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Andros Island has long been considered one of the premier bonefishing destinations on the globe. It is the largest of the more than 700 Bahamian islands, at 40 miles wide and over 100 miles long, yet it remains one of the more sparsely populated. Its location some 150 miles southeast of Miami and its reputation as home to the biggest bonefish east of the Keys has made it a popular bonefish haunt ever since Colonel Hank Thorne built the legendary Bang Bang Club on the north side of Big Wood Cay in the '40s.

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At the time of his disappearance, Stanley Bain was the personification of Bahamian flyfishing. He'd started fishing the flats and creeks around Andros with his father as a young boy, and he later guided at the Bang Bang Club itself, working for a time with the legendary "Bonefish" Charlie Smith, inventor of the Crazy Charlie. He was also a husband and a father. He and his brothers were very close and by all accounts, he had a tight knit family. Most agree that Stanley Bain was 49 years old at the time, and seemed to be at the top of his game.

"Stanley Bain was definitely at the forefront of the bonefishing gold rush that hit the Bahamas in the late '80s and early '90s, says photographer Brian O'Keefe, who fished with Bain three times in the early '90s, including some of the first exploratory trips to the desolate south end of Andros. "Nobody at that time was actively putting that area of Andros into a commercial program. It was an overnight trip to fish it and fuel was expensive. When we were down where he was building Grassy Cay Lodge, we wouldn't see anyone- ever."

These days, you can choose from over 30 lodging options on Andros, but fifteen years ago almost every angler who came to the island stayed in one of three places: The Andros Island Bonefish Club, Cargill Creek, or Charlie's Haven- run by Charlie Smith- all located about midway down the east coast, near the North Bight.

"Bain was positioned to do very well with Cargill Creek and the new Grassy Cay Lodge," says O'Keefe. "If things hadn't turned out the way they had." In truth, "the way things turned out" remains an almost complete mystery. But there's no shortage of speculation. "South Andros is just wild, more wild than Alaska, really," says flyfishing writer Ted Williams, who stayed at both of Bain's lodges and has fished Andros extensively. "All the Bahamians have different theories about Stanley. That's the way they like it- they're into rumors. But nobody really knows what happened."

In the 1980s, Stanley was a financially successful Bahamian who was involved in the construction business in Nassau. He was also a big supporter of the Progressive Liberal Party, or PLP, led by Prime Minister Lynden Pindling, who ran the Bahamian government for 25 years until being forced out by a corruption scandal. Because of his political connections, Stanley was able to secure large loans from the Bahamian bank. His first operation, Cargill Creek Lodge, did quite well, so he decided to expand his operation and open a new lodge on the south end of South Andros. But right about the time Grassy Cay got going, the PLP fell out of power.

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