The Finest Saltwater Fly-Fishing on the Planet

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Fly Fishing

World class flats and blue water fly-fishing

Considered a fly-angler's paradise, the expansive flats surrounding the Alphonse atolls provide the fly-fishing experience of a lifetime. This spectacular wilderness has ten thousand acres of hard white sand flats which provide easy wading and world class sight-fishing. The Alphonse group is one of the most famed saltwater fly fishing destinations in the Indian Ocean and is one of the most prolific Bonefish fisheries in the world.

The atolls are home to incredibly large populations of not only Bonefish, but also 3 different types of Triggerfish, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Permit, Parrotfish, 8 species of Trevally (including the Giant Trevally), and the incomparable Milkfish. This diversity gives anglers the opportunity to target a myriad of different species during their stay. The St. Francois fishery caters for just 12 fly-anglers at a time to maintain exclusivity and sustainability.

 

Highlights

  • Unrivalled diversity and abundance of fish species
  • Conservation-minded fishing
  • 60 species targeted on fly
  • 10,000 acres of hard white sand flats, ideal for wading and sight-fishing
  • One of the largest Bonefish fisheries in the world

Guides

The Most Experienced Recreational Angling Team in the Seychelles

To ensure guests the ultimate fishing experience, an international team of knowledgeable guides and qualified managers are on hand to share their passion for this unique fishery and its environment.

Alphonse has 8 full time fly fishing guides that are all professionals and have a very comprehensive knowledge of the areas in which they operate. They are all fluent in English and some speak French and Creole. Guiding takes place on a rotational basis allowing anglers to experience all the different characters within the guide team. Anglers will fish in pairs sharing a skiff and guide each day.

All the guides carry waterproof VHF radios and are in constant communication with each other as well as the base on Alphonse. They are all qualified skippers and their boat handling skills are impeccable. Many of the guides also hold qualifications in the field of ecology, and therefore conservation best practises are always applied along with our catch-and-release policy.

Boats and Skiffs

Let’s Rock this Boat!

Anglers are transferred for the short run from Alphonse to St François lagoon where the fishing skiffs are kept anchored. The skiffs range between 16 to 17ft in length and have single tiller arm engines. Guests require a level of fitness that will enable them to board the skiffs, as they will be their means of transport around St Francois when fishing. All the skiffs are equipped with flares, flotation devices, first aid kits, rod holders, storage compartments, anchors and cooler boxes.

There are 2 offshore vessels which can be chartered for bluewater fly fishing. The Alphonse skippers and deckhands are experienced at rigging, teasing and switching to all the different bluewater pelagic species, such as Sailfish, Wahoo, Dogtooth and Yellowfin Tuna.

Equipment

Alphonse Fishing Tackle & Gear Shop

We have a comprehensive list of suggested equipment, clothing and accessories to bring with you to Alphonse. There is a fully kitted fly shop at the fishing center that can provide you with most of the tackle you will need for your trip, including a full range of flies that are custom tied for Alphonse on the right hooks and with the correct material. There is also a 9, 10 and 12 weight fly rod rentals service.

All the outfits consist of a top quality fly rod and Shilton SL series reel, loaded with 300 yards of braided backing. Fly lines are to be supplied by the angler or can be purchased on location. It’s important that anglers pre book the rod rentals as well as tackle to insure that we have sufficient stock. All tackle sales need to be settled in cash at the shop.

Popular Catches

Bohar Snapper
Bohar Snapper
Moustache Triggerfish
Yellowlipped Emperor
Yellowlipped Emperor
Sailfish
Yellowmargin Triggerfish
Bonefish
Milkfish
Permit Fish
Permit
Jobfish
Jobfish
Dogtooth Tuna
Dogtooth Tuna
Yellowfin Tuna
Wahoo
Giant Trevally
Barracuda
Bluefin Trevally
Bluefin Trevally
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