Thank you for all of your support of Douglas Rods at Fly Fish Guanaja, Steven! We’re looking forward to seeing the next world-record permit caught with a SKY!
— The Douglas Team
20 years guiding in Colorado and 10 years owning and running Fly Fish Guanaja has been a career I wouldn’t trade for anything. Most of the time I’ve spent on the water chasing beautiful fish in beautiful places. While the fish and scenery change some things become familiar, connective, reliable, like gear. Douglas Fly Rods have become one of the few variables that doesn’t change for us.
In Guanaja we primarily fish for bigger than average sized permit and bonefish, so we are a challenging fishery with the greatest rewards. Guanaja is surrounded with sand, turtle grass, and coral flats full of bonefish, permit, trigger fish, jacks, and barracuda. We also fish tarpon and snook in our river mouths.
The fly-fishing industy is about networks and friendships. Dave McKenna, who so enthusiastically presented Douglas Fly Rods to our lodge, first by donating a Sky 9 weight to our head guide Rankin Jackson.
Rankin kept raving about his Douglas until I finally casted it myself and the rest is history. The ease of efficiency in casting the rod was astounding, minimal effort to throw a lot of line, and accurate. The rod responds like your fingertips making concise, accurate casts, tight loops are easy to make, really impressive. Some rods just click and the Sky is one of those, no wonder they couldn’t keep it in stock easily. Fly Fish Guanaja is officially a Douglas Fly Rod endorsed lodge and our guests are joining the team one by one, every time they put a Sky in their hand, it’s pretty amazing and unanimous. People are looking for new rods. We fish the Sky 7,8,9,10 and 12 in Guanaja and the Faraway Cayes and they all have the same sweet spot making for precision casts. Not too heavy, not too light, with a flex that loads super efficiently, a smooth zing, proportionate zam.
We actually have quite a collection of rods at Fly Fish Guanaja from all the brands we all know, and oddly enough they are collecting dust while the Douglas Sky is the one in the sun in Guanaja. Many guests have stopped traveling with their rods because Dave McKenna supplied us so many Sky’s, and the ones in the know, let the old rods go.
The Faraway Cayes hold some world record permit and it will probably be a Sky 12 that gets it done in 2018. Stay tuned!
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