Rick Sawyer - Abaco, Bahamas February 22, 2009 10:15AM I have fished with Rick several times for bonefish on visits to Green Turtle Cay. The Fly fishing there is very good. The winter months can be tough do to cold fronts but even on trips in January, Rick has managed to find nice fish. The best times I had were from mid march thru April. I'm sure there are other times when it is good though. One thing I would say about the fishing here is that the fish are BIG!!!! I have had days of 7 - 10 fish with half of them weighing 8 - 12 lbs on a boga and I've seen bigger!! There are big schools of fish that can be easy but you see several single big fish that can be picky. One great thing with Rick is that he spots fish from a long distance, to the point that I don't think I have ever been with another guide who sees fish as well. Its amazing, he'll tell you "here they come", you get ready and he says the fish are still a couple hundred yards away, so relax. You think he's giving you a line of BS but sure enough the fish come in for a shot. Its great especially if you are a strong caster because Rick will make sure you have plenty of time so if you need to pick up and throw again you have the chance. There are big permit here to, although I have never hooked them. I have seen several especially in April. The other great thing about Green Turtle Cay is there is some incredible offshore fishing. I have only done this a couple of times with Rick but we have caught yellow fin, black fin, mahi, grouper and snapper. We didn't use a fly rod but looking back on it we easily could have for the black fin and mahi. They were everywhere. Here is his website. [www.abacoflyfish.com] You speak to his wife, Leigh, who is a sweetheart and will make sure everything is in order for your trip. Good luck and good fishing
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Thrownflies: member Date Joined Sept 2007 Jersey, I am an experienced fly fisher, but novice salt water/bonefisher. I love to do it myself when experiencing new areas for fishing. I did hire Rick Sawyer to take me out bonefishing on new years eve. I had never fished for bones in the past so I broke down and hired a guide. With only one day to fish bones it was well worth every penny. If your hubby is not experienced I urge you to call/email Leigh, Rick's wife and set up a day with him. Tell him Chad from Minnesota sent you. Have a great trip!
Abacobrad: Forum sponsor Date Joined Aug 2006 Throwing in on hiring Ricky Throwing Flies is right. You can easily wade town flat yourself, but you are only in the area for so many days so why not make the extra investment (cook in a couple of nights to save $) but spend the $ where it counts- catching a bonefish. Hire Ricky to guide you- you WILL catch a few and then you have a chance on your own. Otherwise itís a nice walk and you will see fish. Brad
Thrown flies: member Date Joined Sept 2007 Sorry Todd, in my mind I was replying to your wife. Do you have any bonefishing experience? If so, never mind me! But fishing with Rick we were able to cover a lot of water around Green Turtle and he gave me the opportunity to catch double digit bonefish! I did catch fish but missed many due to inexperience. I couldn't imagine not having his trained eyes spotting fish and getting me to the best approach to shoot the fly to them. He taught me a lot and I will definitely fish with him on our next trip. If you do fish with Rick, ask him about his "hot tina" fly. Great story and very effective fly.