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Lay of the Land

Virgin Gorda is the third largest (after Tortola and Anegada) and second most populous of the British Virgin islands (BVI).

Virgin Gorda is a small island, about eight square miles, only a few miles from Tortola and its airport on Beef Island. It’s population is around 4000. The southwestern part of the island is known as the Valley. In this area of low gentle hills will be found most of the population, businesses and services, mostly in and around Spanish Town, the capital. Below Spanish Town, the landscape and seascapes are strewn with granite boulders the size of houses; these provide dramatic settings for accommodations, restaurants and beaches. In the center of the island, a low mountain rises from the sea to about 1350 feet. This area is sparsely inhabited, except for small neighborhoods in the North Sound area on its northeastern edge. Extending northeast from there is a chain of wooded hills accessible only by boat. A convenient excursion to one of the nicest outer island areas in Virgin Gorda would require hopping on the local Resort Ferry (Bitter End etc) in Gun Creek. This Ferry will take you on a short, but neat cruise into the heart of the North Sound area. Small islands in this area contribute to the very sheltered harbors in the sound.

Since being "discovered" as a tourist destination in the early 1960's, Virgin Gorda is still not over-commercialized.

With only a few resorts and a sprinkling of villas, it has a pleasing intimacy. The passengers you meet on the nine-seat plane are likely to show up at the next table at dinner. The local people are well educated, friendly and caring, family oriented and remarkably aware of their place in the world. As elsewhere in the BVI, English is spoken, with a more or less strong accent.

Target Species

Bonefish, jacks, snapper and barracuda are the most likely quarry, but there is decent tarpon fishing as well. The rocky shorelines are excellent places to cast the heavier clousers and minnow patterns and you are likely to hook into something you can keep for dinner.

Where to Fish

The north east end of the island has a nice flat with bones and if you have a boat you can fish the system virtually out to Pickle Pear Island. Little Bay has a nice flat and is easily reached by car and Taylors Bay by the airport is also a likely spot to see bones. The other side of the island is St Thomas Bay and Little Dix Bay where you can also find some nice schools of bonefish. The long beach stretch’s along Savannah Bay, and Mahoe Bay are ideal place to fish incoming tides as there are large schools that work this area.

What to Bring

An eight weight will be fine. The bones tend to be in the 2 – 4 pound range, with a few slightly larger then that. I have talked to guides that have seen double digit fish, but they are rare. Normal bonefish flies work well, with cream, tan, green and brown being the prominent colors. Normally tied in sizes #2 - #6 with a variety of weights. You will definitely fishing drop-offs, so bring some heavier flies like Clousers.