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06-07-2012 02:32 PM
Vince I was able to secure an additional guide for both of our hosted weeks on Crooked Island in 2013. We can now take 10 guests.

We already have 7 signed up each week, so we now have 3 spots remaining for each week.

If anyone is interested please let me know.
05-30-2012 04:03 PM
Vince Scott, crooked for next year will be $2535/person. (to stay in the villas again) The guest house is $35 less per person, but the extra $35 is well worth it to stay at the villas.

It went up early this year $50/person due to gas costs. (but we had already reserved space so we paid last year's rate)

I have one spot for March 16-23, and 3 spots left for March 23-30.
05-30-2012 02:19 AM
teflon_jones I had a great trip to Crooked this year with Dan. This was my second trip I've booked through Vince (Acklins in 2010 also) and have nothing but good things to say.

I'll let you know if I'm interested in booking another trip for next spring Vince. Please confirm pricing for 3 people to Crooked.
05-29-2012 11:03 AM

I have nothing but good things to say about Los Roques. The fishing is great, the accomodations are great, the company (that I've encountered) has been great. Catching bones on the surface is awesome. Anyone thinking about marking that off of their bucket list should do it. Vince takes care of the planning and he's a really good host. You don't have to worry about anything going with him. He's always good for extra flies and tackle in case something goes wrong. Go before Chavez decides he doesn't want us there anymore.
05-25-2012 07:04 AM
Hosted Trips 2013

CCO 2013 Hosted Fly Fishing Adventures

Here's our lineup of hosted saltwater trips scheduled for the winter and spring of 2013. If you're considering joining us for a fly fishing adventure, please get in touch now to reserve your spot. Call us at 716-479-2327, or e-mail us. SINGLE ANGLERS WELCOME!! (at double occ. rates)

We are returning to Crooked Island again in 2013 for two weeks. Crooked offers one of the best deals in bonefishing anywhere. Great guides, food and lodging, and a diverse fishing program make Crooked Island a must visit for all anglers.

Our Acklins Island hosted DIY Bonefishing trips have been a huge success. We are going back in March for 2-3 weeks, and staying at Ivel's, the best place on the Island for the DIY angler.

We are also returning in 2013 to Los Roques, Venezuela, (our 3rd trip) which has quietly become known as one of the best bonefishing destinations anywhere. It is located near the equator, and less likely to be affected by winter cold fronts. More info on each location is below.

We hope you can make it--these trips are a blast--great fishing, food and camaraderie, and some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere. Remember, booking your guided trip with us doesn't cost any more than booking directly with the lodges. Plus, you'll receive the added advantage of having a trip host on your adventure, who is there to make sure that your trip is enjoyable and hassle-free.

Your trip host will be available to help with any tackle questions or problems that arise, as well as offering any guidance or advice on fishing techniques. We will have extra gear in the event of equipment failure or breakage. Extra leaders, tippet and flies will be available too. If you need help booking your flight and making travel arrangements, we can help. Our goal is for all guests to have the adventure of a lifetime!

Los Roques, Venezuela (January 19-26, 2013)

Acklins Island, Bahamas (March 16-23, 2013)

Acklins Island, Bahamas (March 23-30, 2013)

Crooked Island, Bahamas (March 16-23, 2013)

Crooked Island, Bahamas (March 23-30, 2013)

Catskills Trout Camp (June 2013)

Fernie, British Columbia (August 2013)

Los Roques, Venezuela bonefishing adventure (January 19-26, 2013)

National Park Archipelago Los Roques is a necklace of islands in the Caribbean Sea situated 80 miles off the north coast of Venezuela, conveniently located for anglers traveling from the US. Technically referred to as an archipelago, Los Roques is an unspoiled atoll, characterized by its extremely clear waters, magnificent coral beds, diverse and varied flats, sandy beaches and hundreds of smaller mangrove cays –all with incredible natural beauty. Los Roques was declared a National Park in the mid-70’s. and then in the mid 90’s, even more environmentally conscious regulations were enacted to protect the overall environment of the entire Archipelago. Some flats are coral, some are soft marl covered with turtle grass and sea weed, however most flats are firm, clean white, or golden in color, and easy to navigate. You will also be fishing extensive sand flats and beach flats, channels, cuts, coral shallows, mangroves, and massive muds created by hundreds of fish schooled up and feeding. In sum, Los Roques represents a bonefisherman’s wading paradise. Los Roques continues to be one of the best kept secrets in saltwater fly fishing.

Thanks to its location (only 12 degrees north of the equator), Los Roques air and water temperatures vary little. The climate at Los Roques is dry and it rarely rains. The area is relatively unaffected by cold fronts and hurricanes. These factors make Los Roques one of the most consistent bonefishing locations in the world.

