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Liz Bain, Mangrove Cay Club
From time to time Finatical Flyfishing likes to introduce you to some of the amazing women in flyfishing today. The recent trip to Mangrove Cay Club in the Bahamas provided a great opportunity to get to know Liz Bain. Originally from Canada, Liz had a successful career in accounting and later software implementation as that industry unfolded.
Liz moved to Andros Island with her husband Alton and their baby daughter in 1990. At that time, Andros flyfishing lodges were kind of a new idea and fairly rustic. After managing such a lodge for about a year in the mid 1990’s , Liz and some investors found each other and started to plan Mangrove Cay Club.
As plans took shape, adding exceptional comfort, food and an evolved level of guiding to the Andros experience became the goal.
The first step was to find the right location. Liz wanted to be in the heart of the fishery, far enough from the Windward East coast to have sheltered boat access to the Bights and the West Side of Andros. Liz found the property on the North shore of Mangrove Cay overlooking the Middle Bight, one of the most remote and pristine locations in the saltwater fishing world.
All eight guest rooms are right on the water, surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. The view from your window or private deck is spectacular and only ten feet from the water. Every detail is in order; plush linens and towels, coffee delivered to your door every morning and a great deal of privacy. The main lodge offers wonderful ambiance for the incredible creations Chef Keith prepares for dinner each night. A freshwater swimming pool and self-help bar complete the property and all are linked by sand pathways.
Mangrove Cay Club trains and employs talented guides and owns and maintains fully equipped Dolphin flats boats. Finish your breakfast at the lodge, step off the dock onto your boat with your guide and enjoy a fabulous day on the water. Does life get any better? An average fish is around 3-5 pounds but you will certainly see and have shots at double digit bonefish during your stay.
Mangrove Cay club has now been operating since November of 2000 and has wonderful clientele who return each year. We can’t wait to come back in 2024 Liz, it is an honor to be on your calendar.