About Andros

ANDROS IS A 2,300 SQUARE MILE island known not only for its world class bonefishing but also for its many species of flora and fauna and its spectacular marine environments, which include the second-largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, blue holes, the Tongue of the Ocean, and the Great Bahama Bank. The island is a limestone formation. The interior consists of hardwood and Andros Pine forests dissected by inland lakes and creeks. More  than 40 known species of wild orchids and more than 200 species of resident and migrating birds inhabit Andros. Other wildlife include butterflies, wild boar, iguanas and land crabs.

The perimeter of the Island is characterized by alternating coral sand beaches and mangroves line bays and lagoons. The island is laced with thousands of miles of inland waterways and fishing flats. The North, Middle, and South Bights through the island, east to west, creating vast areas for fishing and access to even more flats on the west side. Andros’ saltwater flats, a crucial habitat for bonefish and other species, are the largest in the world. The Island’s west coast is the largest tropical nursery in the world, in part owing to extensive red, black and white mangrove systems (the largest concentration in The Bahamas).

With the third-largest barrier reef in the world on one side and the shallow flats of the Grand Bahama Bank on the other, much of Andros remains a wilderness spared from major development. These conditions have created a world class sanctuary for fly fishermen in pursuit of bonefish, tarpon, and permit.

In the early 1900’s, fly fishing was introduced to The Bahamas, primarily on the islands of Bimini, Abaco, Andros, Exuma and Grand Bahama. Small lodges, such as the Bang Bang Club (Andros 1929), Deep Water Cay (Grand Bahama 1956) and Peace and Plenty (Exuma), established the Bahamas as a world class fishery. Few anglers left The Bahamas without a world class experience. Over the past fifty years, the number of fly fishing lodges in the Bahamas has grown, adding important diversification to the nation’s vital tourism industry. Andros is known among anglers as the premier fly fishing destination in The Bahamas. For fly fishing, the Island has unparalleled marine and coastal habitats.

However, the ecological underpinnings of the marine and coastal environments are fragile and deserve to be adequately studied and protected. The fishery faces stress from a variety of pressures including coastal development that could potentially spoil near-shore marine environments, netting of bonefish for subsistence needs, and the fly fishing industry itself.

The Bahamas Sportfishing and Conservation Association (BSCA) is a grassroots network of the industry’s most recognized and successful Bahamian leaders. The Association was formed to promote conservation and environmental awareness throughout the Bahamas. The BSCA is dedicated to the preservation of marine and coastal systems, the protection of the sport fish of this remarkable fishery, and the economic benefits that this industry provides the Bahamian people.

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The Bahamas Sportsfishing & Conservation Association (BSCA) is dedicated to the preservation of marine and coastal systems in the Caribbean, the protection of the sport fish in this remarkable fishery, and the sustainability of economic benefits the sportfishing industry provides to the Bahamian people.
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What our Guests Say

  • ~ G Groat, Georgetown, SC

    "“Stafford Creek Lodge is the finest and most professionally run lodge in the Bahamas.  The commitment to excellence is apparent in the comfort of the accommodations, the daily lodge operation, the abilities of their chef, and the great skill and dedication of the guides.  Prescott Smith, with able assistance from the staff and guides, have created the ultimate fly fishing destination.”"

  • ~ Dr. D Sinn, Dallas, TX

    "“The fishing is the BEST.  The guides work very hard and the food is GOURMET!  J have never fished and found a grand slam daily as I did last year on the west side of Andros.  Can’t always get them to eat, but that’s why we call it fishing.  My favorite fishing adventure every year.  What more could you ask for?”"

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