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Black Fly Lodge Join Guy Harvey Outpost Portfolio
Ft. Lauderdale, FL — August 30, 2012— Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts announced today that Blackly Lodge is the newest member of the its Expedition Properties Portfolio. The popular bonefishing lodge on Great Abaco island is owned and operated by Vaughn Cochran, founder of Blackfly, a diversified flyfishing company.
Making the announcement today was Outpost President Mark Ellert and fly-fishing authority Vaughn Cochran, founder of Blackfly. “The Abacos have a world class reputation for trophy bonefish and permit,” said Ellert. “Vaughn has helped write the book on how to run world class bonefishing lodges, and that’s why we’re excited to have Blackfly as our inaugural bonefishing lodge in the Expedition portfolio.”
The once novice angler and struggling artist, Cochran landed in Key West in the early 1970’s to paint and hone his fly-fishing skills. His days were mostly spent hunting bonefish and his nights playing music around Key West, where he eventually became an original member of Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band. Today Cochran presides over a diverse flyfishing business, including retail, lodging, restaurants, and fine art.
In commenting on the announcement, Vaughn noted, “Guy and I are both artists turned anglers and conservationists. We’ve been working together now for several years to create a unique experience for anglers who want to catch trophy fish, enjoy themselves and have a low-impact on the habitat.” Expedition Properties by Guy Harvey Outpost showcases independently owned and operated resort properties that promote sustainable tourism and offer top-of-class watersport recreation and hospitality in unique destinations.
“The DNA of Guy Harvey Outpost is one part fishing and a lot of other neat stuff. Add that to our Blackfly DNA, and it’s a winning combination, all based on top-of-class service and memorable fishing adventures. Together, we’ll create memories for our customers that will last lifetime,” notes Cochran.
“Vaughn is certainly a character with colorful stories and a lot of passion,” notes Guy Harvey. “He’s like a character in one of Buffett’s songs. He goes down island, takes up painting, gets married,, manages a bunch of flyfishing lodges, runs his flyshop and art studio, opens a restaurant and then ends up back in the islands hunting bonefish and permit.”