Seychelles Fly Fishing
In the middle of the Indian Ocean just south of the equater and to the north west of Madagascar lie the Seychelles, an Archipelago consisting of 115 islands. The capital of the Seychelles is Victoria on the island of Mahé home to most of the islands population. However, it seems the farther one gets from Mahe the better the fishing gets. Among these islands stand out fly fishing operations exist in the Alphonse, Astove, Cosmoledo, Farquhar, Providence and Saint Brandon’s Atolls .
In addition to being one of the world’s most exclusive island resorts, Alphonse Island is without a doubt also one of the world’s finest destinations for bonefish on the fly. This small coral island in the middle of the Indian Ocean has a total of 3,6 kilometers of shore. A team of 14 professional guides have spent years exploring the waters around the island and perfecting techniques to catch the large bonefish and other species that inhabit them as well as those of nearby islands such as Sant Francois. Any of the guide team members is equally qualified to show beginners how to cast or to provide expert advice to the most experienced fly fishermen. Since the resort was opened, visiting fishermen have marvelled at size and numbers of bonefish. Over a three year period fishermen averaged over 2000 bonefish caught per year. A number of IGFA records have also been broken at the resort. The Alphonse Island experience is simply everything one might dream that Seychelles fly fishing holiday could be!
Additionally, the island also has 38 all purpose boats including an excellent large boat available for blue water fishing targeting, sailfish, dolphin fish, wahoo and various species of tuna. Distances to get to prime fishing are minimum and guests often beginn catching fish just after leaving the lagoon.
Aside from the fishing, guests can also enjoy activities such as snorkeling or scuba diving in the incredible reefs that protect the island or in the lagoon with its incredibly abundant sea-life. Other activities available include canoeing, sailing or windsurfing. This marvelously unique destination is ideal for fishermen looking to travel with their non-fishing companions.
I recent years Cosmoledo has come to be known as the GT Capital of the world. The reputation is well deserved given the impressive numbers and sizes of GTs found there. However, as is the case on the other atolls mentioned, the fly fishing offering is varied and diverse. Guests will also find delight fly fishing for large bonefish, blue fin trevally, trigger fish, barracuda, Indo-Pacific permit, milkfish and Bohar snappers and a number of other species. The venue includes a choice offering of vast sand flats, the edges of a huge lagoon, channels and reefs to explore. The Cosmoledo Eco-Camp will accomodate up to 8 guests at a time thus assuring virtually unlimited fishing for all.
Providence is one of the most southerly atolls in the Seychelles. Because of its extreme remoteness one cannot imagine a more pristine and untouched fishery. In fact only several hundred persons have visited the atoll during the last century. The Providence Atoll includes two islands of significance, Providence North and Cerf Island, and an offering of easy wading on endless white sand and turtle grass flats, a huge lagoon system linked with intricate channels where large predatory fish shuttle in and out of the lagoons from the ocean with the tides. Fishermen target a smorgasbourg of species including Giant Trevally, Blue Trevally, Bonefish, Milkfish, Triggerfish, Indo Pacific Permit, Great Barracuda and Bumphead Parrotfish, all in fantastic numbers and sizes.
The two islands are completely surrounded by extensive flats which also run uninterrupted over the 40 kilometer distance between them. For the most part, white sand and turtle grass covered areas of the flats provide easy wading and continuous opportunities to sight fish for all of the species mentioned and more. To add to the incredible offering, close to shore at most of the spots the guides will anchor the bottom drops away quickly into blue water where anglers will target a host of other deep water quarry. Species available include Yellow fin and Dogtooth Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, Giant Trevally, Barracuda, Sailfish and even Marlin from time to time.
An experienced team of four guides will show anglers all the ins and outs of the fishery, the hot spots, appropriate equipment, flies and techniques for each species and situation. Guides use 4 Panga style boats to take the fishermen out and back from the mothership where they will be lodged and to move them around to the best spots depending on their preferences and what is happening at a particular moment. Every night the captain and guides will plan the following days schedule and the distribution of the anglers throughout the day. Depending on the tides, usually anglers will get up early and head out with the guides to hit the flats on the first tide, staying out for a full day of fishing. Depending on the action they can choose a moment to pause for a pack lunch during the day, though there is also the option to return to the ship if planned ahead.
During their stay at the Atoll anglers are lodged on the 150 foot mothership Maya’s Dugong. The ship can accommodate up to 14 guests in 7 double cabins. A spacious dining room and lounge area and a numerous public areas including a large leisure deck area offer plenty of space to lounge and relax after a hard day of fishing.
The fishing center offers the use of all the necessary equipment for fly fishing as well as blue water fishing.
Alphonse is one of the world’s most exclusive island resorts and fly fishing destinations, with a total of just 25 chalets and 5 executive villas on the entire island to accommodate guests. The thatched roof chalets are set on pillars with their own private verandas amd open air showers. They are beautifully decorated and equipped to offer unpretentious luxury. Each is elegantly furnished including comfortable king size beds, on suite bathrooms with bath tubs, air conditioning, minibar, international direct access telephone and international television. The resort has a community pool and an excellent restaurant featuring local Creole and international cuisine. The service is refined and discreet.
Guests fly into Mahe International Airport. Upon arrival they are met and taken to catch the one hour charter flight to Alphone Island.
Location: Alphonse is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, 400 km south-West of Mahe, the capital of the Seychelles
Season: Second week of September – second week of May
Best dates: November – March
Nº of rods allowed: N/A
Fishing technique practiced: Fly as well as blue water trolling
Species Available: On the fly: bonefish, various types of trevally, milkfish, trigger fishand others. Blue water fishing for: sailfish, dolphin fish, wahoo, barracuda, bonito, various types of tuna
Note: All fishing is strictly catch and release
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