would keep me in constant contact with the changing trends in the sport.

As I was setting up the store and gallery, I knew that I would need a website with an online store so that I could offer my art and branded Black Fly merchandise to the world through the World Wide Web. Once I had the site built I knew I would need someone to manage it for me so I started a campaign to bring my long time friend and newly retired keys guide Capt. Jeff Segallos on board to take on the job. It took a bit of doing, but he finally agreed to relocate to the north and join my team. Capt. Jeff brought not only his computer skills to us but also his years of fly fishing experience to our mix.

In the summer of 2006 we expanded our presence to the Jacksonville area with a new shop located in a sports related shopping mall. This move called for local knowledge of the nuances of fly fishing in Jacksonville waters and of the fishermen in the area. We found the perfect candidate in former guide Capt. Randy Lanier. Randy has been involved with the local fly fishing community for years and brought with him an immediate following. Jean, Randy, Jeff and I have a combined 80 plus years of experience with the fly rod and feel that we can handle just about any fly fishing question that could come our way. We are all active fishermen and fish every chance we get.

The BFO Staff
The BFO Staff

I feel that I now have a “dream team” assembled that will free me up to continue my painting and work on my future plans for the expansion of  the Black Fly Outfitter brand.

We have expanded our web presence in order to present the various aspects of our activities. Upon entering the main Black Fly Outfitter website, you will have the opportunity to visit the Vaughn Cochran Fine Art Gallery where you can view most but not all of my work over the past years. Here you can view my Original Paintings that are mostly still available, the Archive Portfolio containing pieces that have been sold, some of my work that I’ve decided to have made as limited edition prints can be seen in the Fine Art Prints section and finally a Guest Artist section which is currently displaying the powerful work of my friend Frank Monaco. I hope that you will take a few minutes to visit the gallery and look around, if you see a print that you like it will be available for sale in the online store.

The main section of the website is the Black Fly Outfitter Store where you can shop our big selection of fly fishing products and my artwork. From the store you can also visit the Black Fly Bonefish Beach Club and our Destination & Fly Guide.

The entry page also has a link to this blog and for those of you, who may be interested, a link to my twitter page. All of the sites that I’ve mentioned here are available through the links in our Blogroll on the left hand sidebar of this page.

I’m encouraging everyone here to participate in this blog so you’ll be seeing articles posted by all of us. I am also inviting our store customers, friends and fly fishermen worldwide to participate in this blog, sharing their stories, points of concern, and their all around knowledge of the sport.