Why Fly fish the Seychelles?
Considered by many anglers to be the finest saltwater flats fishing destination in the world, the shallow waters of the Seychelles offer unbelievable wade fishing and amazing access to an astonishing number of species. Compared to the Caribbean or The Bahamas, this part of the world is by no means a quick or easy place to access..
Diversity of Species
Throughout these waters, you can usually find bonefish in extraordinary numbers, several different types of trevally, milkfish, triggerfish, bumphead parrotfish, permit and dozens of other reef and flats species.
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The word is out and spreading. Saltwater anglers that venture beyond the flats and out to the deep blue waters of the Seychelles and Christmas Island are realizing the thrills of fly fishing for milkfish.
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Throughout these area waters, anglers can target bonefish in extraordinary numbers, several different types of trevally (including the legendary giant trevally), milkfish, triggerfish, bumphead parrotfish, permit, and dozens of other reef and flats species. Over the years, more than 60 different species have been caught on the fly throughout the waters of the Seychelles.
When it comes to the incredible giant trevally action that is found in many of the Seychellois fisheries, we can confidently say that there is nothing else in the world of fly fishing that measures up to big "Geets" on the fly. - Jim Klug (Director of Operations at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures)
Seychelles Giant Trevally Rig
Giant trevally are known to quickly strip anglers of their fly line, demolish rods and destroy drag systems. They live up to their nickname, "the gangsters of the flats." Coming prepared with the right equipment is crucial to successfully fight and land a trophy giant trevally in the Seychelles.
Giant trevally leader set up
Sharp, strong hooks and a well-constructed leader won't always guarantee success, but it does increase your chances. Jako Lucas discusses what he uses for his giant trevally leader set up.
Situated approximately 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa and 310 nautical miles southwest of Mahe, Alphonse is a tiny, triangular coral island that it is one of three formations in a small and isolated group: Alphonse in the north, Bijoutier in the middle, and St. François in the south. This is, without a doubt, a distant and very exotic destination, with a fishery that may be the most diverse in the entire world of saltwater fly fishing. In the Alphonse and St. François fishing areas, a small number of weekly guests have exclusive access to over 10,000 acres of hard white sand flats, setting the region apart from others in the Indian Ocean. And with consistent, unpressured populations of bonefish, trevally, milkfish and other species, even novice fly anglers can spot and cast to fish with relative ease. As much as we hate to throw around the phrase "trip of a lifetime," a week fishing Alphonse is an experience that no doubt qualifies as such.
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Astove is wild, secluded and remarkably remote, making it the perfect small-scale destination for anglers seeking adventure and a unique, one-of-a-kind, totally isolated fishing experience. The new lodge is situated only 500 feet from the famous "Wall" of Astove, where the flat sheers off and immediately drops from two feet to well over 3000 feet deep. It's a fishery and ecosystem that is completely frozen in time, where the daily dramas of predator and prey play out in front of your very eyes every single day of the season. Astove is known as the destination in the Seychelles where you have the greatest chance of catching a really big fish - from milkfish, dogtooth and yellowfin tuna off the wall, to giant trevally and sharks in the waters of the inner lagoon as well as on the rugged ocean falts. In addition to the action for large fish, there are great permit opportunities in the inside of the lagoon, tailing triggerfish on the edges of the flats, and incredible skinny-water bone fishing. The bonefish found out the outer flats of Astove are some of the largest found anywhere in the Seychelles.
Cosmoledo is located on the same general area as the world heritage site of Aldabra and in many respects resembles the famous island that is often referred to as the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.” Within the Cosmoledo fishery, Menai and Wizard Islands occupy the east and west points of the atoll, named after the two ships that explored the atoll on the Moresby Expedition in 1822. The atoll’s south island stands near the main entrance to the inner lagoon, while the second smaller entrance is just south of Menai Island. The northern islands are interspersed with numerous islets and banks, all of which are home to good numbers of large fish. The sheer numbers and variety of fish species found within the Cosmoledo fishery has amazed the fly fishing world for years, with anglers from across the globe making the trip to sample the ultimate saltwater fly fishing playground. After a closure of six years (re-opened only in 2015), the atoll has been rested and the fishing has rejuvenated itself exactly as you would expect an untouched ecosystem full of hungry giant trevally and other species would.
Farquhar, located 450 nautical miles southwest of Mahe, is easily one of the top saltwater fly fishing destinations on the planet. Home to giant trevally, milkfish and numerous other exotic fish species, this is the perfect destination for anglers who want the finest, most diverse fishing action available. It takes some time to get there, but once you set foot on these pristine and incredibly productive flats, you will quickly agree that the effort is worth it. Farquhar Atoll is the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles chain of islands, lying just over 450 miles to the southwest of the Seychellois’ main island of Mahe. The main group of islands on the Atoll form a long curve. The largest of these are Ile du Nord and Ile du Sud, with smaller islands tucked in between them. Further south is Goelette, and to the open western side of the atoll lies the small group of islands known as Les Trois Freres. The large, ear-shaped lagoon on Farquhar provides easy access to the huge area flats, channels and surf zones which make this such a diverse fishery.
Providence has always been legendary for its amazing numbers of Giant Trevally, bonefish, triggerfish and bumphead parrotfish. Having been closed for six long years, the Atoll was once again opened on a very limited basis for four weeks in the fall of 2015. Yellow Dog was lucky enough to be present for two of those four weeks, and we can state from personal experience that the fishery is as healthy, untouched, productive and as amazing as anything found anywhere in the entire word of saltwater flats fishing. This is not a trip for everyone, as it is an expeditionary, adventurous week spent in one of the most remote and inaccessible places in the Indian Ocean. You spend the week based aboard the mothership vessel, exploring the flats and shallow waters of the largest atoll in the region. You can expect long fishing days, hard-working and adventurous guides, a wild and untouched marine environment, and some of the finest flats fishing for giant trevallies, bumpies, triggers and bones in the world.
Guide Talk: How a Fly Fishing Guide prepares for the seychelles
Emphasizing the importance of adequate pre-trip preparation, we sat down with Alec Gerbec, the head guide for Alphonse Fishing Company, to get some “guide insight” on how first-time anglers to the Seychelles can best prepare for the trip of a lifetime.
Casting is Key
“If you want to catch that trophy fish or any species on your fishing list, by far the best thing you can do is to practice your casting prior to arrival. It’s very likely that the first fish you cast to on your first day could be the fish of the trip. Being ready to make a good cast, regardless of the conditions, can make all the difference in your success rate." - Alec Gerbec (Alphonse Fishing Co.)