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Old 03-05-2006, 10:16 PM
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Acklins - "Only Heaven Is Better"

For generations, the Rolle family has preached this and there are at least 8 of us who would attest that it's true. Certainly as far as bonefishing habitat and diversity of opportunities to explore and experience the magic as only nature herself can craft it - the sugar sands, the mangroves, the embrace of endless seas and inshore flats stretching so far as to color the bottoms of clouds turquoise with the hue of the bight. The subtle things capture the day and fill the senses. There's really nothing quite like it.

Unlike the maiden voyage of 2005 on this trip we got past exploration and into refinement. We were able to focus on technique, not location. Although there is so much more to conquer, milestones were definitely reached. Although we all had varying degrees of experience and sometimes wires got crossed, there were lessons in all of these situations and the fishing did not let us dwell on them as the next wave of fish pushed toward us.

The people of the island are wonderful people and very friendly. I savor every well-wish from store keepers and bar patrons and each bit of advice seems to pan out in spades no matter how subtle. I savor these tidbits of advice almost as much as the flavorful Bahamian cooking of the Hannas and the Seaside in Lovely Bay. By US terms they live quite simply, but in this tropical paradise it's plenty. We are not there for the tourism anyway, and we've only scratched the surface of the watery domain beyond door.

The natural scenery is breathtaking, and definitively "bonefishy" everywhere you look - however the island is surrounded by bluewater and reefs and unexplored opportunities beyond the wildest imagination remain to be tapped.

A good pair of flats boots can unlock more secrets here than a $40,000 boat could on the Keys. A $40k flats boat here can lead to a complete virgin flats nirvana.

This all started when I flew back from a week of casinos, high rise hotels and fancy linens in Aruba one year and I saw this island from the scratchy starboard window of a jetliner heading home. I had no idea what it was called but noted that it was starkly different from all other Bahamian islands. It's bight spanned an unimaginably broad expanse and was accessible from the road almost over it's whole length. I searched NASA and found that the island was named "Acklins" and the rest is history as they say.

What I am trying to say is that with each layer of the veil we peel back from this untapped gem, the brighter it shines. I return from the week of adventure thoroughly and utterly blown away by what we have experienced. It has enriched my angling life to profound heights, and to my ridiculous clave veteran brothers and those who will venture after us, I raise a toast...

"we have deeply inhaled the rarified air of the Worldwide Flyfishing Forum's true spirit of adventure"

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Old 03-06-2006, 04:11 AM
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Nice shot . One of these days I'm going to make this trip. FishHawk
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Old 03-06-2006, 04:28 AM
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That's a beauty! Nice details held in the shade of your silouette. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday. Welcome home!

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Old 03-06-2006, 12:16 PM
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Thanks Juro.
Great introduction
Can't wait for more "stories of adventure" and photos, photos, photos
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Old 03-10-2006, 10:33 AM
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Ok finally caught up at work and had a chance to get my pics squared away.

Here is one of our favorite flats.....
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Old 03-10-2006, 10:36 AM
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Bill's mowin' the lawn.........

(we had many fish hooked and landed in mangroves this thick)
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Old 03-10-2006, 10:37 AM
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Nice fish from an undisclosed location........
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Old 03-10-2006, 10:40 AM
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Bill's on, Juro watches along a major Bonefish thruway.......
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Old 03-10-2006, 10:44 AM
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And finally, another fish successfully released.....
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Old 03-10-2006, 11:00 AM
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Very, Very NICE!
Thanks for posting up those photos
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Nice pics. How was the weather? Let's have the blow-by-blow report!
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Very nice, very nice. It must have been interesting fighting a bone in those mangroves!

As I sit here in my office with snow falling outside and I can only let out a wistful sigh and dream of going another time...
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OK, that does it. I'm saving all my change and money from bottle returns for next year . . .

Man, what an awesome place! C'mon, more photos, pleeeeeaase!?!?!

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Juro, Dave 17, Jim S, Bill, it was nice to meet you and put faces on some names on the Forum!

I'm back in Montana, it's 20 degrees and snowing - I'm afraid Acklins was just a dream, and I've awoke to the cold realities of the real world! No tailing bones, just aching bones. No pushes in the water, just ice flows. No drags screaming all day, just days dragging. Oh well, the mother's day hatch is just around the corner, and around the next corner is the salmon fly hatch. And maybe just around a few more corners is another dream about Acklins!

Surely it had to have been a dream, or maybe an imaginary place in the mind of a fishing addict suffering from intense withdrawls..........................
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Nice to meet you and thanks for sharing some UDLs with us. I guess we are all in denial at this time of year, but the days are getting longer, the robins have returned and the black stones are hatching, all harbringers of better things to come.
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