Los Roques offers outstanding numbers of Bonefish with a very solid average size of 3-4 pounds. Fish over 5 pounds are caught more frequently than fish under 2 pounds, and good numbers of fish in the 7-10 pound range are present. Over the past two seasons, our largest bonefish released weighed in at a whopping 13 pounds! Although bonefish are the main attraction in Los Roques, tarpon from 10 to 100 pounds are frequently landed. They can often be seen rolling in the channels and occasionally on the deeper flats. Permit are seen occasionally, but are rarely caught. Other available species at Los Roques include barracuda, snook, cero mackerel, bonito and a variety of snappers and hard fighting jacks.

Once at Los Roques, the typical day begins at 7:30 a.m. After a hearty breakfast, you walk only few feet from your beachfront room to load your gear into the boat. Sight Cast’s protocol consist of a pair of anglers to a guide, a boatman and a boat, to ensure that only two anglers will be on a certain flat at a time. Generally, anglers will share the guide for equal periods of time as they alternate flats. Fishing hours may vary depending on conditions but it is a full 8-hour fishing experience each day.

After a full day of fishing, anglers return to Acuarela Lodge at around 4:30 pm where the staff will be waiting to assist them in unloading their equipment. Acuarela is a deluxe beachfront lodge on El Gran Roque with 10 comfortable rooms and an ample lounge area. Rooms are well ventilated with. Each room has a private bathroom with hot water. Meals at the lodge are prepared especially for anglers, and the attention and service is top quality.

Cost is $4250/person, based on double occupancy ($560 for extra day of angling and night on Los Roques)

Included: First night lodging at the Eurobuilding Express Hotel (the nicest hotel on the mainland in La Guaira), 6 nights lodging and 6 days fishing on Los Roques, all ground transfer services on the mainland, round trip air transfers from Caracas to Los Roques, three meals per day, fishing licenses and permits, beer and soft drinks on the boat each day.

Not Included: International flight to Caracas, meals and beverages on the mainland, alcohol (except beers on the boat,) gratuities for guides and staff, Los Roques National Park Entry Fee (approx. US$18)

Acklins Island, Bahamas (March 16-23 & March 23-30, 2013) Hosted DIY adventure

There is room for 3 anglers to fish with us on this Hosted do-it-yourself adventure to remote Acklins Island. As your host, we will be available to help with any tackle questions or problems that arise, as well as offering guidance and advice on fishing techniques and spotting fish.

We'll be fishing and exploring this wonderful island in the Bahamas—long days exploring and fishing are the norm here—there is not much else to do! We'll be wade fishing interior sand and turtle grass flats, ocean-side sand and coral flats, and stunning beaches, for mostly bonefish, but barracuda, jacks, snappers, boxfish, triggerfish, sharks and palometa are common. We may even have shots at permit.

This trip includes everything that the all-inclusive lodges do, except the guides. So, for anglers with intermediate fly fishing skills and some saltwater experience, this is a great adventure at a great price. Guided days are available if desired.

Cost: $1850.00 for a week of fishing. This price includes your beachfront hotel, all your meals, rental truck, maps and kayaks. Your flight to Acklins, one night’s lodging, taxi & dinner in Nassau, alcohol, tips & gas for rental vehicle are extra. This is not a guided fly-fishing trip. The group is limited to five anglers and intermediate fly fishing skills are required. You must also be physically fit as the trip involves lots of wading and hiking.

Crooked Island, Bahamas (March 16-23 & March 23-30, 2013)

On Crooked Island, we have found what we believe to be one of the best deals in the Bahamas. The bonefishing/flats fishing is excellent, and the shallow water reef program adds another dimension to the great flats fishing already offered. The guides are great, and they work hard, often staying on the water for 10 hours. Their boats are top-notch, and better than we have seen anywhere we have visited in the Bahamas. The lodging is also modern, clean and very comfortable, and you can watch the sun setting over the ocean every evening, not to mention you can catch jacks, snapper, grouper and barracuda right from shore. And there are very few bugs here, for reasons unknown to me. The food is also superb, and as fresh as you can get it. Lobster, wahoo, mutton snapper, grouper & conch are just some of the tasty dinners we'll enjoy.

The cost is $2535.00 per person for seven nights, six full days of guided fishing. (based on double occupancy) *Cost includes guides, beachfront villas, all meals & non-alcoholic drinks on Crooked Island, and airport transfers from Crooked island airport to the Lodge. *You pay for airfare to Crooked Island, one night’s lodging, taxi & dinner in Nassau, tips, and alcohol, if desired.

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