Hope this blog finds you all well?
Well it’s that time of year again when we start thinking about next winter 😉 and how we are going to keep ourselves occupied. Tying flies for a trip is an excellent occupation, but hang on you need a trip to go on…be tempted why don’t you?
Tie'n'Fly Outfitters now use a lodge called Sunset, last year I took the groups in and the year before Gavin and I went together, as it was the first year at the new lodge. I have to say this year the lodge exceeded all our expectations; the food was particularly a standout for us. Air conditioning and hot water helped too! The lodge is right on the beach and every evening we gathered before dinner to talk all things fishing and watch the Sunset and the fisherman who lives next door pull his nets in, some of us even helped him put his boat up onto the beach and admired his catch of flying fish.
As usual we follow Bita and his guides, they were great, as they always are, such a lovely bunch of guys with heaps of years on the flats – even our angling newbies were fully occupied on fish from the first afternoon, you've got to love CXI the fishing is so good.
The airport was full of chatter from other loperators groups; one of the groups had a blinder of a day when most of them had been on Orvis flat and had hooked up on multiple GT’s….! Another group moaned about the guides. They had been promised a guide each, however there were issues with their guides level of experience and reliability. We can promise you our guides will always be there to not only keep you safe on the flats but to put you on the fish.
If you’re not feeling another trip to CXI how about Nonouti? If this is something you’d like to consider, I'd say whilst it is a more challenging fishery due to current knowldege of the lagoon, but oh boy what we do know for sure the fish of a great quality. One of our anglers this year, got two confirmed Bonefish world records - check out our video on here. However as always, we would say this trip is for people who understand the challenges and have some recent experience of flats fishing. This year we didn’t see a single net in the lagoon, but we did see some monster bonefish and the spot we thought may check out well for GT’s didn’t disappoint. The cultural aspects of this trip blew people’s minds, the anglers loved their Kiakia accommodations, the traditional food was great, the dance groups and singers amazing and the islanders are most hospitable. There are still some challenges in terms of getting the boats right which we are working on – they had put sun shades on the boats for us but some were not great! We also want to explore some deeper flats from the boats so we will aske for flat floors to be installed. Finally there had been some erosion of Gavin’s favourite Sand Cay (put it this way I will not be taking up his offer to camp there one night!).
Happy fishing through the summer at home and maybe see you next year on one of our trips.