Swain's Cay Lodge


Vaughn's Fly Box Picks:
For Bonefish, tan and pink patterns work best. "Gotcha´s" are especially effective as well as shrimp and crab patterns. Hook size 2-8. We recommend the Gotcha Clouser, DL,s Stealth Fly in size 4, Mini Puffs in 6, Squimps in 6 and Veverka's Mantis shrimp. Crab patterns should include the Epoxy Mantis Shrimp, EPP Tan Crab, Key Bone Crab and the Scampi Crab. Since there are other species to fish for at Swain's Cay, bring a few Cuda flies as well as flies for jacks and snappers.

Top flies recommended for this lodge.

Beck's Sili Legs (Tan) #2

Veverka's Mantis Shrimp

White Clouser

EP Spawning Shrimp

About the Fishing

Andros Island is a fisherman’s paradise. Swain’s Cay Lodge is located about half way down the East coast of Mangrove Cay in the centre of Andros. The Middle and North Bights separate Mangrove Cay from North Andros. The South Bight separates Mangrove Cay from South Andros. This central location makes Mangrove Cay the ideal place to fish due to the versatility of sites easily reached.

The Bights are a complex network of channels, islands, flats, reef and deeper cuts, a rare wilderness and the ideal habitat for numerous sea-life – a superb, healthy ecosystem and the perfect environment for big bonefish! A complex tidal system exists here where tides can be opposite depending on which side of Andros you are as the water is pushed and pulled through the network of channels. This allows the fishing guides to be able to search out a rising tide at most times of the day.


The flats of Andros Island are renowned among fly-fishers as the home of some of the best bonefishing on earth; they are also home to resident tarpon, large barracuda, jacks, and several species of shark.

Swain’s Cay Lodge is uniquely positioned on Mangrove Cay for easy access to either the South Bight or fabled Middle Bight of Andros. Your guide will decide which side of the Cay to meet you at depending on which Bight you’ll be fishing, ensuring you are always a short run to the day’s fishing grounds. We even have a wade-able bonefish flat right off our beach with large bonefish that come onto the flat with the rising tide but be warned – these are clever fish that will test the best fly anglers. Whatever the tide or wind direction, there is always a flat where the sun and wind will be at your back!

We have handpicked the best local independent guides who have bonefish in their blood. Whether you want large numbers of fish in the 3-5 pound range or would rather hunt single and double big bones of 6-10 pounds, our guides know just the spot for the wind and tide conditions. There are flats on Andros for all bonefishing goals – some with enormous numbers of fish where you will see school after school, others where the fish are in pairs or cruising alone, but these are the big ones. 20-fish days with an average size of 4 pounds are certainly not uncommon here.

We strongly recommend that anglers arrive with light-colored long pants suitable for wear above and in the water, light colored long-sleeve and short-sleeve flats shirts, flats boots for wading, a long billed hat, polarized sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen. In addition, keep in mind that Mangrove Cay, Andros Island is very remote; there are few, if any, places to purchase angling gear while at Swain’s Cay Lodge. Therefore, please come prepared with your 7-10 wt rods, reels, floating lines, leaders, tippets and flies. Gotchas, Crazy Charlies and Clousers all work well here.

About the Lodge

We have hotel rooms and accommodation to suit most tastes and budgets. We will even pick you up from the airport!

Choose from the following rooms:

  • Twin Garden View Room
  • Ocean View Suite
  • Beach Front Suite
  • Duplex Apartment (see below for details)

All rooms come with the following amenities:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Furnished patio
  • Air conditioning
  • WiFi Access

Our duplex apartment is perfect for families or large groups of fishing buddies, boasting a comfortable lounge with satellite TV and a 360-degree terrace with fantastic views, plus:

  • 3 double bedrooms
  • Lounge with sofas
  • Dining area
  • Kitchenette
  • Air conditioning
  • Furnished terrace

Boats and Equipment

The Guides working for Swain's Cay Lodge are excellent captains with many years of experience. They run 16 and 17-foot Action Craft and Dolphin Skiffs with 75HP Yamahas. All skiffs are outfitted with poling platforms, poles, plenty of rod storage, coolers with plenty of ice, and cushioned seats. For offshore days, you will fish aboard The Reel Time, a 24-foot, twin-engine center console catamaran which will pick you up at the dock on the South side of the island. Offshore spin gear, lures, bait, and plugs are provided for blue water days, but please bring all your own fly gear. We always recommend having all of your own fly equipment anytime you leave the U.S..


For travel details and booking information please contact our Travel Partner, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures.
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