All guests are respectfully asked to comply with our Catch and Release Policy.



  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Waterproof Sunscreen
  • Line Snips
  • Forceps
  • Hook Sharpening Stone
  • Extra tippet material
  • Extra leaders
  • Spare tackle
  • Clothing/Sun Protection
  • Insect Repellent
  • Cameras & Film
  • Lightweight Rain Jacket (just in case)

The trade winds grant the island a consistently warm, pleasant climate year-round.  Long sleeve shirts, pants and sun gloves will lessen potential skin damage from the tropical sun.

If you would like to snorkel, please bring your gear!



Rod & Reel: 8 or 9 wt. fly rods

Backing:      At least 200 yards of 20 lb test

Fly Line:      Floating weight-forward line

Leader:       Tapered to 12 lb, 10-15 feet long

Flies:           Bonefish flies include Gotchas, Charlies, Puffs, Bitters, Christmas Island & Bonefish Specials in a variety of colors and eye weights in 4's, 6's & 8's. 


Additional saltwater shrimp & crab patterns are always good.



CLICK HERE for plenty of great information from one of our anglers.


Rod & Reel:  20-25 lb spinning rod with a heavy reel with 200 yards of 20-25 lb test

Leader: Wire tippet/leader

Lures: Zara Spook Plugs. Chartreuse tube lures are a local favorite



Rod & Reel: 10 wt+ fly rod/25-30 lb. spinning

Leader: 50+ lb. test wire


Smith-Wells Lodge, P.O. Box DC 30640
Long Island, Bahamas

50 years of fishing experiences and the 6 days with you on the flats ranks at the top!
-Bruce Nuss, LIGONIER, PA