Lots of news this week….Thinking about our next venue for the Blackfly Lodge Fly Fishing Bahamas Roadshow at The Orlando Outfitter Saturday, Sept. 8th, starting at 5pm. Good idea, as it gives anglers who wanted to fish on Saturday all day to fish and then join us later on for the party at the shop. We’ve had great fun at each of the stops and the turnout has been fantastic. Please make a little time to support your local fly shop by joining us to learn about how you can test out the incredible fishing at Blackfly Lodge in Abaco Bahamas this coming year in our new lodge location in the new Bahamian Village of Schooner Bay.
CONSTRUCTION REPORT….Blackfly Lodge is moving forward after a brief couple of days of showers and wind, compliments of TS Issac.
Join Blackfly Outfitter, Blackfly Lodge and Schooner Bay in Jacksonville Florida this coming Saturday, August 25th in the parking lot of Strike-Zone Fishing Center to learn about how you can experience the thrill of bonefishing at Blackfly Lodge in Abaco Bahamas. Starting at 10am until 4pm, all of our friends of the Bahamas and partners in the Blackfly Lodge will be casting rods, eating conch fritters and testing the quality of Kalik beer…..The official beer of Fly Fishing! Also, register for our GRAND PRIZE of a Thomas and Thomas flyrod and a Hatch reel to be given away at the end of the tour September11 in Orlando.
WAIT, THERE’S MORE…..East Cape Skiffs will have an incredible display of their newest skiffs available to look at and Thomas & Thomas Fine Fly Rods will have their new T N T fast action rods to test out, matched up with a set of beautiful Hatch Reels. The Evinrude Outboard test tank will be demonstrating the newest gas saving engines and Simms Fishing Products will be giving away lots of Simms goodies. Our other Blackfly sponsors are Yeti Coolers, Airflo Flylines, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and Airgate Aviation with daily direct flights to Marsh Harbor from North Florida.
Did I mention the free conch fritters and Kalik beer!
There will be a Thomas & Thomas casting contest to win a piece of Vaughn Cochran art, Simms Shirts, an Orvis watch, Airflo Flylines, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and other Blackfly gifts. The casting begins at 1pm and goes until all of the prizes are gone. The rods to used in the contest are Thomas & Thomas 5wt, 8wt and 12wt with prizes in each rod weight catagory.
Representatives for the new Bahamian Village of Schooner Bay will be onhand to discuss how you can realistically live out your dream of living in the Bahamas and fishing everyday.
See you there 10 am to 4pm, Saturday, August 25th in Jacksonville Florida at the Blackfly Outfitter store at 11702 Beach Blvd. 904 997 2220.
Summers should be memorable, as I remember them growing up in Florida, and while not the same carefree abandon of summers past, this one is at least interesting…. but in a different way. GM and partner of Blackfly Lodge in Abaco, Clint Kemp, decided to spread the word about our new lodge being completed this coming March and thought we should gather up all our lodge sponsors and hit the road. We would go to selected fly shops in the Southeast, set up in their parking lots and have a party. It wasn’t that hard to convince our partners to join in as we assumed the job of putting it together, working out the logistics and buying the beer. Admittedly we did drink some of the beer!
The route for this first trip was Low Country Fly Shop in Mt. Pleasant near Charleston, S. C., then on to the High Country Outfitter near Atlanta and The Famous Fish Hawk on August 9th and 10th, forward to our own backyard in St. Augustine Florida at Blackfly The Restaurant on August 24th and the Blackfly Outfitter Fly Shop in the Strike-Zone Fishing Center on August 25th and finally in Orlando at The Orlando Outfitter on September 11th.
I’m writing now after completing the first stop on the tour and telling you it was much more fun than we expected. Over a hundred anglers showed up to register for the grand prize drawing and the Low Country Fly Shop had their 3rd best day in sales ever! Loyal East Cape Skiff owners trailered in from the area to show anglers the breadth of the East Cape Skiff options and models available. We gave away all kinds of shirts and sponsor gifts and our new East Cape Blackfly Lodge Edition Skiff was headquarters for the Kalik Beer. Their built in coolers worked great.
If you’re in the area of any of these fly shops please stop by and “support your local fly shop” so that they will be around when you need their advise or help. Also, please support our “Roadshow” sponsors: Simms Fishing Products, East Cape Skiffs, Evinrude Motors, Thomas and Thomas Fine Fly Rods, Hatch Reels, Airflo Fly Lines, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Yeti Coolers, Blackfly Outfitter and Airgate Aviation with direct flights to the Bahamas. We hope to see you at one of these great retail stores this summer.
If you have a fly shop and want us to visit your store to help you put together a plan to bring a group of 8 anglers to our new lodge in the Bahamas give us a call at 904 997 2220. The NEW Blackfly Lodge opens March 1st, 2013.